Sunday, June 9, 2013

Beer therapy

Photo by me.
Who doesn't love a cold beer on a hot day?
You ask a cow and his answer will be Moo.
[Moo being Yes in cow language. It could easily also be interpreted as No but I'm a glass half full kind of girl so I'll go with Yes].

It's supposed to be good for your kidneys [or that's a lie made up by an alcoholic].

It gives you a quick belly if you're interested in sporting a belly dancer look soonish.

And it's also supposed to be a great conditioner for your hair.

I tried it once but I don't know if it actually worked or whether consuming it prior to using it as a conditioner made me believe that it worked.

But then I found this.

Is it a shampoo made of beer? Or a beer made of shampoo?
Well, it's supposed to be a shampoo and maybe not even a very good one but there's only one way to find out.

So I have decided to be my own guinea pig and bought it on Flipkart.

How bad can it be right?

But, what if it was the other way around - beer made out of shampoo - would you try it?

Do you even know how it's actually made?

When I was little, my enthusiastic family decided to make beer at home so I know a thing or two about it. The beer was made and kept in the loft and once the bottles started popping we had a lot of family and friends over who helped consume it. And now I know where I get the wanting-to-be-a-guinea-pig enthusiasm from.

So basically beer is usually made from barley (and sometimes wheat or rice) but after reading this article I think anything is possible.

If you can make beer out of elephant dung then why not shampoo?

There's only one way to find out.

And now it's your turn to be the guinea pig.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Eat your Art out

I love good food.
It makes me so happy.

I ate an amazing chocolate cake at Serafina a few days ago.
I could seriously marry it and have it's babies.
Too weird a description of cake?

But don't you just love it when food doesn't just taste so good but even looks so good.

Presentation is everything.
It makes my mouth water 10% more.
Too much info?

I came across this article and thought wow!
I am a big fan of art and a big fan of food.
So when you marry the two, how can it not be perfection?

Vermeer's 'The Girl with a Pearl Earring'
Edvard Munch's ' The Scream'
Salvador Dali's 'Persistence of Memory'
Rene Magritte's 'The Son of Man'
Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers'
A Jackson Pollock painting
Claude Monet's 'Water Lily Pond'

Frida Kahlo's Self Portrait

So pull up a chair.

Bon Apetit!

Food art by Norway based food artist, Ida Skivenes.
Photo comparisons by me.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Youwanamassaa? [to be said in a Thai accent]

So what are your thoughts on massages?
The regular kind for aches and pains.
Not the illegal-in-most-countries kind that's just wrong.

I've always been weirded out by massages.
Firstly, they make you wear a paper-like underwear that makes you look like Donald Duck which let's face it is not a good look for anyone.
And then the thought of having a random woman rub oil on me - Ewww!

The thing is I work at the computer all day with the posture of the hunchback of NotreDame.
I have tried yoga and a hot bag but I somehow wake up with some aches everyday.
I think this explains why.

I was probably a Giraffe in my last life. Who knows!?

So getting a massage is just something I'm going to have to learn to love.
And if I manage to block out the awkwardness of it all, it's pretty cool.
So I've decided to go.
Even if sometimes my reason for going has something to do with the fact that I'm too lazy to make myself a glass of green tea at home.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Dear rain, I hate you like I love you.

It rained last night.

And we acknowledged this very normal yearly phenomenon by facebooking & instagramming it.
Oh the 21st century drama!

I saw that coming the second the first drop of rain hit the ground.
And I am no social media guru.

Photo by me.

What is rain?

Is the sky crying because the summer is saying goodbye?

Or is it a happy farewell party in the clouds?
With clouds overflowing with champagne.
Toasts thats sound like thunder.
And disco lights that we call lightning.

Well, I have a sort of love-hate relationship with rain.

What I loved about it was how it would always make the city look suddenly very clean.
And as you may have noticed - Bombay needs a shower. Atleast once a year.

Growing up, I always waited for the first rain.
I would go downstairs and play and dance around in the rain during the first shower.
Clearly, I skipped reading the acid rain part of my science textbook.

And these days sometimes I secretly don't like the rain.
I don't like lugging an umbrella everywhere. Or getting my feet dirty. Or being surrounded by insects.
Ok, who am I kidding? I just can't stand it when the TV stops working.
And somehow it only comes on during the commercials.
Oh rain! You are such a tease!

What can I say?

I just love-hate you.

If this was a Bollywood movie, this kind of confusion that involves such feelings would make me break into song. So here it is...

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Mango magic

In the summer I wake up every morning and eat 3 mangoes for breakfast.
And then a couple more through the day.
It makes me a happier person.
Maybe it's just the sugar.
Whatever works right?

So I went and got myself a mango milkshake.

And then went mango shopping.

And then had some mango for dessert.

And with that mango high I decided to convert my tablemat (from Suzette) to a work of art on my frame wall.

It's beautiful. It's free (besides the frame) and it brings back happy mangoey memories.

Thank you Suzette.

All photos by me.

Friday, May 31, 2013

The Indian 8 ball of Magic

The other day I was walking down the road.
And when I say walking down the road - I mean to buy mangoes.

And on the way I met a Bugubugu man.

Photo by me.
Frankly I don't know what he's called.

But I call him the bugubugu man.


Because he roams around the city with a cow. Or is it a bull?
And this bull has all the answers to everything in the world.

So you ask him:

Will I pass my exams?
Answer: bugubugubugu.

Will I travel to Italy and meet an Italian Stallion?
Answer: bugubugubugu.

Am I being hopelessly stupid and ignorant?
Answer: bugubugubugu.

So this bull is essentially a Magic 8 ball but one of Indian origin with mystical powers that destroys all kinds of logical reasoning and makes you a very happy person.

Love it!

Hope you have a bugubugu day.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Back to School

I am always wanting to learn something new.
This year I have learnt how to cycle (finally!), taken a hula hooping class, yoga (again) and even learnt sewing.

But you can never be done learning so I have decided to do a new course. An art course.

I always get so caught up in my work that I feel like I don't have time to do basic things like drawing.
Which is sad because I am a graphic designer.
Most people around me think I am a penniless artist who paints all day.
And I wish it were true.
The painting all day part. Not the penniless part.

I feel like I never have the time to paint.
So I have decided to make time.
Because you always can if you really want to.
And make sure you don't stare at the wall for as long as you do when you wake up.

I started an online art course today called Introduction to Art on Coursera.
Coursera doesn't have as many art courses as Skillshare but I decided to try it out anyway.

It's a 7 week long course which may seem a little long to commitment-phobes so if you are one but you still want to make something but in one go, have a look at the Etsy blog. There's something fun for everyone!

DIY via Etsy

The Introduction to Art Course that I'll be taking covers a bit of Art History and actual practical work where you get to create your own little works of art.
It's meant for anyone and everyone - even those with no art background and you learn through video tutorials and reading and get to submit assignments and even do peer assessments.

I'm looking forward to all the reading. I did some on my own today too in my extended lunch break.
So here's some random colour trivia - Did you know that pink is the leftovers of white light when you take away green? So it essentially is - minus green.
Can't wait to learn more random information that in no way will affect my life but is still exciting to know.

But, what I love/ hate most about it is that you have to do this course purely on self motivation.
There are no fees. It's free. And no one is forcing you to submit assignments. You just do if you want to. 
And there's no one who's going to question you about it the next day either.

Also, I have always hated critiques. Because everyone has an opinion and sometimes they are negative and the negative ones hurt. But doing it all online somehow makes it seem less intimidating and competitive and more enjoyable.

So here's to a great 1st week of this course where I hope to paint the town red.
And blue. And green. And yellow. And maybe even purple.

Photo by me.

Friday, May 24, 2013



No that's not how I RSVP to a party.

Atleast not yet.

I just added a +1 to my age today.

I'm not making any resolutions because let's face it, what's the point in forcing yourself to stick to doing something.

If you want to do it badly enough you'll do it anyway.

So all I'm going to do is fill this year with good thoughts.

Because Roald Dahl says that that's how you will always look lovely.

Print by Kensie Smith.
And it's cheaper than buying creme de la mer.

And I'm also grateful for everything in my life.

The good and the bad. And everything in between.

Print by Katie Daisy
Thanks for making me happy.


And blessing me with a Cake every birthday.


Monday, May 20, 2013

Space Cadet

Photograph of a frying pan resembling a planet by Christopher Jonassen.

Did you know that there's this Dutch non-profit organization which has an ambitious aerospace project through which they plan on sending us to Mars in 2023.


Yes I did say us.

Because everyone can apply.

Some view it as a suicide mission - since it's a one way trip and all that jazz.

But what do you do once you get there?

How do you kill time?

Are you expected to be the Adam & Eve equivalent for the Red Planet clothed in an astronaut suit instead of leaves?

Or just contact aliens like Jodie Foster in the movie Contact?

Is it going to be like a picnic?

Who knows!

Apparently 600 people from China have already applied.

Which got me thinking: Is China really that bad?

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A good time to be in NYC

I always email a cousin of mine who is in New York about all the cool things that I read about that are happening there.

So I sent him this article about the Rain Room.

My initial reaction: Wow.
His reaction: You know in Bombay we just call it the monsoon.
My reaction: Ok, maybe it's a little silly.

But how cool would it be to be able to dance around in the rain and not get wet?
That would be like a dream for me.

And while I'm out and about in the Big Apple I could even get a temporary tattoo.
No not like those really cheap 2 colour (pink and blue) ones in the bubblegum wrapper that look like a blob on ink on your wrist. I'm talking about getting a Tattly from a vending machine.

How lame but cool is that?
I say lame so I sound cool.
And I say cool because I actually am lame.

Oh! New York. Maybe it is not our time yet.
But I hope to see you again someday.

via SwissMiss
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