Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2011

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As we enter the kala ghoda arts festival, we are confronted with a sign saying “zara sochiye” i.e. “think for a while” and thats exactly what this festival does to us..It makes us think..

There are exhibitions, workshops, various performances, traditional dances, screening and discussions of various films..There are cartoonists, painters, photographers,sculptors, potters surprising us with their talent..This is the place to be if one is artistically inclined.

Many of the exhibitions were about the eco-friendly products we could buy for daily use..There were organizations caring for the stray dogs, caged animals, snakes etc. which had put up the stalls too..

I was awe-struck by the amazing sculptures the artists had put on view with flabbergasting explanations besides it..

I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking..

If you are in Mumbai and haven’t yet visited the festival then what are you waiting for?

You can visit their site for the schedule: http://www.kalaghodaassociation.com/

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Back from GroundZero : Egypt..

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Back from Egypt yesterday morning..

ideally I should be telling you how wonderful Egypt is, the architecture, the culture, the all-so-interesting history of Egypt that I got to enjoy in the first few days of my trip. But all that seems to be blacked out in the events of the last four days of my visit.

You’ll must have read from the papers about the protests..so to cut the story short..

The day we got back from the Nile Cruise and landed on the Cairo airport we were stranded at the airport where we had to spend the night because of the curfew.  We moved to a hotel for the next night in spite of the warnings not to enter Cairo and the curfews. We should have heeded to the warnings cuz that night v couldn’t sleep one wink. Military and the tankers were everywhere around Cairo. We could hear the bullets firing, fighter jets flying over our heads, laser lights falling on the buildings, people screaming and to add to all this we didn’t understand the language. Our co-ordinator later told us, the prisoners had broken out of the jails and raided police stations to get arms and ammunitions to loot the common people. The Cairo Museum was also looted. All this filled us with fear and made us wonder whether we would ever be able to get back to India.

We did manage to reach the airport the next day. Though it was safe there, all the food, water and even the toilet papers were exhausted. There was no way of communication. Internet was barred and the recharge cards for the cellphone were all sold out at the convention stores. Tourists had no option but to sleep on the cold floors or some lucky ones found cardboards to sleep on.

The ‘EgyptAir’ airlines did not understand or care for the tourists in any way. They kept cancelling the flights and also didn’t bother to reschedule them. To ask one small query like “whether our flights cancelled or delayed” everyone had to stand in a large queue.

We changed our airlines and did manage to get seats in “Gulf Air” travelled to Bahrain and then Mumbai. On our flight we had a few residents from Egypt fleeing the country. They had left their homes,cars and everything else behind to never return back(so they said).

Such was the condition, and the Indian Embassy could have done better to help their people. There were embassies who had come to search for their people and some embassies had arranged free flights back to the country. But the Indian Embassy increased the flight charges to double the rates even in this situation.

Admist all this, I did meet a few very nice people in egypt..Our tour coordinator from Egypt managed to calm us down even when he was tensed about his family in Alexandria. A Bengali girl I met at the Cairo train station, who was also visiting Egypt with her family. Later we kept bumping into each other at every place we visited and got all so happy to meet yet again. It was nice to meet Sophie(I forgot her korean name again! Sophie was animated when the topic moved on to talk Indian movies and specifically ‘3 Idiots’), Hrishi(A sweet lil kid who was ready to leave his family to get on a flight with me) and Humsa I met at the airport..

People keep saying that your life changes once you visit Egypt. And indeed this would be one of the most unforgettable journeys in my life.

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Mahalaxmi Saras Exhibition Cum Sale 2011

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I had been to the mahalaxmi saras exhibition cum sale yesterday..Craftsmen from all over India had put up their beautiful creations..From Rajasthan, Punjab, Orissa, Kerala, Gujrat, Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Tripura, West Bengal, Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh..you name it and the states were all there under a single roof..
This was one moment where i could really appreciate India’s diverse and amazingly talented craftsmen..
It was like visiting the entire nation in a matter of hours and definitely a wonderful experience..
I also had lunch which was the typical indian lunch made in the villages..
I ended up happily spending money i dont have on things i dont need just because evrything was so very beautiful there.
For those in Mumbai, you can still catch the exhibition at Bandra till 3rd february.

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George Carlin

George Carlin is rightly known as “The Thinking Man’s Comic”..
He is one comedian who makes me think while also making me laugh at his acts full of witticisms..
He might seem a bit critical but then some issues need to be addressed just that way..
I specially like his take on wars, politics and the government..
RIP George Carlin.

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Yesterday while randomly going through the maps of the countries visiting my blog, I came across this new map on the list. What caught my attention was that
it has a very interesting colourful flag. Some visitor from Seychelles had
somehow landed on my blog. I was intrigued to know abt Seychelles and googled it up. I would take this opportunity to write about this country.
Just as I typed Seychelles on google images and hit enter I came across the
most magnificent sandy beaches and turquoise seas. Seychelles is an island
country spanning 115 islands in the Indian Ocean. I found out that it has many
national parks protecting whales, sharks and cramp fishes and is also a home to
giant tortoises and sea turtles.
Apart from being a tourist destination, this place has also been a lookout for
authors like Ian Fleming(the author of The James BOnd) to indulge in writing.
Whats more interesting is it was once a pirates hideout(now that is interesting
to me because I have been influenced by Captain Jack Sparrow- Johnny Depp big time)
and we can visit Anse Forbans that literally means pirates cove..aye aye!
Reading about Seychelles makes me want to take a walk on the beaches, watch the
waves hit the shore, the clear blue sky and sun reflecting off the waters in
brilliant colours. I would love to visit this place someday.

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Erin Brockovich

Erin Brockovich-Ellis is an American legal clerk and environmental activist.

I came across this enigmatic personality through a very nicely made movie based on her.The movie starring Julia Roberts shows how the unemployed and single mother of three had fought against a Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E responsible for industrial poisoning) singlehandedly n won despite the lack of a formal law school education.

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Russell Peters



Russell Peters is one of my favourite comedians. His jokes are really just observations on various races and cultures, some true and some not-so-true, some harsh put in a way that tickles our funny bone. I love the way he mimics the accents, gestures and expressions and portrays exactly the character hes got in mind for the audience. I had a great time watching outsourced i.e. the dvd version of his show which was aired on Comedy Central.



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