Movies about Cancer.

I wanted to make a list of movies based on cancer for a very long time, but I never made it. I always thought why would someone in their right mind would want to see them! Not everyone is a masochist like me, not everyone enjoys crying while watching a movie and I think hardly anybody would want their heart get broken into million pieces merely by a movie.

These movies, about cancer, are not just sad or depressing they are so much more than that. They give you this hope in some weird little way, it makes you feel grateful for the life you have and had, the family and friends we have, who we always take for granted, the love you have experienced, no matter for how long. It makes you realize that you don’t have to wait for something fatal to happen to you to start living your life on your own terms, you don’t have to wait for death so you could stop and make your own bucket list and start striking through the items which you always wanted to do. There are some great life lessons in these movies and I believe you should watch them at least once.

The Fault in Our Stars

Very obvious I know. If you haven’t watched this movie yet then watch it right now. Also, this was the first movie I had seen about cancer, so you know how it would ended for me. I still remember how this book and movie took the whole internet by storm and all for right reasons. People still cant get enough of the quotes from this movie. I don’t know how something so heart-wrenching can be so beautiful.

Five Feet Apart

Okay, I cheated a bit. This movie isn’t about cancer but its pretty close. If being a teenager and falling in love isn’t terrifying enough, they have to deal with a fatal disease and the only way they could survive is if they are five feet apart?! Ugh! take all my money! This movie makes a really good point which I loved- sometimes you have to sacrifice a lot just to keep yourself alive.

This movie is available on Netflix.

My Sister’s Keeper

Okay enough of the romantic stuff. This movie hits you right into the gut. It is about a young girl who is forced by her parents to donate blood, organs, tissue to her sister suffering from cancer. It accurately depicts how cancer affects not one person but the whole family, it shows all the dark and gruesome side effects of cancer which we rarely see on screen. Even though this movie made me cry the most, the ending gave me an unexpected sense of calm.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Don’t you hate it when your mom wants you to be-friend with someone, especially when they have leukemia?! A movie purely based on friendship between a girl and a guy and neither of them are gay! You know how rare and special this is! It is one of the most amazing and sadly, most underrated movie I have ever seen. If there is one movie I could make everyone watch it has to be this one. DO. NOT. MISS. IT.

50/50

If you thought a movie about cancer cant make you laugh or make you feel good, you need to watch this ASAP. Adam doesn’t drive because accidents are number one cause of death, he also doesn’t smoke or drink. He is a good guy. Everything is turned upside down when he is diagnosed with a rare cancer and the survival rate is 50/50. No, he doesn’t make a bucket list, neither he rebels and becomes a drug kingpin. As he goes on with his ordinary life the way it unfolds, he learns the value of love, family and friendships.

This movie is available on Netflix.

Death and loss are inevitable, but these movies somehow make it a little better and get us ready for the uncertainties of our lives. I hope these movies gives you the closure you seek to live your healthy life to the fullest.

DSLR vs Phone camera

I bought a DSLR few years back as I wanted to take my photography to next level. I used it extensively, took it everywhere I went, even though it was a major inconvenience, it didn’t matter much because I loved it. Then something happened, I bought a new smartphone. It had this amazing camera with all the latest features including the pro mode, so naturally I loved it more. It was enough for me to completely forget my DSLR.

The qurantine was hard initially because I couldn’t go out any more and take pictures. So I figured why not start taking pictures indoor with all the fancy things I own (books and gourmet teas). I started with my phone camera but something didn’t feel right, eventually I realised it was time for my DSLR to be of soe use. And as I had no work at all I took several pictures with phone and then with DSLR as an experiment and I found this-

(Left: DSLR pictures, Right: Phone pictures)

DSLR: Canon 750D (18-55mm lens)

PROS:

  1. Depth of field
  2. Image quality
  3. Colors, details, ambience
  4. Control over angles

CONS:

  1. Expensive
  2. Learning curve
  3. Not very handy

Phone: Redmi Note 7 Pro

PROS:

  1. Easy to use
  2. Cheap
  3. Lots of available apps/filters
  4. Portable

CONS:

  1. Image quality
  2. Not that defined depth of field
  3. Modifies the colors

In the end, I feel, it doesn’t matter how costly your camera is, or how many lenses you own, if you have that spark, it will be very hard to hide it.

So keep clicking!

Coming-of-age movies that changed me

Few days back I wrote on my Instagram about my favourite genre in movies.

Well nobody asked, but here are my most favourite coming-of-age movies that has supported me in my dark times and has helped me become the person I am today.

The Breakfast Club

Society is going to stereotype you, put you in a box. It doesn’t has to be this way. There’s no one single thing that can define you. There will always be more to you than what people can see. 

The Perks of being a Wallflower

You can be a shy introvert, you can suffer from a mental disorder but you’re more than that. Life is more than that. You have every right and chance to change your life. It doesn’t has to be a sad story. 

Spectacular Now

You can avoid your responsibilities so you won’t make a mistake, you can push people away so they won’t hurt you, you can keep living in denial but sometimes you have to accept that there is going to be a tommorow and a day after tomorrrow, and many more days, and take a step forward to change them for better.

Juno

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You’re going to fuck up (literally). You’re going to make mistakes that can potentially ruin your life, but you can always choose to stand up for yourself and for your decisions even though they don’t fit our societal norms. 

Ladybird

Boyhood movie is for guys, what Ladybird is for me. You might not have good relationship with your parents, with your differences, perspectives, opinions, but someday you’ll learn to understand why they are the way they are and accept it. Oh! And make some more mistakes in between. 

Call Me by Your Name

What’s a bigger life lesson than a heartbreak? It teaches you so much about ourselves, the world around us and human existence.

Dead Poets Society

You don’t have to pursue what everyone is, you can choose a path less traveled and not follow the herd. You can always dare to be extraordinary. All you need is a little courage and the rest would be history.

Submarine

I cannot tell you enough how visually pleasing and funny this movie is. It made me realise that you cannot fix everything, you can try, but most of the times you have to let go and wait life to unfold itself.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

This movie gave me huge validation about all the shit I have done in my teenage years (she does far worse). Sometimes forgiving yourself and starting new is the only option.

Good Will Hunting

Something inside you seems to be healed when Robin Williams keeps repeating, “It’s not your fault”, because what happened to you when you were a kid is never your fault. You can have the ability to change the world but you can always choose to change your world instead.

Movies to inspire Wanderlust

When I say movies about traveling whats the first movie that comes to your mind? Undoubtedly, it has to be ‘Into the Wild‘. Everyone has seen that movie by now and it has made us think at least once to give up our lives and leave for the Himalayas. Well, if you haven’t seen the movie yet, I have no clue what are you waiting for.

So here is my mini playlist of movies that comes to mind when I hear ‘Wanderlust’.

3. Up in the Air

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If you think you love traveling then you haven’t met this man.

2. Wild

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This movie literally inspired me to go solo.

1.  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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This movie is everything- feel good, inspirational, entertaining, adventure, etc. I’ve never lived a movie as much as I did this one.

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Types of edits famous on Instagram

As you might already know that I’m pretty good with photo editors, may be better than taking pictures. Editing a picture is what makes it or breaks it.

So, let me showcase you 8 types of edits I normally use.

1. #nofilter Edit

Photo editors used: none!

This is not as easy it seems to be. Your exposure, angles, composition, white balance, focus, etc. everything should be perfect as you are not going to touch it up. It’s not impossible to achieve it but not simple¬†either unless you’re a pro, like me. Just kidding. I had to click 23 pictures to get a perfect shot.

2. Auto Edit

Photo editors used: any editor with auto-adjust options like Snapseed, Picsart, Pixlr, etc.

This is the best option when you’re too lazy to edit pictures and want to upload it ASAP.

3. The Classic VSCO Edit

Photo editor used: obviously VSCO! duh!

This is one of the most popular edits on Instagram. Almost everybody uses this. You can achieve¬†this simply by selecting a filter and then adjusting its feature according to your choice. Don’t forget to increase¬†the ‘Fade’ option as much as you like because¬†that’s¬†what this edit is all about.

4. The Brandon Woelfel effect:

Photo editors used: VSCO, PicsArt

If you don’t¬†know who¬†Brandon Woelfel¬†is¬†then you need to check his portraits on Instagram RIGHT.NOW. This edit is based on his trademark color scheme and bokeh effect. (I tried my best to make it look so) It will take a whole new blog post to explain in detail how to achieve this look. Stay tuned for that. ūüėČ

5. HD Edit:

Photo editor used: Snapseed

Just the basic Snapseed features like HDR scape, Vignette, Tonal Contrast and Tune Image a little bit and bingo! It’s the most HD picture you’ll get.

6. Soft Goth edit:

Photo editor used: Snapseed

Use the same HD edit features and then darken out the whole background to highlight your subject in the picture. You can also use Glamour Glow to soften the picture a little bit.

7. Grainy Film Edit

Photo editor used: Snapseed

This is my go-to approach whenever the picture is of low quality or clicked in low-light. The Grainy option in Snapseed has many filters to choose from. It gives this nice filmy vintage kind of look that I like.

8. The Vintage Edit

Photo editor used: Snapseed

This is my signature style that everybody, including me, loves on Instagram. I love how it looks like old photographs and somewhat nostalgic. Again, another blog post tutorial to show you how it’s done.

Finally, you can use each and every edit from above, add different typographies, alter backgrounds, build on tons of filters and create your own style. And you don’t even need to¬†learn Photoshop, its all at your fingertips. Good luck!

 

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Mini Playlist: Best of Covers

 

My favorite kind of music genre is Indie Rock, Alternative, Electronic and Dream Pop. So that’s the old 80’s music for you, even though I was born in 90’s. I guess the reason I like it is that it makes me¬†feel nostalgic and reminds me of my childhood in some way.

I keep discovering new bands and artists that are not mainstream but are unbelievably underrated. So, I thought why not share them with everybody, in case anybody likes it.

It’s very rare that a cover song is better than the actually released one,¬† but it does happen sometimes and here’s the list of covers that I love:

5. WE CANT STOP by BASTILLE

This is like a double-triple-quadruple mashup.

4. CHOCOLATE by DWNTWN

This cover is so dreamy, that it had me shook. LOL.

3. BAD BLOOD by RYAN ADAMS

This acoustic cover by Ryan Adams is so sad, but oh.. so good!

2. GET LUCKY by DAUGHTER

Everybody has heard of Get Lucky by Daft Punk but have you heard of this dark version by Daughter?

1. WHAT MAKES YOU BEAUTIFUL by THE 1975

Everything that The 1975 touches become heavenly! This cover wins! Everybody go home.

What are your favorite covers?

 

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FAQ’s about Photography

 

  1. When did you get into Photography?
    • I started photography when I bought myself a smartphone in 2013. I started with mobile photography using Nexus 4.
  2. Which gear do I use?
    • Canon 750d. And I only have the basic kit lens 18-55mm. Now saving for 50mm, 70-200mm, and a macro lens. I can buy these lenses in a month with the amount of money I earn, but let’s go with the excuse that I’m saving.
  3. Am I a professional photographer?
    • No, I’m a professional UI Developer, in case you need a website. On the other hand, my photography is purely a hobby for me. I don’t do photoshoots or try to earn money from it.
  4. Which apps I use to edit my pictures?
    • Okay, I get this question a lot. The thing is I have a very clear vision of what the end product should look like and to get that result I’ll use any amount of software. Anyway, my most used are Snapseed, PicsArt, VSCO, Pixlr, etc. If I had to choose only one software that would be Snapseed, obviously.
  5. Why I only take pictures of flowers and mostly nature?
    • Because flowers don’t tell me that they look fat in the picture and sunsets don’t ask me to take their pictures more candidly. I am the master here, hence nature and still life photography.
  6. Aint self-portraits just like selfies?
    • Umm well, you got to feed your narcissism every now and then.
  7. How to get an aesthetic feed?
    • Create a theme for your pictures. All aesthetic feeds have one thing in common, that is, colors. Educate yourself on the topic of color theory. A game like ‘I love hue’ may help. Always, remember post only those pictures that have the best quality.
  8. Any piece of advice for a beginner?
    • Your camera, lens, the software doesn’t mean a thing if you don’t know how to compose a picture. To master the composition start practicing every day with your mobile camera.
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