2 Oct 2013

Ram Leela Music Review


Director:  Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Cast: Ranveer Singh & Deepika Padukone
Music Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Lyricst: Siddharth-Garima
Release: November 15, 2013

My Rating: 5/5 (only the 2nd album I gave this score to. The other one was this.)

3 Sep 2013

Anjalee & Arjun Kapoor JAMAWAR ARIA Collection

Recently I was invited to attend the Anjalee & Arjun Kapoor's fashion show in Delhi. Here are the images, gorgeous and glitzy to sum it up! How amazing does Bipasha look??! 

Check out their Delhi store in Defence Colony E 4, Defence Colony and D – 33, Defence Colony and in Mumbai at Essajee & Son, Landsown House, Colaba , Battery Street.

21 Jun 2013

6 Amazing Work Handbags at Jabong.com

I found 6 amazing work bags. An ideal work bag should be big enough to fit all your girly essentials plus a few bit n bobs of office items (e.g. the stationary you stole. Just kidding.) A dainty chain purse will certainly not do and will look a bit barbie-ish at work. So here are 6 bags all under 2000 Rupees (whaaat?!) I know, amazing right?! Neon- check, Electric Blue- check, Black with studs - check, lady like pastel Blue - check check! Basically, Jabong.com has an amazing range of handbags.

Jabong.com, handbags, 6

Where to buy:
1. P.H.A.T Turquoise Bag Rs. 1199 // 2. Alessia Yellow Handbag Rs.999 // 3. Hot berries blue handbag Rs.1799 // 4. Done By None Green Handbag Rs.1299 // P.H.A.T Black frame handbag Rs 1299 // Cheri Blue Tote Rs 999

4 Aug 2012

Babar the Elephant for Bonjourparis.com


Check out my latest article for the lovely Parisian website bonjourparis.com on Babar the Elephant. One of my favorite reads as a child, I thoroughly enjoyed researching this heartwarming big elephant. Click HERE to    read the article. Bonjourparis is your one stop site for the insider info on Paris and France that no other Tourist guide will offer. 

28 Jul 2012

Pernia’s Pop Up shop–Interview!

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Pernia Qureshi, the lawyer turned designer/stylist (she styled the ladies of bollywood flicks 'Aisha' and 'Thank You') has created the net-a-porter of Indian designers. The e-retailing website houses almost every major Indian designer including Rohit Bal, Sabyasachi, Anand Kabra, Anamika Khanna, Masaba and many more. In addition, there are Pernia’s own lines titled ‘Pernia’s popup shop’ and ‘Pernia Qureshi’ (my favorite piece from this line is the coral dress). Prices are not for everyone, as is the case with designer lines in general I suppose, but it has a LOT of very affordable pieces undr Rs. 10,000 too. Obviously a sabyasachi saree is not realistically affordable for everyone, but a girl can dream cant she. Most importantly, it’s great that people from all over the world have access to Indian designers’ collections. Pernia Qureshi will be showcasing her collection at the upcoming Lakme Fashion Week too. Check out www.perniaspopshop.com right now NOW and read on for the full interview.

2 May 2012

BASSnectar

I started listening to Bassnectar at some point last year. I was never particularly interested in dnb, dubstep, electronica and the rest of it, despite going to the LED festival in London few years ago (although that was more at the Calvin Harris end of the spectrum).

Browsing through youtube for some reggae, I initially found some nice dub mixes, such as the Peter Tosh legalize it 6blocc remix (another great bass blaster artist), Alborosie herbalist dubstep (numa crew remix) and the amazing Alborosie No cocaine dub remix. From here I somehow ended up , and eventually stayed on, Bassnectar (the very first track I heard was ‘Basshead’).

At the risk of sounding like a crack addict, I have to say, Bassnectar really is more than music, it’s an experience. You start listening to it, maybe in the background, then gradually and quite quickly, it takes over and next thing you’re blasting it way too loud, have forgotten what you were doing in the first place and have let yourself go with the flow and WubawuBaDubuBbbDubb is probably the only thing going through your aural sphere. Did that sound a bit dodge? LOL.

It goes without saying that good speakers are vital here, ones with a decent bass,subwoofer etc. or there’s absolutely no point. I don’t know how to drive, but being able to blast these kind of bass lines would probably be one of the main motivations to learn. As a side point I’d like to add that there seems to be a lot comparisons being made between Skrillex and Bassnectar, and if I had to pick one, I’d say Skrillex is really not for me, its far too mechanical sounding for my taste. They certainly do have slightly similar styles but Bassnectar is absolutely unique. I love the way he mixes a broad range of samples into the beats he creates, ranging from tranquil mellow singing to rap to echoes to reggae and even laughter.

The man behind this addictive soundscape is Lorin Ashton who describes bassnectar perfectly as “an open-sourced musical project that is as diverse as it is heavy, as raw as it is meticulous, and as fierce as it is imaginary. Spanning the spectrum of sonic style, the music covers every genre imaginable and smashes it all into a synthesis of intense, wobbling basslines and hypnotic soundscapes.”

Check out the official Bassnectar discography here and the official website too. His most recent albums have been Cozza Frenzy (2009), Timestretch (2010), Wildstyle (2010), Divergent Spectrum (2011) and the most recent Va Va Voom (2012). Even if you’re not familiar with his music or a fan, its likely you would have heard the more mainstream track Elle Goulding –Lights (Bassnectar remix).

He’s played at Coachella and other festivals and I would love to go to one of his concerts, as the light and sounds effects look mindblowing, in some cases, probably literally! Sadly, I don’t think he’s in the UK anytime soon.

In the meanwhile here are my favourite Bassnectar tracks, enjoy, make your brain vibrate, this is as dirty as it gets.

Bassnectar by tamtam on Grooveshark

Past Album covers:

Bassnectar Cozza Frenzy Album Cover

29 Apr 2012

Devdas- 10 year anniversary!

Its been 10 years since the most expensive Bollywood movie ever made (at the time) was released. Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai, Kiron Kher, among others, the movie, based on the novel by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, was a feast for the eyes from the first shot till the very last. Everyone loves a bit of unrequited love play itself out and destroy three lives as happens in this movie and Sajay Leela Bhansali directed it wonderfully, even screening it at Cannes 2002. Devdas was India's entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars in 2003.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known for his amazing cinematography and each scene is an orgy of fabulousness (Hum Dil Chuke Sanam, Black, Saawariya, Guzaarish). The sets looked like nothing seen before, maybe Mughl-e-Azam or Pakeezah, and the costumes were simply flawless.  The amazing singing by Shreya Ghoshal also catapulted her into the spotlight.

So, Who did the costumes? The designers, according to the official Devdas website are:

NEETA LULLA
After 15 years as a fashion lecturer, Neeta Lulla laid her creative steps into the world of Hindi Cinema. She went on to design costumes for over 350 films and over 75 film stars, from Zohra Sehgal and Bindu to Sridevi and Juhi Chawla to Kareena Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai. In Devdas, she has designed the costumes for Aishwarya Rai and Kiron Kher besides other female characters in the film, thus adding much to their beauty and individuality.

ABU JANI-SANDEEP KHOSLA
The Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla label made its mark internationally beginning with a range of exclusive shawls sold under the Shakira Caine mark at Harvey Nichols and Harrods in London and Neiman Marcus and Bergdof Goodman in New York.

REZA SHARIFFI
In Devdas he has designed some costumes for Madhuri Dixit who plays Chandramukhi, besides several key male characters as well as female dancers.

The jewellery throughout Devdas is absolutely over-the-top beautiful. e.g this hand piece worn in the song sequence ‘Maar Dala’ by the courtesan with a heart of gold played by Madhuri Dixit.



Aishwarya Rai plays ‘Paro’ (Parvati, Devdas’ love interest), and looks stunning throughout.

Devdas - aishwarya-rai

The movie gave us some great One-liners. I haven’t translated them because they lose the meaning then.

Devdas: “Itna ghuroor toh chaand ko bhi nahin.”
Chandramukhi: “Haan magar dua mein, jub ye haath uthaya, Khuda se dua mein, tumhe maang dala”
Devdas : “Yaad to woh aate hain jinhe bhulaya ja sakta ho.”
Chandramukhi : “Har dukh aane wale sukh ki chitthi hoti hai dev babu. Aur har nuksan hone waley fayde ka ishara.”
Devdas : “Haan jab bazaar mein baithne wali aurat kajal ka tiika lagati hai, jabki wo chahti hai sabki nazar us par tiki rahey.”
Chandramukhi : “Yun nazar ki bat ki, aur dil chura gaye, hum to samajhe they buth, aap to dhadkan suna gaye.”
Devdas: “Kaun kambakht bardasht karnay ko peeta hai”

Music

Devdas by tamtam on Grooveshark

11 Mar 2012

Damien Hirst at Tate

Britain’s richest artist is showing at the Tate from 4th April till 9th sept. Get your tickets now from here Here’s a few of my favourite pieces by him.
For the love of God

Phendimetrazine


Pharmacy Wallpaper- LOVE this
“This ‘wall chart’ of pills and pharmaceutical products was originally produced for the Pharmacy restaurant in London in 1997 and was re-made in 2004. Each section of the pharmaceutical images has a title and a reference to a Biblical passage”

The Independent (Red)

The death of God

Psalm Print: Dixit insipiens (diamond dust)

Psalm Print: Domini est terra








 
 
 
 
 

 
Psalm print: Coeli enarrant










 
 
 
 
 
The impossibility of death in the mind of someone living