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January 29, 2012

More tennis

Are you watching the Australian Open Men's final game? It's getting crazy interesting. Rafa, you have to win. For me please.
As you understand I am a little busy, I am leaving you with a few dreamy images.
See you later.
Via Pinterest

Via Pinterest

Via Pinterest

Via Pinterest


January 28, 2012

Fun links for the week

How are you guys? I have been busy watching too much tennis, too much spending on crazy unwanted shopping and reading this all the time. Too much to do, much less time.
Here are some waste-your-time-browsing-great-links kind of links: Enjoy.
                      I remember doodling at the back of notebooks in school. Here is an artsy modern take to doodling.

             I hope you are not yet tired of too much pink, because this gorgeous children's photography by Vanessa Lewis has lots of pink. Go and have a look at some more of this cuteness here.

This is such a cool idea and cute too.
A really sweet "where do babies come from" post. You will want to read the whole thing.
Do you know how to draw on a pillow? Learn the how-to here.
Go have a look at some eye-popping book sculptures here.

And I want to leave you with these really pretty and happy oil paintings by Gil Elvgren. She is considered to be the greatest pin-up artist of all times.

Have a good weekend.
P.S - Did you see how to wear a strapless dress? learn the art here at The Beauty Department. I am loving all of their Fashion Friday posts.


January 27, 2012

Color me red!

We girls love colour in everything - flowers, dresses, our homes. Can colourful hair stay behind. I have never taken the plunge to highlight or colour my naturally black hair. But I have wanted to do that, for a loooong time. No Indian mother in her senses will advice an Indian daughter to colour. So it happened with me too. But then I saw this.

And this

And this too...

And I decided, after all, I don't need to take the plunge. I can have the best of both worlds...
Have a good day all you lovely people. See you soon.


January 26, 2012

Valentine's Day Round - Up

Are you excited for Valentine's day? I am loving all the pink popping up everywhere on blogland. What do you think?

Here is a small round - up of what I have been drooling on.

You can completely depend on Martha coming up with such cute ideas ALL THE TIME. How does she do it?

At Occasional Cookies blog via Pinterest

Robot cookies anyone? These adorable cookies will make heart warming gifts.

I have been in love with letterpress cards recently. And it is good news that they are all over the place.This letterpressed card can be found at Poppytalk Handmade.

I just love this cute print from Etsy. It's just so romantic.

I have a soft spot for this dreamy floral crown. It makes you think about princes and princesses and Happily Ever Afters.

I am sort of secretly hoping to go on a valentine's date wearing something like this

Sigh! A girl can dream right?

Ciao till next time.


Happy Republic Day

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                          Today we celebrate India's Republic Day. I am having a very slow, lazy, full - of - tennis day today. What are you upto?


January 23, 2012

Tribute - Homai Vyarawalla

 Homai Vyarawalla was India's first lady photojournalist. First active in the late 1930s, she retired in the early 1970s. Read more about her here. I wanted to post a few pictures of either her or clicked by her that defines to me a representation of India as a transitioning nation after the Independence in 1947.
A few words from a tribute on Yahoo that describe Homai more accurately.

 "The great value of Homai’s work lies in her vast collection of photographs that archive the nation in transition, documenting both the euphoria of Independence as well as disappointment with its undelivered promises. She was the only professional woman photojournalist in India during her time and her survival in a male-dominated field is all the more significant because the profession continues to exclude most women even today. Ironically, Western photojournalists who visited India such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Margaret Bourke-White have received more attention than their Indian contemporaries. In an already invisible history, Homai Vyarawalla’s presence as a woman was even more marginalized."

Homai with her beloved Fiat car

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Homai with Indira Gandhi - India's first lady Prime Minister. Image Source

Jawaharlal Nehru meeting Vijayalakshmi Pandit

All photos (without image source) and quote from Yahoo. Read more here.


January 18, 2012

Blacks And White and Sepia

Loving these dreamy blacks and whites

Source: Tomboy Style

Source: Tomboy Style
Source: Karlie Kloss

Source: Galawallpapers
Source: CinemaisDope

Source: Cinemaisdope

Begum Akhtar

Have a good day! What are you dreaming about?


January 15, 2012

Bollywood favorites of all times

                           The 10th Pune International Film Festival is currently on in my city. The vitals of being an Indian 20 something is loving films. You can find your own liking, it may be the average dance - song - drama films that Bollywood routinely dishes out. The more sophisticated and averagely well - read Indian might tell you he/she hates the routine Bollywood fare, but secretly loves it though. I am not the one to be ridiculing those, because I am one of those. I am no one to comment on movies - to be watched and not, but nonetheless I love my share of bollywood tear - jearker drama and Hollywood action - wakshun.
                         With the International Film Festival going on here, which I am unable to catch due to work commitments (yeah! work that pays you sucks in many other ways. Boss, if you are reading this - "I love programming and the paycheck"), I thought I would give you some hints of what to watch if you ever set your mind on watching Indian Bollywood film.

 1. The typical blockbuster drama movies -
 Sholay - This epic blockbuster movie released in 1975 is considered the greatest film in India Cinema. It has all the ingredients of a masala flick - great songs, great action, good comedy, a convincing villain and great chemistry between actors. It's a must watch to ready your palate for more Bollywood masala (spice).

2. Mushy romance -
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge - This film released in 1995 and ran in packed houses for years. It still runs in a theater in Mumbai. More words of praise here on this Wikipedia page.
3. Comedy -
There are many I love in this genre. But you have to be an Indian to enjoy these, to understand to drama behind landing a great job and falling for the boss's daughter (it may probably be hazardous anywhere in the world though)

Golmaal - the old one
Jane Bhi D Yaaron - Especially recommend this one.
Chalti ka naam gadi.
Some which do not fit in one category but are splendid noneteless -
Rand De Basanti
Anand - it's a bit of tear jerker
Mr And Mrs Iyer - This one is a must watch, more for the two brilliant actors and an uncluttered, subtle storyline.
Utsav - A beautiful movie with stunning visuals and melodious music, Utsav captures the glory and value system of 3rd century India.
A wednesday
Black Friday
Chak De India
You could go with my list or a more exhaustive list at IMDB.
Have a good sunday you all.


January 14, 2012

Life in pictures - random mobile clicks

Life is composed of everything visual. Nothing says life in India more than bright colors and spicy smells. I cannot get you the smells, but here are a few random clicks from my life here.

These have been accommodating in my phone memory since long before Christmas. I especially love the pics of the lights in the fair near our home.
How you all have been? I hope you noticed the new blog header. I loved the texture it offers. It's work by a dear friend :)

Have a good weekend people!