23 Days & 22 Nights in Dubai

September 30, 2006

Here’s some snapshots from my recent trip to the outrageously outlandish cosmopolitan capital of the Middle East. Here the wine and women are aplenty and the buildings and upcoming construction projects even more outrageously whimsical than the one’s before. It’s one place where big and bold themes seem to rule.

Burj Icon  Burj Al Arab

The new cultural icon of modern Dubai, the Burj Al Arab, is an architectural marvel (inspired by the sails of a boat) and claims to be the world’s only seven-star luxury hotel.

Construction Jamboree  Construction Jamboree

The blazing heat of the sun or the sandstorms doesn’t seem like a hindrance to the frenetic construction projects going on all around the city. And each project is out to outdo the previous one in terms of size and sheer audacity. The one on the left is for the Burj Dubai which, upon completion, will have the title of the world’s tallest tower.

Neon Nights  Neon Nights

Neon is everywhere and seem to be the in-thing in Dubai and working (not in a Vegas kind of way though).

Souk Madinat  Souk Madinat

It is these eclectic collection of shops and bars and restaurants in a traditional Arabian souk-themed mall space that makes the Souk Madinat at the Madinat Jumeirah a unique and charming shopping space to walk around, unlike any of the bland and boring box-like malls of suburbia.

Modhesh  Silver Camel

The vibrant smile of Modhesh, the cute little charmer and icon of the Dubai Summer Festival is everywhere to welcome you and keep you company. Artifacts that signify the Persian culture and tradition, like this silver camel, is there to surprise you and refresh you of Arabia. It is these old and new world characters that add that much needed warmth to an otherwise frenetically paced, traffic clogged and burning hot Dubai.

The Economist, The Logician & The Mathematician

September 30, 2006

Holy Cow!

Three Wise Men

I recently got to read the erratically cerebral brilliance of Mark Haddon’s writing in his ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog at the Night Time’. It is a book like no other in the sense that it conforms to no set writing order and still carries off an amazingly wierd story about the mindmappings of a mentally challenged boy. The above bit is a little joke from that mindmap.

Intercourse, PA

September 10, 2006

Was going through a folder of some pictures I took when I went to Amish territory in Lancaster County in Pennsylvania back in March this year. We stumbled into a small town called Intercourse in the Amish heartland. Intercourse is the classic American town named after a noun. Don’t know what’s the story behind the naming. But here’s a few snapshots from in and around Intercourse, PA.

Welcome Attitude

Best Western Caution

Old Woodshed Gas Station

Child’s Eye View

August 29, 2006

Louis Pasteur Dr Suess

How I wish I was a kid all over again. Innocent and exploring stuff all the time.

Godly Brandspeak

August 27, 2006

Google Logos

Here is an example of a brand quote that seems to have transcended even the above average threshold of loyalty. This corporate top dog seems to be cardinally loyal to Google. Not that Google is nothing short of a great utilitarian site, but this is quite the heights. And the scary part is it’s sort of true too.

“Google is like God. God is wireless, God is everywhere, and God sees everything. Any questions in the world, you ask Google.” – Alan Cohen (Vice-President of Airespace, a company which sells wireless technology now acquired by Cisco Systems)

[Source: From Thomas Friedman’s book ‘The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century’]

Drawing !nspiration

August 27, 2006

Drawn-Inspiration

You can draw inspiration from sketchings, paintings and drawings on Time magazine’s Top 50 Coolest Websites of 2006 listed Drawn!

Keep on Trekking

August 27, 2006

Star Trek Vegas Celebration
The Trekkies are celebrating their 40th year of existence on this planet. According to a Washigton Post article, it has gone from its original mandate of “To boldly go where no man has gone before,” to capture the hearts and minds of some 250 million souls out there through six television series and 10 movies. It was first aired on Spetember 8, 1966.

The biggest celebration was a 3-day gala event at the Las Vegas Hilton. For three days, Elvis got sidelined as one thousand and one flying Spocks descended down on Vegas.

Across the Atlantic there’s this intriguing Star Trek crop maze in York, England.

Star Trek Maze

Independence Day Special

August 15, 2006

Independence Day Special

It’s August 15th and India is celebrating its 59th birthday as a free nation. It’s been a long journey since then and now the Indians have more brands to choose from than ever before, more TV channels to while away time than ever before, more cinema multiplexes to watch the same old Bollywood flicks that we never get tired of watching, and, most importantly more drive and ambition in the people than ever thought possible.

For those of you who are outside India (be it NRIs or foreigners) interested in India and the state of things its in today, India Today magazine (subscription required to read online) has a special Independence Day Edition which is quite a steal as it has some commendable collection of stats, facts, and other opinion on the subcontinent. It’s a collector’s item.

The Process Manifesto

August 14, 2006

“Process is more important than outcome. When the outcome drives the process we will only ever go to where we’ve already been. If process drives outcome we may not know where we’re going, but we will know we want to be there.” Bruce Mau in ‘Life Style’

[Source: From an entry in the W+K Studio blog]

Ass Savers

August 14, 2006

Studio MottoWieden+Kennedy is on a roll. I mean blogroll. Their Portland mothership blog is up and running. Which means my blog reading time has to increase daily to accomodate their whims and fancies on display.

This one-line description is pure funny minimalist genius. “The Studio. We Save Asses. (Yours)