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Friday, July 24, 2015

Love, Life and Travel

Recently published a beautiful article about people who quit their jobs to travel away.
It was a great article to read that there are many other people who share your mindset. The article also had a few 'travellers' who should rather be labelled 'tourists', but that's another thing. For what counts, is that it did put forward the thoughts of many travel minded modern day nomads, hippies and free minds - and that, is a treasure.

This is the original published article:

Owing to what may be attributed to a loss in translation, there are a few things that can often get mistaken. And its not the journalist/writer's fault. It happens pretty often to some of the best writers too. So, i'm sharing the entire story of my cross country travel as i had stated it.

1.Your age

2.Your bio
Copywriter-Creative director, photographer, fitness consultant, film director-producer.

3.Tell us a little bit about your travel story. What you were doing before you quit to travel, the places you visited and why you did it? I was 25, working as a creative supervisor (copywriting) at Ogilvy One Mumbai. When I started working, I was 15 years old - I never really had the option of choosing what I wanted to do. It was always 'either do a job, or face being homeless'. Somehow that developed quite an angst in me against the comfort zone I had eventually fit into. I was at a point where I could afford to break free and rethink what I really wanted to do and do what I wanted to with my life. I was in a relationship with a person I loved like crazy that I just didn't have the courage to let go of even though it was the right thing to do. I wanted to break out and figure out what I really loved doing - even if it was just for a bit.
So I finally resigned, and worked on a crappy Bollywood film (which i dare not mention) for no pay to explore my love for movies. Eventually found the courage to break up and wish her goodbye. And then packed a rucksack with a camera, 2 pairs of clothes and a tent and set off to travel. I did not even know where I was headed.
I ended up in Kashmir where I met a bunch of my friends who were also travelling there and we travelled together for a while. Then I travelled back to Mumbai, repacked my bag, rested my sun burnt skin (yes you get sun burns in Kashmir due to the UV rays) and then packed my bag again, serviced my bike and headed off for the other end of India - kanyakumari. Over six months of travel that ensued, I covered the north south axis of india, made new friends, wrote a journal, tried every alcohol and drug available enroute the journey ( that was kind of a big deal since I don't smoke and I drink just twice a year).
When I returned, I applied for admission to a film school, moved cities, studied in New York and took up film making as my primary profession and also studied fitness sciences and learnt to train and manage athletes. Though my love for advertising, still runs in my veins. :-) To think of it, that trip saved my life.

4.How did your choice to quit everything and travel define your life? It didn't define anything. It just gave me many awesome memories and made me happy that I have at least done of the the things that I have always wanted to do before I die. 

5.What did you gain from it? Experience. Experience. Experience. All kinds of them. And sunburns and helmet heads. And a major lesson to never use a cheap hard drive to store  your travel photos. :'(

6.What did you lose?
6 months of pay and 80,000 in cash is all it cost me. So to look at it, I didn't really lose a thing.

7.If you could buy a one-way ticket to anywhere, where would you go? I'm not sure I can commit to one place, but whichever that place is, it needs a forest. That's for sure. I'm a jungle child.

8.One inanimate travel companion you'd never leave home without? (Eg: Laptop, headphones, particular book etc.) 
A swissknife and a camera.

9.Travel can cure....(complete the sentence) Nothing. But it can sure show you that life is way bigger than the petty things that might be worrying you into thinking that they need a cure.
(If you scout my Instagram, you will find an image of a short line I scribbled on the last page of my travel journal - "How far will you run, if what you run from, runs deep within your heart?". I think that answers this best.)

10.3 words that describe you best. Writer. Adventurer. Thinker. Artist. Jungle child.

You can use my twitter/Instagram bio

- Pushkaraj S Shirke


My tattoos were also featured on Homegrown for another neat article:  

Friday, June 19, 2015

Baby Photography - An Unprocessed Sneak Peek

Sometimes for friends, i also shoot babies. This is an unprocessed test shot of my friend Abhinav Malhotra's 11 month old daughter - Araina. From stark lighting for athletes and fitness to ultra soft lighting for a baby, it was a great change and good fun. I cant wait to process her pics and hear people go "awwwwwwwwww". This shoot has by far been one of the cutest shoots ever :)

A Processed Image:

- Pushkaraj S Shirke

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


She is a million shattered pieces, held together by hope.
Some faint idea that strings up those pieces and keep them together enough to count as a person living through a day.
The make up and the fancy clothes cover the rest like a disguise. The smile is an ornament - just a contraction of muscles exercised to blend in and let the cracks go unnoticed. But in those moments when no one is looking, the eyes fail to keep up with the lie. A soundless cry for hope echoes through those faint corridors into her soul. She's holding on. She's scattering within. And then she sees them see her and that smile comes on again. That corridor is closed again. But the echoes carry on with you. You wonder if you even heard them at all.
Her smile is like a flashlight of happiness. Her look is like she knows it all. But those cries of a shattering soul held together by hope. You wonder.
Was it her?
Was it really her?
Or was it just a reflection...
of you.

- Pushkaraj S Shirke

Friday, June 12, 2015

Tanu Weds Manu Returns

Tanu Weds Manu Returns: a brilliantly hilarious movie with the worst male character ever scripted. If the 'menninist' wing was as active as the 'feminist' wing, this movie would have been banned. Personally I rate this movie a hilarious 8/10, but at the same time I'm very clear about its shattering drawbacks hidden beneath its brilliant dialogues, comic timing and kangana's incredible performance. Also what saves the movie is that it presents a strong front for women and addresses issues that india seriously needed to have answered on the mass media platform - aka the social status of women, female athletes and the caste circus. Beneath all these plusses is hidden one of the most spineless, purposeless male characters ever scripted - manu. A man who is as cliche and spineless as ever. A man who would be the villian if not shrouded in the garb of being the 'male protagonist'. A man who runs around getting married, breaking hearts and doing it all in the garb of being an a grade loser who keeps his commitments. The over the top moments of the film are forgivable if you look at it as a slapstick comedy and not as a serious movie. The lack of attention to detail like never establishing what sport the female leas plays, or why is the counselling session in an asylum is forgivable as per a slapstick humour movie. Dont get me wrong, I love the movie and I love kangana enough to have watched this movie twice and enjoyed it too. But please, next time, pls try and fix these faults. Let's not override the feminism wave and turn Bollywood's final hope for maturity into a new shithole of senselessness. Cheers! PS: I delayed this review because I'm often biased towards kanagana as she is my fav actress in Bollywood. And I didn't want to put out a review that would be percieved as biased. #bollywood #men #script #review #movie #film #comedy
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Monkeyrating: 8/10

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

What is the difference between being Fit and being Healthy? Is there a tradeoff between the two? What are the downsides to pursuing fitness or health as a single entity?
A new chapter from my video blog for

like and share the knowledge if it helped you get a better insight into the subject.

Keep it real.
Pushkaraj S Shirke

- Pushkaraj S Shirke

Monday, June 1, 2015

New York City Art Prints

Artist: Pushkaraj S Shirke
Art Prints available. Digital images available in high res.

- Pushkaraj S Shirke

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mad Max : Fury Road - A Critical Analysis of its Filmcraft

A critical analysis of what makes MAD MAX FURY ROAD a piece of sheer awesomeness - besides being sheer adrenaline. A review of the filmcraft that makes the movie the 9/10 blockbuster piece of amazing filmmaking it is.

The film pickle review of the movie:

EXTRA: My review of MMFR created quite an interesting discussion on FB. Here's what happened:

Mad Max: Fury Road monkeyrating: 9/10. This is the action film of the decade! Freakking fabulous. The female leads takes the cake here. Max is underplayed and Furiosa leads the movie and what greatness it is! From the cars to the characters to the action to the soundtrack! All is awesome! The only drawback would be a slight lack of plot but yet covered well by nonstop adrenaline rushes and a well drafted screenplay. This is the kind of action film that makes me want to make films, be in films, live films! I have already watched it twice and will also own it on DVD. Tottaly worth it. ‪#‎movie‬ ‪#‎film‬‪#‎review‬ ‪#‎madmax‬ ‪#‎furyroad‬ ‪#‎hollywood‬
PS: catch the video review on our film reavie channel :
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  • Riyaz Khan this is the action I will waiting forr
  • Singh Daman Y deduction of 1mark
  • Pushkaraj S Shirke 1 mark deducted for lack of a well scripted plot. Its an average script just well written and well made. If if didn't have such great action and effects, the script would have failed by itself.
    Like · Reply · 2 · May 17 at 6:44pm
  • Shakrendra Seth Saw the movie it was crap. No story plot. The movie lacked substance.
  • Pushkaraj S Shirke @shakrendra are you on estrogen hormone therapy? Or did u watch Bombay velvet thinking it was mad max? tongue emoticon
  • Shakrendra Seth Bro estrogen is for you not for me. Well I left my opinion so do not think u have the right to run me down.
  • Pushkaraj S Shirke I'm not running u down bro, I'm making a counter statement to your opinion. Coz mad max, by all levels of judgement, was incredible.
  • Shakrendra SethBro I agree the sound track was great. But I just expected it to give some reasoning for why was every thing happening. How did the hero land up there. How did the green land disappear. Well in the end if the reached the place where was the water coming g from I was looking for some substance. You are right with your opinion about the movie. It's just that I expected a bit more sense in what they made. Peace bro. It's just that we two have different opinions
  • Pushkaraj S ShirkeShakrendra Seth I have also cut the only point I have cut from the movie for the story - but not for the reasons u have given. All the points that you mentioned have valid reasons. They are explained in the first 2 minutes of the movie. Its a post holocaust world where the land is turning sour and small groups of survivors are running their own kingdoms and tribes. Also, having watched the 3 previous mad max movies, helps with the story understanding a bit. Mad max used to be a cop and is a lone ranger gone crazy. But yes, the story is linear and predictable and that is where I deducted one point for the movie. Otherwise the entire movie had me surging with adrenaline all through. Art and costumes - production design was also spectacular! Music and score was great! The do of wagon was crazy as hell! The character make up was awesome so were the characters. I mean there's no way anyone was not entertained in this movie! It was sheer testosterone!
  • Ashim MatthanThe plot was very straightforward. World gone mad. Not everything was supposed to make WTF was up with those crows in the marshes? The green land disappeared because over time everything dies: that was the point of this movie. That you cannot fix everything. The movie was great and the only one who had a meager role was mad max Tom Hardy himself...coz he had 100 words to say in the movie (it was probably 50 but I'm exaggerating) and zero expressions.

- Pushkaraj S Shirke