Sunday, October 27, 2013


Oktober is...

the month of Oktoberfest.
What else?

So what is Oktoberfest?
Well, it's just another excuse for the Germans to drink beer.
Not like they aren't drinking plenty of it the rest of the year.

And thanks to the Germans and globalisation, it's also just another excuse for the Indians to drink beer.

Last weekend I happened to be in Pune and stopped for lunch at Doolally.
Lunch = Sausages + Beer.

I felt like a middle-aged fat man.

But the beer was good and so I'm not complaining.
And it was a Sunday.
So it couldn't have felt more right.

Amongst the beers there was a light one, a slightly amber one and a dark almost black one.
The light one was my favourite.
Clearly I paid no attention to the names.

I love my beer.
I have also washed my hair with it.
But would I swim in it?

Umm... probably not.

I read an article which says that in Germany, a little outside Munich, is the Starkenberger Brewery where they have Turkish Bath like heated rooms filled with water enriched with Biergelรคger.
In the article they say it's inspired by Cleopatra's baths but if I remember correctly she bathed in Donkey's milk.
But now that doesn't sound like as much fun, does it?

Thursday, October 24, 2013

A fun weekend(er)

Over the weekend, I travelled to Pune and finally went for NH7 Weekender after 3 years of planning and then just sitting in Bombay and watching TV instead.

Friends who had been before were comparing it to the previous weekenders and saying how they were better in some ways. But since I had nothing to compare it to [just how I don't read the book and just watch the movie], I had a great time.

I watched many bands play over the 2 days that I was there.
My favourites were Nucleya and Chase & Status.

But the stand out performance of the weekend for me was undoubtedly that of Nischay Parekh.
His music sort of reminded you of John Mayer's.
I could've listened to it all day [especially song #2, #3 & #10]

And the drummer in his band was cute.

Being there felt like I had floated off into a bubble for 2 days.

The music was great.
The weather wasn't.
I felt like a part of me was melting with every passing minute.

The vibe was good too.
And everyone was trying to be a hippie.
It was like the Indian version of Coachella.
I was amused.

I'd go again next year.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Got Milk?

I have always been a big fan of milk products.
Not so much with plain milk.

And now on some days I think may be lactose intolerant.
- The days when I'm behaving like a hypochondriac.

Just the sight of milk makes me go Eeeeks!

But then I saw this.

What can I say?

You look at something as art and everything changes.

Inspired by vintage pin-up illustrations by Gil Elvgren, Alberto Vargas etc
Milky pin-ups by London based artist, Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz of AurumLight Studio.

Reliving memories through Art

Even though I'm an artist, I always feel like I don't paint enough.

But after I got back from Germany I felt so inspired with the beauty.
I started painting again.

I'd wake up early and spend my mornings in my balcony with my canvas propped up on my easel ready to get a makeover.

I painted from photographs from my trip.

Here is the result.
Blautopf, Blaubeuren - Acrylic on canvas
The forest, Grosshoechberg - Acrylic on Canvas
All I can say is there was no better way to relive those memories than through art.

Photos and paintings by me.

Thursday, October 17, 2013


"The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you."
- Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Thanks Neil.
That makes me feel a lot better.

I've always had so many questions in my mind about the universe and all their answers just seem to fall into a black hole.

Thinking about the endless unknown just gives me goose bumps.

But at the same time nothing makes me happier than looking at the countless stars in a cloudless sky.
And one day I have to see the Aurora Borealis.
I've seen countless photos but I'm sure there's nothing like seeing the real thing.

I can appreciate the universe knowing that I'm safe on our planet.
So I suppose I could never be an astronaut.
And I confirmed that thought when I watched Gravity last week.
I think I didn't breathe at all through the entire duration of the film.
And was sitting at the edge of my seat.

My throat was actually dry from well, nervousness.
And I had forgotten to open the bottle of water that I had bought.

How was your experience watching the film?
Doesn't the possibility of floating into endlessness give you the heebeejeebees?

Which is why I'd rather sit at home and do this.

Bath planetarium

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Paper ♥ Moleskine

The iPad App for drawing.
It was just brilliant for it's simplicity.

And I'm sure you've heard of Moleskine.
The beauteous notebooks from notebook heaven.
Well, they have an App too.

And now imagine marrying the two.

Ok so you don't need to imagine it really because they made a beautiful baby and called it Book.

Now you can print the art that you create on Paper on Italian-made, premium matte paper and turn it into 15 page Japanese style Accordion fold books.
You can choose a custom cover or go with the classic Moleskine hardcover and even have the name of your book printed on the spine.

How great is that?

Each book costs $40. If you think that's cheap and have more money to spend check out Pencil.
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