Sis learns to strum :)

A proud moment.. my sis‘ first song with guitar 🙂 oh am so proud! 🙂

Jhuki jhuki si nazar – Late night Jam :)

Jhuki jhuki si nazar 🙂 #‎Ghazal #‎Unplugged #‎Acoustic #‎Guitar #‎FridayNight #‎Maahaul 😉


Join in at YouTube for #‎Music #‎Travel and more #‎joyous and #‎destressing moments @ YouTube.com/AdityaPathakUtube 🙂 #‎JashnHaiZindagi

More Meditation Music coming up :)

Perhaps the best ‘artist collaboration’ one can ever have 🙂 Recorded mom recently for our new meditation/healing music soundscape 🙂 She played the singing bowls and chimes ..awesome experience ..a special one indeed 🙂 Working on the mix and the video now.. will share soon @ our YouTube channel 🙂 Cheers n blessings for all! 🙂

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Jamming with friends at work :)

Amazing jamming with friends at work 🙂 It was esp heart-warming to see “grown ups” walk up to us after the JAM and joyfully express how they loved to sing their hearts out after “many many many years” 🙂 Felt great to hear that!

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Creative Moments : Planned Spontaneity + Diversity & Inclusion :)

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Much recently I’ve been reading about nurturing creative thinking, innovation and out-of-the-box thinking and how some purposeless and light and artful team-engagements can positively contribute to a team’s creativity. Some like to call this “planned spontaneity” ..and I like this phrase too 🙂

We are celebrating “Culture Week” at my organization this month where we celebrate “Diversity and Inclusion” in all it’s form and spread awareness about the same. This involves various fun as well as informative workshops and activities that help in spreading awareness about the matter.

In my parallel world, outside office that is :), since past few years I’ve been video-blogging extensively about a lot of ancient and medieval heritage and archaeological sites in and around my city…mostly on weekends. And seeing my video and photo blogs on social media, my office friends have often expressed their liking for such excursions and heritage/photo-walks….and how every time they are not able to find time for doing something that they like!

One fine day recently.. I was reading some articles on the web about best practices for nurturing Planned Spontaneity in Corporates when the “Culture Week” invitation mailer arrived in my inbox. The mailer mentioned about a “Photography Competition” with “Diversity and Inclusion” as the key theme. I suddenly saw some dots getting connected and thought that what if I take my team out for a heritage/photo-walk on a weekend …where we just walk sedately on the grass, take some candid snaps and also learn about how the culture has shaped up since the ancient ages through the medieval and modern times! I was perhaps very hopeful that this activity will help us experience some moments of planned spontaneity and creativity which we’ll be able to apply at our office work as well…and also will fetch us some nice shots for the photo-competition 🙂

I floated the idea with the team after our daily meeting and some of them seemed to like it….and it was fun to see the enthusiasm grow as the weekend arrived 🙂 We chose the Mehrauli Archaeological Park for our visit – it is a place that has been a major settlement ever since the ancient and medieval times and has seen so many human civilizations come and go! The area is still an active hub for archaeologists in this town and is literally littered with ruins from the ancient Indian empires, the Sultanate period as well as the British empire!

We reached the site early morning on a Saturday …roamed around…discussed about the history of the place..clicked snaps..played badminton and Frisbee.. had moments of hearty laughs.. and the heritage/photo walk was followed by some awesomely delicious authentic traditional food 🙂 It was fun to see grown-up “Engineers” playfully roam around like kids mimicking birds, enjoying the magic of trick-photography, clicking selfies and photographing cute little dogs and piglets apart from the monuments and ruins in that ridge!

The team seemed to have loved the experience and I’ve treasured some of these moments in the photos shown below. Really looking forward to more moments of such planned spontaneity ahead 🙂 Amen!

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Some paintings by mom :)

Just curated some paintings made by mom. Most of these came into existence during the 1980-90s.. while me and sis were tiny toddlers growing up.. watching mom’s unique art of living 🙂

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10-Waterfall Woman 1988

01-Ganesha Edited 1988

02-Flower Basket 1988

03-Landscape 1989

04-Old Temple 1994

05-Farmhouse 1987

06-Crying Boy 1987

07-Farm woman 1989

Film Making – EDITING for Beginners Part 2of3 (iMovie Illustration)

Here’s an illustration of how to make a simple movie using Apple iMovie.

In this 3 part video series we discuss some basics/tips/tricks/concepts of video editing esp for Beginners. Part 1 of the 3 part series discusses the Hows and Whys of video editing and some simple concepts and theory. Part 2 illustrates a simple video editing project using Apple iMovie. Part 3 illustrates a simple editing project using Windows Movie Maker.

There’s another video that we shared some time back where we discuss the Basics of Film Making (Planning, Shooting and esp shooting with digicams and phone cameras).

Hope this helps folks across the globe 🙂 Best wishes!