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Home Eminent Columnists Arvind Chenji

Arvind Chenji

Arvind ChenjiArvind Chenji. Warm hearted, humble and a great sense of humour to moot. Oh! And by the way he also happens to be the most famous, talked-about and happening photographer in town…if that's not known by all the fashion gurus and aficionados by now. Chenji also holds the credit for being one amongst the few photographers from India who worked for the much-acclaimed National Geographic Channel.

He is an Image Engineer who can not only create the right image mood and setting for any brand, but also visualize the impact and returns that an image will get for his clients, in the long term. And this comes from having been doing just this for over two decades with remarkable success

There was something about Raj......

There was something about Raj. From his childhood. Even his mother could not put a finger on it exactly. Rose Mary Kutty, the head nurse could tell you that, but much later.

She was carrying the baby around crooning to him for an hour, and discovered that her pen was missing from her pocket. It was later found in the baby’s crib, as he was sleeping. The doctor too lost the pad of his stethoscope, as he looked away for a second, while checking the toddler’s lungs.

All the visitors to his home soon became so wary of the little brat’s skills that they used to leave their valuables outside before stepping into the household. Kind uncles and aunts and neighbours who had trooped in with gifts and money to bless the toddler on his first birthday, found themselves surreptitiously relieved of more than they had come to offer.

A reputation he developed to the extent that all his class fellows’ used to hold their school bags and lunch boxes close to their chests whenever he was around. Only to be relieved of their cycle stands and costly gym shoes elsewhere. He was the despair of his father who did not know what career his son would do well in.

Medicine and surgery were out of the question, as helpless patients would not want to wake up from their anaesthesia, to discover that they had been relieved of their valuable kidney or the liver while their appendix was being operated upon. 

Raj would undoubtedly do well in a trade. Of that, he was sure. Becoming a civil engineer would lead to the disappearance of a floor or two of a multi-storey project from inside without anybody knowing about it, while the outside would look like it was meant to! 

In fact, the man had developed a knack for concealing all his pilferages perfectly. So, the patient who had one kidney less would never feel it and the person who had lost his brain would join the smartest academicians and the one who lost his heart would join Bin Laden or the Shri Rama Sene.

No hotel would absorb him for fear of making losses in profitable ventures without knowing how. Cashew paste in the curries could get replaced by peanut paste and masked in an extra dose of strong red chilly powder. The unsuspecting client who feasted on the chilly laced peanut paste curry would need some strong antacids for the next day for sure.

His father was in despair, while Raj went about happily enough peddling second-hand goods in neighbouring towns and getting along just fine.

When the folks started getting too sharp for Raj to pilfer anything, he chose a different route - he hounded the pets in the town by stealing their dog bowls and biscuits.

‘Incorrigible’, thought his father. When asked to start a business by his father, he offered to start a second-hand footwear shop, keeping in mind the fact that the devotees to the temple were steadily increasing and all would leave their chappals outside.
Just as everything seemed to be going out of control, a local politician took Raj under his wings. Raj flourished and did well, while the politician did lose a couple shirts and a free taxi ride without knowing it.

Not before long, in the career of his choice, where everyone he met was much like him, Raj flourished. He became a champion at brokering deals which put to shame the small amounts he had pilfered earlier.

Raj got famous for the way he handled his work. Pretty soon, he was made an important minister in the government. More about that some other time...

Month: December 2010.

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