I’ve been here before.


writing-101-june-2014-class-badge-2Hei there. Yes, I’ve been here before, when I enrolled for blogging 101 last year. Well, friends you’ve been asking why I’m here again this year. To tell you the truth, I was quite busy with my training schedule. As a result I was unable to complete the previous assignments. Hopefully, I’ll make it this time.

Well, my name is Kalidas and my father’s name is Subramaniam. Both add up it sounds like “Kalidas Subramaniam”. Sounds pretty good, eh.  I’m a Malaysian citizen of Indian origin.  Yes, my friends. I am 3rd or 4th generation of Indians from Tamil Nadu, South India, brought  to then Malaya, as indentured labourers, by the British to toil in their rubber plantations. Thanks for the British for bringing my ancestors to Malaya, then.

I was born and brought up in a small town called Changloon, in the Northern part of Malaysia. I grew up in the rubber estates during childhood days. The quarters provided by the British employers were surrounded by rubber trees, neatly planted in rows. Those rubber trees provided excellent habitats for all types of birds.

The language spoken is Tamil. That’s my mother tongue. Later on, I was sent to an English school where I picked up English and the Malay Language.

Yes, why am I here? I mean, at the wordpress. I spent most of my time on reading. I used to read widely from politics to philosophy and religion. But, now I feel that it is time for writing. Practically, I’ve not written anything seriously. By using this wordpress.com, I belief I can expand my writing skill to a better level and of course, with the help co-bloggers. Besides, blogging in wordpress.com is cheaper and more convenient besides getting excellent guidance from the team.

With that, I hope I will publish a book out of it one day.


BBC releases India’s Daughter on YouTube!

I just made a comment in the fb account and now the full documentary surfaced. No choice but to reblog.


After much speculation, the highly controversial documentary, India’s Daughter, makes its way to the World Wide Web. Banned in India, the documentary focuses on the rape case of Jyoti Singh who was brutally beaten and raped in Delhi in 2012.

The documentary highlights the aftermath of the event as well as a one on one interview with assailant Mukesh Singh. While BBC was in high hopes of releasing the video on television for Women’s Day (March 8th), government disapproval, heavy protests against Mukesh Singh’s lack of remorse and despicable comments lead the the ban of the documentary in India.

Directed by Leslee Udwin, the film has now been made available on YouTube.

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The Sketchbook Series – In India by Will Taylor SGFA

SGFA Journal

photo courtesy of Tessa Spenser Pryse photo courtesy of Tessa Spenser Pryse

Motorbikes and lumbering cows, intricate arches and lake reflections, tangled cables, watchful locals, the flash of colour against earth tones  — Will Taylor SGFA tries his hand at capturing the look and feel of India.

“In February 2014 I set off on a painting trip to Rajasthan, India organised by James Horton, President of the Royal Society of British Artists, together with eight other artists. I was excited, but didn’t know what to expect. We were all from different backgrounds, and for me it would be a crash course in plein air oil painting. Amongst other places, we visited Udaipur, Dungapur, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur, and I returned home bearing sketchbooks filled with pencil, pen and wash and watercolour sketches, as well as oil paintings on board and about a thousand reference photographs.

. The Camel Fair at Jaisalmer – pencil in A6 Moleskine sketchbook

The Camel Fair at…

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The Sketchbook Series – Looking at People by Marion Wilcocks SGFA

SGFA Journal

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“My sketchbooks are filled with diverse drawings, but here I’d like to focus mainly on people observed in passing, as well as subjects in the Life studio, where I use the sketchbook for preliminary studies or rapid poses.

Action pose Action pose

My favourite format is square, with paper robust enough to take a bit of watercolour, and with a stitched binding, so that I can expand across two pages when I want to.

I work fast, and I don’t fiddle with life sketches; they stay the way they arrived on the paper. Sketchbooks are fun to look at because they record immediacy.

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Out and about, I like to draw whenever I can. I explore the way figures form interesting compositions as they recede in perspective, also the extraordinary differences between figure types and shapes.

Travelling by train or bus, I will often draw from…

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Photography 101: The Fundamentals of Light

I love this.

The Daily Post

We’ve talked about the philosophy of photography and offered a two-part overview of the craft, and now we’re ready to dig deeper. As Ming Thein discussed in his posts, light is crucial to this process. No light, no photograph.

Wenjie Zhang, the photographer at A Certain Slant of Light, is passionate about architecture, landscape, still life, and travel photography. Here in part one, Wenjie introduces exposure and three elements: shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Next week, he’ll wrap up our light lesson and discuss the quality and direction of light, and more. Much of what’s covered below applies to those of you with SLRs and dSLRs and cameras with manual modes, but we’ll sprinkle in tips for those with cameraphones and point-and-shoot cameras, too.

Introducing Light

At the heart of every photo is a story, and like ink and paper, many elements come together to tell that story. One…

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