Tuesday July 23, 2019

Selfie goes awry: Seven people drown while clicking Selfie on the banks of Ganga in Kanpur

India has a record of having the highest number of selfie deaths, accounting for 40 percent of selfie deaths in a year

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Banks of River Ganga. Image source: sputniknews.com
  • 7 youths got drowned in Ganga river in Kanpur while taking selfies
  • Government of India marked Kumbh Mela under no selfie zone
  • In 2016, number of deaths increased due to increase of selfie craze within people

While taking selfies, Seven youths were swept away by the Ganga river in Kanpur on June 23. When one of the youths fell into the river while taking a selfie, his friends jumped in the river to save him resulting in all seven youths being swept away by the current.

There is a rise in number of selfie deaths from the year 2014. The same year, a fifteen year old boy was killed when he was taking a selfie on a railway track. 14 deaths were reported that year in total. In 2016, number of deaths increased due to increase of selfie craze within people. In fact, India has a record of having the highest number of selfie deaths, accounting for 40 percent of selfie deaths in a year.

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Nashik Kumbh mela (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Nashik Kumbh mela. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Recently, seven youths were drowned in Ganga river in Kanpur while taking selfies. Sachin Gupta (21), Bholu Tiwari (20), Rohit (20), Shivam (19), Maqsood (31), Bhola (16) and Satyam (24) went for bathing in the river when they were swept away by the water.

Shivam was trying to take selfie when he lost his balance. Maqsood tried to save him but failed eventually. All friends jumped after one another and drowned in the river. The divers started finding them. After two hours of searching, all bodies were recovered and sent to the hospital where they all declared dead.

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Two similar incidents were reported. When three girls drowned in the Arabian sea while taking selfies on rocks near Bandra fort and a local youth who dived to save them was also swept away by the water. In 2015 a similar incident happened when seven youths were drowned in Mangrul Lake near Kuhi. All were trying to pose for selfie while standing in a boat and the boat tipped over.

However, measures are taken by the government to stop these selfie deaths. Recently, Government of India marked Kumbh Mela under no selfie zone. Apart from that, around 16 locations in Mumbai have been declared as ‘no selfie zones’ and strict actions are being taken against the offenders.

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Tips on How to Click a Better Selfie

"While editing apps are great, make sure you still look like yourself after you snap your selfie"

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The new survey reveals Indians top the list of tourists glued to their phones while on vacation.(Representative image) Wikimedia

If you are not a pro in taking selfies, doing simple things like positioning your face slightly to one side can make your photo look much better, suggest experts. So if you want to impress your social media followers with a cool solo snap, do not forget to tilt your face a bit. Experts also suggest that whenever possible, click it under natural light.

“Taking photos in the dark is hard, and it may be tempting to use your phone’s flash. But flash photography often makes a selfie look washed out, and you can lose your background, or add glare to your face,” Google’s Mallory Richards wrote in a blog post after taking inputs from Pixel camera experts.

“Using photography’s ‘Rule of Thirds’ can help you snap a great picture, by bringing the focus of your photo to the area in an image where your eye naturally falls,” she wrote.

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“While editing apps are great, make sure you still look like yourself after you snap your selfie,” Richards wrote. Pixabay

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The idea behind the “Rule of Thirds” is that the subject of the photograph should not be placed in the middle. This can help one creatively use the negative space. It is also important to know when to use the portrait mode. According to the experts, this mode works best when the subject can stand out against a busy background.

“The subtle blur on Portrait Mode can help you pop against the background of your selfie. With Pixel 3 and 3a, you can adjust the blur to your liking,” Richards said. The experts cautioned against overdoing the editing part. “While editing apps are great, make sure you still look like yourself after you snap your selfie,” Richards wrote. (IANS)