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Of Faces and Flags (Group D)

June 29, 2006

Group D super heroes.

Angola Fan  Mexican Fan

Iranian fan  Portuguese Fan

[Photo Courtesy: Flickr:BBC-Persian (Angola) / (Mexico) / (Iran) / (Portugal)


Only in Texas…

June 27, 2006

…will you probably come across something as astoundingly funny as this…


[Photo courtesy of Flickr:Txchick1989]

Quote of the Day

March 9, 2006


“It’s got the kind of mythical figures that make a classic: the hero, the wise man, the warriors, the guides, the prophecy, the oracle, and the messiah.”
– Keanu Reeves take on “The Matrix”

[Source: Wired magazine, March 2006]

Fakirs & Dragonslayers: My Other Blog Goes Live

March 2, 2006

I pretty much figured that I’m way into graffiti and comic books and street art and graphics to not dedicate a whole new blog on the subject. Plus am getting a kick and thrill of using WordPress and learning different features of it every other day. It’s a whole new blogging world out there and am also on the bandwagon.

The idea behind “Fakirs & Dragonslayers” is to kind of archive the different characters that pop up in graffiti and street art accross the world. Most of the snaps have been selected by me from the contributions of other (mostly Flickr) photographers around the world who go about their cities snapping up the decay and beauty that is written accross its street walls. Thus the blog is an assorted collection of familir character spottings and other graphical elements from street walls. Collectively they are the Wall Stories of the world.

So click on and enjoy…..

‘Made in Palastine’ Exhibit

February 28, 2006

Rubber-Coated Rocks  I am a Donkey

A first of its kind Palastinian art exhibition called “Made in Palastine” is all set to open in NYC on March 14th. It is interesting because I don’t think art is the first thing that comes to anybodys mind when they think of Palastine. It’s mostly negative things and despair that is easily tagged to Palastine. I think this exhibition would be an eye-opener for people in the West who have been fed a very one-sided warped view of the Palastine region as a whole. I also hope that this exhibition is curated by other well known museums in other cities in the world.

I personally am curious to see the artistic expression that has come out of Palastine. Other than 2004’s Divine Intervention and the current Oscar foreign film nominee from Palastine Paradise Now, I haven’t had much of a chance to see Palastinian creativity. Therefore I am keenly looking forward to it.

Edward Said would have been truly proud had he been alive today.

The Real Jabberwocky

February 26, 2006

Most of you who don’t know what jabberwocky means or where I got the name “Jabr-Woky” need not go any further… Jabberwocky basically means a surreal area where sense and nonsense collide…

The actual dictionary meaning (according to is nonsensical speech or writing. A more elaborate contextual explanation would mean something of a play on neologisms and linguistic hieroglyphics, situated somewhere between mathematical theorem and literary pastime. (whatever that is…)

It’s no surprise then that the word was initially brought to light by none other than Lewis Carroll in a poem called “Jabberwocky”. Later on the Monty Python madman visionary Terry Gilliam gave us his take on Jabberwocky in his first movie venture of the same name.

And finally as I’m putting these nonsensical daily observations and ruminations in a 21st century web 2.0 blog format I just thought it apt to kind of cut it down to a shorter form “Jabr-Woky”. Much easier to type in and don’t really know if it sounds cool…

Anyways for those of you who are interested here’s the Lewis Carroll poem in its full whimsical glory…

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

”Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One two! One two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

”And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
He chortled in his joy.

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

Happy Birthday Manu!!

February 26, 2006

I am proud to let the brith of my blog coincide with one my best friend’s birthday. His name is Manu (actual name is Sooraj and he’s far away in Mumbai). And he doesn’t has a clue to this blog’s birth coz last time I talked to him (about 2 hrs back) he’s still got to recover from last night’s pre-birthday high spirits… So hopefully my blog will let me remember Manu’s birthday. Or it could be if I forget about this blog, then maybe his birthday will remind me that I’ve got a blog online. Anyways here’s to you Manu and hope you have a great one!!

Hello world!

February 26, 2006

Seems like everybody has a blog these days. Last weeks Financial Times weekend section already had a front page story on the evolution of blogging and where it’s headed. Same old arguments: some say its reached its threshold point and will burst as the early dot-coms; others say its going to change the way the world of media and communications works. Either ways it doesn’t matter much to me. Guess I have been slow to catch on this phenomenon and the only (yes, the one and only) reason I’m taking it up now is after getting inspired by a post made by Russell Davies which made a lot of sense in doing this whole blogging thing.

Here’s Russell’s exact words that got my technologically challenged mind kick-started:

But the great thing about a blog, or at least this one, for me, is that it’s a great place to keep all the smaller, lower interest, everyday bits of your life and your thinking. I’m not posting my most important work here, or my deepest feelings. I’m posting the unconsidered trifles that occur to everyone everyday, that might turn into something, but which’ll probably just blow away. And the great thing with the blog is that they just sit here until they come in handy. Or don’t. And they’re all searchable.

That’s how I use it anyway. It’s like a personal corporate archive, a searchable depository of little thoughts, quotes, images and ideas. (And it tells me that on August 25th 2003, I was almost stuck in a lift, which I wouldn’t otherwise have remembered.)

And it’s more than that, it’s also a way of building value via accretion (how do you like that jargon?) by which I mean this:

Blogs are a tremendous way of starting things. Any little idea you have, you can start it off, in a very low effort, low key way. And maybe you’ll never come back to it, but maybe you will and maybe you’ll extend it and then maybe a year later, or whenever, you’ll actually have achieved quite a lot. Without really meaning to.

You’ve built something interesting through the casual accretion of lots of tiny things, rather than the determined effort of one big thing.

Because as advertising account planners (a wanna-be in my case) we kind of keep a random journal of the mundane things we observe or come accross in our daily adventures through the cultural consumer jungle.

So thanks Russell for tipping guys like me on the finer aspects of actually leaving a trail of our daily thoughts and ruminations even though most of it is rubbish and nonsense. In advertising we never really know when nonsense will make sense!!