Saturday, April 28, 2012

Bitter-ish Seminar

Since I seem to be experiencing an episode of insomnia and unable to lie still and calm, I decided to blog about what happened at school today. Attended an interesting seminar on food sovereignty and its future in India. I found the discussions to be quite interesting and enlightening. During the presentation the speaker played a short video clip- a trailer for a documentary called Bitter Seeds. A short 2 min trailer with a content enough to get me all teary eyed and emotional. And yet, I wish for you and me to see the whole story because it is important.




I am not sure where to find the full movie but I am hoping the school library will eventually have it. Meanwhile I watched The Romantics on Netflix and it was ok. Wish it was an adaptation of Pankaj Mishra's The Romantics but sadly not.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Bottled Ideas

I have been checking out pinterest more and more lately and look what I found today.Isn't this a fantastically creative idea!?!
These are "Glass Wine Bottle Hanging Hurricane Lantern by BoMoLuTra on Etsy"

Source: etsy.com via Stacey on Pinterest



And here is a video by "greenpowerscience" on how to cut a bottle neatly. I really want to give it a try but investing on a $45 glass cutter?-need to think some more.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Friday, April 20, 2012

Stuff My Dreams Are Made Of

I wouldn't mind having a house somewhere here with a view like this



with a room like this to cook and dine in


with a living room that looks like this


and a room like this to sleep in!


I think I just built my dream home. Nice?
(actually I might have a little more splashes of color in there- something ethnic and colorful to satisfy my Indian sensibilities).

Thursday, April 19, 2012

A Conversation

Him: I think you are cool and interesting.

Her: Really? Well you think that because you don't know me. You just read what I scribble and you think I sound interesting and therefore I must be interesting.

Him: Well yea---but why would that change even if I did know you or come to know you.

Her: Because from my own experience when there is a mystery around you, whatever you say sounds interesting because people assume you are this "cool person" based on an idea of what they want you to be. Once they know you or know more about you the attitude changes. It becomes from 'I know what you are saying' to 'what are you saying?', until they eventually disappear (sometimes without even a goodbye) from your life/blog.

Him: Hmmm---I don't know. Actually, I don't agree. I still think you are interesting and I want to know you more and when I do I would still find you interesting.

Her: Hmmm---there are two words for people like you. Stubborn and an optimist. The latter is a good quality to have. But sorry to disappoint we are not going to become friends in the fullest or truest sense of the word. However please keep visiting this blog. You encourage me to express despite my flaws and the mystery helps me to "declare everything" I want to without much inhibition or an opportunity to be judged.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A Walk in the Clouds Canopies Anyone?

With my vertigo problem and all I am not sure if I will be able to do this walk--but I can imagine how cool it would be walking across these tall gorgeous canopies!!



Checked out pinterest for the the first time and I am already liking it. Quite haven't figured out how to use it but I'll in time.

(image src: pinterest)

Monday, April 16, 2012

An Inheritance

Something I inherited from dad along with a couple of other interesting things which I may or may not reveal later (I know! such a snob!). This is an old Nikon EM (circa 1980 I would guess) and it lives in an old, well worn leather case. There is an additional lens, a tripod and some filters that came with the pack which I left back home. I don't use it at all, except for holding it in my hand and pretending to shoot with it. As for the reasons-I do not know how to use it correctly and my beaten up digital camera is easy on my pockets and my amateur knowledge of photography than this little precious thing would ever be. But, considering my LOVE for photography(well, mostly admiring other people's work or staying inspired as I like to call it), I have declared this neat little piece of inheritance a family heirloom and someday I shall pass it down to my grand children, if I live that long. They may either appreciate it or may think they have a nut case for a grandmother, but either way I am sure I'll be too senile to understand.
And on that positive note how about some Led Zeppelin hu?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Rum Raisin

This is how a little piece feel of heaven trapped in a container looks like..


Friday, April 06, 2012

A Mixed Bag

Breaking news: I received my medical bill and the ground just collapsed under me. I am buried, deep, deep under a pile of rubble. I can now, confidently file for bankruptcy.

On the cheerful side- I watched this awesome Hindi movie and I really, really liked it- the story, but more essentially the camera work. Calcutta is so vibrant, especially during durga pooja. Is it too late to be a photographic journalist? Sigh--the idea of walking around those streets, slinging a camera, taking pictures, talking to people, sipping chai at a road side tea stall...ROMANTIC!

My friend in Mumbai is back from her Europe trip. Yep, I have fancy, rich friends despite the vicious circle of poverty I seem to be stuck in. But the thing is they are awesome friends..and I love them...especially my Mumbai friend. I cannot wait to see the pictures she has taken and we have already talked about taking a trip together (hey no money in dreaming..right?).

And now to get on with my tax papers... what fun!(yes, that was said sarcastically)