CLICK Au Naturel and some spirited self-searching


Should I, Shouldn’t I? These questions have been swirling in my head for a while and I have been debating different options but finally I have decided to take that bold step and lift that weight from my head. I am finally, participating in the CLICK event and here is my entry for that event. 


Huh? What is your problem and what is the big deal, you ask?

Well, hitherto this I had not participated in this fun, talented event. There was some hesitation on my part to participate, not sure why and I did not spend time questioning the reasoning behind this either.  But then to set the matters straight, I decided to and look straight into the eye of the ‘bull’ so to speak. Ignoring all the curious stares from the husband and son, I proceeded to do some self-searching this weekend and concluded that my indisposition to participate was because I was stuck somewhere along the lines of these lowly feelings: 

  • All the entries in the event are very professional and mine will be lost in the middle of nowhere.
  • Any picture I take is not good enough to submit in a competition and I cannot think of a decent shot.

  Jeez, ever heard of the “spirit of participation”, you ask?

I know, I know it is the spirit of the participation that matters: not the actual winning or the loosing. I have been told this by my parents as far as I can remember. But knowing is one thing but actually doing it is another thing altogether.

Now that you have attained ‘Nirvana’ do you plan to go to the Himalayas, you ask?

No, no rest assured on the contrary I am staying here and participating in more events. I plan to be myself, have fun and focus on the spirit of participating in a competing event. At least I can proudly tell my son to follow suit without feeling shallow and hypocritical. 

PS: I had clicked this picture few months ago and this is kind of my trademark image. I had checked with Bee, if that was acceptable and she had gladly agreed.

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  1. Uma says:

    why hesitation with such a lovely pic, RC! You are a perfect photographer. I love your trademark image! Nice click.

  2. neha says:

    hey nice click, even i was thinking, everyone “very professional and mine will be lost in the middle of nowhere.”
    but posted , as just wanted to participate…..
    and urs such a lovely pic..

  3. Bhagyashri says:

    Great pic! The colour is so vibrant!
    I know how you must have felt, I am going through the same thing here…but maybe this time even I will go ahead and participate:)

  4. Madhuram says:

    I think you are being very modest here. Your pictures are truly amazing and gorgeous. My husband actualLy keeps visiting your site just to take a look at the photos, so that he can also take pictures for my blog like that.

    The red chillies are looking very good. Congrats for taking the bold step.

  5. Mansi says:

    I share your thoughts and inhibitions:) I’m proud of myself as a cook, but definitely not as a photographer…but I’m glad you could overcome your fear:) the spiritual self-searching helped RC:)!

  6. redchillies says:

    Thanks Bee, Cham, Divya.

    Thank you so much Uma, I really appreciate your warm comments and appreciation. It means so much to me.

    Thanks Rachel. Well, I was hesitating to particiate in the earlier events. But this time I showed some courage and participated.

    Thanks Neha. It is all the spirit of participating isn’t it? I really commend your spirit.

    Thank you very much Arundathi.

  7. redchillies says:

    Thanks Bhagyashri, I am so glad that I am not the only one hesitating to participate. I hope I get the courage to continue to do so.

    Thanks Roma.

    Thanks Rupa.

  8. redchillies says:

    Thank you so much Madhuram. Your comments have meant so much to me. I amde sure that my husband read it atleast 5 times and even now, he is not hearing the end of it 🙂

    Yeah Mansi, some self-searching over the weekend helped me a bit 🙂 I have to let go of my fear and be my self. You are a great cook and an awesome photographer too.

    Thanks Sunita. RE-assuting and warm words from a great photographer herslef! Not that is something I look forward too.

    Thanks Lisa for your warm comments.

    Thanks Dhivya. Appreciate your comments.

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