418th

It’s not your usual, run-of-the-mill number is it? 418? But it’s been 418 blog posts since that fateful day back in October 2013 when I sat down to test drive WordPress for my work-related blogs and found that it was actually quite fun and easy to blog here.

Since then it’s seen some periods of intense blogging followed by equally lethargic periods of lull and stagnation. blogs are like plants; you can water them, keep them in the sun, but they’ll bloom when and how lusciously they’d like. I like to think that there are times when there’s an abundance of growth and then there is some drought.

This is how it’s been since the first blog post published:

  • 2013: 364 visitors spread across 16 countries.
  • 2014: 1048 visitors from 38 countries.
  • 2015: 2201 visitors from 83 countries (best year yet mainly because OT started full day school!!)
  • 2016: 916 visitors from 50 countries.
  • 2017: 1012 visitors from 50 countries.
  • 2018: 1538 visitors (till date) from 43 countries.

It’s very liberating to be able to put one’s words out there. More so for a gabby person like myself. But it’s more than knowing that someone may have liked something I expressed, it’s the feeling of having reached someone sitting in say, Moldova (true story) through this medium.

So what’s next in 2019? Well I’d like to focus more on photobloglets and test drive bits of my other big project- THE BOOK on Wattpad and here.

Thank you for reading. Thank you for stopping to leave a comment. Critiques help more than praises at times. And every bit has been heard, chewed and digested towards creating better and more engaging content. I’ve realized at long last that as long as I can write and have enough inspiration to keep doing so, I’ll be content.

 

Salut!

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A Quick Trip To Uppada

In the district of East Godavari, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, lies the smallish village of Uppada. Know for its hand looms, the place was on our itinerary recently as we took in a bit of sight-seeing while exploring the wetlands of Kakinada.

Our kids, mine and a friend’s, are pure city slickers. Mine cries out for room service like Princess Vespa from the Spaceballs movie.

But all that apart, our target was to get the kids to see how different people make a living and possibly see a bit of village life and how something as beautiful as a silk saree gets made.

Here’s what we found…

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A partially woven silk Uppada saree

 

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The weaving extraordinaire…notice the pedals below the floor level

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The weaver’s grandsons showing us how a bobbin looks.

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A lovely, vibrant and lightweight Uppada silk.

The artistry of Indian weavers is eons old and while in many places it’s a dying craft because of mechanization, it’s still quite inspiring to see a few colorful threads spinning around merrily and transforming themselves into a lush fabric.

Here’s to more visits to the hinterlands and discovering more of indigenous art forms and their practitioners.

Of Mice And Men

TO’s school puts together a pretty good show for their annual day. The stage, the lighting, the whole shebang is something I look forward to each year. And it’s actually rather superlative given that they have to co-ordinate with kids ranging from kindergartners to 5th graders.

This  year’s extravaganza was their rendition of the Pied Piper of Hamelyn. Between the harlequin-like piper and rats (of which my flesh and blood was one), it was quite enjoyable. I seldom need a reason to start tapping my toes and seeing TO’s practice session at home, I knew it’d be fun all through.

They usually end with a peppy number and get the entire jingbang on the stage to take a bow.

Here’s how it went…

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As a reward for a decent first term report card TO was given the permission to watch The Meg. It’s a PG-13 movie for what reason I know not, but ostensibly to ward off screams from kids. That the screams maybe of joy seems to have escaped the censors.

Anyhoo, the brat turned into a proper prophet of doom with his sepulchral pronouncements of ,”They’re gonna die”, “The shark’s going to eat them all”.

 He added a chomp-chomp to emphasize the eating bit when the Meg took a while to appear on the screen.

This cheering section is totally for the shark!

Movie Review: Aquaman

Aquaman is totally worth the money because for the price of one movie, you can view a whole bunch of movies because there’s hardly anything that Aquaman hasn’t borrowed from.

Let’s start with Jason Momoa shall we? The fresh faced young man from Baywatch Hawaii

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morphed into Khal Drogo

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and then Arthur Curry/Aquaman and made having uncombed, tangled hair and a heavily tatted bod a USP.

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He doesn’t act all that convincingly but then again, beefcakes don’t need to be method actors either. They flex their pecs and go through the gamut of expressions between a frown and a smile.

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Amber Heard- someone was channeling the Little Mermaid when they got Mera to be such a blatant redhead. I mean the RED is totally out there. Barring that, Amber is just Amber. She meanders from scene to scene and tends to be vacuous pretty much all the time. 

Nicole Kidman- Looks good for her age. Fills out a body suit pretty well and that’s the extent of it.

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Patrick Wilson- the James Wan favorite isn’t chasing specters this time around. He’s the overambitious blonde haired claimant of the undersea kingdom. Possibly the only guy who seems to make sense in this whole movie. 

Willem Defoe- some men weren’t meant for manbuns.

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He is one of them. Hard to believe where he’s landed up since the days of Mississippi Burning. On the flip side, he was such a good bad guy in Spiderman that whenever he smiles, all I see is the Green Goblin! 

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Aquaman is a mishmash of the Predator, The Sword In The Stone (no excusing the pun that the lead male character is also called Arthur), Transformers, LOTR (the huge machines which show up in the Return Of The King) and every movie cliche there ever was. Momoa even channels SRK at one time with his signature move.

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With next to no chemistry between the male and female leads and the underwater scenes not being anything superlative; this movie is purely for those who want to gawk at Momoa or is an individual below 10 years of age.

As far as the DCverse goes: this one comes up short. It’ll make money because most of us have kids we have to cater to. Bring back Superman, Aquaman is all washed up!