Saturday, December 6, 2008

Friday, December 5, 2008

Hotel Taj: Icon of Whose India?

Came across a mail which shows another point of view(i would'nt say different).We will always be debating on these topics. Like there is no end to this, the chiken and egg debate, of who came first. But all things boil down to BASIC things. To sell something, it has to be made dramatic sometimes and that is what leads to drastic results many a times.
Some facts about MEDIA.

THE SELBY, Photographer

Interesting set of photo theme collected. How people build their own space. Todd Selby collected images of interesting people and their creative spaces

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Grid System

The grid system is an aid, not a guarantee. It permits a number of possible uses and each designer can look for a solution appropriate to his personal style. But one must learn how to use the grid; it is an art that requires practice.

-Josef Müller-Brockmann

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Just like that

Last movie you saw in a theater
What book are you reading
Favorite board game
Favorite smells
Favorite sound

Worst feeling in the world
What is the first thing you think of when you wake up
Favorite fast food place
Future child's name
Finish this statement. "If I had a lot of money, I'd...."
Do you drive fast
Do you sleep with a stuffed animal
Storms- Cool or scary
was your first car
MARUTI SUZUKI 800 - dads actually, I DROVE IT
Favorite drink
Finish this statement. "If I had the time, I would..."
Do you eat the stems on broccoli?
If you could dye your hair any color, what would be your choice?
RED, i already did
Name all the different cities/towns you have lived in
Surat, Ahemdabad, Pune.
Favorite sports to watch
One nice thing about the person who sent this to you
What's under your bed?
Would you like to be born as yourself again?
Morning person or night
Over easy or sunny side up
Favorite place to relax
Favorite pie
Favorite ice cream flavour
Of all the people you tagged this to, who is most likely to respond first?

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Log gusse main bomb nahi banate

Bas, hawa hi bhari hai golo main,

sui chubh jaye to pichak jaye

gusse main bomb nahi banate

Gulzar one my favourites, cannot be more true as he says it may be fun, when we play with balloons and mistakingly blow it up. But it takes a calm, thoughtful mind to make a bomb. People can't be let gone, by saying we were brain washed or under anger seige, when we did this disasterous action. Log gusse main bomb nahi banate.

Monday, November 24, 2008

The king and the little man

There was an Old country,
with mountains and mists, rivers and valleys, woodlands and orchards, birds and beasts,
and people.

And it has a king, But who is a king?
A king is a man. Only an over-built man.
And he had a throne.
What is a throne?
A throne is a chair.
Only an over-wrought chair.

The king put his throne on a high place and sat on it when he came before the people.
That made him look bigger than others.
He wore silks and gems, crowns and diadems.
He carried swords and spears, bows and arrows.
This made him look grand.

Though a little like and over loaded camel.

But people were impressed. There was no such person here they lived.
Even in their circuses and operas.
This as a real king.
And this pleased the king to know.
For the kings want others to think about them. Always.

And in the same country was another man.
A small man like other small men.

But he has a bright eye, a keen mind and a sweet tongue.
And while most people talked about themselves,
he talked about other things.

Like the snows on the mountains
or butterflies in the morning sun, or the star shine at midnight.

And he sang songs about them.
That came to people as a breath of fresh air.
Leading them to see a little further than themselves.
Leading them to feel they were part of a larger world.

One Sunday morning , as her often did, the king held a court in the open ground.
outside his palace. And the whole country came to see him, including the little man.
The day was beautiful. The sky was the deepest blue.
And a white cloud floated in the middle of it like a dream boat.

At the fixed hour, The king's drums rolled and the king's bugles blew.
And the king glittered in his diadems.
But a soft ind rose along the grass.
It blew on the people's backs and up into the skies.

And the white cloud moved.
"look", said the little man. And everyone turned around and gasped.

The cloud went by. And the snow peaks came into view.
"Oh", said everyone with his eyes on the snow peaks.
No one would look at the king.
The king felt crest fallen. and he left in a huff.

The courtiers tried to pacify him.
all days will not be as fair as today, your Majesty, they said.
But he was not satisfied. Their advice as no advice.
He had to have a queen . From across the frontier.

Whom he could consult insecret.
So came the queen. But who is a queen?
A queen is a woman.
Only an over-dressed woman.
She is padded and pearled. She is painted and manicured.
But she was clever. The king told her his fears.
Dont bother, my dear, she said. I know the answers.
After all, have studied in the Harvard Business School.

And she knew.
It is'nt enough today for kings to hold court.
Those bugle notes do not cross a field.
And all that fold and glitter is lost at twenty yards.

still writing...........

Friday, November 21, 2008

most said hindi dialogues

*yeh haath mujhe dede thakur - sholay
*nach nach basanti nach
*raj, naam to suna hoga
*kitne aadmi the
*woh do aur tum teen, phir bhi khaali haath
aadmi teen aur goli do, badi nainsafi hai
*chutki bhar sindoor ki kimat tum kya jano ramesh babu.
*chod de mujhe kamine, tere ghar main ma, behen nahi hai kya.
*chal dhanno, aaj teri basanti ke ijjat ka sawal hai
*Tum ne aisa soch bhi kaise liya

apka kya khaya hai, kuch yaad aa raha hai kya..............

Friday, November 7, 2008


Came across this new way of shopping.

from comment to post

"Man is least himself when he talks in his ownperson. Give him a mask, andhe will tell you the truth." OscarWilde

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Re-design too makes a difference

re writing "about couples"

hmm hallabol has very much put my writing the word "tolerating" in a very correct 1920's manner. But may be i should explain "tolerating" in Y2K's manner. I agree couples remain together not thinking that they are tolerating each other. That they like each other and thats why they are spending time. It's not deletentely that one is doing it, but there are many other people whom you are not forced to be with.

The fact is that we like to be with a lot of people, but there are few that we choose to be with for longer time. Every body is full of Err, but there are few whose err you choose to overlook and not everybody elses. Why? We give a lot of name, Like, love, friendship, companionship, wavelength matching,etc. I say we choose to tolerate in a positive way, few people. In the process, overlooking major faults which we may otherwise not tolerate. We may call it Love, but that too is a feeling, a state of mind. And you would agree it changes with time, fades or positively for many remains for lifetime. So when Love fades, tolerating comes, one may take it positively or negatively.

I'll write something which i had read once and i may be contradicting myself. But i think thats a point of view which thoughtfully too holds true. And may be i've to still live up to it.

"You are holding — that may be the whole problem. You don’t trust life. Somewhere deep down there is a mistrust of life, as if, if you don’t control them, things will go wrong and that if you remain in control only then can things go right; you have to always deliberately manage things. Maybe your childhood conditioning has helped in that way. That has done much damage, because when a person starts managing everything, his life is lived at the minimum. Otherwise life is wild.
It is as wild as these clouds, and this rain and this breeze and these trees and the sky. It is wild — and you have cut your wild part out completely. You are afraid of it — that’s why you don’t open as much as you can. "

Life at times is contradiction too. We all want to live wild and free. May be its our conditioning or its just us, that we restrict ourselves from living wild. If one gets to think, restriction and living freely is both necessary. I know i'm diverting from the topic. But think about it.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Devils advocate

Shobha de a name in literature, definitely one want to give a ear to what shes saying... but here i would'nt want her to take a stand on one side, but not be politically correct.

you've lost the plot

Rajdeep Sardesai (Editor-in-Chief, IBN Network)


" My dear Raj,My apologies for having to communicate through the editorial pages of a newspaper, but frankly I am left with little choice since you seem to have decided to stay away from the so-called 'national' non-Marathi media. At the very outset, let me say that I am impressed with the manner in which you have carved a niche in Maharashtra' s political landscape. I remember meeting you after the Mumbai municipal corporation elections in February last year. It wasn't the best of times for you: your party, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena was marginalised, while your cousin Uddhav Thackeray and the Shiv Sena had captured power in the city. With many of your supporters deserting you, you appeared down, if not quite out. Twenty months later, I see you've bounced back: local and national dailies have you on the front page, you are the subject of TV debates and your politics has even united Bihar's warring netas.
And yet, my friend, there is a thin line between fame and notoriety, more so in the fickle world of politics. Bashing north Indian students may grab the headlines, getting arrested may even get you sympathy and strident rhetoric will always have a constituency, but will they be enough to secure your ultimate dream of succeeding your uncle Bal Thackeray as the flagbearer of Marathi asmita (pride)?If Balasaheb in the 1960s rose to prominence by targeting the south Indian "lungiwala", you have made the north Indian "bhaiyya" the new 'enemy'. In the 1960s, the Maharashtrian middle-class in Mumbai was feeling the pressure of competition for white-collar clerical jobs. Today, it seems that there is a similar sense of frustration at losing out economically and culturally to other social groups in Mumbai's endless battle for scarce resources. With the Congress and the NCP having become the real estate agents of the state's rural-urban bourgeoisie and the Shiv Sena a pale shadow of its original avatar, the space has been created for a charismatic leader to emerge as a rabble-rouser espousing the sons of the soil platform.But Raj, I must remind you that electoral politics is very different from street agitations. Sure, the round-the-clock coverage of taxis being stoned and buses burnt will get you instant recognition. Yes, your name may inspire fear like your uncle's once did. And perhaps there will always be a core group of lumpen youth who will be ready to do your bidding. But how much of this will translate into votes? Identity politics based on hatred and violence is subject to the law of diminishing returns, especially in a city like Mumbai, the ultimate melting pot of commerce. Your cousin Uddhav tried a 'Mee Mumbaikar' campaign a few years ago. It was far more inclusive, but yet was interpreted as being anti-migrant. The result was that the Shiv Sena lost the 2004 elections — Lok Sabha and assembly — in its original citadel of Mumbai. Some statistics suggest that one in every four Mumbaikars is now a migrant from UP or Bihar. Can any political party afford to
alienate such a large constituency in highly competitive elections?Maybe, you are not even looking at winning seats at the moment, but staking claim to the Sena legacy in a post-Bal Thackeray scenario. Perhaps, that's exactly what the ruling Congress-NCP combine in Maharashtra wants: like a market leader who gets competing brands to crush each other, the Congress-NCP leadership seems to be practising divide and rule politics once again. They did it with Balasaheb and the communists in the 1960s, with Bhindranwale and the Akalis in the 1980s, even with the Kashmir Valley politicians in the 1990s. A larger-than- life Raj Thackeray suits the ruling arrangement in the state because it could erode its principal rival, the Shiv Sena's support base. It's a dangerous game, but often when politicians run out of ideas, they prefer to play with fire.. It's a fire that could leave Mumbai scarred for life.Now, before you see my writings as the outpourings of an anglicised non-resident Maharashtrian, let me just say that like you, I too am proud of my roots. I too, would like to see the cultural identity of Maharashtrians preserved and the economic well-being of the community assured. Where we differ is that I am a citizen of the Republic of India first, a proud Goan-Maharashtrian later.. Fourteen years ago, I left Mumbai for Delhi to seek professional growth and was fortunate to be embraced by the Capital. Like millions of Indians, I too am a migrant and a beneficiary of a nation whose borders don't stop at state checkpoints.Moreover, I cannot accept that 'goondaism' is the way forward for forging a robust Maharashtrian identity. By vandalising a shop or stoning a taxi, what kind of mindless regional chauvinism are we promoting? Taking away the livelihood of a poor taxi driver or beating up some defenceless Bihari students reflects a fake machismo that is no answer to what ails Maharashtrian society today. The Maharashtra we are all proud off was inspired by the progressive ideals of the Bhakti movement, by a Shahu-Phule- Ambedkar legacy of social reform. Are we going to dismantle that legacy under the weight of hate politics?
When you started the MNS a few years ago, it had been pitched as a party committed to a 'modern' Maharashtra. If that vision still stands, why don't you take it forward in real terms? Why don't you, for example, set up vocational courses and technical institutes for young Maharashtrians to make them competitive in the job market? If cultural identity is such a concern, why not launch a statewide campaign to promote Marathi art, theatre and cinema by financially supporting such ventures?If Mumbai's collapsing infrastructure worries you, then target the politician-builder nexus first. And isn't it also time we realised that Mumbai is not Maharashtra, that the long suffering Vidarbha and Marathwada farmer needs urgent attention? Why not use your political and financial muscle to start projects in rural Maharashtra instead of focusing your energies on Mumbai's bright lights alone? An employment generation scheme in a Jalna or a Gadchiroli may not make the front pages, but it will have far greater value for securing Maharashtra' s future.

Jai Hind, Jai Maharashtra!

"Rajdeep Sardesai

(Editor-in-Chief, IBN Network)

Hindustan Times / October 30, 2008

Sunday, November 2, 2008

country roads

"It is a kind of nowhere, famous for nothing at all and has an appeal because of just that."

Friday, October 31, 2008

about couples

It was a coincidence that i had come to our family doctors clininc the other day. it was after a long time that i visited the place. It was an often visited place during school time for good(school holiday) and bad(pills and injections)reasons. These days the our family doctor mostly works in academics and research. He has known us for many years and so general conversation was happening about families and how trends are changing. Then it was about how its difficult to find a good matchthese days. That is how we came to know he's working on this research, showing how couples from last generation are reacting on their relationship.

He said usually we feel that couples are either fine with their partner, or have adjusted with them or have grown to like them invariably. Well it was anything but that in most cases. He explained, in most of the cases it was women who regreted being the person they have married. And some cases they were men. The regret was seen in many areas. Some were not happy with the kind of character their partner had, some with their nature and were frustated living together. A lot cases had common complains. He changed after marriage. hes not the same, he/she cared more before. Some gave complains like they were cheated. They were kept in dark about lot of aspects of their partners life or lied on. Or further more they cheated in relationship(which is getting more common then reality shows nowadays).

He obviously could'nt go through this whole presentation. But he concluded that its not that last generation people have excepted and lived with whoever they got married with. They have actually lived with the regret, frustation and pain. I would'nt say it applies to everybody, but definitely to large group of people.

We may always try to find one way or other to have "a kind of perfect" relationship, but what comes out is there is no sure shot solution or remedy. One can't comment on what'll work, arrange marriage or love marriage. At the end of the day what is it? What can keep you going and keep you happy importantly?

I say it is just about tolerating each other. the question is how much can you tolerate the other person? Enough to spend, no i'll correct myself, Tolerate enough to live your life with the chosen one(that is if there is a chosen one). Yeah! Thats how your brain may analyse. Will you be able to Tolerate this person for a lifetime?

Monday, October 27, 2008

I live in the clouds


Diwali wishes

Happiness is within us and Prosperity comes with happiness.
So just be happy and enjoy Diwali with family and friends.
Happy New Year

Monday, October 20, 2008


coming soon...:)

still curious..............

kyun..... rious(hathoda no. 1)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

inspiration and etc..

i fall back again and again for a kick in the brain.. ... what i'm missing and what i want......
Geoffrey Bawa -
Richardo Legorreta -
Laurie Baker -
Steven Holl -
Tadao Ando -
Charles Correa -


CHeck some creative ads by harley.....

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


you are throne and palace and king
you are bird and snare and fowler
like water in jar and river
are in essence the same
you and spirit are the same
This is too public to write something of my the best way to express is through the best. yeah i know hard to get

loving it each day more

the more i see it, the more i love it.
the more i hear of it, i know i'm falling for it.
These words should probably be for a lover,
but its for Apple inc...da... its mac all the way.

yeah the more i see the precision, the details, the presentation, the technology it seems to be more of the sought to have. Sure its something a tech savy may want to put its hands on, only when to relax and not for its creative work. But what it has done to the culture of mankind is phenomenon.
A lot of things probably has changed the culture. Windows, Concrete, gypsum blocks, robots, a chip, my laptop, blog, tide washing powder, mineral water, coffee, and many more which i'll list in another post.
But whats special about apple products is the feel which may be a king has when he sees this amazing flower, which he wants for his favourite queen. he knows its the only one in the world an
d its like, prestige, want,etc. mixed emotion to have it..... so thats mac aka apple for now.
(hahahahahahaha..courtesy:spice girls)
if you wanna be my lover, you've got to look at this,
and this,
and this,

cleopatra stratan

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

rural school- an illustration

an illustration for article, "Giving rural schools the attention they deserve".

The book

want to fly

i loved the way the theatre, film students of berkeley were exploring their ways in expressing the visual art.made me want to fly.. though i do.. but urge to take it forward with a different expression is whats needed.


Berkeley/Landscape, Harvard/Design school, Royal college of Art

The Dieline
amazing packaging design website

book binding

A Beautiful Revolution

came across this "like a lot" website a creative way to say things

The Top 10 Things They Never Taught Me in Design School

The Top 10 Things They Never Taught Me in Design School

by Michael McDonough

1. Talent is one-third of the success equation.
Talent is important in any profession, but it is no guarantee of success.
Hard work and luck are equally important. Hard work means self-discipline
and sacrifice. Luck means, among other things, access to power, whether it
is social contacts or money or timing. In fact, if you are not very
talented, you can still succeed by emphasizing the other two. If you think I
am wrong, just look around.

2. 95 percent of any creative profession is shit work.
Only 5 percent is actually, in some simplistic way, fun. In school that is
what you focus on; it is 100 percent fun. Tick-tock. In real life, most of
the time there is paper work, drafting boring stuff, fact-checking,
negotiating, selling, collecting money, paying taxes, and so forth. If you
don't learn to love the boring, aggravating, and stupid parts of your
profession and perform them with diligence and care, you will never succeed.

3. If everything is equally important, then nothing is very important.
You hear a lot about details, from "Don't sweat the details" to "God is in
the details." Both are true, but with a very important explanation:
hierarchy. You must decide what is important, and then attend to it first
and foremost. Everything is important, yes. But not everything is equally
important. A very successful real estate person taught me this. He told me,
"Watch *King Rat*. You'll get it."

4. Don't over-think a problem.
One time when I was in graduate school, the late, great Steven Izenour said
to me, after only a week or so into a ten-week problem, "OK, you solved it.
Now draw it up." Every other critic I ever had always tried to complicate
and prolong a problem when, in fact, it had already been solved. Designers
are obsessive by nature. This was a revelation. Sometimes you just hit it.
The thing is done. Move on.

5. Start with what you know; then remove the unknowns.
In design this means "draw what you know." Start by putting down what you
already know and already understand. If you are designing a chair, for
example, you know that humans are of predictable height. The seat height,
the angle of repose, and the loading requirements can at least be
approximated. So draw them. Most students panic when faced with something
they do not know and cannot control. Forget about it. Begin at the
beginning. Then work on each unknown, solving and removing them one at a
time. It is the most important rule of design. In Zen it is expressed as "Be
where you are." It works.

6. Don't forget your goal.
Definition of a fanatic: Someone who redoubles his effort after forgetting
his goal. Students and young designers often approach a problem with insight
and brilliance, and subsequently let it slip away in confusion, fear and
wasted effort. They forget their goals, and make up new ones as they go
along. Original thought is a kind of gift from the gods. Artists know this.
"Hold the moment," they say. "Honor it." Get your idea down on a slip of
paper and tape it up in front of you.

7. When you throw your weight around, you usually fall off balance.
Overconfidence is as bad as no confidence. Be humble in approaching
problems. Realize and accept your ignorance, then work diligently to educate
yourself out of it. Ask questions. Power - the power to create things and
impose them on the world - is a privilege. Do not abuse it, do not
underestimate its difficulty, or it will come around and bite you on the
ass. The great Karmic wheel, however slowly, turns.

8. The road to hell is paved with good intentions; or, no good deed goes
The world is not set up to facilitate the best any more than it is set up to
facilitate the worst. It doesn't depend on brilliance or innovation because
if it did, the system would be unpredictable. It requires averages and
predictables. So, good deeds and brilliant ideas go against the grain of the
social contract almost by definition. They will be challenged and will
require enormous effort to succeed. Most fail. Expect to work hard, expect
to fail a few times, and expect to be rejected. Our work is like martial
arts or military strategy: Never underestimate your opponent. If you believe
in excellence, your opponent will pretty much be everything.

9. It all comes down to output.
No matter how cool your computer rendering is, no matter how brilliant your
essay is, no matter how fabulous your whatever is, if you can't output it,
distribute it, and make it known, it basically doesn't exist. Orient
yourself to output. Schedule output. Output, output, output. Show Me The

10. The rest of the world counts.
If you hope to accomplish anything, you will inevitably need all of the
people you hated in high school. I once attended a very prestigious design
school where the idea was "If you are here, you are so important, the rest
of the world doesn't count." Not a single person from that school that I
know of has ever been really successful outside of school. In fact, most are
the kind of mid-level management drones and hacks they so despised as
students. A suit does not make you a genius. No matter how good your design
is, somebody has to construct or manufacture it. Somebody has to insure it.
Somebody has to buy it. Respect those people. You need them. Big time.


रहिमन धागा प्रेम का, मत तोड़ो चटकाय
टूट से फिर ना जुडे, जुडे गाँठ पद जाये

Don't allow the delicate thread of love (between individuals) to snap. Once it snaps, it cannot be rejoined and if you do rejoin it, there is a knot in it.

Monday, August 4, 2008


* DESIRE has no limits, WANT cannot be caged

* Which cannot be explained is philosophy.....
which is easily explained is an experience known to everybody.

* Less Expectation, less pain

*Bhagte hue dhoodh pene se acha hai, khade ho kar pani peena.

* Pani peeno chan kar, sambhandh karno jaan kar

* duniya main sab jave, par budhe ki biwi nahi ja, bache re maa nahi ja

* The way to find out who you are, is not by comparing yourself with others, but by looking to see whether you are fulfilling your own potential in the best way you know how.

Much more grows in the Garden then that which is planted there
* Never compromise a dream ~Always compromise on how it will come true.LikeKnocking on each and every door ~ ~
* If someone says 'plz' because it's shorter than 'please'; you should say 'no' because it's shorter than 'yes'.

Thursday, July 17, 2008


Friday, May 30, 2008

some blog spots

Graphic all the way

NID Film club

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

thought for the days that are

All day I think about it, then at night I say it.
Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing?
I have no idea.
My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that,
and I intend to end up there.

Thursday, January 17, 2008


Its said when wind blows in LA all bets are off. Any thing can happen then
- The Holiday

Never underestimate the power of a well written letter.
(from the film Jane Austen's book club)

Friday, January 11, 2008

Saturday, January 5, 2008

comment compulsory

what do any kind of relationship teach you?

new year wishes

NO one knows what excitment is instilled in the coming year..All that is to be done is Enjoy it.

Happy new year.

Mangta hun itna hi aanewale sal se,
Kuch chandni raatein aur

Teen saun paesath deen khushi.

it is'nt there

everything that seems is'nt.
everything that seems right may be complicated
everything that seem to be simple, is may be fooling you...
or you are too simple not simplistic...
what does one learn from this?
enjoy, and make way for the next human life.