Thursday, December 31, 2009

Early Morning Trail Walk

Went on an early morning trail walk on Christmas day with a couple of friends. It was up a hill( about 1 hr upwards and 40 min downward) close to the ocean, passing an old lighthouse ( now renovated) with a bit of tragic history at the summit and some great views. Not only was it a fabulous trek but as always Mother Nature had some spectacular show on display. And, (as always) I ended up borrowing my friend's small digi camera and clicked some shots. Now, if you think these are cool, then thank me for being at the right place at the right time :). All I did was capture whatever was on display!

I hate to run, I like to walk and I love to gaze. Nature gazing is such a cool occupation and if you have a friend/partner for company (who enjoys nature gazing as well) then life is good :).
(PS: No offense to my dear, lovely friends but more than two is definitely a crowd in such instances :P)

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Cookie Experiment

Attempted to bake some cookies and I ended up baking one giant cookie. The instructions said to keep them 1.5 inches apart on the baking sheet, and I did not care to follow it. Arrogance of an amateur baker! Did not realize they would expand as much and get stuck to each other. All said it didn't taste too bad and the M&Ms was a personal touch :).

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Kalamandalam Haidarali

This post could be about many things. It could be a simple tribute to a great artist or perhaps sharing the irony of his situation/story, or reconfirming the power of art and how it can transcend (man made) religious barriers (well, to some extent) or maybe it is trying to say why cant we all just get along, get over and beyond all the fuss over my religion vs. your religion and be more accommodating? On a parting note, even if the post doesn’t convey any message to you please spare a few minutes and enjoy this beautiful Kathakali padam rendition by the great Kalamandalam Hyderali. It is in Malayalam but I am hoping you will all rely on the universal language of music and get some pleasure out of it.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Weekend Art Scene

We have been sweating through the finals week and now its almost done. One final paper submission and then its goodbye Fall semester. A short winter break and classes resume with Spring semester and I also start on my new project (which would eventually be my dissertation work i.e. if I decide to stick on ). Yep, life lesson #1- nothing is certain, but for now I am pretty excited. :)

Two weekends ago, got invited to my Prof's son's debut art exhibition. Not solo, but with a bunch of other local artists. They got together to form an artists' coop in collaboration with a local cafe to showcase and sell their art and this was the maiden exhibition. The coop concept is simple- the cafe will serve as a gallery where the artists get display space at a subsidized rate and when a painting gets sold, a small % age goes to the cafe owner, a small %age to a local charity org or NGO the respective artist is associated with and the remaining goes to the artist. And since the cafe also serves as an art gallery, people come in to check out the art, people order food and drinks and the cafe gets some business as well. Sounds like a reasonable strategy.
The show was late evening and the art/cafe scene was pretty cool with trance music and fire dance (now if there is a specific name to this kind of dance form then my apologies as I have no idea). Lots of young and old hippies and the artsy kind with tatoos and long hair/braided hair/ regular hair and a couple of us uni crowd who looked slightly out of place simply on the basis of how we looked. I , as always , forgot to take my camera and while my friend kept apologising for his camera's poor quality I went around taking some pictures with it. They are all a bit dark but that is fine since I dont want to reveal too much of the art work anyways. All in all it was a memorable evening and leaving you with some pictures.

On the way to the galleryThe fire dance girl - literally playing with fire!
Artists/ guests/hippies young and old..!

Art work @ Cafe I got to go now and finish up that paper or sleep depending on whichever takes over.
Happy holidays to all!

Friday, December 04, 2009

Where Do You Go To My Lovely

Somebody sent me the link to this song...just adorable. And guess what? The singer is an Anglo-Indian! He ( Peter Sarsted) is practically British since he moved to UK very early in life--yet I can't help feeling proud of his Indian connection. And you can forgive his hairstyle and mustache..come on :) listen to the song again and again and again..( oh and try using an ear phone)