June 27, 2013

Day 28# WWW.

The internet universe. The answer to almost every question minds can perceive. A constant source of entertainment. At times when all has been down, a funny image on Facebook or a video of brides falling into their wedding cakes has provided solace. While in Delhi, I maintained a little folder of images I fell in love with, that I came across on the world wide web. Most of them are now on Pinterest, but here are half a dozen of my favourites: Because I love bokeh. Photographer unknown. Because I can never forget Robert Peraza kneeling in front of his son’s name at the 9/11 memorial. Unimaginable grief. Photograph by Associated…

June 27, 2013

Day 27# Food For The Soul

A friend has recently started a Tumblr Blog about favourite music (It’s a great read and listen – should check it out!), and I did this one for her, with the top three I could think of, at that instant – but since I find it very difficult to pick the music I love best, here is an all new list of five songs/ music pieces that bring back memories, and I will always keep close. Michael Jackson’s ‘Black or White’. Back in the 90’s, when Baba had brought home the first Bose Dolby Digital 5.1 surround system, this used to be played at almost ‘Are you nuts’ volume, while…

June 21, 2013

Day 21# Yours Truly

It happens once in a while, that something that you happen to write seems to resonate with others and reflect a thought in the wholeness of the feeling. These are six posts which I have written in happiness, peace, anger, confusion or a concoction of all of the same. Whenever I read them, I feel like I’m doing something worthwhile, on this platform. Keep Calm & Carry On – about the white text on the red background, that means so much more than just something printed on a key chain or a coffee mug. The Elusive Divine – my thoughts on God and varying perceptions of him that I have…

June 19, 2013

Day 19# Blogroll

Ever since I was introduced to the world of blogging, I discovered a whole new world. Of people. Their experiences. Of the way people wrote. A look into what they were made of.  The reading list on Blogger.com has been increasing and being a part of these blogs has almost become a routine to me. I wouldn’t know what to do, if these people stopped writing.  These are my top five, as of today – in no particular order: # Fuchsia – for being an inspiration and a constant pillar of strength.  # Nuts and Bonkers – which has in recent times, sprung to action and keeps me updated with the life of…

June 17, 2013

Day 17# *Click*

Photograph albums were one of my favourite pastimes growing up, and even though I’ve managed to scan most of the pictures and saved them in my external hard drives, I refer to them from time to time, when I’m in Muscat or Calcutta.  It is a very difficult task – to pick a favourite picture of myself. I’ve been lucky to have parents with the love of documentation (Yes, that’s where I get it from) and then overtly talented shutterbug friends, so you can imagine that I’ve had to go through a lot of folders before I settled on one.  I’ve chosen this particular picture because it invariably makes me…

June 14, 2013

Day 14# “These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things”

The first thing that came to my mind when I read today’s topic was the delightful number from my all time favourite film ‘The Sound of Music’. While bright copper kettles and girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes will not make my list of ten things that make me really happy, the following have an almost magical effect, bringing an immediate smile to my face. There are many more then ten – but these are the first which came to my mind: Cupcakes. Instant cheer-up-ers Ma & Baba. They are not things, but they make me the happiest. Doing laundry. Especially if it was in a room like…

February 20, 2013

Atta-boy!

Talent lies in the most unapparent places.  Could you imagine that popular Indian advertising jingles such as ‘Washing powder Nirma’ and ‘Vicco Turmeric’ could be songs you’d like to add to your iPod and listen to? This video of Attulya Singh aka Atty was shared virally some years ago and I couldn’t get this boy’s voice out of my head. Never thought that a cover of Govinda – Karisma Kapoor starred ‘Goriya Chura Na Mera Jiya’ would ever be in my favourites. But here it is. Our talented boy has a YouTube stream. Accessible here. Listen and spread the word!

September 28, 2012

Language of the Gods…

Out of the hundreds of songs that we hear over the course of our days, some we groove to, others we add to the ‘Favourites’; some we forget about, others which stay with us; some remind us of a person or a memory, others which are genuinely random. Once, in a while – there is that one song – one voice – one line – that just leave you stunned. I watched a pirated copy of Barfi! at home last night and Arijit Singh’s ‘Phir Le Aaya Dil’ is one of those songs. Maybe it is the mystery in the Urdu lyrics, the harmonium playing softly in the background, the context…