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About sohams

Marketing professional,Photographer..with a CREATIVE IRIS.

Being writer for blind students

I remember, in 2012 I had written 2 papers for blind students. After that, somehow I lost connect with the help group, plus I didnt attempt to find contact details etc. This year, I found this message on twitter and decided to be part of this very nice Initiative by Saathi – an initiative to integrate students with blindness into the college main life. Read More Here or SAATHI Enabling Centre (Overview in PDF)

Thus, decided to share it with twitter friends, WA groups and FB etc.

I confirmed my availability for English, Marathi writing, Any day, Any timeslot. Based on this, had a call with Kirti Deo – who was coordinating for this initiative. Chalked out a schedule for 9 days. And this journey started – being writer for blind students. I wrote exams in Fergusson College, Pune and SP College, Pune

WHAT I LEARNED – VALUE OF BEING ABLE TO SEE!

Instead of writing long observations and notes, would like to sum it up in points below

  • Blind students are absolutely motivated and their energy is way high than normal people like us
  • They need more support in ‘learning’ process
  • Many didn’t have access to audio notes, other study material
  • Blind students were happy to meet me, many exchanged good info on general life etc
  • All most everyone was well prepared and attempted all questions
  • They use public transport – as a routine, given that there are no special facilities for blind or disabled people, immense respect for all these students
  • Most of the students were focused and knew what they are going to do for a living, especially TYBA and MA students
  • Everyone smiled. Everyone SMILED

What can you do?

  • STOP cribbing. We crib a lot about so many things which dont matter.
  • Take out time – YES EVERYONE is busy, to help these folks
  • They are differently abled, if you spend more time with them, you would be far better human being
  • Please dont expect monitory benefits – there was a message on WA group, of some writer asking for ‘payment’ on writing paper.
  • These experiences have great value in LIFE. Please help needy
  • Dont just share it on social media, go out and work by making some time

Here is the timeline for the writing schedule. Hope to see you next time in one of the examination hall.

Music on the Streets

How often we miss things that happen around us. We have learned to be busy, by working more and ignoring art, which really makes us humans. During my recent short visit to Stockholm and Munich, I experienced a different urban life than in India.

Here is a short compilation of music on streets. Nothing beats the happiness when you experience such things on busy streets where people stop by and smile, appreciate and clap! God bless all the artists who bring joy in today’s chaotic world around us! Hope you enjoy this video…

Shadows and Cities

I love shadows of people, trees, objects – Cities!

Somehow, they make me think. Especially on busy streets, it is fun to click pictures against the sun. They don’t tell you if the person is rich, poor, black or white.

They are shadows! Isn’t that the reflection of human beings?

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Facts

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Life

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Truth

Identity

Identity

 

Reis Magos – A Must visit fort in Goa

You open Instagram, and see almost everyone visiting Goa thrice a year!!!

Beaches, Beer and … hahaha, lets not get there. Next time when you plan Goa trip, have Reis Magos in your To-Do list. A nice drive from Candolim beach – via nerul-panji road, takes you to the fort. It will be awesome treat for your camera and eyes too.

You will be surprised to see how well the fort is restored and maintained. Please spare enough time for this visit, rushing through the fort will make you miss it heavily.  Lets visit Reis Magos – with following pictures

Recommend this place to friends who are visiting goa, recently Mangesh, my friend visited and was amazed. Same way as this recommendation came in from Amrita | Do visit her site TRAVELING IDES OF MARCH

@Amrita_Dass this is superb. Thanks for sharing it…

— Soham (@sohamsabnis) August 19, 2015

For more information : Here is Fort Reis Magos site – http://www.reismagosfort.com/contact.html

Here is the google map:

 

Colors

Colors

MARCH marks the way to chirping of coel, the typical quiet woods and thirsty souls. On the other side we have summer blossom on its way and then we have color splash in the sky.

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Do we hunt for shadows of a tree? Yes, we do! Gulmohar! THE tree which brings joy and Childhood memories.  Pangara! Indian coral tree paints the woods red! Onset of summer makes nature look so amazing, as if it is getting ready for the monsoon. Spring brings joy for welcoming summer.

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Schools prepare for their last exam of the year, as kids wonder where to spend their summer vacations. Clouds move fast in the sky, the blue white color makes the sun shine hard. It’s the season for limbu pani, pepsi colas and street side barf ka gola!

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Most of the birds, get busy in building their nests, it’s that time when they search for their soulmate. Busiest time for birds…

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As I write this, I can hear coppersmith barbet, with its hollow puc puc puc , periodical! Have you seen this bird enter its nest? Very cautious.. very smart !

We can make sure we help thirsty creatures, like this

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Auroville – A village for souls

Shed off that pride of being an Indian, Russian, a Punekar, or a proud to be Mumbaikar! We react very slowly as humans, we react as a person. Certainly and obviously so. I stepped in Auroville boundary, and the space changed me. I was more quiet, more receptive, thoughtful. The best part was, I was alone. So I discussed the charm of the place, love for details, the peace, the green patches with myself. As I walked towards MatriMandir, me and mind – had a wonderful conversation.

Was eager to see the globelike structure – Maatrimandir.

I wont talk about how Matrimandir was built, what is the philosophy behind it etc etc. The place i is sufficiently intoxicating. Without keeping a tab on time, i spent hrs sitting admiring the architecture, clicking pictures and doing nothing. Silence, is what I loved.

Would want to go back to Auroville, stay there, interact with people from various countries, share ideas and be a part of a universal city in the making in south-India.

 

Wall of moments - At the exhibition centre, some nice moments captured

Wall of moments – At the exhibition centre, some nice moments captured

Charte d Auroville

How 'Mother' has defined what all petals at matrimandir stand for/and mean. Based on Mother Nature.

How ‘Mother’ has defined what all petals at matrimandir stand for/and mean. Based on Mother Nature.

HUGE HUGE Banyan tree, just before entering road towards matrimandir. Encompasses shadow of love for humanity. Spent few hrs sitting on the benches you see in the image

HUGE HUGE Banyan tree, just before entering road towards matrimandir. Encompasses shadow of love for humanity. Spent few hrs sitting on the benches you see in the image

ALMOST there,.. waiting to see the golden dome!

ALMOST there,.. waiting to see the golden dome!

Vintage

Up Close...

Up Close…

How I LOVE THIS!

Shadows, Sun, Blue, Grey. Golden, Green ... lot similar to our Mind ... No?

Shadows, Sun, Blue, Grey. Golden, Green … lot similar to our Mind … No?

 

 

 

Computer Bhangarwala

Yes you heard it right. Computerwaaala… is what we heard, outside the office. Was surprized to see a computer on cart. Below are some pics and a video,.. Do listen to what all he says…

Writes in urdu. Stays near market yard. Cart items - A monitor, CPU , Keyboard - Price 2500/- only

Writes in urdu. Stays near market yard. Cart items – A monitor, CPU , Keyboard – Price 2500/- only

Checking out the machine...

Checking out the machine…

Later on... I HAD TO save his number! You, too can save his number

Later on… I HAD TO save his number! You, too can save his number

He took my number, and within 10 mins called me, saying that he has a computer, which he wants to sell...

He took my number, and within 10 mins called me, saying that he has a computer, which he wants to sell…

Big Thank you Pratik Gandhi – for shooting and clicking the incident.

Here is the video link – Check it out

 

Maintain your Worshiping Tempo…

India , land of Gods! People worship various forms of god! Atheists find it difficult to match upto the godly behavior, overall. Saw this vehicle, near shivdarshan chowk, Pune. A Mobile Temple!

Shraddha and Saburi – DaanPeti – Datta – Prasad Vaati – Flowers – Bhagwa Flag —> Keeps up the Tempo!

Maintaining your Worshiping Tempo…is a tricky bargain!

Set the right 'Tempo' for your Prayers!

Set the right ‘Tempo’ for your Prayers!

Prabhat – At the Dusk…

Prabhat talkies, the best theatre in Pune – is a line which was true, may be before 2000. With multiplexes crowding the city, Prabhat stands at the dusk. I love the theatre, as it shows Marathi movies, at a decent(read very sasta) rate. Check what I had posted in 2o11 – Rs 24.50 + S.Charge… . Now it is 50 Rs. (It was 24.5 in 2011 Nov)

First Class - 50!

First Class – 50!

ALSO, since it is ALSO, since it is puneri —> See the Humour in the picture below!  —> See the Humour in the picture below!

Puneri Paati - Humour at its best! Look at the clever cat!

Puneri Paati – Humour at its best! Look at the clever cat!

 

Have you visited Prabhat theatre? Can we have some suggestions to improve the theatre?

 

 

Please answer 29×6 in 2 seconds!

OH NO! I never want to learn tables again! Never ever, ever, ever remembered 13, 17, 19, 23, 26, 29 (even 18, 28, 24 were challenging). I am sure you must be saying the same thing as you read!

This is a smart school , in Atkarwadi (Sinhgad paytha – base). Look at how they have written all difficult tables! Hope the students ignore these bars to learn, and use them to play instead! (which they are doing :))

Table Time - Knock this off the time table!

Say YAY if you never answer 29×6 in 2 secs, and what you answer after calculations is WRONG!

I SAY YES!

Picturesque Goa

When you say Goa, it is picturesque. Here are some moments, which tell a story, you can imagine a scene happening in all the frozen moments. When you leave Goa, this is what you say – It’s time to comeback soon!

Bobby – बॉबी

What a fantastic time to write this blog — >  बॉबी – Bobby, On Children’s Day!!!

I wont explain what it is, as it is seen in the pics below. Good to go back in childhood memory lane…

5 Rs for a packet, and packetful of joy, Even NOW!

5 Rs for a packet, and packetful of joy, Even NOW!

And this is THE BEST moment!

Arrange the Bobby according to the fingers! AND KEEP MUNCHING... Please do not eat your fingers!

Arrange the Bobby according to the fingers! AND KEEP MUNCHING… Please do not eat your fingers!

Some people call it Pongay – पोंगे . What do you call it?

Do share your fav childhood snacks! Will try and blog about ’em too!

‘Pen’Full Story : Kale Pens…

One of the oldest pen manufactures from Pune. Even my grandfather has memories of he using kale pens (he is 81 today). Visited the shop today, a small, insignificant setup, near Dagdusheth Temple, Pune. When Parker, Lamy, Cardin and other brands are going big, Kale Pens doesnt seem to be doing any marketing activity. But, most punekars would know about Kale Pens.

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They have 4 patterns/models of Pens to select. These look like Hero China Pens, plus some camlin pens. But, these were designed much before Hero did. If you notice the price, i am sure, you are going to smile. NEAT value for what you are spending. Though the plastic quality can be a turn down for many (not me)

Top 2 pens - Rs 30 Bottom 2 for 20 Rs each

Sample Pens – Top 2 pens – Rs 30 and 20; Bottom 2 for 20 and 30 Rs each

So after i selected the top model (in the pic above), the shopkeeper assembled the pen, refine filed it and inserted a nib. AND THE PEN WAS READY. Kale Ink is also super blue and smooth. But they dont sell it in a bottle , instead he handed a plastic bag packed with ink, nicely sealed. I carried it in my pocket and it was intact! PS – Ink Bag is for Rs 5! 

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Here is the ink Bag – Rs 5!

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Ink Bag – Fresh Blue. It smells good too!

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Look at the rates, and guarantee! This is the board outside the shop

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Photo frame in this pic is Mr.Kale who started this business. Also, check the size of the shop. It is very very small

Their factory is in Kasba Peth , Pune. They manufacture and sell more than 200 pens in a month (this was told by the person working here. Couldn’t meet the owner today).  They do not sell at any other retail stationery shops. Customer base is students, Teachers from Pune, but more from near by villages. They also a give a guarantee card, which I didn’t get… that makes me enthusiastic to visit the shop once again!

So, A pen and ink bag would cost you 20+5 or 30+5. That’s it! Kale Pens are also known for  repairing old ink pens. I saw many fountain pens piled up (for repairing or might be scrapped).

All in all – A ‘Pen’Full Story!

SAD UPDATE : The shop and manufacturing is closed. You may see the shop open, but they dont have any stock.

World Post Day

Today is World Post Day – जागतिक टपाल दिन ! One person which makes this system working is the Postman. On this occasion, clicked a pic with postman in Pune. His name is Kiran Kokane, working in Indian Postal service for 18 years now. His native place is Manchar, in Maharashtra (India).

He was aware about today being World Post Day, and he was happy to be clicked.

Me and Postman kaka

Me and Postman kaka

 

Thanks Udit, for capturing this moment.

 

For all Pu La fans, here is the link to Majhe Paustik Jeevan – a story on Post!

Bioscope…A lost memory

Sunday afternoon is a movie time. Me and Kaustubh , saw a different movie today. We saw this guy coming with a huge box which has cinema in it. Till he had lunch, we were in queue. I had never seen such a movie, was curious to see what is the mystery, why kids run this man (use to, now with computer games and multiplexes etc this is passé)

Waiting for OUR HERO to finish his lunch and set his  SHOW!

Waiting for OUR HERO to finish his lunch and set the SHOW!

The show started! I saw ads cut from newspaper, right from Priyanka Chopra at some opening ceremony, Movie ads in newspaper, some news (in marathi). I initially thought that isnt it a great idea to show ads before the movie begins, but after the ads, there was no movie! 

As I watched he played some music. The show got over in about 40 secs. All I paid is Rs 10!

Me watching Ads (CInema). He moves a handle which allows a paper to roll over and I could see frames changing! Pretty much like a reel!

Me watching Ads (CInema). He moves a handle which allows a paper to roll over and I could see frames changing! Pretty much like a reel!

Kaustubh Watching - And he says ---> Cinemascope... this thing is still there in city.. small thing but happy to see it's still there.. sure this wld not be there to be seen by my kid..

Kaustubh Watching – And he says —> Cinemascope… this thing is still there in city.. small thing but happy to see it’s still there.. sure this wld not be there to be seen by my kid..

Now it was kaustubhs’ turn to  watch the same movie! Soon, we pulled some crowd for him, few more joined in this NEW way (actually a very old way) of watching cinema.

His name is Shahnawaaj. Age – close to 70, his eyes had visible cataract. We were at Sahakarnagar and he lives near Dandekar pool (Pune), so he walks few kms everyday,carrying this machine, spreading joy!

Kaustubh clicks Shahnawaaj, Me, Cinemascope machine and Gudiya - see that doll!

Kaustubh clicks Shahnawaaj, Me, Cinemascope machine and Gudiya – see that doll!

Photos & Video by Kaustubh Hinge , while he watched, I was the cameraman!

Check out the video 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gZ_2SjxKTo

 

देवघरातला अंधार

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देवघरातला अंधार देवाला नकोसा वाटला,

दिवा लावायचा Approach , मलाही पटला …

पुजापाठ , हारतुरे तुलादेखील आवडतात ,

असलं सगळं पाहून मुठी मात्र आवळतात !

असंख्य लोकांची फसवणूक केली  आहेस,

चांगलंच  घडेल  अशी आशा दाखवली आहेस .

हसत हसत, निवांत बसून सारे काही पाहतो आहेस

इतरांचे माहित नाही , पण इथे तू एकटाच आहेस!

तोच चेहरा , तोच प्रसाद आणि तोच नमस्कार,

हसून कितीदातरी नाकारला आहेस पुरस्कार !

बाबा रे! मनापासून हात जोडून सांगतो तुला,

शेवटचं मागणं मागतो, नको तुझं  दर्शन मला !

Wadeshwar – Digital Way

SMS Token for reserving your seat at Wadeshwar, FC road Pune, was surprising to me on this Sunday. But the way it is being implemented is welcoming. It was their first day, and yes we were the guinea pigs! (as stated by @wadeshwar on twitter)

The best thing is, you can now reserve your seat in Wadeshwar via SMS as you leave your house, so by the time you reach, table is yours!

Below are some screenshots of SMS interaction.

Please note the time gap between the 2 messages. This was quick and smooth. The system is implemented by TokenJunction.

The third pic, is how Wadeshwar is using social media to connect with their customers. Happy to see this change, in the world where engagement with customer is the key.

What I think, Wadeshwar should monitor via SMS Token system:

1. Footfall at various hours on varied days (based on which food planning can happen)

2. Time taken for serving a table, also based on how many people sitting on the table

3. Frequent customers – hour/day specific.

PS: Wadeshwar, MUST accept cards for payment. That’s the digital Way!

 

Pu La Deshpande…

Purushottam Laxman Deshpande (8 November 1919 – 12 June 2000)

तुम्ही स्वर्गात करता, त्या कथाकथनाची CD जरा पृथ्वीवर पाठवा ना!

The Ad World…

Web2.0 has almost changed the game for marketers. New channels, new customers, new content!

Have you seen printed ads stuck on doors, electric poles etc. I am sure there are people who read these. Do they respond to such ads?? Dont know.

But since the Ad Wall is alive, Marketers ARE targeting correct audience!

 Do share such ads – most of the ads have interesting content written on it 🙂