Showing posts from February, 2009

Guess who else blogs..

I don't generally write posts on political topics, but just couldn't ignore this.

If you've surfed the net in the recent weeks, you would almost certainly have come across this, LK Advani's blog. So ubiquitous are the advertisements for the site, that they pop up in the least likeliest of places. In my mail, on the sports website I frequent, on Indian news sites of course, but also on online sites of American publications like New York Times. I'm sure there's a tremendous amount of money being pumped in this marketing effort.

Its surprising that it took an octogenarian politician to start what I hope will become a trend. I think its a big strategic advantage that the BJP is going to derive out of moving early into the blogosphere. Though Advani's blog itself is about humdrum political affairs, and not something I would be interested in closely following, there are plenty of bloggers and blog readers who do have interest in such stuff, and this blog is a great…

CAT killed the curiosity?

I'm really surprised at how indifferent I've become to things I used to find extremely interesting not very long ago. I ought to find discussions on the Union Budget or Sustainable Development so much more fascinating than I actually do.

For example, about a year ago, I used to go online and take pains to read HBR and Economist articles. Now I've a heap of HBR articles and cases that need to be read as course work, and the pile of unread Economist issues is getting higher every week.

But hope is certainly not dead. And so I hope that curiosity too might not have given up its ghost yet. A good wake up call or urgent CPR will hopefully do the trick.

Congratulations, Criticism & Controversy

Love it or hate it, you just can't ignore it.


First, let me congratulate the makers of the film "Slumdog Millionaire" on winning multiple Oscars. It was no doubt a highly entertaining film, and all of its (mostly Indian) critics will have to concede that fact. Danny Boyle and his production crew managed to get under the skin of the Indian psyche and capture the raw energy, the breathless dynamism, the cruel environment in which enduring hope flourishes despite all odds, of the country we call our motherland. But great art does not seek to attain a consensus of appreciation, but rather, an array of conflicting views.

Also deserving of applause and appreciation is our very own A R Rahman, the musical genius who has touched the heart of every Indian with his melodies for years now. He is a living legend, and the world has now belatedly recognized his genius. He deserves every bit of his success. But I would also like to add that the award goes to his individua…

Green Apples

Three Green Apples Today,
Keep visitors coming this blog's way!

Wanted to try the new color pencils I bought in Bangalore. Started off with what I thought would be a relatively easy subject. But I totally underestimated the effort that this would take. Still far from satisfied with this, but I really wanted to end this and try something else. Hastiness shows, unfortunately, like it always does.

Love life even if you have no love life

Notes: 1. Valentine's Day and the movie DevD occasioned this post. The movie wasn't perfect, and neither is this post. But I hope you'll find both interesting.
2. Assume gender neutrality in the post. I have used only 'him' as the lover but it could very well apply to 'her' as well.

What is Love?
That perhaps is too hard to define or express. But what one can be certain about is that love is most definitely a great thing. It is necessary at some point in everyone's life. It adds a sense of meaning, of fulfillment, and of purpose, like only a few other things in life can. But is it the greatest thing? Or the only thing? This post explores these questions.

I think that most of the depictions of love in (the global) human culture, both classic and modern, are quite misplaced. The most common theme that runs through them is of the overwhelmingly obsessive variety of love. Love is deemed to be the sole reason for existence, and the object of affection is elevate…

Konungariket Sverige

What do IKEA, Ericsson, Volvo, Bjon Borg, the Vikings, ABBA, Alfred Nobel & Ibrahmovic have in common? Yes, you guessed right, they're all Swedes.

Sweden (officially the Kingdom of Sweden, Konungariket Sverige) is a Nordic country on the Scandinavian Peninsula in Northern Europe. Sweden has land borders with Norway to the west and Finland to the northeast, and it is connected to Denmark by the Oresun Bridge in the south. At 450,000 km², Sweden is the third largest country in the European Union. With a total population of over 9.2 million Sweden has a low population density of 20 people per km² (52 per square mile), but is much higher in southern half of the country. About 85% of the population live in urban areas.

Sweden's capital is Stockholm, which is also the largest city in the country (population of 1.3 million in the urban area and with 2 million in the metropolitan area). The second and third largest cities are Gothenburg and Malmo. …


Teachers are an inevitable part of our formative years. The value of a good teacher cannot be emphasized enough, while a bad one can do irreparable harm to one's interest or motivation.

We've all had our share of eccentric teachers. While some were irritating, but benign, others were inexcusably inept. After a few years of unquestionably knowledgeable teachers, I find myself again in the midst of an interesting bunch of teachers, to say the least. In fact, I thought up of this post sitting in the class of one such, to distract myself from laughing at his delusional ramblings. More on him later.

So, here are a few of the most memorable teachers I've had so far.

School days:

In a boy's school, the most common type of teachers are those that indulge in good natured abuse. They scold, they insult, they beat, they shout, but at the end of it, no one really harbors any ill feelings towards them. One particular example that comes to mind is my Theology teacher in 7th grade. He us…

Baby Big Eyes

This is a pretty quick sketch I did (<1 hour). One of the easier subjects for several reasons:

Since a baby's face is so taut, lesser contrast has to be achieved for the face.The baby is unknown, so I don't need to worry about getting likeness with the subjectLast and most importantly, no one can criticize such a cute baby! :P

Step 1: Started off with a rough outline, fixing the features and shading in the eyes, nose and lips

Step 2: Got some more colour and contrast for the face, a bit of hair and ears to get a complete look

Final touches: Once I was satisfied, darkened the eyes and finalized the tonal values (artistic jargon for contrast)

You might know that brains don't grow in size as much as the rest of a human and hence babies have disproportionately large heads. Most noticeable is the really large forehead, which results in eyes that are somewhat in the middle of the face. Those big inquisitive eyes and the very flat nose gives them that undeniably adorable look!