What does Wide Angle mean to you?
It is all about candid moments, mostly off the field and my passion for photography. It is a collection of memories of over 20 years.
Why did you choose the medium of pictures?
I have always believed photographs speak a thousand words. I wanted to bring about what the team does in its off time and how players do team-building exercises.
What is essential for good photography?
You need a lot of patience and commitment. You also need good equipment.
Which is your favourite picture in the book?
The lightning bolt over Johannesburg and Sachin raising his bat after reaching his 35th hundred at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
Amidst hectic schedules and tension on and off the field—how did you manage?
You just tend to take photos. Later, when you see them you know the exact emotions, the hurt felt after a loss. Sometimes, they urge you to perform better.
As a photographer, what has been the most exciting destination for you?
The Caribbean, South Africa and back home the jungles of Karnataka.
Whom do you dedicate your book to?
It is for my teammates and my father. He would have been really proud of it.
How do you strike a balance between cricket, photography and family?
Invariably, most pictures have been taken when the family and/or the team are around.
Has your love for wildlife photography been instrumental in you being made the vice-chairman of your state wildlife board?
Possibly yes. I have an interest in conservation which also has been instrumental.
The word’s been around for some time now that politics is on the cards for you.
No, I am not interested at all! I am interested in the responsibility I have been given and in making a difference there.
Thank you to all those who have taken the trouble to read the article and share their thoughts. Out of the arguments made here, there are two that perhaps need answering. So here they go.
1. The first part of the article compares outcomes (relative percentages of population of the religions concerned) irrespective of the process that led to those outcomes - whether immigration, relatively faster population growth or conversions. This was for two reasons. One, to put the figure of 2.3 per cent in "numerical perspective", as the article itself explained. The second reason was that outcomes are ultimately what the crux of debate is about. The rest of the article in any case dealt with process - or conversions in this case, from both a contemporary and historical perspective.
2. Some commenters have tried to cast doubts on the reliability of Census 2001. Those who do this should bear in mind that Census 2001 was conducted by a BJP government. Considering the extreme importance that BJP gives to this issue, it would be reasonable to expect that IF it had perceived a problem with the methodology that was distorting the numbers, it would have fixed it. As the article mentioned, BJP or BJP-supported governments have been in power for 10 of the last 40 years, or about a quarter of the time, and the only reasonable conclusion one can arrive at is that any misreporting of numbers, real or perceived, would be marginal and hence, not of importance.
To all other arguments made, my answer is the following: Please read the article again, with particular focus on the quotations of Vivekananda and Monier Williams, and the history of the missionary efforts in Bengal and their outcome.
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