Saturday, December 27, 2008

e-life : with simplicity comes complexity.

I was talking to my friend charu about how complex our lives have become with the things which are meant to make our life simpler. was discussing about the childhood days. oh how i miss those days... when mobile phones were not there, when there was limited electricity and lives were so simple, with so much less to worry about. I remember i architecture days, when we used to sit hours near the hostel telephone waiting for our parents to call us. At that time it was kinda boring, but i realize now how we used to write letters and how important and special those were. which i treasure till today. as we don't write letters anymore.
with the introduction of mobile phones, life has become so simple. u worry, u just call and u feel better. no one actually misses anyone you see? there is no space to miss. u miss and u talk. u worry n u talk. as things are progressing, we can see relationships are getting more and more complicated now a days. you need to constantly assure that u are fine. that u miss and that you still love them. The faith, the trust is loosing. The patience, the impatient wait, everything is missing its charm. as we go on finding more means to stay in touch, more we are finding ways of getting addicted to them and making our lives even more complicated.
Be it is your parents, your friend or your lover. with ease comes more of insecurities. just imagine you stay just two blocks away but one would obviously chose to call and spend a buck rather than walking two blocks to find out whether the friend wants to catch a movie with you or not. I miss writing letters too. as i go through the old letters and greeting cards i miss it even more. as this e-life is being a curse or a boon i don't know.
I miss the times when due to power cuts we brothers and sisters used to sit around the same candle or lamp and study. Now we have inverters and generators. with economic growth, we are lucky to have individual rooms with our privacy. Sometimes I wonder whether we r lucky or actually unlucky to have grown to this level.
I miss being with my cousins. i remember during the early school days when we were kids, during festivals and family weddings we used to bunk school for at least a week as it was so important to be with the rest of the family during a celebration or a mourning. I remember my dad meeting the principal of my school for the leave. how important it was. but now people are busy with their works, everyone is busy in their lives. no one can imagine letting their kids miss school or tutions for a silly family wedding. one representative from one family is considered to be kind enough. I u cant make it then a phone call saying sorry is considered generous enough. i really wonder, is growth helping us? or is it pushing us even away from each others spaces and making us confined into our own spaces. are we moving towards light with the boon of technology? or are we unknowingly emerging or rather loosing ourselves in the darkness of loneliness? do we even realize that we are lonely? do we really want this? or are we just getting used to this?

Thursday, December 4, 2008

JUST IMAGINE ...... this is crazy. i just came across.

Salary & Govt. Concessions for a Member of Parliament (MP)

Monthly Salary : 12,000

Expense for Constitution per month
: 10,000

Office expenditure per month
: 14,000

Traveling concession (Rs. 8 per km)
: 48,000 ( eg.For a visit from kerala to Delhi & return: 6000 km)

Daily DA TA during parliament meets : 500/day

Charge for 1 class (A/C) in train:Free (For any number of times)
(All over India )

Charge for Business Class in flights : Free for 40 trips / year (With wife or P.A.)

Rent for MP hostel at Delhi : Free

Electricity costs at home : Free up to 50,000 units

Local phone call charge : Free up to 1 ,70,000 calls.

TOTAL expense for a MP [having no qualification] per year : 32,00,000 [i.e. 2.66 lakh/month]

TOTAL expense for 5 years : 1,60,00,000

For 534 MPs, the expense for 5 years :
8,54,40,00,000 (nearly 855 crores)


This is how all our tax money is been swallowed and price hike on our regular commodities.......

855 crores could make their life livable !!
Think of the great democracy we have.............

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Juries @ NID

day after tomoro stars our jury. and i am still at the scenarios preparations for my project. i swear i'm gonna get bashed if i don speak well coz i hardly have any slides prepared. its gonna b an open jury and people are really curious to know wen are the graphics jury beginning?? they had a lot of fun last semester in our jury.

NID has wonderful was of evaluating students. we present our work , talk about them... the jury responds ... then coms the time for feedbacks. and guess wat... its not just the jury pannel who gives feedback or criticizes ur work . it can be just anyone ... a n y o n e ...... present over there. and everyone can say just anything n u gotto b good enough to take that. 
don wanna get bashed this time. lord save me.

Monday, November 17, 2008


Came across a very very interesting term today. he he. Guess wat? "Agree-culture".
Its true that India is a nation of Agriculture. but it is also so very true that India is a nation of "AGREE-CULTURE". Thanks to Tarun and Suresh. this joke came up while we were attending a senior's jury today. Well said actually. We tend to agree so easily. It amazes me and frustrates me at times too. this is somthing just crossed my mind out of frustration. dont bother to even look at it. why dont we question and just nod huh?

Monday, October 13, 2008

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

introduction to specialization

so its time now 2 write down something really serious. enough of fooling around. being a graphic design student and that too in the second year, i can say that now i am at a stage from where i can see the various possibilities and scopes and routes in which i can move forward from here. so where am i now?

well i would rather say i am at a crossroad and can clearly see all the arrows and signage which are directing us to the innumerable paths we can take from here. this is so confusing. i donno where i am heading to. after the visual narrative course we had... which we are still to finish and i can see we are very cunningly avoiding the discussions and submission dates. but we have to face it by the next week probably.

getting back to what i was saying ... where do i go from here now? the answer is "yeah, i can see a hazy picture" and the path is really misty ahead and to find out what lies beneath, i have to start my journey.

so this journey from a "non-designer" to a "designer" is a real big time story that i can narrate som other time. well, i would not exactly say "non-designer" coz my journey into the field of design started long ago in the year 2000 when i joined in as an architecture student. after that 2 yrs of work and the suddenly NID happened. but now after these milestones, which i'll not say i ever set, its time now to set the rest of the milestones.

the question now is where do i go now from here? to get rid of this confusion, Tarun (our faculty and graphic co-ordinator, NID) had this "introduction to specialization" thing in his mind, in which the big-shots from the industry, of the graphic design scene of india, come n share their works n views with us. it was for 3 full weeks. they shared their works, their views on anything and everything, as designers and individuals. they shared their views not just as designers and individuals but also as individuals dwelling in a society. the society of which we are a part of and is responsible for all the good and bad that is happening directly or indirectly. and as designers we hav the potential to make a difference to this very same siciety.

so the first was "Anthony Lopez" or commonly known as "Tony Lopez" who owns "Lopez Designs" new Delhi.

he is our alumni and he convocated  15 yrs ago. he is known  for branding and identity designing for organizations and companies. he spoke mostly on environment graphics, branding, brand strategy, brand architecture, management, etc,etc,etc.... i must confess the 3 days session influenced me enough to want to be a part of this branding crowd in the design scene. coz it was really amazing to know the kind of power and responsibility you hold in this and its so intense that it can even make or break a brand.

next was Poulomi Shah, who is a book designer and spoke about the various aspects in the process of a book design and its production. she is with "Mapin" publications based in ahmedabad. which was interesting but i kinda realized that book design is not my cup of tea. the amount of patience u need is just unbelievable. but again this is somthing we cant avoid being graphic designers.

next was "Sanjeev Bothra" . he is also our alumni. he mostly spoke about "development communication ". development communication is a powerful medium. it is more like workin directly for the people. our course was for a week. but its strange. sanjeev being a design educator, designer and a meditator, planned the course in a very interesting way. the first 4 to 5 days we didn't talk about work or design at all. wat we exactly did was "talking". not just with each other but to ourselves as well. 
the early morning meditation classes were refreshing. he has a completely different outlook to ever question or issue we used to com across. its only with him that we came to know our "mission" in life and yes we came across it by ourselves. he just showed us the way and we r here. he spoke about "ethics" n how important they r for every individual. how tough it is to stick to them and yet so easy if the vision is clear in ur mind. 

life is guided with various events. the story goes on n we hardly ever realize how wonderfully things just happen and how much potential we as individuals have to give our best to things and at-least try n get things right.

sanjeev is a person i must say has influenced my entire way of thinkin. there are so many things i want to write but not under this topic. will update later.

at last we had "Shubrata Bhowmik" the ad-guru. he is actually a textile designer and is an internationally known designer. he spoke about advertising n how it is possible to keep ur originality yet be stylish in your work. he is known as a graphic designer. we were amazed to see his spontaneity n frequency. he has won several awards and ya sure he's an influential person with a great persona. 

in the end i can just say these people we met ... are all so different from each other with so different outlooks and point of views .   

Friday, August 8, 2008

nothing to loose

i m feeling all strangled to death today. seriously wanna kill myself. i cant breathe. if i could just scream out loud.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

everyday i open this new post window n close it. i donno for som funny reason i jus end up actually postin nothing at all. and its happening today too. i thought i wd pour out my mind into this blog. but its really not working. 

its like having a closed mind. nothing is really falling out of it. how sad.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Some random thoughts.... just crazy.

some songs just hav the potential to turn ur life upside down… som drag u to death …. and there are some songs … u just lisn and “learn to breath and live and smile and suddenly u discover that u r alive”. this is one such song. yeah it doesn’t talk much of life but it gives a very nostalgic feeling to me.

somthing about it that reminds me of the childhood days…the yester years. it jus does som magic.

HIGH HOPES( Pink Floyd)

Beyond the horizon of the place we lived when we were young
In a world of magnets and miracles
Our thoughts strayed constantly and without boundary
The ringing of the division bell had begun

Along the Long Road and on down the Causeway
Do they still meet there by the Cut

There was a ragged band that followed our footsteps
Running before time took our dreams away
Leaving the myriad small creatures trying to tie us to the ground
To a life consumed by slow decay

The grass was greener
The light was brighter
With friends surrounded
The nights of wonder

Looking beyond the embers of bridges glowing behind us
To a glimpse of how green it was on the other side
Steps taken forwards but sleepwalking back again
Dragged by force of some inner tide

At a higher altitude with flag unfurled
We reached the dizzy heights of that dreamed of world

Encumbered forever by desire and ambition
There’s a hunger still unsatisfied
Though down this road we’ve been so many times

The grass was greener
The light was brighter
The taste was sweeter
The nights of wonder
With friends surrounded
The dawn mist growing
The water flowing
The endless river