Articles by properlypurple

  1. New site

    Long time no see. 😬

    If you have been on this site before, you'd notice that it looks different. Well, it not only looks different, it's also built in a very different way.

    A few months ago, I started exploring something called static site generators, mainly for building the website for …

  2. Automattic

    A little more than 4 years ago today, I was going through the most rigorous interview process of my life. I didn't know that this would lead to a whole world of possibilities for me. Today marks the 4th anniversary of me joining the most fulfilling job of my life …

  3. Twenty nine

    Birthdays are weird. You're essentially celebrating making a whole revolution around the sun, and yet you get closer to your ultimate demise. I don't think about death much, but birthdays are a good opportunity to reflect on our time here.

    I turned 29 yesterday, last day of pride month. It …

  4. The future

    Every step I took, 
    brought me closer to today. 
    Every step I take, 
    takes me closer 
    to the promise of a tomorrow, 
    where the clouds are silver,
    and the mist hugs you 
    like an old friend of cold fire. 
    Every moment of today, 
    is another step to that far-flung future …
  5. Cathedral

    St. Patrick's cathedral in Manhattan. Taken with a Fuji XE2S

    • Focal length: 18mm
    • Aperture: f/2.8
    • Shutter speed: 1/1629 s
    • ISO: 200
  6. Coffeee

    Cup of Vietnamese coffee at Pagdandi book cafe, Pune. Taken on a shitty Moto Z2 force camera.

  7. Love and carbon

    I realized this poem has never been shared on this blog, so here it goes. It was first written in 2011, and published in August 2012 on my Deviantart profile. Posting it here for a full circle. Thank you for reading :)

    What are we?
     Just a bunch of Carbon atoms …
  8. Nineteen, and beyond

    Photo of blurry landscape seen through a wire fence

    It's that time of the year again. 2018 passed by so quickly, and still felt like the longest year of my life ever(don't you hate it when that happens every year?😒). I have grown a lot this last year, maybe more than all previous years combined. 2019 brings me …

  9. Buddha

    Statue of Buddha in a glass box, near large Buddha statue in Phuket, Thailand

  10. Another random Indian palace

    Taken at Vinay Vilas Mahal, in Alwar, Rajasthan, India. Keeping in line with other palaces in the state, it's also known as the city palace of Alwar.

  11. Winblows

    Old Windows logos on a passenger vehicle. Taken at a parking place in Kochi, Kerala.

    • Aperture: f/2
    • Shutter speed: 1/1502s
    • Focal length: 4.67mm
  12. Climb

    Digitally processed panorama taken near Choolgiri temple, Jaipur.

  13. I heart WP

    Taken at WordCamp Udaipur 2017.

    • Aperture: f/4
    • Shutter speed: 1/50s
    • Focal length: 55mm
    • ISO: 200
  14. Sunrise

    Sunrise from a hill right outside Jaipur, India. Taken with my Nexus 6p during one of my random trekking adventures.

    • Aperture: f/2
    • Focal length: 4.67mm
    • Shutter speed: 1/123s
    • ISO: 60
  15. Noir

    Taken at Cafe Noirwood

    • Aperture: f/2
    • Shutter speed: 1/82s
    • ISO: 300
    • Focal length: 4.67mm
  16. Petrol pump

    Remains of an ancient, hand operated, petrol pump. Taken in Sikar, Rajasthan, India.

    • Aperture: f/2.8
    • Shutter speed: 1/178s
    • Focal length: 3.5mm
    • ISO: 59
  17. Shaker

    Random slat and pepper shaker. Taken at my friend's Cafe (Cafe Noirwood).

    • Aperture: f/2
    • Focal length: 50mm
    • Shutter speed: 1/3s
    • ISO: 200
  18. Stepwell

    This is a stepwell, around 10-11 km from my native village, in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan, India. If you don't know what a stepwell is, read about stepwells on Wikipedia.

    Taken in 2012 with a puny Samsung phone running Bada OS, slightly edited  on Google Photos for colour correction.

    • Aperture: f/2 …
  19. Ground floor

    Taken from the 20th floor of a random building I went to, using Fuji's miniature mode.

    • Aperture: f/22
    • Focal length: 34.3mm
    • Shutter speed: 1/20s
    • ISO: 800
  20. Lamp

    As pointed out by my dear friend and colleague, this is one of the most hipster pictures I have taken. Shot at Hilton Whistler, BC, Canada.

    • Aperture: f/2
    • Focal Length: 50mm
    • Shutter speed: 1/170s
    • ISO: 200
  21. Okayama

    Taken at Okayama friendship garden, Pune. Interestingly, they don't permit taking cameras in there, and if you have one, they keep the batteries at the gate. Totally stupid rules in the age of cheap smartphones :D

    This is a digitally processed panorama, so the metrics don't really matter.

  22. Toys were us

    Random toys on a friend's desk, taken with my Nexus 6p

    • Aperture: f/2
    • Shutter speed: 1/10s
    • Focal length: 4.67mm
    • ISO: 200
  23. The Palace

    Part of the palace seen from a window, taken at City Palace, Udaipur, near WordCamp Udaipur 2016

    • Aperture: f/4
    • Focal length: 55mm
    • Shutter speed: 1/140s
    • ISO: 200
  24. Laptop

    Just a random click of my friend's laptop

    • Aperture: f/2
    • Focal length: 50mm
    • Shutter speed: 1/20s
    • ISO: 800
  25. Dodge

    Taken outside a Dodge dealership in Vancouver

    • Aperture: f/3.2
    • Focal length: 18mm
    • Shutter speed: 1/340s
    • ISO: 100
  26. Thorns

    • Aperture: f/4
    • Shutter speed: 1/45s
    • Focal length: 55mm
    • ISO: 200
  27. Indian wedding

    Fully decorated mare at my cousin's colourful Indian wedding

    • Aperture: f/4
    • Focal length: 55mm
    • Shutter speed: 1/350s
    • ISO: 400
  28. Hole in a wall

    Just feeding my obsession with holes in old walls :D

    • Aperture : f/4
    • Focal length: 48.4mm
    • Shutter speed: 1/28s
    • ISO: 200
  29. Fries

    I don't always share food photos, but when I do, they're awesome(both the food, and the photo :P )

    • Aperture: f/2
    • Shutter speed: 1/45s
    • Focal length: 50mm
    • ISO: 200

    Taken at Cafe Noirwood

  30. Happy New Year

    Another year has passed... another instance of "This flew by way too quickly"... another set of unfinished resolutions... another bunch of unfulfilled desires... and one more "this time I'll totally do it". Every 365 days, we do this dance. We run around, go through the motions of life, trying to …

  31. Coffee

    Taken with my Nexus 6p

    • Aperture: f/2
    • Focal length: 4.67mm
    • ISO: 100
    • Shutter speed: 1/25s
  32. Tea time

    • [Aperture: f/2]{.sprMUb}
    • [Shutter speed: 1/15]{.sprMUb}
    • [Focal length: 4.67mm]{.sprMUb}
    • [ISO: 100]{.sprMUb}
  33. Coaster

    A glimpse of my unhealthy obsession with coasters :P

    • Aperture: f/2
    • Focal length: 50mm
    • Shutter speed: 1/56 s
    • ISO: 800
  34. Way up high

    Taken from the top floor of 1-Altitude, Singapore.

    • F-stop: 5.6
    • Focal length: 18mm
    • Shutter speed: 1s
    • ISO: 800
  35. An open letter to all young women everywhere

    Hi there!

    I have many things to say to you. But there are two things that I want to say the most.

    First, on behalf of the completely fucked-up thing called the human society, I am sorry.

    Second, you are beautiful, inside and out, and don't let anyone else tell …

  36. Death

    • Focal length : f/3.2
    • Aperture : 21.4 mm
    • Shutter speed 1/320 s
  37. Pillars

    A long verandah near Taj Mahal, Agra, India.

    • Focal length: 18mm
    • Aperture: f/3.2
    • Exposure: 1/20 s
  38. Home

    A bird's nest found in a small tree, at a restaurant in Udaipur.

    • Focal length: 48.4mm
    • Aperture: f/4
    • Exposure: 1/45 s
  39. Altitude

    Taken from the 62^nd^ floor at 1-Altitude, Singapore, using the miniature mode in Fuji X-E2S

  40. Emotion

    Old man playing traditional Indian musical instrument, at one of the shores of Lake Pichola, Udaipur

  41. My experience at GUADEC 2016

    GUADEC, which stands for GNOME Users and Developers European Conference, is an annual conference for and by the members of GNOME community, and is held somewhere in Europe every year. This year's GUADEC was held at Karlsruhe, Germany.<!--more-->

    ::: content-box-yellow A big part of my trip to GUADEC was sponsored …

  42. When in Rome…

    …do like Romans do. Time and again, someone is going to give you this advice, and most people don't think of it as a big deal. In fact, this might be one of the most common advices flying around, and one of the most common advice to be completely ignored …

  43. If you only do what you can do, you will never be better than what you are.
    <cite> Master Shifu</cite>

  44. Attending GNOME Asia 2016

    I'm just back from the GNOME.Asia Summit 2016, and I must say that I'm equally exhilarated and humbled by the whole conference. The summit was a 3 day event, organized by the GNOME Asia team, and supported by the GNOME Foundation. There were a lot of GNOME Foundation members …

  45. An old poem

    This poem has been moved from my old blog. I wrote it maybe 6-7 years ago, when I used to be in the existentialistic teen-age. :) Enjoy, maybe..

    Take my life
    Or give me a reason to live
    For all these years I’ve lived
    are like stones in a lake …

  46. Fathers' Day

    People are posting  pictures, writing stuff on twitter and Facebook, and digging out old photos of their fathers; all the while I'm waiting for these few hours in a depressing train coach to pass, so I can go see him. When I think about Fathers' day, I find it a …

  47. Speaking at WordCamp Mumbai 2015

    So I came back from WordCamp Mumbai 2015 with a lot of great experiences and learning. I got to meet awesome people from Automattic and Woothemes, and a lot of developers, designers and creative people. All in all, it was an awesome event :D<!--more-->

    For those who are looking …

  48. I'm Going to WordCamp Mumbai, Are You?

    How can I not. I went last year, and I learnt a lot. But this year, I'm going to be a speaker, and my topic is "Better WordPress Development with Vagrant". Yay :D

    Now for those of you who don't know about WordCamp(WHY??), here is a small description

    WordCamps …

  49. gnome3 and gtk3 themeing

    Lately i've been indulged in understanding and porting gtk2 themes to gtk3, the latest versoin of the awesome Gimp Tool Kit.. Have a look at the gallery

  50. Trisquel 4.0 LTS "Taranis" strikes!

    Trisquel GNU/Linux, one of the best looking FULLY FREE(as in free speech and beer) GNU distributions and endorsed by the GNU and FSF, announced its LTS version 4.0, codenamed Taranis. This release packs a new look, with elementary inspired icons and new bootsplash. Read more here

  51. The blog may seem to be dead; but I'm not

    its been long since I've posted....... There have been a number of personal problems, family obligations, some emotional fits, etc... but now i'm back.

    I dont think many people read my blog, but still I write, for me......... till eternity.

  52. How to view Youtube videos without flash player!!

    Many times it happens that you dont have the latest version of flash player and youtube doesn't work on the older one. Well here's a trick that lets you watch them without flash player installed. Moreover, it gives you the options to directly view the HD/HQ version of a …

  53. Poetry

    Hello all!! I thought I would just write some of my poems here. Hope you enjoy.

    This one came to me while driving.....its strange,, poems come to me while driving

    Dard ki aukat kya jo tod kar rakhde mujhe
    gode me faulad ki,
    jalna seekha hai maine..

    Ishq ki …

  54. Hello world!

    This is my first post. Written at 0851 hrs IST on Sun, 21 Feb 2010, on my ACER 5738 laptop running Fedora 12 with Gnome shell, with Firefox as the browser. This is a geeky, virus free, stable, state of the art system. Well why am i writing this. After …

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