Insurmountable joy lingers in close proximity of my heart to see my dreams coming true –little by little. It is taking its shape. One step achieved at a time. I know I need great amount of patience to reach the final destination of my long cherished dream. Sometimes, I become so impatience that I want to do everything at once, finish it up and never talk about it again.
I attempted it to happen for numerous times with enormous effort. But, somehow I couldn’t make it any earlier than 15 January, 2015. This day is the second happiest day after I finished writing my final draft and the editor agreed to work on it.
Scorching yellow ball in the cloudless sky radiated enough heat to cause burning sensation of our skin. It was pricking hot, though sun slandered at the angle of 45 degrees. It was 3.30 pm and I was damn excited about the photo shot. I had with me, cameraman, Alwin Raj –buddy from MBBS, and also I had Daaza and Choden as my model for the photo shot. No, no....that’s not all; I had Tobgay –my classmate as water boy and Phuntsho as make-up artist. And me? Who was I there? Umm...yeah, the one who wants photo for my novel’s cover. No! Not my novel. It is our novel or else my girlfriend will kill me. (Wink)....Seriously, I do credit her as much as I do myself for this novel. Had there been no she, I am sure I wouldn’t have written it. I was into blogging and not so much into writing books after I did in 2011.
“Can we snap the photo now?” I asked the cameraman, covering my head from burning sun with the white paper. Before I forget, let me thank Dawa Knight for the amazing sketch he did. I can never thank him enough.
“No...Sun is too high. We need to wait for a while...” He replied, looking at the sun with almost closed eyes. Ok, I thought. I was mesmerized with his passion for the photography. He was damn serious about it. He was very particular about angle of sun, light and make-up.
|Me at work..Cameraman captured it...|
Two models, unable to bear heat in the terrace of a building, ran down to the room. How desperately I too wanted to follow them but I pretended like I can beat the heat. So, I had to pay the price for being stubborn –dizziness and headache until I slept at midnight.
Once again, all of us came together. It was around 4.15 then. In terrace, sun was in position. Make-up artist wiped off their sweats and checked if all was well. Yeah, now...the shot! Not yet, we had tough time building the chemistry between two models. I wanted the chemistry. The romance. The smile. The position. Even a placement of their hands and fingers mattered a lot for me. Their hairstyles....
First shot. Oops...not well. No chemistry. It looked like two strangers meeting for the first time.
We laughed endless looking at the photo. I wasn’t happy with that. Another shot. No, still something was missing. Another shot....another....it continued....models started sweating but photo captured was still not up to my expectation. Phuntsho rushed towards them and made them feel comfortable, instructed them about what would work and what wouldn’t. I felt like I am Raj Kumar Hirani shooting PK... I felt professional and I knew I don’t easily accept anything unprofessional...haha...
Finally, they did it. It was awesome pose. I gasped looking at the photo. They brought in the chemistry that I wanted. Despite scorching sun burning my skin, I enjoyed the moment thoroughly. It was very memorable moment. Thank you Choden and Daaza for making it... You two made my day and I don’t regret choosing two of you as my models. You guys are fantastic. Mind-blowing. Above all, romantic!
On way back, Daaza remarked, “Now, I feel like you are really going to publish your novel.” It brought immense joy in me –explicable! Actually, I don’t ask much from my life. I do cherish small moments like this and those moments fill my heart with overwhelming joy.
PS: I am sorry that I can’t share those photos here until I design it as the cover page.