Coolest wall art for your perfect picture

When I was living in Mumbai and was looking for a place to rent in 2012, I was invited to check out a house in Bandra (which I eventually did stay in for the next 3-4 years with awesome flatmates – the best till date) in a tiny little lane called Chapel Road. The name…

Mahabharata in pictures

Just how many retellings of a story can you take? The correct answer for me: As many as possible. And if the retelling happens to be a simplified version of the epic, Mahabharata, presented in a visually attractive format – then bring it on! Mahabharata, put very simply, is about the story of two families,…

A storytelling vending machine

The gloomiest day comes and you have nothing to do to cheer yourself up between your meetings, shopping trips and dates that you must keep with your friends and family. You long for the simplicity of childhood, when on a bad day, your grandmother would sit you down on a couch, give you a cup…

Goodbye to homes

I remember the first time I moved house. I said bye to each wall. I said bye to the back lane where we dried clothes on a line. I said bye to some of the stuff we were throwing away, to the fountain outside the house, to the rock bench where boys would sit in…

The Doodle Door project & Elle Dindayal

Ever since I have been a young girl, being forced to ‘try out’ hobbies by extremely culturally-oriented Bengali parents, I have had a certain amount of respect for creators. I am saying creators instead of artists because at times I forget that even a dancer is an artist, and so is a singer, an actor,…

Book Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Some things just make you feel like a child. Or at the very least, makes you remember your childhood. It is ironic that this feeling comes to me on mother’s day which should ideally have been about my mom, your mom or just how great moms are in general. Don’t get me wrong. Moms are…

The Silly Romance

I crawl the web for things to read and smile about. Or even cry about. I am a victim of the information and social media age. And yet, I saw these adorable pictures on Facebook last week. Shared by a group called short stories. Obviously, all the silly romantic aspirations came up with a blatant…

Seeking a sherpa?

Sherpa: (n) = a member of a Himalayan people living on the borders of Nepal and Tibet, renowned for their skill in mountaineering. But what would a Sherpa do in the drab cities of say, Mumbai, Delhi or Bangalore. Why, show you around of course! And it is with this thought that travelers Sukhmani and…

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many…

Pause for peace: A heartfelt letter to Pakistan

Ram Subramanian’s ad film production house Handloom Picture Company is back with yet another eye-catching film. This time, it’s about the ever-sensitive Indo-Pak issue. After all that’s already been said about the ongoing tension between India and Pakistan, what more can a creative professional say or do to make onlookers stop and take note? Enter…

Spineless Classics: Carl Pappenheim’s bookish art

Almost two years back I went to an exhibition in Mumbai where an artist was showcasing his bookish art. Now, I am one who does not like people fiddling with her books. No underlines or side notes, no folded or dog-eared pages and certainly no cut outs of any sort. Therefore, you may be able to…