Saturday, March 14, 2009
We formally finished the ‘Ways of Seeing Road Trip’ on 4th March 2009 with a visit to the B.A.Mehta Kala Mahavidyalaya, Amalsad. Now it is the time to express my gratitude to all those people who stood with us, supported us and followed us virtually during the tour.
First of all I, on behalf of the Art Routes team, would like to thank all those seven sponsors who believed in the project and helped us with money and blessings. One of my friends from the television media asked me about the budget of the tour and she was curious to know how I managed to raise the sufficient funds during the ‘recession’ time. Sincerely speaking, economic recession did not deter any one of the sponsors from contributing the money which I had asked for. Thank you K.S.Radhakrishnan, Asit Shah, Mukesh Panika, Anubhav Nath, Dilip Narayaynan, Manjunath Kamath and Chintan Upadhyay. You trusted me and believed in the project- thank you.
Our thanks are due to all those friends and well wishers who waited for each upload in the www.artroutes.in site. Many of them kept themselves awake till midnight, watched the photographs, read the postings and called us up even at 1 am to tell us how they felt one with us during the tour. Thank you. Without your comments we couldn’t have kept our adrenaline rush so high.
I should thank our immediate family members who gave us support through phone calls, emails and text messages from early mornings to late night. I should mention the names of Mrinal Kulkarni, my wife, Ramla, Feroze Babu’s wife (who was forcibly separated from Feroze for twenty days in their 23 year old successful married life), and Somu’s mother. Thank you Maitrey, my son, for reminding me, every other day, to get ‘Power Rangers Toys’ for you. If at all I had felt low, your lisping rejuvenated me.
Some of my friends had expressed their reservation regarding the timely uploading of blog and the www.artroutes.in site, citing the poor internet connectivity in the remote areas where we traveled. But Reliance Net Connect gave us fabulous connectivity and we were able to upload the blog and site without any problem. (The only problem we faced was with electricity supply in several parts of Madhya Pradesh). Thank you Reliance Net Connect. During our trip we used Vodafone, Cell One, Airtel and Idea mobile service.
Feroze took wonderful pictures using Nikon D-300 camera with 16 mm lens and 85 mm Zoom lens. He used SB 800 flash. The whole work was done in DELL XPS M 1330 lap top and HP Pavilion lap top. These companies may not be knowing that we used their services. However, I take this opportunity to thank them for the technical support. Last but not the least, I should thank Rifas Feroze, the 19 year old technical wizard. Whenever Feroze found a technical problem, it was solved over phone by his son Rifas, who is currently pursuing his graduation in engineering at Moonnar Engineering College. Thank you, young friend.
Thank you all.