The Walk (2015)

Pull up a chair and get a grip. Your palms are about to get sweaty. Here’s a true story of madness but full of believing that swept off the whole America in August 1974. The Walk starred by Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Phillipe Petit, the original high-wire artist that walked 140 feet across the World Trade Center’s North Tower and South Tower.

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Narrated by Joseph Gordon, the film opens up with him standing at the torch of Lady Liberty with the World Trade Center (WTC) as the backdrop. He takes you back to Phillipe Petit’s hometown, Nemours, France. That is where he first developed an interest for the high-wire walk. He self-taught him by practising at his lawn and sneaking into the circus at night. He later met Rudy, played by Ben Kingsley, a master of high-wire walk whom he fondly calls Papa Rudy.


Petit came across the picture of World Trade Center twin towers which is still under construction, in a newspaper, while at the dentist. It was an artist’s impressions image. He made it his ambition to perform a wire walk. He also made it a point to perform it without any permit and illegally. He later referred to it as a ‘coup’. This movie comprises the interesting line of plans laid by Petit before the WTC walk and the aftermath.

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The last 30 minutes of the movie really kept me at the edge of my seat. Petit walked 8 times across the WTC twin towers and finished his walk by laying on the wire and later saluted with one knee down. This movie went on to show me that I don’t need a horror movie to make my adrenaline rush and my palms sweaty but just a man walking on a tightwire 1368 feet above the ground (with no safety gears!). Petit later was caught by the authorities for performing this illegal stunt but however, all the charges against him were dropped by the judge and he was free.

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Personally, I like the values in this movie. “It’s impossible but I’ll do it,” said Petit. And that gave me goosebumps. You don’t have to be rich and college-educated to achieve your dreams. People around you could cripple you with negativity but you just need to have willpower and believe in yourself. It only took Petit 6 years to make his crazy dream come true. His stunt had put WTC on the limelight as initially, they were unpopular. As a token, Petit also received a lifetime free pass to the observation deck of WTC!


If you haven’t watched The Walk yet, what are you doing? It’s on Netflix!

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The real Phillipe Petit, 1974.
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10 Things That Happen in Every Family Vacation

1. The hygiene freak

You’ll have one member in the family that is always 5 steps ahead in preparing the sanitizers, wet tissues, face masks and maybe even gloves. This person makes it their utmost duty to make sure all other members are stayed clean from wiping the plane seats and holders, sanitizing hands after going through immigration screening and all that’s there!

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2. The know-it-all-kid

There will always be one person in the family that acts like they know the city that they never visited before. And heated arguments on which direction to follow is an ensured thing.

 

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3. The one that always hogs the bathroom

For some reason, the hotel shower is always the BEST! Don’t you agree? Coming out of a hot shower walking into the cold room and snuggling into that comfy comforter…..aaahhhhh simple joys. And for this reason, your siblings and you would argue on wanting to be the last person to shower so you could have the longest shower without anyone knocking the door!

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4. Stocking up on snacks and bottled drinking water

The first day, the first task! This also includes Asian mom’s classic logic, do not drink the water provided in hotels. So you gotta buy a crate of bottled drinking waters from stores.

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5. Coming to a consensus about food!

This is undeniably the obvious reason everyone in the family will have the hardest time ever. Even with the help of Google and apps like Zomato, no one knows what to eat in a new place, where to eat and when finally one comes with a suggestion, the others will start being a rebel. Hours would be wasted on this and this happens every day until the vacation ends. LOL!

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6. You’ll start missing the home food!

As easy as ABC. Home food always takes the cake.

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7. Being in the airport 5 hours prior to the flight

Dad’s classic logic! Weeks before the flight, your dad would remind you dozens of times that we have to be at the airport 5 hours before the flight. And I am not joking about my next sentences! If it is a morning flight, he is going to be at the airport the night before. PERIOD.

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8. You discover hidden habits of siblings!

When your brother suddenly starts loud snores and robs your sleep! I mean “when did he inherit this habit from dad?!”

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9. One person becomes the designated administrator.

This person keeps track of the bills, boarding passes, tickets and all. And no, this isn’t the Designated Survivor level job.

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10. The vacation ends with mom announcing…..

“We’re never doing this again.”

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The Two Must-Have Photography Team on Your Big Day!

 

Photography is no more just a business, it’s a passion for many people since many choose to leave their highly paid jobs and to pursue their dreams, which takes them to distant lands, meeting people from different cultures and environments unknown to many people. Patience and hard work – sitting still in the wilderness to get the perfect shot, goes a long way into making professional photographers.

Being a good photographer is not easy, let alone getting to that professional level. This week, I want to introduce you some of the amazing wedding photographers I found (thanks to Instagram!) and their awesome portfolios. And I shall let the photographs to speak for themselves.

Note: All photos used in this article are the property of the respective photographers.

 

1. EM Photography

EM is run by a Canada-based wedding photographer, Mugunthan Sundaran. The EM team is a dream team and the photographs often proved us right. The photos captured by EM are all heaven-like. From underwater shots to dreamy fairy tale shots, EM and the team passionately capture love in Toronto and around the world. I can’t deny that I stalk their Instagram page till I drool. Really. I particularly love the shots Mugunthan takes of his wife. Mugunthan is certainly one step higher than an Instagram husband! Don’t believe me? Keep scrolling.

 

OK. I know you are not able to breathe looking at those pictures. Hang on. Here are more of EM’s work!

With over 36k of followers in Instagram, EM shows no sign of quitting. And they better not stop because I am already thinking of having them to capture my love journey (when I meet one)!

Check out more of their amazing photos on the social network handles.

Website – http://www.photoem.net

Instagram – @emphotography_1

Facebook – EM Photography

 

2. ImpressionsbyAnnuj

“Be still my heart” is what I inevitably say every time I stalk ImpressionbyAnnuj’s Instagram page. Their pictures constantly bring me to tears mainly because like these…..

Alright, wipe that tears rolling down your cheek now. Now!

ImpressionbyAnnuj is run by Annuj Yoganathan, a Toronto-based wedding photographer together with his beautiful wife, Tanya (who is #goals on many levels but that’s another story). Annuj is a multiple-award-winning photographer. From Fearless Photographers to SLR Lounge to being listed twice as one of the Top 30 Under 30 Photographers in Canada by Canada Photo Convention, ImpressionsbyAnnuj has conquered it all.

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I love seeing parents smiling and laughing on the day of the wedding! And you can clearly see how happy it makes the bride and groom too. Especially the bride in this photo. But sadly not all Tamil parents emote and publicly display their affection. They hold in their feelings and keep it to themselves thinking that revealing them is a sign of weakness. This is not the case. These emotions are what makes us human. For all those brides and grooms out there, be the one to initiate the connection with your parents on your wedding day. Break through that barrier and you'll see that wall your parents put up crumble and fall because there's no stronger love than a parents love for their child. . CINEMA: @trailsofmemories MUAH: @akmakeup1 . #parents #smile #laugh #love #emotions #tamilparents #parents #gettingready #bridalprep #saree #candid #photojournalism #weddingphotography #torontoweddingphotographer #impressionsbyannuj

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ImpressionsbyAnnuj proved millions of times that if you wanna be in a magazine, don’t bother calling Vogue or Shaadi. Put them on your speed dial and you can get your own ‘September issue’ spread with straight outta magazine photos like these…..

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This is what happens when you have couples that trust in your creativity! The second I saw the train I knew what I was going to do with it. . This image is also a perfect example of knowing what you can create with lighting. This wasn't made with an expensive Profoto B1 or B2 with a huge softbox. It was one single regular Canon flash with a Magmod grid, with an orange CTO gel. The gel made the subjects warm so when I brought down the temperature to adjust their skin tone the scene in turn became cooler, making it look more like night. Giving it that Gotham city look! . P.S. I'm obsessed with batman and so is the bride!!! Which made it even better!!! . MUAH: @imsylvie Dress: @ecboutique1 . #IbAUniversity🎓 #gotham #batman #train #littleblackdress #blackdress #suit #suitandtie #ecboutique1 #fog #lighting #canon #magmod #madewithmagmod #composition #composite #howto #trainyard #traintracks #engagementphotos #weddingphotography #toronto #torontoweddingphotographer #canon5dmarkiii #impressionsbyannuj #tsxwedding

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Manreet and Puneet are getting married this weekend and I couldn't be more excited! You might recognize her as she's one of the sisters of the super talented @canvas_muah! I've shot all their weddings and I literally feel like family! . No off camera lighting or even a reflector were used here in this photo. All I did was expose for the brightest part of the image and made sure all the levels looked right on the histogram and then brightened up the shadows in post! Especially when working with less time like we were at this location it's so important to know what your camera can do for you. Push your camera to the limit and know it inside out! . #blackdress #littleblackdress #allblack #greenry #vines #harshsun #sun #lighting #histogram #postproduction #ibatutorials #impressionsbyannuj #canon #canon5dmarkiii

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Be a gentleman. Kiss a girls hand from time to time! Honestly though I'd like to know what you girls think about this. Would you like it if your significant other greeted you like this from time to time? I'm going to do this to Tanya and see how it works out! Especially in front of randoms! 😁🎩 . Even though the sun was setting behind the trees it wasn't strong enough to light the couple from behind after I adjusted for the ambient light. So I used a flash at 1/4 power with a Magmod 1/4 cto gel! . #sunset #warm #backlight #kiss #kisshand #gentleman #trees #goldenhour #lighting #madewithmagmod #magmod #canon #canon5dmarkiii #IbAUniversity🎓 #impressionsbyannuj

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Check out more of their amazing photos on the social network handles.

Website – http://www.impressionsbyannuj.com

Instagram – @impressionsbyannuj

Facebook – Impressions by Annuj

I may be greedy, but I also want ImpressionsbyAnnuj for my wedding! Can I have both EM and them? LOL!

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5 Top Favourite X’mas Movies!

It is that time of the year again! HO HO HO! I can’t deny that Christmas is one of my favourite season of the year. I love the colours, the merriness, the songs, the laughter, the cookies and of course, the presents! But besides that, what keeps me accompanied every Christmas are some great Xmas movies. Here are my top 5 favourite Xmas movies. Take note. You might wanna binge-watch them after this article.

1.Home Alone (1990)

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2. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

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3. The Search for Santa Paws (2010)

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4. A Christmas Carol (2009)

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5. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

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Bonus Choice: Love Actually (2003)

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Shaadi Ke False Sa

At every Indian wedding, you will meet that group of complainers who were not satisfied with something. Maybe the food was awful, the DJ played terrible music, they got stuck all the way in the back of the room and couldn’t see the bride and groom, or they had to pay for their own accommodation to attend the wedding. The list can go on and on. Here are a few of ‘I hate it when….’

1. The guests queuing up for food while the rituals are on-going.

I don’t know if it is normal but I really think it is so rude and disrespectful to the groom and bride. Folks, at least wait for the Thaali moment.

2.Tormenting on the food.

Indians and comments are never separable. “The mutton was quite raw.”, “The sambar was too dilute.” You go for a wedding where the bride and groom worked so hard and invested their savings on to provide their beloved ones. The least you could do is do not preach them.

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3.Wasting the food.

And after all, that torments on the food, the Eat-All-You-Cans roam around with platters of food mounted on to the top and still waste the food!

4.Commenting on how simple was the wedding.

My million-dollar question is why do YOU care? First of all, it wasn’t even your money. The bride and groom have rights to choose how their wedding ought to be. After all, I personally believe in ‘a marriage more beautiful than the wedding’.

5.Hinting at a baby.

Congratulating the couple and indirectly hinting them on babies. Wo! Wait. They just got married, people. Like 10 minutes ago.

6.Jolly on Jewels

Then there are those guests who’re laden to their pelt with so much of gold that you fear an Income Tax raid at the wedding!

Do you know any other funny or annoying things that happen at Indian weddings? Do let me know!