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Meet Amrit, The Cyclist, Runner, Cartoonist, Traveller and Finally at ShaadiGraPher

I know Amrit from last few years through a common friend, loved his talent and thoroughly impressed with his creativity.  Requested Amrit to share few thoughts, his creativity must reach the larger world.

Excerpts from our email interaction.

It was the October of 2009. I used to work in Bhubaneswar. After a little over one year at job, I had managed to pull off 14 days of continuous vacation. Most of it was devoted to doing a solo bicycle trip from Manali to Leh. I had started practicing cycling only a month before that. It was one of the most amazing things I have done till date. The trip was about liberation. About giving up after hours of riding the uphill. And then trying again. Because stopping mid-way was not an option. Of the joy of going downhill for kilometers with zero effort. About falling down in darkness and spending the whole night on the road. About breath loss at high altitude and yet the happiness of being there, on my own, just on my cycle. About feeling close to the world that surrounds us. And to myself.

AmritI knew for sure that this is the kind of life I wanted to live. Where had as much time for myself as I wanted. 14 days in a year was simply not enough. But then, I went back to work and kept working and working. The next biggest stretch that I pulled off, while still at work, was one month. That’s when I went to learn mountaineering with my girl-friend. And once that was over, I knew I needed few such month every year. And it was simply not possible if I kept working the regular 5 days a week job. Even if they kept promoting me or increasing my salary. Because I was not made to buy flats and cars and pay their EMIs. I was made to feel closer to the real world. Feel close to myself. But I still needed money. That was the problem. That was the reason I could not leave my job. My dad was not Mukesh Ambani after all.

But from then on, I was always looking at ways to make a life like that possible. A routine less life. Where I could choose how much time I could give to myself. And my loved ones. And in that quest, wedding photography came up as a suggestion by my school best friend Neelabh. We both were decent photographers and turning a hobby we were good at, to something which could generate money seemed like an ideal solution. And guess what? It actually worked. We opened up this website called ShaadiGraPher.com overnight, started offering candid photography and slowly kept getting more and more job. After about 4 moths, I quit my job (sabbatical to be correct) and took this up as my only source of living. And it has been an incredible life since then!

His work from a marriage event

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