Tuesday, May 20, 2014

An Expedition Video

Speaking American (or I suppose the Valspeak ) - I like find this video so inspiring and so cool! Like, totally :) :P


Friday, May 16, 2014

India Counting


Or I suppose is almost done counting and power shifts from "the parivar" to the "Sangh parivar"( as suggested by certain journalists). Also to be noted- all the pre-ordered laddoos have not gone waste and in fact, going to taste sweeter for a few.

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Thursday, May 08, 2014

Restless

These words resonated with me..

"My soul is impatient with itself, as with a bothersome child; its restlessness keeps growing and is forever the same. Everything interests me, but nothing holds me. I attend to everything, dreaming all the while...[..]. I'm two and both keep their distance- Siamese twins that aren't attached".
Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disqueit

Friday, May 02, 2014

Mid Week Blues and Cookbooks

Since the "dull week" refuses to end, I decided to venture out of the house and spend some time at one of the local book stores at the mall. Two hours of reading, three book purchases and a Peruvian plate lunch later I was back home feeling rather pleased with my accomplishments of the day.
Here is the evidence..


Books to read @ the Store
    Images below from Gwyneth Paltrow's Book-It's All Good

   Cook books @ the Book Store
 Images below from Rick Stein's book "India"





The final purchases

I never realized reading/going over cook books can be such a delightful experience. Most of the recipes are quite doable but more than that the images are incredibly gorgeous and beautifully styled! After approximately two hours of drooling (literally) I left the store famished, looking for food.
Regarding my purchases-I really wanted to buy the "India" book but at $40 it was rather expensive. The ones I got were on sale and has a good collection of easy recipes. Next POA(plan of action) - enter the kitchen......... :P.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Renewed

I  am in the middle of one of those slow weeks, where good ideas elude you, boredom drops in unannounced, time and surroundings feel like a drag and your general disposition is depressed and hopeless. During such times I try not to surrender to it completely. Instead I push myself and look for inspiration. Something creative, something uplifting, not necessarily something I would or could have done (because it then defeats the purpose), then stare at it in wonderment and allow all the positive emotions build up inside. Emotions synonymous with amazement, excitement, hopefulness, pride, nostalgia, energy, and positivity. Well, too many adjectives there but I am certain at least some of them will be accomplished. I personally think it as a good exercise.

For instance, today was a particularly bad day, because not only was I in a sour mood, I also snapped at a good friend (although not entirely my fault :P) and ended the conversation rather abruptly and unceremoniously ( as in no 'bye' or no 'catch you later' etc..).  So to get myself out of my mental rut and rather dull, irritable state of mind I went in search of something, anything "uplifting"and this is what I found. A video clip by my favorite wildlife photographer/film maker Sandesh Kadur).



I love everything about this video, the message it conveys (about his work, the nature of his work, the space, the thrill, the excitement, the tremendous hard work and patience that I can only imagine and, ofcourse, the larger purpose or the ultimate goal of the film), the visuals, and last but not the least the background score , all of which evokes an overwhelming emotion of nostalgia and excitement. It filled me up with renewed energy and faith and I feel like singing this now (and also pack my bags and take off somewhere :P).