At 24 years Drik has grown up handsomely and I can well imagine the excitement, preparation going on at Drik now. So, here’s wishing the very best of times in the years ahead and some photo memories of the happy and unforgettable couple of years I spent among great friends at Drik. It’s a quicky A- Z romp through Drik during my time there.
A – is for Alam Bhai, the bearded, bicycle riding, founder Director of Drik — the creator, the innovator, his Amazing network of friends and his even more Aamazing & Awesome global fan club. Not to be forgotten A is also for the Audio Visual Department, where I spent many hours working with colleagues.
B– is for the Banglarights website — I was a part of the team that set it up first in 2001 & for Beards and moustaches that came in all sizes, shapes & shades at Drik.
C – is for Chobi Mela that gives everyone an adrenalin high & of course the inimitable Drik Calendars
D – is for DPA – Drik Picture Agency — the first of its kind in Asia housing and archiving incredible amount of valuable photographs. But what I remember is the team I worked with while I was there.
E – is for Exhibitions — a continuous stream of exhibitions were on at the two galleries.
F – is for Fine Art Prints Drik
G – is for Gallery
H – is for Hugs. Gosh! there were hugs, hugs & hugs at Drik. A very very huggable environment.
I – is for Images there were plenty and sometimes we couldn’t remember who took them even! I is also for Interns — Anna, Bai Xi, Yan, Nabil, Barbara, Diya and all the other young ones I worked with at one time or another.
J – is for Jokes and for Jingles of songs – everyone sang – romantic, heart rending beautiful songs and some taught me the first few words “chokh khulle dekhi tomake. …”
K – is for Karma, the unseen linking force that took me to Drik. …
L – is for lunch room the fun, joking and also the place we groaned about work letting off steam and L is also for unforgettable Lisa with that haunting smile.
M- is for Manthan Award for RVJN and there is Majority World
N – is for National pride, never a shortage of it — you see it in the strong activists and the DNA Newsletters that were so fun to compile.
O – is for Oops! for the mistakes we made trying to juggle too many tasks, but damage control kicked in fast with many supporters.
P – is for Photography, Publishing departments. And the much awaited Pay day. Fun was working with my colleague Mahbub in publishing putting designs together with the maestro on graphics Reza, giving us valuable points on fine tuning a design. The last design I think, that Mahbub and I worked on was this for the Jamini mag.
Q – is for Queen’s Museum of Art in New York where the Crossfire exhibition was held in April 2012.
R – is for RVJN, the creative Rural Visual Journalism Network, the rooftop at Drik and the many Rickshaws and Rickshaw wallas who ferried me to and fro from Drik.
S —is for Shingara, and all the shingara and cake parties we had.
T – is for Tea — Cha the ever favourite cuppa and of course for Terrace at Drik.
U – is for Unwavering, Unafraid, Unbowed all good words to describe Drik
V – is for vision that Drik is.
W – is for World Press Photo – long time supporter of Drik
X – is for the X factor of Drik — hard to understand at times, difficult to pin down but there it is — that’s what an X-factor is.
Y – is for You All of you at Drik, that I remember with affection.
Z – is for Zippy even amidst all the hard work there is time to share a laugh and we were Zippy!