I’ve been in an indescribable frame of mind all week, well I tried anyway but couldn’t accurately put a word on it. There’s nothing really going on in my life. I don’t exactly feel depressed about it. Most of the time it’s a nice kind of emptiness, one that gives me the space to fill it with funny, sweet thoughts. But when I meet other people, there’s an impending sense of gloom. There is much that is wrong with the world and the fact that laughter is not clean anymore, is the least of it. Here’s what was mirroring my mood all week:
- A short story in film. (via
- This is funny. ‘Nuff said: GAS BUSTER!
- #GenuineKoshan from the irrepressible twins to their mother: Finger Business
- I loved the part where the kids were asked what they thought of The Beatles fans back then and one of them mentioned BeatleMania: ‘Kids react to the Beatles’,
- The hilarious text conversations between a man and his dog: Broken Lamp,
- So bad it’s good from the 90s: Altaf Raja‘s Tum To Thehre Pardesi. Enjoy!
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I’ve been zealous through March and done a lot of reading, listening and viewing. Earlier in the year (yes, a quarter has gone by and it’s fine to say that now!) I initiated a social media clean-up across my feed-reader, twitter following, pinboards and Quora following. I was looking for great content rather than multiple connections to the same people. This may be what has caused this outpouring of great reads, viewing & listening. I’m considering making this a weekly feature from the month of April. Also, The Idea-smithy’s Facebook Page is a community and not just one person’s broadcast. I’ll be happy to take on suggestions for posts and even guest posts. Let me know what you think of all this in the comments. Here’s what glorious March was like:
- These are some very good reasons why not to and how not to – social etiquette in the digital age.
‘All the Rage: Avoiding the Angry Email‘ (via Psychology Today)
- March 1 was is global Self Injury Awareness Day. The issue of self-harm is swept under the rug because it is misunderstood, scary, “too real,” weird, “selfish,” and an array of other dismissive adjectives.
‘On Quitting Self-Harm‘ (via Thought Catalog)
- Doesn’t Saawariya have a very Barfee feel to it? It probably didn’t work the first time round and figuring nobody noticed, maybe that idea got recycled. If you don’t agree, consider this a nostalgia pick anyway:
Saawariya – The Title track
- A beautiful poem-story about displacement, love, loss, hope and fear: ‘Roots‘ (via Christina Says)
- This quirky fiction-piece about a man reborn as a dog, surprisingly, appeared on Thought Catalog. – ‘When I am a dog, I’m barking‘
- My country seen through the eyes of two Americans who came biking – and the lessons they took back from it. ‘
How India changed us‘ (via Thought Catalog)
- What gets shared in silences (via Zen Garage)
Marina Abramovic & Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again.At her 2010 MoMa retrospective Marina performed ‘The Artist Is Present’ as part of the show, where she shared a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing and this is what happened.
- A delightful retort to the grammar-Nazis. I say this even as I see mirth in misspelling. (via Stephen Fry, link courtesy Ronaan Roy)
- Love & hurt in the time of Facebook & Twitter: ‘
The Un-friending Friend‘ (via Coco J. Ginger)
- Government bureaucracy that calls a nursery life-threatening. Mumbai, you’re amazing in a devastating manner sometimes:
A nursery’s appeal for help against being shut down (via Vriksha Nursery)
- Four poems from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara penned by Javed Akhtar and declaimed by Farhan Akhtar, on identity, love, pain and inspiration.
- Raw and painful and beautiful: ‘
Your Little Sister‘ (via Coco J. Ginger)
- I have to say I find it appalling that the company that brings out Fair & Lovely dares talk about real beauty, albeit through another brand called Dove:
‘Dove Canada uses Photoshop Trojan Horse to shame potential Body-Shamers‘ (via Fastcocreate)
- Who says there’s no poetry in science?
A poem by Richard Feynman:
“…atoms with consciousness
matter with curiosity
Stands at the sea wondering:
I, a universe of atoms…”
- On that most difficult and nebulous of deaths – forgetting.: ‘
Fundamentals of a Funeral Fire‘ (via Atul Sabnis)
- Let your imagination be your tour guide.: ‘
10 Imaginary Countries in Books‘ (via Publishers Weekly)
- A modern day love story. So much better. So much hope. I love, I love.: ‘
A truth, cryptically told‘ (via Neha Vishwanathan)
- The train of thoughts that a snakebite can send you on: ‘
An Article of Faith‘ (in Deccan Herald)
- How we complicate our lives and lose sight of what matters (
‘Masquerade’ by The Carpenters on Youtube)
“Are we really happy with these lonely games we play?
Looking for the right words to say
Searching but not finding, understanding anyway
We’re lost in this masquerade.”
The first month of this year is over! The weather has turned, giving Mumbai a rare winter and a chance to bring out our scarves & jackets. I’ve blogged slightly less and had fewer written pieces to show. But that’s because a lot of my work has been behind the scenes. I’m really hoping these will bear fruit later this year. I’ll keep you posted.
In the meantime, here’s what I was looking at through January. Curiously, they’re all humour:
- I’d call this “Who you are on the London tube by your sun sign”: ‘Tube Zodiac‘ (via Sensorcaine)
- ‘The 10 Most Common Awkward Moments On Elevators‘: A hilarious video on elevator etiquette. (via Cracked)
- ‘When White Guys Listen To Daler Mehndi‘: Watch the guy in yellow shorts during ‘Tunak
Image by bravesheng via Flickr
tunak tunak tarara’. With perfect lip sync, mind! (via Youtube, link courtesy Ashwini Mishra)
- ‘How To Look Like Shit‘ – Put this under ‘Humour’ and under ‘Style’. Poking fun at our own worries should never go out of fashion. (via Jezebel)
- If some of the most surfed sites were online dating profiles, what would you do with them? ‘Would You Date This Domain Name?‘ (via the ever hilarious Thought Catalog)
- ‘All About Rajni‘: A website that runs only when you switch off the internet! No kidding, it runs on Rajni power! (via the irrepressible Desimartini, link courtesy Jason Menezes)
- ‘The Tam Brahm Chart Of Progressive Food Tolerance‘: A funny look at food tolerance from the motherland. (via Tambrahm Rage, link courtesy @Suchitra Sukumar)
- The 6 Stupidest Things We Use to Judge People We Don’t Know‘ (via Cracked)
- I want to print & laminate this and put it up at my desk on certain days: ‘I’m Taking A Sad Day‘ (via Thought Catalog)
- This blog got featured in the media once, with DNA carrying my ‘Bandra Is No Longer Queen Of The Suburbs’ story on their Around The Blog section.
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I’ve always loved November. Diwali festivities, vacations to look forward to…as I’ve gotten older, I find the end of the year packing up. The weather is crisper, even in hot & humid Mumbai. Everyone starts to let their hair down and spends more time thinking about parties, picnics & get-togethers than work. The world takes a break next month & November is all about the planning and anticipation of just that.
It’s been a packed and enjoyable November for me. I attended the NH7 festival in Pune, in its second year. A story on women bloggers featured me in a prominent way. For the few of you who remember my long-winded adventure with NovelRace, I finally managed to complete it! Whether this ever comes out or not, I can now die happy knowing that I did write a full novel. 🙂
On that cheery note, here’s this month’s links. As you can see, there was a lot of link-love going around too!
- DewarsIndia’s channel features music travelogues across India. (on Youtube, link courtesy Sangita Bhargavi)
- ‘Simi’s new show: India’s most botoxed, banal & brainless‘: Of course, I agree. (via FirstPost, link courtesy Lakshmi Shesadri)
- ‘MasterChef India: Guaranteed to cure you of any desire to cook‘: Sadly, I’m having to agree. MasterChef India has a long way to go before it can be in the same league as MasterChef Australia. (via FirstPost)
- Window gardening for the urban-dweller longing for a touch of green – ‘Growing Organic Fruits & Vegetables at Home‘ (via Earthoholics, link courtesy Vishal Gadkari)
- ‘Worklish’ is a way to cover up how much one doesn’t know. They why is it that we who don’t speak it, are left out in the cold?: ‘Buzzwords at office driving you crazy? 6 ways to cope‘ (via Huffington Post)
- If your interest in astrology, tarot, dream interpretation & the predictive arts extends beyond mere curiosity, you should definitely visit Magick. The store is currently looking for fulltime apprentices to initiate into the Wicca tradition. (via Swati Prakash)
- If you ever wondered why the people you follow, don’t follow you back, here are some possible answers: ‘The Top 10 Reasons I Will Not Follow You On Twitter‘ (via Mashable)
- Reviews, recipes and workshops, you have to stop by Tulleeho if you have a love of the drink.
- India as the Indians see it – non PC humour (on Facebook, link courtesy Shweta Madan)
- ‘5 Tips To Help You Decide How Much Of You Should Show Up On The Blog‘ (via SharingWithWriters)
- Hail the motherland of idlis, software dreams & kitschy Kollywood songs! This month’s music craze – Kolaveri Di (via Youtube)
- A 5-yr old post that’ll still interest Mumbai’s booklovers: ‘A Bibliophile’s Guide To Mumbai‘ (via The Idea-smithy)
- A lovely gift from blogger to blogger – ‘It’s Not Just A Car‘ 55 word story by Manuscrypts!
- Kitab Khana, a bookstore recommendation courtesy Anuradha Shankar.
- A little thought on liking and love (via Slices of Time, link courtesy Rehab Chougle)
- ‘MICHEAL: PS3 Long Live Play‘: A fun advertisement for gamers (via Youtube, link courtesy Ashwini Mishra)
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