Monday, 31 October 2011

Beauty in Black & White

Day 08 - A picture that makes you laugh/smile

Garfield is my ultimate idol, my true inspiration, my soul mate.




Day 09 - A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most


Remember I wrote this letter to my best friend once *here*? Well she is the one I have found like a rock beside me whenever I needed her.
Here are some picture quotes relating to my beautiful best friend.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

The Movie Situation

 Day 08 – A movie that you’ve seen countless times
When this came out I was only 5 years old. And I have seen it so many times I have truly lost count. Mostly in parts after the 1st few full watches. I don't know about you but this movie was not just about the love between Rose & Jack. It took me several watches to actual ever understand why she dropped the "heart of the ocean" in the sea. Listening to "My Heart Heart Will Go On" gives me goosebumps now. After all, for months after the movie came out this was the inevitable answer to the question, "What is your favourite English song?"

 Day 09 – A movie with the best soundtrack 
I haven't really heard that many movie soundtracks. But I remember getting all the songs of this one because I loved them all.

Day 10 – Favorite classic movie
This was such a beautiful film!

Day 11 – A movie that changed your opinion about something 
 I know these are  2 films but I always feel the mention of one doesn't make much sense without the other. These films made me realise a film without much action and mostly dialogue can be indeed very enjoyable. This made me realise I don't mind open endings when circumstance demands it. I realised a love story can be grounded in reality and still be able to give that feeling of warmth spreading all over your heart at the end of it.

Day 12 – A movie that you hate
There are so many films I start watching knowing it's either an average or below average film. Sometimes I even see things to kill time which aren't great films. I love watching light films which are just what I need to balance out the heavy duties of real life. But when you promise good stuff and I end up with stupid, insipid, brain numbing BS I feel annoyed. Really annoyed. There are films which make you want to poke your eyes or put a finger through your ear to scramble and check if the brain is still intact. I feel those films are the ones which have stolen away hours from my life and I had better nothings to do to spend them than watch that film. This list has quite a few names. Some I can think of right now are the ones which earned a lot of moolah and appreciation; so that's reason for more annoyance.
1. The Bridesmaids - Seriously?
2. The entire Twilight series - The full on suckathons killed for me what little bit I liked about the books.
3. The Ugly Truth - I pray that Katherine Heigl is stopped from making movies like this. Ever.
4. 2012 - I mean what the he..?
5. He's Just Not That Into You - I watched this 2 times. Why!!!! I don't know!! I don't!
P.S.- i liked bits and parts you see of this one.but on watching it a 2nd time i found some portions quite mind numbing!
6. New York (2009 Hindi Film) - It was the 1st film I fell asleep while watching in the movie hall. And I laughed when the characters died. It was so funny. Honestly!
7. Delhi Belly(2011 Hindi Film) - It was a sick film that relied on really really sick jokes, dumb dialogues,excellent overuse of the word "bastard" and bad acting as props to make it look cool. There are certain elements inclusion of which are automatically considered cool or artsy. But just that doesn't make it a good film.


Have a great Sunday!



Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Fireworks










HAPPY DIWALI !!!


Monday, 24 October 2011

October Rain

The chill in the weather finally seems to have set in with the October rain. Sometimes this weather leaves me with a deja vu feeling. As if I have experienced something very charming back in some old forgotten past life.
I was thinking of things that remind me of something else. E.g., there are lighter shades of blue that always remind me of Godard's Pierrot le fou ever since I have seen the movie.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Yohji Yamamoto - Texture, Structure and Beauty

‘When I started making clothes, all I wanted was for women to wear men’s clothes.’ Y recalls.
 "People of my generation were ripped off by economic success: during our youth, the industry kept pumping out new products we couldn't believe in, because we knew, come tomorrow, they would be out of style. So we became the first generation to wear second-hand clothes." 



There's been a rise in men's style inspired clothing among women. I love a beautiful bow tie on just about anybody, it seems to be a weakness actually even though I don't wear bows, of any kind. I love boyfriend jeans and loafers. I know any fashion blogger worth her designer salt (?) loves quoting Coco Chanel. Afterall, she was the first woman, first designer who ever introduced the idea of androgyny in women's clothes and Chanel is synonymous with high fashion.










Yohji Yamamoto Spring 2012 RTW (photo courtesy : style.com)



But here I quote someone who was born 6 decades later. Yohji Yamamoto is an internationally acclaimed designer of Japanese origin and I don't need to tell you what a great artist he is if you are one who keeps an eye out for designers who are more inspirational than mere trend-setters. Yamamoto is a bricoleur. I find his voluminous, uncluttered and floaty silhouettes a delight to look at and I can only imagine how it would feel like to wear his creations. He is biased toward dark colours which I love but he does accomodate burst of colours in his creations from time to time. He got a degree in law and then walked a wholly different path and I am assuming given what he did he never looked back.

 
YY spring 09; inspiring use of colours

The look I was posting today reminded me of Yamamoto's designs. It isn't remotely close to his genius, it just reminded me of his creations. I bought this pair of pants last winter and have been wearing it like crazy almost everyday everywhere. It is the ultimate comfort clothing paired with any black or white top. I just threw on my purple shrug which I got last fall, I think, but never had the opportunity to post a look with it since it was too hot to wear it.

my drop crotch patiala pants







Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Just Another Day

When I was composing the last post I may have come across a bit angry.
I would have clarified something if I had a clear head. I am a very open minded person. I would love to have a job and earn loads of money and if that job is not a creative enough job I won't let that hold me back from indulging in writing, photographing, watching films, reading books, eating & cooking and dressing up. I definitely do want a job related to these (except for the cooking part) fields but I won't refuse a job that pays the bills and buys me the luxury I won't be able to afford otherwise (these hobbies are also included in the luxuries). I am grateful for the things I have in life. My angst was an outcome of what I see among many of my peers and their parents. I won't go into the details but all that I said I find stupid has something to do with it. I had science in my +2 level and I hated it and struggled to keep up. There was a point in school where I did enjoy the subjects but higher levels meant greater details which I was not cut out for and neither was I ever interested to pursue further. When I took up arts in college I got those comments and advices, some times they were direct some times indirect; disrespect and misjudgement was hidden behind the mask of politeness and concern. That has left a mark on me. I have an argumentative side and I often sound defensive when I am trying to explain myself. I do not mean offense or disrespect to anyone.I respect hard working, honest people no matter what they do and what their personal opinions are as long as they are tolerant toward others.
I will remember what Francesca (of dontcallmefashionblogger) said - it is important to not be disappointed in others in order to feel happy ( a little less agitated).

I want to thank SS Fashion World, Soapy Mermaid and Sassy Uptown Chic for giving me the 3 following awards!!


I forward the awards to 

Bessie of Bravoe Runway
Kelly of A Muse About
Foolish Aesthete
Francesca of Dont call me a Fashion Blogger
Kim of Sassy Uptown Chic
Misstarshiny
Marina of FashionMakeupLifestyle
Wii of A Single Girl's Musings
David of The Nyanzi Report
Ramona of Strike a Pose
My Style by Joandy
Soapy Mermaid



I appreciate that you all make the effort to leave a comment & show me that you actually read my blog and that means a lot. More so I like that by continuously blogging you keep me inspired to blog regularly. I have interacted with some of you (you know if you are one of them) and I am glad I met such nice people here. ♥



Now, hopefully you remember the review I did for Nature's Company of the products they sent me. (You can read it *here* )I am still using them and I am very happy to report that I haven't had any negative experiences while using their products. The festival season is on and very soon it will be Diwali. For that they are doing a special thing. You can send personalised gifts to your loved ones on Diwali on every minimum purchase of Rs.1795 ( just 36$) and Rs.1995 ( 40$). You will have the choice of receiving beautiful packaging options from The Nature's Co. which come along with a few Diwali surprises namely- a diya, incenses cones with the holder, a coffee bean candle & incense sticks. 








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Have a chic week!!



Friday, 14 October 2011

Never Knew




If 3 years back anyone would have told me that I would wear red lipstick and weird colored nail polish within the span of the next 2 years then I would have scoffed at the person; I would have been full of disbelieve and amusement. But one very important thing was I didn't know where my life was headed and I had even less of an idea as to how to go about getting what I wanted.
I never had anything at all against makeup or dressing up. The thing was even though I was fond of it I was very particular about what to wear where and back then all my 7 days in the week was full of either school, tuition, schoolwork or tuition work (even though the last 2 years of school was a major slacking period for me I still had to attend school and tuitions). So my attire would be school uniform 24*5 and clean t-shirts and jeans on weekends. I had no other life like so many other students in India (no I did not live under a rock or in a cave, I had plenty of friends and we did have fun). Things have changed within certain classes in certain metropolitans here, I am very much aware of that. It is good to see kids (I speak here like some 80 yr old granny who has seen it all) have some more recreational things to do now. But airheads are never appreciated keep that in mind nor are constant party hoppers. Education is important and hard work is respected & rewarded here. I was never a prude but I had different ideas then. I take quite a bit of pride in the things I do now. I am happy to look back upon my younger self and believe I am doing the right thing at the right time. I never let my marks define me because I was and still am blissfully aware of the fact I have more brains than a lot of my peers. I don't wish to get a job then marry and then take care of my family 10 years later. I want a career where I love doing my work and meet great people and make something out of myself. Maybe things will not come easy maybe they won't come at all but I don't fit a certain stereotype predominant among girls here and I refuse to compromise on that front.
I will gleefully curl my hair, get a good fringe, wear red lipstick, orange or black nail polish, sip on cocktails and sit in a tiny cubicle living the dream of being in the media biz and have a great friend or two whom I value more than anything. If you think studying arts is for people less intelligent than someone who pursues science then you are stupid. If you think interest in fashion or makeup is a girl or gay thing then you are stupid. If you are so ignorant about what is reality and believe what society has traditionally told you to believe then you are stupid. If you have a myopic mindset and refuse to see the larger picture along with the small details then you are stupid.


 



Monday, 10 October 2011

Streets & Sights - One Last Time

 I am showing you the best photos I have from the rest of the days. Last post on the Puja outings.
 
Style Spotted

This is not me- Patterned tights, textured bangles

at the Deshapriya Park Puja - the bubble seller and paper windmills!



Durga idol at Deshapriya Park



famous Flurys Chandelier



light supper at Flurys



entering Ekdalia



lights at Ekdalia



I guess he got tired & hopped on his father's back (Crowd at Ekdalia)



Durga idol at Ekdalia



Navami (I changed the hair before leaving)...& pardon me if I look a bit creepy



lights at Bhavanipur



lights at Bhavanipur 2



Wipe off the Monday moody blues and enjoy the week as best as you can while I try to finish reading a couple of books before college restarts again this week.


Saturday, 8 October 2011

It takes time

The title is not supposed to be cryptic at all. Durga Puja is over and I have had a few days of fun; I have binged and I have walked (the cabs were useful too only when they weren't demanding 30 or 80 bucks in addition to whatever the meter charged!) around hopping from the pandals I wanted to see to restaurants to my friend's house where I crashed for a night. I feel like I have been sleeping since then. I need to catch up with everyones' blog.
I haven't yet sorted through all the photos I have taken. But here are a few shots from the 1st(i.e,Shasthi; the days are actually numbered from Mahalaya which is taken as day 1; shasthi is the 6th day, the day the actual rituals basically start from) day out. I have realised how shaky the photos come out when I have to hold the camera. I would die (well not literally) for a dslr.

I got another haircut.this time from the salon.there are no outfits in this post but I will put 1 up shortly.

pandals are best seen after dark because they come alive with all the beautiful lights then. plus=> see the crowd?

decorations in the same pandal

blurry but a glimpse of the Durga idol there along with Lakshmi and Ganesha on the left. photo c/o RB

a glimpse of Saraswati on the right; couldn't get Karthik on the extreme right.too much crowd. photo c/o RB
decor details

the bag I carried throughout the few days. Quilt and Stud Cross Body bag from Accessorize.com

ended the night with a glass(two)..(& a half)..of wine.this is not something I do usually.But hey there's got to be a perk of being 21!
P.S-This is the best pandal of the day and the only one I took photos of, not the only one I saw.

Hope you are all fine and having a great time!


Sunday, 2 October 2011

May Go M.I.A

First off let me greet any Bengali who reads my blog with a hearty Happy Pujo!
Durga Puja kick started last week with the Mahalaya. I almost forgot it was so because I was a bit stressed about college work. But I did manage to hear the Mahalaya special Sanskrit recitation of Mahishasur Mardini(a.k.a Annihilation of Mahishasura, according to wiki!) being broadcast at 4am over the radio. It's a yearly tradition after all; the TV broadcasts have gone down in their charm I think so I give that a miss now.
I don't know why I am not being able to get into the Puja mode properly; maybe it is stress, maybe some thing's off in my head. Anyhow I will love to enjoy the next 5 days without worries and have a great time as ever. Maybe hitting the streets and the some of major pujas will alleviate the mood.
So I will definitely go M.I.A for the next 5 days. I will take lots of photos. I may blog in the next few days but that is only if I am not dead tired and can write anything.
Wherever you are have a great week!

Signing off with

Day 05 - A picture of your favorite memory

Memories are made in the moment which are sometimes so fleeting it can never be captured. I think I will give this photo a miss. No photo I have sum up my favourite memory. I am not even sure what it is and if it was even captured ever. I think it wasn't.


Day 05 – Favorite love story in a movie

I think this one is a very easy one :)

Pride and Prejudice
 Other movies giving this a competition - 
1. Titanic
2. North & South (TV adaptation by BBC)
3. Before Sunset & Before Sunrise

I don't know if love stories exist in real life. Maybe they do; not that I have experienced it nor witnessed it from close quarters. A true love story is epic and these qualify with flying colours and rhythmic heartbeats(if that makes any sense to you).

an idol maker carving the face of the goddess Durga at kumortuli,Kolkata

painting of the face. photo courtesy- abhik sengupta as mentioned on flickr.



The intricacy that is behind the art of sculpturing and painting the idols is tremendous; it is a culmination of months of hard work and skillful expertise on the part of the artisans. There are steps to be followed one after the other and it all comes down to the 5 days that they stay to be worshipped and then they are immersed in the holy (rather unclean in the hygienic terms though) waters of the Ganges.

Interesting fact:- In our Films & Other Media class we were discussing how Durga Puja even though is a form of plastic art it defies a core rule; it has a time period. It can only stay for 5 days
(nowadays some pandals choose to extend the days but even then it cannot stay forever). Ma Durga has to leave in order to come back again next year. Even with commercialisation Durga puja brings back memories no matter what age we are. It has its heart in the right place.