Saturday, April 07, 2007

Of Fat and Photography….

There are 2 types of long weekends I hate. One, the types that come after a week of socializing such that when the actual weekend turns up you’re left gasping for breath while fitting into your jeans. Two, the types where your boy decides to take off to the interiors of some strange district on work and you’re left with nothing to look forward to for 3 days!!! Hmph!!

This week, I learnt, the cool haircut was a bad, bad idea after all. After the first wash, it looks like Lenny Kravitz himself would die at the sight of it! Hence have quickly purchased a bunch of colourful hairbands to keep the disaster in check. (Separately, the boy insists hair bands are also called “alice band”. Has anyone ever heard of that term? Please tell so that I can put the argument to rest). Just when I was sighing in relief that all’s under control, one of the giggly girls told me yesterday that if I pull my hair back as much, my hairline will start receding!!! Hmph! Am back to flaunting my bad hair life.

So back to photography as is the title of this post, the giggly girl gang met up for a birthday this week. And as always we decided to get into a bunch of budday snaps, so much so that at the end of the evening, we were blinded by the flashlight and never want to see a digital camera for the rest of our live….or till the next birthday!

The session started with someone saying let's take a picture for posterity and we launched into a series of permutations and combinations of where each one of us should position ourselves (who we should stand behind to hide our fat or who can stand sideways to look thinner) and then we got into a series of “no delete that…I’m looking too fat”. So after a whooping 100 million pictures, we finally got one with which everyone was satisfied….till we realize that someone had her eyes shut!!! And so the drill began all over again! In fact, a couple of years back, I think I exhausted the digicam battery by making them take retakes coz I looked horrible in each and every snap!!!

The other day I went out with the boy’s friends and since we didn't have a camera with us, they decided to use my terrible camera phone to start clicking and what came out was a bunch of pictures of the table, of glasses, of elbows on the table or just these blurred people talking to each other. Lesson learnt. Never allow the person who’s 4 beers down to try his hand at photography! It took me one full day editing the colours and zoom to get the pictures back in shape!!!

And more on photography, the Rishikesh (not Hrishikesh as was misspelt in previous post….there you go rt…) pictures were finally shared. There must have been 4 cameras on the trip, everyone took the same set of photographs and not one of them made me look good! Hmph! In fact, one of the experienced photographers took these awesome portraits of everyone and then there was me, full of freckles, full of pimples and a whoopingly apparent upper lip!!! After much dismay, photoshop was put to good use and blemishes were got rid off and the sweet soul who did this for me was thanked profusely!!! Phew!!

On a separate note, my boy called up the other day in much panic. “Zee I dreamt you had decided to start advocating the use of the purdah system among muslim women”. Given the young, conservative, muslim girl I am…..NOT…the possibility of that happening is as close as me piggybacking a man eating lion! So I sort of fell off the chair laughing and I must admit that the boy was much relieved!!

Ok am off now. Mum wants to take me shopping somewhere (Ugh). Till then……Say cheese!

25 comments:

nutty said...

arre waah! I get to be the first to comment!!!

I want to see some pics too! kindly be sharing ..

and yes I have heard of hairbands being referred to as "alice bands" so hehe I guess your "boy" wins :D

me flying to Frisco for the weekend .. toodles! ;)

Ruchira said...

zee...
i'd like to meet the person who can set pictures right...
all of mine need some (...ok maybe a lot of...) correction...

IR said...

lenny kravitz, the rock star look ! maybe you should put it up on your blog,

StandbyMind said...

Well I know the "Avrils bands"..
the one avril lavigne wears..they are really cool...and yeah all bands..hair...wrist ..
nice read nad ya
cheeeeese:)

Anonymous said...

ure a rocktar...;) w/o the multi coloured alice bands.. oopss or it hairbands... well some ppl aslo call them HEADBANDS.. hahahha!!!so there you go i gave you another synonym.. hhahaa,,,, well the advise im sure was true... ;) dont you think!!

this is one of teh funniest by far!!
awesome.. u need to publish them sooon.... !!!
ure workin towards a BEST SELLER ...lollll!!!

Cool said...

Why don't you put some of your ugly pics on share :))

Nimrata said...

bring back the original post ..!!

and lose the hairband...!!

i wonder which pics ur gonna share.. hmmm ...hahahahahhaha...i vote for the untouched versions of the portrait...

where's the LC...???..

Zee said...

nutty, my boy is most happy to have finally come across someone who uses that term! am sure he's indebted at u for life!

ruchira, can't access ur blog :( but will pass on the wonders of photoshop to you

ir, err trust me, u'd want to avoid that sight!!

standby, avril's brands??? wow....that's a term i really hadn't heard!!

anonymous, muah! thanks for the sweetest comment ever! also for the masala chai one on the phone :)

cool, don't u laugh at my expense! hmph!

nimrata, hmph! think the hairband looks cute! and no i refuse to put up any untouched photos! ha!

beanpole said...

wonder where you'd go shopping at 2 AM

arpana said...

Lesson : Always be the photgrapher, not the photographed :p , Learnt after several such episodes by yours truly :)

Someone said...

Hey...stumbled upon your blog somehow...love the wit...keep it up!

Ruchika said...

yes yes, iv'e heard of alice bands... i thnk it originates from alice in wonderland coz she wore those bands in the story/movie/cartoon.. :))

P.S update post will come in cpl of days, so dont ask! am still jetlagging!

StandbyMind said...

aint it a nice term..u can go n buy few..ther r cool for sure!

Anonymous said...

hello lovely cousin
oh lord.....wat a heated debate the boy has generated ...and won!!!!alice band it is then...

and this one is for nims who so dearly misses my presence on the comment page :)

How come i got no credit for my patience and amazing photography skills and ensuring everyone looked thin , stunning and remembered to keep their eyes wide open. Ha ha !! It was a relief tho to be on the other side of the blinding flash!!
you also forgot to add that the pics were being judged by their orkut merit! "can we put this on orkut , i want one single snap for orkut" lol

ta ta

Bullshee said...

Its not getting a bad photograph that bothers me....its that there are some people who are so magnificently photogenic, that they look great in evry shot....jealousy drives me mad hombre!

Zee said...

beanpole...some issue with the timing duhhhhhhhhh

arpana.....yes time to make others look ugly too huh

someone...thank you :)

ruchi......you're backkkkkkkkkkkk!!!!! post awaited! and the boy wins the argument hands down now i guess

LC...he insists u sms him and concede defeat

bullshee...bang on man! everyone else looked gorgeous in those rishikesh pics.......i looked like a scarred chicken!

Incog said...

the term 'Alice Band' was made popular by none other than Beckham when he wore it during EPL matches one yr..

Protegeoflife said...

hmm kya baat hain good post on hair bands picturisng abhisekh and john in recent times good post

Adarsh said...

aji humne kaha... kuchh fotu k aage ki baat bhi bataiye.... bahut din se baat yahin atki hui hai :P

Protegeoflife said...

thanx for ur lovely omment y u not updated ur blog

stoob said...

visited your blog after days....

Have been on a sabbatical.

The post is good fun - as usual!

:)

manish said...

such a great discussion,and no pics finally ??Hope to see them in your next post :-)) Till then,CHEESE,cheese,ch:-):-)s:-)........!!

Zee said...

incog...why "alice" band then?

protege......thank you :) being the big boss fan that i was, rahul roy too wore it!!!

adarsh...suffering from writer's block....will be back soon though!

stoob, thanks! when r u getting back to the "blug" world?

manish, didn't want to spook you with the pics....so kept them to myself........cheeeeeessseeeeee

Prasoon said...

I second what arpana has said but then, after doing that almost everytime - there is moment when you wish that someone could click you like you actually clicked the others. It surely is fun seeing happiness in the pics that you click but kabhi kabhi mann karta hai ki khud ko bhi kahin to dekho..

Lalit Singh said...

Because their hearts melt away in the freaking heat
hahahaha... that's a first.
And I dont know whats it with people ..all have conspired to wed this year.