Paris : Finale

All the hype and wait, It is about time that we moved on – finish this french business. It has taken me a lot longer while there has been plenty more to add from the recent life. World has moved on, I have had two more trips in between – the next one is already coming along in less than 3 weeks – where in the world is Mani lost ? Good question, but I can only answer once I know because I do not know where the time goes and how quick it goes. It just flies past me and leaves me in lot more questions.

So from the last point we left, Carried on my journey to the Paris Automobile show, which for certain reasons can’t be added into this post or else I will never end this chapter but would conclude the girls of Paris in another post sometime in future. For now, I must head back to Paris in night gathering my last few hours in this city.

Moments of joy and celebrations - Life is to live.
Moments of joy and celebrations – Life is to live.

Colorful people, lovely music and journeys to bring these memories.

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Walking out from the last station, the drizzling water spots of the rain disappears into the chilly weather.

Night "Instagram" style in Paris.
Night “Instagram” style in Paris.

The weary night of Paris in the cold and chilly conditions wears an empty look. Nothing really compared to this when you talk of cities and how impressively they show that they are meant for businesses only. By the day – they run, they soak you in and fall the night – nothing, not even a bird wants to flock its wings in this emptiness.

Spot the traffic and the alienated emptiness.
Spot the traffic and the alienated emptiness.

The invisible little water drops from the drizzling rain form an impressive view at this moment. The little light above the fountain makes it look it an Alien zone.  It just shows, the cold and empty Paris to you.

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Love Love Love… in Paris

Humans always seek a reason to run away from the crowded affairs of life. Somewhere in the world, someone is kissing someone away from the busy crowds and someone like me is surely waiting for it to caught. It is funny how life looks when you are on the other side of the camera. You see life from a perspective other than being a cameraman – it becomes like a part of your life – something you cannot miss – something you cannot live without.

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Paris, sure wears different colours in the night. A view from the end of Champs Elysees – Considered to be the most expensive high street of the world under The Arc of Triomphe.

The momentary pause in the middle of the road does shows that life is moving, the time ticking and shutter clicking. Not the best way to do the night shots of the city with a hand that is frozen and trying reasons to be steady at all.

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While walking away from the emptiness towards the most expensive Champs Elysees I come across this house decorated in the colours from outside ready to welcome its visitors. The inside roof of the house looks even more amazing than outside. The night brings its own colours.

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Somewhere down the Elysees – the busy scene displaces the calmness with sirens and noise from the police cars. Someone tonight is not going to be happy to know that their car was not parked by the roadside but in the no parking zone that soon shall be causing them the despair for their parking. Colourful night in its own tones.

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Doesn’t really have that need of words to give the justice to what your eyes can already see. Better words stay away for next few minutes while you browse through.

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“Pomme de Pain” – Something which is only for my desi counterparts (Anyone knowing Hindi would relate to the words – “Pomme di pain”) ha ha haa .. Just a joke for those but this is what Paris, France and French life is all about “Pomme de Pain”.

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The busy Circle of life, the Galleries of paris with shops, sellers, food stalls – it all  happens in here if you are one of those looking for shopping in Paris.

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Does it not show ! Pace of this place even when it is empty, like any other cities from the world. I relate the Arc de Triomphe to “India Gate” similar architecture standing in the memory of lost lives during the WW1 &2 in India. Interesting but these all architectures have such a huge importance in the life of cities. These are all that make the real cities to remember – give them a character – give them their essence of recognition.

Closer and Closer
Closer and Closer

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I, the Freebird welcome you to Arc de Triomphe in the night.

Exits and entrances !! Does get bit exciting when you have so many directions to choose from and you don’t know where you are going because it all is in French. Experiencing France in a French way is one way of seeing it, other way is to get lost without knowing where you  may end up.

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The last bits of underground existence on a Sunday night – All of the tourists, mostly Americans, mostly mid-aged – you do get to see the way and know who travels where in which part of their lives. I may be wrong here but getting to sit, stand and listen to someone for 5 seconds does give you a good idea of where, what and how they have been travelling.

Cutest shot in the city.
Cutest shot in the city.

A curious little friend 🙂 I am sure he was more eager to see what this silly guy is doing digging into the floor with his black little round thing in the front – I find this the cutest shot but I knew there was one more which was going to come along. I am sure this was about to make me feel so happy.

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Give or take, the emotions of life does not only relate to humans – even the pets sometimes show the emotions of their families where they belong. I simply could not stop enjoying this picture and not sharing this one will be injustice to the moment.

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Pin drop silence to the effect that you can hear every single footstep – sounds bit creepy – That’s Paris my friend for you.

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We are just seeing the last busy bits of this place before it all settles down and kicks again with the morning rush hour for which I will be on my way to London. So with this I say good night to the last night in Paris and I shall finish my last few shots back into the Life of London again.

Next morning, I am heading back to where I belong – the so called heart/home experience. There are rarely places that makes you feel so close to how you feel at home. I can’t say where my home but I can certainly relate to where my heart wants to go – A place which no cities offer me.

This journey of photos, memories, work, shoot and friends must come to an end so I commence my return with the final goodbye to the Paris stations early in the morning @ Haussmann Hazare to switch for my London Return Eurostar.

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To say my experience in the double decker train has been quite interesting as we do not get to see them anywhere in the UK  – it is something more French that I have been introduced to on my this trip.

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To all that we have seen so far, the next destination awaits me – The journey of return begins, early in the morning at 0630 through the crowds of people who rush to catch their return via Eurostar train. It was interesting to notice how many people commence their weekend journeys working in London,  living in Paris and family somewhere farther out in France.

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Although Eurostar is one of the fastest trains with plenty of facts around it.  Eurostar train connecting London to Paris has the longest sea tunnel anywhere in the world – the facts are plenty to read and see. But I must find my way to get into one of these fast speed carriers.
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The early morning rush is just getting to build up while I still struggle to find which way is the check-in. I was seriously confused with how there was no direction markers until I asked someone who pointed out me to the right direction above the stairs.

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Its true, the higher you get the lonelier and better it becomes. Whether you talk of your status or of heights – there is only one risk – if you fall you may not survive 😀 – Just a joke but enjoy the views of the old Paris, Gare du Nord station.

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The final immigration security check for the Schengen visa and formalities before you board the train – the funny thing was I can seriously see there was a need for more window counters to be opened. Same story as any other UK airport – Not enough officers for the duty.

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I make my way to the platform and to the right door to reach my seat. The good part is it is not like a cheap ryanair/aerlingus/easyjet flight where you do not have seat numbers assigned and you tend to be treated like sheeps in the end. Ha ha haa – I guess that is the gift of cheap travelling. Although even cheap travelling was never the same 2years back. These transporters wanna suck every bit of money they can out of your wallets.

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The royal way back – it surely is a world of difference when you leave London expecting a great same way back into Paris but that is not the way it welcomes you.  Through the smell of piss, beggars, sellers and lot more dodgy scenes – it appears to be a third world for a while. It is not a travel magazine but rather my blog where I can express what I feel like, I see and I experience.  My journey back to London does bring me through lot of wonderful memories so I take my seat in the very plush large seat and doze off for the next 2hours till I wake up in London just like a dream.

Ah, but before I can settle in – my opposite seat businessman has spilled his coffee – had a cross with his neighbour and invited himself to some wild corner on the pair of seats. I preferred to say none as the arrogance people reflect is really a great way to piss off others. I am not even out of Paris yet but this shows me the last taste of the wonderful business minded crowd. Minding my own business, I am falling asleep for I need to get back into the studios.

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Suddenly, the world changes as I open my eyes under the roof that offers the light, the air that is not stinky anymore ! The St. Pancras international station has something to offer that sure not many stations around Europe do. It has that bit to it which separates itself from the rest of European counterparts.

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Collecting my last bits of the morning pick pack shots, I enjoyed this weekend.

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Welcome to the bit, THe LONDON ! Its 0939hrs on Monday morning.

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This is when life returns to the normalcy of daily life.

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To the world with bags, packs and morning stress.

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I say goodbye to all you lovely readers. People whom I know &  I don’t. Life is a journey – which we all do but depends what we want out of it. My next adventure shall take you away into the nature of England Countryside away from the cities. I have already finished two more journeys but I am always a tad behind with pace of blogs. Life is different when you have multiple jobs, endless journeys and plethora of shots.

Keep coming back.

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Winds of change

Unable to express myself today – seems like too much in the head and none to output those eternal yet conflicting thoughts all in the very darkest of the corners inside the head. It appears nonetheless the more consistent but rather a step towards outgrowing myself whether it appears to be in my age, my thoughts, my maturity, my levels of seeing things and above all the changes that have made me see this world so differently. A life that bloomed as innocent, yet pure and very unaware of the world has come to the terms of seeing how unsafe it is to be innocent, unclever and unclear of your own aims in life.

There is a fine line of understanding yourself to the world and where you separate yourself from that second self which is on the line of fire with the external world – the battle of survival, the job, money which takes you into a different realm that has no end till you die. But the one that should keep you alive is the one that in inside you. Playing two sides to a coin has not been my way of life but that it is undeniably true to the real terms of life that you cannot keep yourself as one to play in this world. The time changes with the age, the way we live, the way we exist and the way we love – it all changes with our surroundings. The passion of doing something passionately is onto how lively you are – that fine line of sensibility, that makes you full fill your obligations towards life that comes all with age.

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To divide myself on to the two sides of the coin has divided those features of excellence into halves of challenging myself. Even to adore that we have and to enjoy what we have – we must have a clear air of ourselves. Everything that divides me is making it half of me, the love that I have for everything in this life including myself is true and is lived through the open thoughts of being myself without being it in halves. I love you my dear, I love this life and I love being who I am – the fine sense that I have enjoyed and want to enjoy will only come with the age.

Aah.. I am eluded by these thoughts and I must come down to this earth again – take on the life with the full force of my real talents. The way to live in this life is getting to your targets the way no one else can guide you to them. You, me and all of us live this for somethings that we want and for those who have already achieved this – we must remember that there is always something makes us live for the next day. We must cherish, live these moments and try to keep them coming back to our life. I have done plenty of things that make me happy – plenty of things that makes me alive – plenty of travel that one can do without planning – to this life, I want to have my Cheers. But with age, as I mentioned – the Winds of change – must knock on my door as I feel today – the day has come when I must – I must observe myself to my desires to my demand and to all of the above – my aims.

On a peronal note, I live this moment so that I come and take this to all those highs that shall be mine. I want to live and live like what I have – A FreeBird ..

Frankfurt.Am.Main – City of the World

Let me share little facts that I have explored in all these years while seeing the world either in short trips or in the long journeys while motorcycling across the most rugged and the most smoothest terrains on this planet.

Firstly, Most big cities are a pile of concrete brought together to create the revenues, boost the economies, bring the jobs and above all – show it off. Whether they are the marvels of the architecture, the gardens of the world or the piles of unmanaged garbage dumps.

Secondly, I have lived in the biggest cities of the world which in terms of population, traffic, and fast pace lifestyles beat every other place. Point, is I have been and I am always in the constant move for being wherever I can be to experience something new and different.

To give the base before I start – I wanted you to know who I am. I was born in New Delhi, explored 100,000kms in India on my two wheels seeing the most remote places. I moved to London, UK to see the fast life and the people who work, look, dress like machines only place that give u monies so you can pay your bill and may be save as well.I explored Europe on my two wheels again and marked 100,000miles on this planet.

In the past few days since I am in Frankfurt am Main, I have explored something which completely changed my views regarding the city. Can a city be like this – Can a place where it is moving so fast and still has those ingredients of life that can make u feel like home still exist. Oh Yes, yes Yes… I always enjoyed Germany but this One trip has remarkably put Frankfurt on the top destination for all those who want to be in a city and not feel lost.

Three years in London, I never ran into a single Indian who spoke in his mother tongue – showed a little respect of humankind. How would you feel !”!

Today, it was my 5th consecutive day, when I have spoken to people without knowing and without fear – the boundaries does not count. Even the people of the city, whether Germans, Americans, Turkish, Iranians or rather Indians .. Does it really matter – the worth of human mankind has not lost its touch. I have enjoyed my journey of Frankfurt like no other places, especially the only city that has attracted me more than my expectation. I don’t speak german – I can only speak.. the broken bits which may make you laugh at me but then, that is me !! People still help me and I still enjoy it which has never been same anywhere else.

At first being lonely in a big city and not knowing a lot can be bit time-consuming to getting used to the life of the city. I have become a Londoner as the pace at which I walk, I feel like in a race while walking in Frankfurt, I can compare and share all those differences which the people of other cities can see it in broad daylight and even in the darkness of the corners.

You can expect a smile back when you pass one – you can expect a reply in a way that someone will stop and explain you about where you want to go. Something I never realised in London – Something people never really appreciate in those big cities. But Hey, Frankfurt is not small either – its fifth largest city in Germany and in top ten cities of the most livable cities. It is super über expensive to live in Frankfurt but then in return it does give you which no other city promises. A fresh green surroundings – A place which is organised as heaven – A city skyline which never gave up on the green belongings in the city – A city that has well-connected network for everything and all the corners feel like so close(ok, this may not be an exception). You can expect to take pictures of the people without making them feel offensive(that’s just my cameraman in me – trying to speak from within).

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come-on – today night I walked about 5 kms and it feels like I have enjoyed walking like never before in a big city. Although I got bitten by something on my back while being in the city park but that’s natural, can’t deny nature ;). From the corners of the city till the main New part – you will feel integrated to this place in every possible way. Enjoying this place – you need to take out the pleasure from walks. See the locals, see the shops, see the variety of food, enjoy running into the Bahns, Love talking to strangers, I met two super amazing singers, believe me or not – they had no indian connection but they surprised me with their talents. One was Iranian and other Moroccan, they knew more Bollywood songs then I could re-collect. I never knew that this place is so closely integrated to world. I have seen more Indians here in this city who enjoy talking to their own people than anywhere else in the world. Why !!! This place has a magnet which does not kill the real person in you. My head has been in complete vertigo since I have been here as this place has changed my whole opinion about big cities. There are still cities which have their integrals in place.

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La la laa… It feels super nice to experience 30C + in the night .. Amazing :

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My journey back home.. in S8 – and after all that dizziness from this place – I m going to say goodnight till I bring another story with me.

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Old in new & New in old.

The wheel of life that moves around us takes us through a lot of things that adds to our life each day & each moment. Sometimes we just ignore the little facts of life that make us – Those old memories from which we grew up. Forget the old, the importance of new in the old life likewise – which adds to our emotions and growth of innerself. Such is this phenomenon of “Old in new” & “New in old”.

Within the past two weeks I have experienced it all from a perspective of going through things where I have come across something new in my old life which has been timed with daily freequency of ridiculuos non stop continuacy. Allowing someone new to enter in my life helped me break the shackles of this timed repeated sequences of life. I wanted this change but never knew it would help me this much. I entered a mode of life where I was feeling that very sore burn in my soul – the power of solitude – the anguish of self emotions. It was a time for this change.

I welcomed this change in life with spurring the new seeds of change within the same old pod. I experienced sudden deviation to get going again. Oh yes, in the very new I mixed the old by allowing some of the very old friends welcoming in to remind me of the past. A very less changed in this solitary FreeBird but it all left a very deep meaning.

We shall allow our lives to visited by something/someone/somewhere new experiences being in the new shell & at the sametime welcome ourselves with someone from the past.

Life can grin back at you but you can win it back from that grinning – just remember – “GO CRAZY” – My work manager tells me too – Mani – GO crazy & it gives a new sense of doing what I do.