Too long since my last post!
First, the recovery time from The Big Fat Indian Wedding ( i have yet to coalese my thoughts & write the wrap up to that series!) , then the horrible time one always has catching up with work post ANY fun!
And then you know what happens when you spend an obscene amount of your life/time online? Or atleast stuck to your phone as in the Fevicol ad. Chodhdna nahiiiin!
Taking photos. Jotting notes. Taking more photos. Jotting more notes. Etc
Well, a few days back.. bang in the middle of my own exhibition of photos- yes-i clicked them all! Titled ‘A Kaliedoscope of Journeys’ ( more on this in a bit) my phone packed up.
Yeah. As in no memory for even ONE photo. Now for someone whose whole life is basically on a small bit of engineered metal .. an existence encapsulated between my fingertips, a lifetime captive in a palm.. etc ..you get the picture, right?
So this was a grade One crisis. Every other thing ground to a standstill.
Then i checked my laptop . To back up & transfer stuff from my phone. Gulp.! Laptop too in Code Red. As in some 672kb remaining in C drive.
The stuff of nightmares. Except i never thought my nightmares would be IT related. No galloping horses, no growling lions chasing me. Just the thoughr of my photos & notes vanishing like mirages in the dust free virtual world!
So after spending two harrowing days figuring & fixing it all, i am happy to share my two bit.
1. When you are buying a computer or related device- basically anything that mentions ‘capacity’ or ‘size’ – BIGGER IS BETTER. Seriously. Not trying to be sexy here. 2 years back i bought a laptop with 500GB space & an iphone with 64GB & it seemed the universe was infinite. Now my world has shrunk to too-little -space-to-do-anything. You do not want to live, ever, with such a feeling of digital deprivation. As if life wasn’t tough enough.
2. Dont take less photos. Take more. Take as many as satisfies your inner God/Goddess. Less selfies though is a seriously good idea. I know they are a necessary evil. Who else but you knows your best angle? Etc. But still too many selfies is terribly loser-ish. I mean you were at a great place – natural beauty or party zone- with some great folks-and you ONLY wanted your own pouty/fake smiley snaps which you could have taken anyways in your own by-yourself-room ?
3. Buy a 1 TB external memory drive of the best brand you can afford. Am currently using a Toshiba. So far so good. Transfer EVERYTHING onto it. Just in case. Get expert help if you need to. Like i did for my Notes. As in ALL my poems ( which, lazy phone addict me writes only on my iphone! Not so bad when you have three poetry books published!! He he)
4. Talking of notes. A digital diary is the only way in today’s times to seize your random realisations or not so random conclusions about life & people. I have recently downloaded Google Keep for my poems & such like. Seems pretty user friendly & hopefully will not consume my phone storage. Fingers crossed.
5. Now for the tough part. Deleting stuff mainly photos. Specifically from the phone. I dont know why every time i sit down to ‘clean up’ my phone of ‘faltu’ ( north indian word loosely meaninh extra/ not required ) photos, every image seems special. I feel as if this is the ONE picture i will need either for my Social Media life ie twitter/ instagram/ watsapp/ facebook/ snapchat/ even this blog, or for my real inner life-to revisit & smile over in solitude.
So i have, after much thought evolved a simple principle for deleting or retaining a photo. Its simply – ‘People Over Places’. Keep the goofy faces over the pristine scenery, everytime. Its them that matter. Its them you love. Its those expressions you might never find again.
This is from an amateur photographer who just held her first ever Photo Exhibition & it was all landscapes & some cityscapes. Travel is a drug i freely admit addiction to. And photography is an extension of sight for me. So with some trepidation, i took the plunge. The wish was to share some of the joy,& calm & positivity I discover on my travels.. particularly in the midst of nature.
A big thank you to friends like Navneet Saxena who helped with the execution , and a multitude of friends & folks who visited & appreciated the photos.
I hope to share those images.. in my next post! Sharing one of the reviews..
#Photography # Travel #Digital #Toshiba #Google Keep #Iphone #Data #IT