Sunday, December 23, 2012

qotd #13

"But I'm not good at anything!"

"Well, I have good news -- throw enough hours of repetition at it and you can get sort of good at anything. I was the world's shittiest writer when I was an infant. I was only slightly better at 25. But while I was failing miserably at my career, I wrote in my spare time for eight straight years, an article a week, before I ever made real money off it. It took 13 years for me to get good enough to make the New York Times best-seller list. It took me probably 20,000 hours of practice to sand the edges off my sucking.
Don't like the prospect of pouring all of that time into a skill? Well, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that the sheer act of practicing will help you come out of your shell -- I got through years of tedious office work because I knew that I was learning a unique skill on the side. People quit because it takes too long to see results, because they can't figure out that the process is the result

...I know dozens of aspiring writers. They think of themselves as writers, they introduce themselves as writers at parties, they know that deep inside, they have the heart of a writer. The only thing they're missing is that minor final step, where they actually fucking write things."

Quoted from David Wong

my favourite shots of India

I miss India.

The sight of something new everywhere I turn, the smell of chai on the streets of Calcutta (I love and prefer the old romantic spelling of what is now known as Kolkata, ugh), the heavy lingering taste of herbs and spices in every meal, the majestic sights of grand old architecture, the never-ending expanse of the Thar Desert...

I can go on and on about what I loved about India, but you (and I) would rather not.

My six favourite photos below.

Sunset silhouette at the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer

A Sister rests on the doorway of Mother Theresa's Calcutta Center

Right before we did the crazy death-defying (ahem) 6-course zip-lining over the Mehrengarh Fort, the blue city of Jodhpur, and a lake on a beautiful sunset

Market scene over the Red Fort, Delhi

My cheeky ride for the Thar Desert leg, Rocket.
We did not have a camera stand so had to resort to stacking my camera on books and bags.
And it is one of the best group picture that I have ever taken.

Feel free to email me if you are planning to travel to India for the first time, I'll be glad to share some tips and advice.
Bear in mind that our trip took place in late Oct - early Nov 2012.