On a selfie trail to capture memories

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On a selfie trail to capture memories

Standing precariously at the tip of a hilltop, or upside down in your washroom, perhaps define what ‘Selfie Olympics’, arguably, the first trending meme of 2014 across the social media, are. If you thought, ‘selfie’ was the word of the year 2013 and that’s where its story ends, well, there’s more as the hashtag selfie olympics or selfie games go viral on internet with youngsters putting up bizarre and risky pictures of themselves online.

With no rules or regulations set out, these selfie game pages challenge the participants to show ‘How strong is your selfie game’ and invite ‘just the best and funniest selfies’. Speaking to the young guns in Delhi, we bring out their take on ‘selfie olympics’. 

“As soon as you hear about it, the first thing you want to do is click a funny selfie right away to join in the bandwagon,” says Preeti, excitedly when we acquaint her with the ongoing fever for selfies on social media. Admittedly a selfie-addict, she tells us, “Though I am barred from sharing pictures profusely on internet, I can always mask up or do something interesting along with my friends to join in.” 

Calling selfies a ‘crazy way to cherish memories’, Ankur Singh, an English Honours student says, “Selfies were a revolution in the world of amateur photography where one does not have to ask people for clicking one’s picture. You hold it, and you do it!” Adding, “If I had to take a selfie for selfie olympics, it would just be a plain smiling picture, no crooked faces, no twisted looks in my case.” 
It seems Ankur wants to go against the absurd and crazy wave erupting online as he suggests that a plain smiling picture is rare to find these days, and definitely fits in the criteria. Sense the sarcasm?

Taking cue from the Russian photographer, Murad Osmann’s work where he pictured his girlfriend holding him by the hand around the globe, Neha and Pranav, romantically suggest, “Exhilarated by the thought of reaching a destination, trekking up a hilltop, you want to freeze that moment forever. It’s a natural thing to do. We have so many such pictures from our travelling experiences. Would love to share them.” As the selfie wave continues to engulf youngsters, what is that one picture that you would like to share in this one-of-its-kind olympics? 

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