Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Educational Tour_2011

Charminar_1Mecca Masjid_1Mecca Masjid_ 1Hussain SagarLost in Thoughts_KanaidaA tomb from the Tombs of Qutb Shahi Kings
Dome_Interior_Tomb of Qutb Shahi KingsHyderabad Skyline from Golkonda FortShadow of the StoneGolkondaGolkonda_2On the Way
ChoiceColors and Shapes_1Colors and Shapes_2Colors and Shapes_3StreamColors and Shapes_4
RythmRythm2StillTake it High_Hightech CitySunsetGopuram_Virupaksha Temple_Hampi

Educational Tour_2011, a set on Flickr.

My experiences in the tour can hardly be expressed in photographs, still I present here some of the moments I captured.

Via Flickr:
Photographs from the Educational Tour, 2011; Deptt. of Arch., T. & R.P., B.E.S.U.S.

Monday, December 5, 2011

nothing to blog... but still feeling that I should blog.
structure exam was over today...it will be climatology tomorrow and plumbing services the day next and deign on Friday.
another semester will be over. which leaves me with 7 more for this B.Arch. course.
on 13th we will be going for our educational tour. But I am not much excited about it. Don't know why.
All that matters in this world is all that matters to me. And nothing more.
And nothing less.
Its a routine. Emerge-grow-split - emerge-grow-split - emerge-grow-split. Re-absorption that follows creation. Thus creation is nothing new.
then what is new?

Saturday, November 26, 2011


skylight_fresco, originally uploaded by Soumya, the amateur.

My first virtual photography attempt.. editing on a rendered image produced by Google Sketchup.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Sun rose. Confirmed. Its a new day.
What would you chose ? The truth that may hurt or the lie that may comfort ?
Is diplomacy in a personal circle relates one to hypocrisy ?
Sometimes I need to feel bad...I need to feel angry ... just to know the fact that I have feelings left in me.
I need to shout, need to vent out.
We are going no where.
Sun will rise tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Candle, originally uploaded by Soumya, the amateur.


The vertical spread – curse and cure

Much like democracy, architecture today stands on its own pillars. From the very beginning of
this profession it has been clearly visible that architecture has immense power to affect and
contribute to the quality of life and standard of living, and be posed as a medium to exhibit the
richness and theme of a place’s culture. In the present context of this article, we will be mostly
interested in the former aspect of architecture, considering architecture to act as one of the
primordial component of human life –Makan from Roti, Kapra, Makan.

Measure of urban lifestyle; quality or quantity?

“If you work for a living, why do you kill yourself working?”
~ The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Urban lifestyle in India is changing every day and is drastically adapting a new set of values,
ideologies and beliefs. Whether or not this change will be for good, bad or ugly is yet to be
perceived, but that this change is going beyond our control is becoming evident day by day.
Architects are designing to offer a better lifestyle to the citizens; they are working to improve
their standard of living. Indeed they are, working for the people. But beyond that it is time to
consider revising our needs and requirements in the context of the ever-evolving lifestyle of the
ever-growing urban India.

It is indeed the age of no compromise, where people are always craving for more, hardly being
satisfied with what they have. We are doing more in quantity rather in quality. We have
increased our per capita income and along with that have increased the tremendous amount of
corruption and black money business. We are considering problems presented in advertisements
and accepting the solutions presented in the market. We, in most cases are unaware of ‘whether
we really need this’. We are taking more tests than our fathers, more pills than our grandfathers,
working more than we should, and earning more than we can spend. And the more we are
earning the more we are wasting and thus trying to believe that we are progressing to a better
quality of life.

But are we?

We are doing more than we should, and we have no concern about this ‘should’. The high rise
phenomenon is no exception. We are stacking boxes one over the other, extruding as much as we
can and saying that this is an expression of wealth and status – we are touching the sky thus
making an Antilia with a good view of Dharavi. The contrast is tragic and shameful to look at if
we are aspiring to be architects who are by the people, for the people.

Even if we don’t consider the gigantic differences between the slum dogs and the millionaires,
what about the aam-admi? Our new BHK apartments are not enough room for our retired
parents, but we have allocated rooms for 24 hours servants. The problems may be socioeconomic,
but are we architects devoid of social responsibilities? Are we solely concerned to
satisfy the realtor and not consider the fundamental functional requirements of Indian families?
Just because we can stack rooms over rooms shall we not consider that, shall we? Will architects
define the needs of habitants or should they provide for them if they are to design a better life for
the people? The answer is obvious but the implications are not.

The most cited reason for the high rise phenomenon is the rapidly increasing population density
with the urban incapability of horizontal spread. The FSI system allows us to repeat a floor plan
throughout the z-axis and elevators provide the means of communication. Thus we can house
more number of people on the same amount of land. This technological breakthrough has indeed
helped in handling the population burst to a certain extent.

It seems that verticality is unlimited – we believe that with improved standards of safety norms,
more efficient fire protection systems, reliable resistance against earthquake threats, we can
eventually grow as high as we wish. But we need to remember that natural resources are very
limited. The most directly affected resource is the ground water whose level is decreasing rapidly
in the metropolitan cities all over the country. This is because; over the same amount of land we
have more demand of resources as we have grown vertically. Further, the more we grow up the
total energy required increases too. Moreover in most mass housing designs, the advantage of
cross ventilation is sacrificed and it overloading the artificial air conditioning requirements
affects the ecological health of our Earth. Such problems are mostly absent in
horizontal spread.

The verdict: As architects or would-be architects we should research and choose an optimized
magnitude of vertical spread considering the social impacts, the energy requirements and the
resource sharing proportions irrespective of technical limits. We should answer the needs of the
people not of the realtor.

I wrote this essay for an essay competition under the theme of - " Architecture for the people, by the people, from the 
people" and sub-theme " The vertical curse- telltale of the high rise phenomenon" 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

minimalist again

its not my problem.. i don't think so...its my prospect..can't stick to one style for long....back to the minimalist look...white background..black text...simple, humble...
one good news.. wrote a poem ... i think its been a year or so since my last poetry....will publish very soon...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A rather simpler look

a year and more passed at B.E.S.U.S. ...now I look back, a retrospective .. it was not that bad as I thought it would be even a year ago.. rather on the contrary some parts of it were awesome.. I never expected myself trying to restrain my tears when one of my seniors said 'r ki ..amader ebar college theke ber kore dichis'... the same senior whom I thought to be one of the most nasty human being when we had our ULTI before the freshers...the man who made me dance erotically before a room filled with people became one of my closest seniors ...and now when I look back I can't differentiate between the good and the evil..they are all the same ... and when I look forward, I do ask myself, like I did all my life - 'Does it matter?' , but to my astonishment the answer changed...'yes, it does'
to realize what life is , you need to live it...
and I am happy that slowly and steadily I am living my life..and guess what? B.E. College rocks and it rocks in its very own way...
I dislike plenty things in my college (and I am not ashamed admitting it publicly)... if I start making a list ..'Likes vs Dislikes' they would be of comparable lengths...but nevertheless one thing that does make me feel better that at least I learned to live by the likes and avoid the dislikes.. this learning I hope I will be able to abide by for the rest of my life...and for that the credit goes to some of my seniors....

Life is short, so don't forget to kick its ass...

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


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Back to blogger

Posterous....for a change..was great...back to good old blogger...found out a new thing..custom favicon..but yet to discover how it works...
Love hexagons...and this honeycomb pattern...made background of all components transparent...readability is a bit low...there's nothing to read anyways...try to get lost in the pattern...