Sunday, August 3, 2014

The birds and the bees

When people travel, their eyes open up to a whole new world.
A friend of mine went diving recently and she told me about how her experience changed the way she saw everything.

We're so caught up in our everyday lives that we forget to see what's around us.
And when we go deep sea diving and find ourselves in a space that one can only describe as infinite and blue, it makes us feel small. And our problems seem silly. 

But, since we're all not fortunate enough to experience this, we tend to get lost in our own lives and think that the world revolves around us.

So take a moment.
And think.
I did.

I couldn't sleep one night last week.
And it was at that strange time when you couldn't be sure if it's night or morning.
And all of a sudden it was like all the birds of the world had woken up.
And let me add that this wasn't the chirpy little tune you hear in Cinderella-like movies where the birds sound like they are singing nursery rhymes and lullabies while helping Cindy get dressed.

In my case it was crows.
Only crows. Cawing.
And thankfully not attempting to help me get dressed.

Which made me wonder.
Did they all just wake up from their slumber?
Do birds actually sleep?
How do they sleep?
Isn't that weird?

It was such a simple question and even though I thought it would be obvious that they would sleep, I didn't know anything about how that happened.

And so I googled it.

Here's what happens: 
Some birds have special flexor tendons that help them hold onto branches that help them sleep standing up. 
Some float on water.
Some of them sleep with their head in their feathers. 
And some birds like owls are just party animals. They stay up all night.
That's it.

After this I went on to how do fish sleep and other interesting facts that most people don't care enough to know.

But you should care.
About the birds.
And the bees.
And the birds and the bees.

Here's what wikipedia says about the coining of the phrase:

According to tradition, the birds and the bees is a metaphorical story sometimes told to children in an attempt to explain the mechanics and good consequences of sexual intercourse through reference to easily observed natural events. For instance, bees carry and deposit pollen into flowers, a visible and easy-to-explain example of male fertilization. Another example, birds lay eggs, a similarly visible and easy-to-explain example of female ovulation.

But I meant it literally.
Which led me to a whole range of videos by Isabella Rossellini.

It's called Green Porno.
Starring Isabella Rossellini.
Where she explains how animals have sex and reproduce.
Pretty interesting and funny.
And quite educational too.

And if someone walks into the room while you're watching this, they'll just think you're strange and that's not too bad.
It's better than watching a movie like Her and having to explain to your mother that Joaquin Phoenix is having sex with his OS.

Watch more Green Porno here.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Coup Card

Ever since I started working with chalk, people have been approaching me to create illustrations and do lettering in that medium.
And I couldn't complain because it really is fun.

Brown Paper Bag was relaunching the Coup Card which is their culinary loyalty program. On purchasing this card one can avail discounts at Mumbai's best bars and restaurants. It's pretty cool. Totally worth it. Not sure why I don't have one yet actually.

Now the Coup Card website has a whole chalk art look going on.
And so Bpb asked me if I'd do some chalk art video for them.
But not with chalk.
So I created digital illustrations for them that just looked like chalk.
And with it 3 fun videos were created.

Here's how it turned out.

Illustrations by me.
Produced by Supari Studios.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Grand Budapest Hotel

I finally finally finally watched The Grand Budapest Hotel today.
Somehow everyone I know had watched it on a flight.
And I was contemplating whether or not to travel soon just to watch this movie.
Since I was too lazy to be a pirate.

Like all other Wes Anderson movies, I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

From the colours.

To the strange but loveable characters.

To the cute little love story.

And Wes Anderson's love for centering all his shots.

gifs via giphy.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ticket Gods, this post is for you

I have read a handful of books in my life.
Mostly because I get bored after 50 pages and start watching tv.
But 10 years ago I read this book called The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.
And I think it will always be my favourite.

Now I don't even remember the story so well.
So I had planned on reading it again.
But then I heard there's a show today at the NCPA.
It's actually a screening of the play.
And I have no tickets.

If my good karma still means something, a flying unicorn will come and deliver my tickets by this evening.

Come on karma. Work your magic.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The End

I received a book in the mail today.
At first I thought flipkart made a mistake that I was planning on ignoring.
But then I realised that I have kind friends who like to send me stuff in the mail.
Just because.

I haven't started reading it yet.
As always I flipped over to the last page first.
And it made me smile.

Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end.

Photo by me.
Quote by John Lennon.

Monday, July 14, 2014


Remember when I woke up one day and decided to draw on the wall in my room?
Well, it wasn't that long ago.
If you don't remember, I have a video to prove it.

Well, that was just practice.
Now people hire me to draw on their walls.
How cool is that?

And sometimes people refer to me as a chalk artist.
Or that girl who does chalk art.
I find it funny because chalk is just a medium.
I could scribble on your wall with just about anything.
Not a problem.

Terttulia, a popular restaurant in Pune, opens in Bombay today.
But the food isn't the only thing that I'm excited about.
It's also the art on the walls of the restaurant.
Because I was responsible for it.

I've done a mix of illustration and hand lettering and it was a lot of fun.
It was a lot of work for one person so I worked on it with the wonderful Rabanne (he makes furniture too) who was just the best guy to hang out with - while working, traveling, lunching and dinnering (my English isn't bad. I just have a talent for making up words).

Here are a few photos of the restaurant:

You can see more photos on my website. And then some more.

I've eaten a bunch of things there but highly recommend the mud cake.
It makes you forget all the troubles of this world and temporarily makes you feel as happy as a new born baby.

If you plan on going there, here's the address:
Ground Floor, Hotel Parkway,
Near Natural Ice Cream,
Shivaji Park, Mumbai

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Daily musings


If you frame your window like a painting,

would you look at the world as art?

Monday, June 16, 2014

Ringtone Jam

I am a big fan of music. All kinds of music.
My day doesn't feel complete without it.
It helps me work better and always puts me in the right mood.

When people ask me about what kind of music I like listening to, I never really have an answer.
Because I like almost everything.
And can listen to just about anything depending on my mood.

But have you ever felt like the music at a certain point in time was so good that nothing could top it?
And then something does.
It's pretty amazing when you think about how there are an infinite number of sounds that can be created and that we will always have new music.
And how great is that?

I always wished I could contribute to that.
But I can't play any instrument besides the keyboard (and that too just happy birthday) and a harmonium (a keyboard with a fan) and I always wish I could learn to play a new instrument.

I've always wanted to learn the saxophone though while breathing during yoga I figured out that I probably don't have the lung capacity for it.

Or maybe I could play something random like a theremin.
No keys. Just pure luck is all I need.

Or how cool would it be if I got myself one of those finger drum pads (that is what they're called right?).
My neighbours would hate me but I would also be the coolest person I know.

Check out this guy, he just made the iPhone ringtone cool.
It will make you want to Move like Jagger.

Or maybe that's just me.

Video by Metrognome.
More music available on iTunes.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Hello again

Guess who's back, back again.
The Rain is back, tell a friend.

Ok, so rain isn't a person but I just wanted to sing my made up song.
And anyway when I sing any lyrics, they never make sense.
So why start now?

Photo by me.
If you were in Bombay this morning, you experienced your first rain of 2014.
Now I'm not the biggest fan of rain but I love how it's back every June.
Like it's keeping a promise.
Like Terminator.

This year I'm actually pretty happy with the early arrival of rain since I pretty much was ready to slap summer in the face.
And everything looks cleaner and greener.

So how do I truly feel about rain? Deep within my heart?
Well, rain and I can be friends as long as I'm indoors.
And if I'm going out, a little heads up would be great.
But, as we all know weather forecasts are almost never correct.
Which sort of defeats the purpose of a forecast.
And that's risky business, people.


But then, I came across the Authentic Weather App.
Now they may call themselves Authentic and sound fancy and true but they're just like any other weather app. 
Sometimes it's right. Sometimes it's wrong.
Which sounds a little like me.
Which isn't such a bad thing.

Here's to a good monsoon, no water problems, and to feeling like global warming hasn't affected us yet.

Monday, June 2, 2014


It isn't raining yet in Bombay.
Which is not great.

But it is pouring classes at Tangerine Arts Studio.
And that's just super!

So, if you're into fitness and want to take an exercise or dance class, you should check out the June schedule.
They've got a wide range of classes to choose from - Zumba, Yoga, Belly dance, Salsa, Bollywood Contemporary dance, Indian classical music & Pilates.
And fun weekend workshops too.

So, this season don't sit at home because it's raining and you can't go jogging anymore.
And don't believe that watching fitness shows is going to help you get in shape.
Unless the shape you're aiming for is that of a potato.

Get fit this monsoon.

Tangerine Arts Studio
2nd Floor, Rukhsana, Near Puja Casa, Nargis Dutt Road, Pali Hill, Bandra, Mumbai
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