Khumbu Seracs and the Tragedy; Support SHERPAS !

The worst accident in the history of Everest mountaineering occurred Friday morning on the South side of the world's highest peak. 

Khumbu Icefall; ©mountainsoftravelphotos.com

At around 6.45 am Nepali time, an avalanche occurred on the southern side of Mt. Everest, at an elevation of approximately 5,800 mts. The accident zone, famous as 'The Golden Gate/Popcorn Field' lies in the khumbu Icefall. Khumbu Icefall has numerous unstable seracs and the Clibers need to hurry to pass them as quickly as possible. The most suitable time to pass them is around early mornings before the sun rises and temperature goes up. The disastrous accident occured when a large Serac broke off from the slopes of the western shoulder of Mt. Everest, right above the Khumbu Icefall. 25 Sherpa guides were buried by the avalanche. They were busy fixing ropes and preparing the South Col route for their clients.

Seracs; © beyondak.com

Hanging seracs ©summitpost.org

Sherpa guides have a challenging task to find and maintain a new route through the Icefall every year. Since they are the ones who are quite familiar with the Moutains, they take up such risky tasks and they are the ones who face the danger first.

© Nat Geo

Ang Kaji Sherpa was one of 12 climbing guides on the Friday's accident. He was working with a team of elite Sherpa, who were setting up ropes to prepare the way for their clients to follow in the days to come.

Sherpas take up one of the most dangerous tasks in the world. If you want to support them and their families, here are some links.

Thank you.

Sherpa Education Fund

Himalayan Trust

The Juniper Fund

American Alpine Club

(P.S. Please share if you believe they should be supported for the families and people they leave behind for the sake of other peoples' safety.)

(Text, video and image compiled from internet)

Read more on Everest:

Jon Kraukauer



The repercussions !

Impeded by value priorities, one starts pleasing people. The society expects and it's not a surprise that people do exist inside a society.

The stand YOU should believe in.

The cultural norms and beliefs of people are shaped by the way they have been brought up. Parenting shapes the mindset as well. We've been in a blissful state to many of my foreign friends who see the western societies as 'constraint'. We have been set free with a lawless government and that is heavenly, to them. Maybe we are yet to realize the freedom because, as you grow up, you've been fed a kinky culture. Boundaries that STOP you from hitting the walls, the barriers. 

There starts the obedient YOU, pleasing others. Your own stand keeps loosing its firmness and is being grappled by the mentalities around. You become older each day but the 'fake you' takes on its toll. You keep denying, 'that's not me', but alas, you've been fooled already.


And finally, you become YOU. Shaped and molded according the perceptions of the people around. The repercussions start showing its colors. Smile and don't bang into the expectations of the societies. Keep it simple, obey all and keep it that way. Your stand is no where to be seen. That's the us, here in the Southern world. The deadly grip commonly seen in the grown-ups. 

The freedom FLIGHT you should yearn for

Above's image is just a picture I managed to take the other day. I talk and I have talked with folks. Sad, I see it in them. A rigid tradition and futile belief. We need to train ourselves to be free. Free from the barriers that have tried to cripple us. We no more in decades old world. Things have paced up and left us far behind. Also, its 'we' who are going to be 'societies'.

In contrast, I've seen 'misfits' too. They are my favorites. 'Misfits' who refuse to believe others' random guesses and are confident enough to follow passions. 

(I am in Nepal, a beautiful country nested between India and China. The beautiful landscapes here are awesome, however, some societies are plagued with decades old tradition. I am a firm believer of 'change' and also advocate that 'change' has to come to 'the way children are brought up' here).


If it's STOCKS, it's NOW !

Things are changing and they are changing fast. It's been already a while that STOCKS are taking over TRADITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY. Stocks simply provides the luxury to the Art Directors or say Photo Buyers to sit at their place and browse over hundreds of thousands of Images available. 

STOCKS are also a good way to separate yourself from the rest of the crowd. I am talking this in regards to the Aspiring Photographers who are looking for ways to make a mark. Make a mark or say start producing Images that BUYERS like. BUYERS mean EXPERTS looking for Images that can represent or satisfy their IMAGE needs. If you manage to sell your Images to one of these Experts, that simply means that you have produced an INDUSTRY STANDARD image. 

Producing Industry Standard Images needs quiet a persistence. Besides, you need to know what SELLS. You also need to equip yourself with the current trends in the market. Current trends means what's in demand. 

Selling your Images consistently is also a part of the tremendous learning you've done. Learning theories and applying those theories while capturing Images. The point I'm trying to make here is to tell you about the JOURNEY that had excited me 'a while ago'. I've done my part, am happy and want to share my learning. YOU can be the next acclaimed STOCK PHOTOGRAPHER only if you are willing to put forth the tremendous efforts that's needed. And yes, it's the truth that to start your Journey into the STOCKS, you need to start. You got to start somewhere and my e-book might just help you get an overall idea about the STOCKS.

I'm glad to get 'thumbs up' from my friends. Amazon has considered my e-book on STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY as one of the books to refer to (in case if you're looking into STOCKS). This is a great Joy. These are the snapshots I received from my very good friends as they also received the recommendations : ))

Thank you all for purchasing my book. Hope I helped a little in your Journey in the complex world of stock photography.

Thank you friend : )

Thank you : )

You can buy my e-book, ''STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY -in a nutshell-'' from almost all retailers. Here're the links to the book.

And yes, I would love to hear from you. Do send me an email after reading my book. Your suggestions and recommendations will help me enrich the contents in my forthcoming books. Your words/experience really means a lot. Look forward towards hearing from you soon.


Tribute !

There used to be days when I spent hours watching Cricket. The game was widely played; in many corners of the world. I had the privilege to spend two of my important student years in India and there is where I started to get to know the game. I used to team up with my cousin brothers and we started sharing the same passion. Even after my return, back to my country of origin, I kept playing it. However, I wasn't in the mood to continue it further, just played here and there, purely for fun.

Sachin's personalized digital Signature for GRU

Cricket worships people with stats. And whenever there's a roll call, one name stands out. He is none other than Sachin. He's got enough stats under his belt to be considered one of the greatest cricketers we've ever seen. The name is a respect in itself. And the good thing is, I got to see the genius play, live.


Sports unite. Being a cricket lover at one stage of my life, I tribute this post for the man who dedicated a major tenure for the game. Many countries seem to have progressed much in the field of Cricket these days and yet, there're numerous inspirational knocks that cricket enthusiasts still get inspired from.

Sachin's personalized signature for NEPTOUR

The man is retiring and the ongoing Cricket between India and West Indies is his last. His departure from the International Cricket is sad but like they say, everything's got to end. The end has come, finally. 


Some Free reads on Sachin

Some of Sachin's records:

Thank you Sachin.

Follow me on Twitter @Gru_Bo