Thursday, April 18, 2013

When Your Childhood Toys Are Cooler Than You.

As a kid, I used to love reading Amelia Jane. It was just like Toy Story except Amelia was the central figure here (like you hadn't  figured that out already!) and she used to get herself and the other toys in all kinds of trouble! 

For a while I had actually led myself to believe that my toys would come alive when I wasn't looking as well.. And I was thinking of this when I suddenly stumbled upon this picture:

So girl on the left is totally passed out while  Shoshanna watches (she's a virgin, clearly). And then there's Marnie, she's totally trying to go down on Jessa right there. I swear it's like a GIRLS episode on my balcony,except Hannah is pointing at something to Jessa, but we all know what they're really talking about right? 

D-uh! There's a girl right next to Marnie who needs exorcism! Seriously...look at her!! 

I bet, everyone would watch Girls if there was a mash up with Exorcist. And they're naked all the time. 

Could this show be any better? 

PS. I noticed how this post escalated so quickly from Amelia Jane to adult debauchery....and I did not even make this up.

You know why?
Because when I left these ladies out to dry they were totally not placed this way....I'm telling you...they come alive when we're not have to believe me. 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

You Can't Have Everything


It's Bengali Happy New Year today so...Happy New Year!! :) We say "Shubho Nababarsho" in Bengali. 

I recently watched a show called Talk Asia in CNN and Tetsuya who is the most humble chef I have possibly ever seen was being interviewed by Monita Rajpal. 

I really wanted to link this blog to that video because what Mr Tetsuya Wakuda said in that interview was a starttling but God honest truth that can help us deal with half of our daily problems! 

Ms Rajpal was asking about what he'd had to sacrifice in order to get where he did and he said very humbly," My free time" ( he was not a very talkative interviewee, which is honestly a refreshing change) and then Monita Rajpal asks "what about family?" 

Tetsuya: I don't have a family. The people who work for me are my family. 

MR: Don't you feel alone?

Tetsuya: I did have a family, a wife but I couldn't give her time. And then things happened so fast.You can't have everything !!

MR: Wow, you are possibly the first man who's told me he can't have it all. 

And there you have it. You can't have everything. I thought about this for a very long time after the show. And when things get bad....if we just keep telling ourselves that we can't have everything and that it's okay to not have everything then a lot of that superficial pain will go away. I sincerely believe it. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Seeing Things More Closely.

It's really really hot here. 

And everything including the speed of my internet has slowed down. 

I sip on the jaljeera and listen to Regina Spektor, everything she's singing seems to echo in my head, soothing and lulling me into a really serene place, but in a halting fashion. 

I look up for the umpteenth time from my Finance text as she stops singing and the internet buffers.It buffers for quite a while...seconds that tick into minutes that tick into what seems like an eternity. 


I lie down, look at the fan spinning incessantly above me and look out of the window. Constant motion that melts into a perpetual stillness. 

And she starts singing again, for two minutes. And then halt. 

I continue looking out. The stillness outside is stifling, till I hear a faint chirping of a bird and almost on cue a voice calls out. A maid, probably, asking if anything else was needed. They start ever so early...visiting house after house till way into the noon, till all the households are satisfied.  It is then that they can retire into their musty heat emanating shelter and cook, feed, their children their husband and then themselves. 

Everyday I encounter such selflessness, staring right at me in the face but somehow I don't see it. I don't feel it. 

I don't want to be numb anymore. 

I don't know what has changed, or if anything has at all. But I am not oblivious. I don't want to be oblivious. 

I want to wake up from this serene place......hold myself up high and really see....look... at everything with equal fervor. 

Fervor is important.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

When Two Worlds Collide....

Okay, I just realised something: 

Nolan Gould (Luke Dunphy) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) look. very.alike!! 


Both of them seem as surprised at this discovery as I am!

Please tell me I'm not the only one thinking it??

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Steadily X4: Life Is But A Dream

Our tutorial teacher extended a four hour  class to a four hour  forty minute class.

And that's reason enough for me to rush to my happy place. 

This was taken on our way to the source of the river Ganga: Gaumukh. It technically means mouth of the cow. Do not ask me to interpret Indian mythology, I will probably end up getting myself in trouble. 

This was in a tiny village in the town of Harshil. We chanced upon it when we were taking a stroll in the evening. It was tremendously cold but there was a lot of warmth exuding from the people living there. They make their own shawls and have their own looms. And this man was showing me how a portable loom works. 

His quiet and calm ways are something I look to when I need to steady myself. 

Friday, April 5, 2013

Nature's Gifts

I apologise for being so negligent in writing here. It is not entirely my fault. The internet connection has been lousy here due to an accident with a submarine and the..umm..internet cable? (don't take my word for it). Also I've been watching back-to-back episodes of Breaking Bad till I realised on Thursday that I have two very important exams in a few days. 

I had tweeted about keeping in touch with my happy place and that's what I'm going to be doing here over the weekend, because God knows I can do with this mental exercise. 

I don't have a set definition of a happy place so I'll let the pictures do the talking. 

This was taken during a village walk in Kerala. We'd traveled in a house boat and were parked near a village for the evening.

I remember having a minor fight with my cousin before i saw this. And somehow, despite feeling angry and heavy it acted like an immediate soothing balm.