Friday, February 17, 2012

Of advertisements and more..!!

The best feeling in the world is when you work so hard on something and people appreciate your work, not matter how big or small it is.
Me and my group, rather the class had an advertising assignment to do.
Oh BTW, am doing my master's in media studies, so yeah, no jazzy fancy stuff,no budding ad filmmaker.
Well that's not a bad idea though,but yeah...
So, in this assignment all the groups were supposed to make ads on the products they got, we got automobile.
After crazy, mostly unfruitful brainstorming, fights, misunderstandings, we finally came up with it :D

Not just my class, but my teacher liked it too :)

So, just thought, I'll brag a li'l here too, and show it to you guys too :D
It was so funny to see myself on the screen :P acting too :P

Here is the link to the TVC:

And here is the print ad:

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Tales from a German Bakery :)

Remember, i was telling you a not-so-love, love story.

So, after the first few meetings, begun the frequent ones. Well, in one sense, they met everyday, remember they met in college.

Numbers exchanged, crazy text-ing, late night talks, all of them begun. I know, you must be thinking, full-fledged romance now. No, not yet.

They did text, but just important stuff, which also included how bored she was and his reply being "this too shall pass" , which surprisingly made her smile.

His first phone call to her, not the first, but, the first one that wasn't work related, was at 12:45 in the night, just to ask how she was. Cute, right..?!?

His first message to her,"where are you", 'coz when he had called before, she was out to drop a friend of hers to the station. It was late, raining and she was new to city. He wanted to know, if she was fine. Or so she believes was the reason. Insane, right..?!?

I know, you must be thinking, such a complicated state. It indeed was complicated, and this was just the beginning of the complication.

They met over coffee, lassi , work, it was as if they searched for reasons to be with each other.

Then came their first official date, or so you can say. He like a perfect gentleman came to pick her up and she wasn't so ladylike dressed. But, he still complimented her. She felt shy, she had never been treated that way. She didn't know how to react. They drove around, they were late for the movie, so he asked her, what do you like, where do you want to go. And she gave a blank, dazed, shy look. He understood, she won't say anything. He asked, you like dancing, she nodded yes. And thus, it was their first dance. They walked into the party, with his arms around her waist. She had never been with anybody like that before. She felt shy, reluctant but good at the same time. She loved the way he treated her. They danced, well at least they tried. She was too shy, he made all his efforts to make her comfortable, she did open up a bit,'l bit of hitch did remain. I pity him at times, poor soul had to dance on the song he hated, still hates, Chammak Challo, to impress her. Things people do,right..?!?

He took her for dinner to this super fancy place, which again she wasn't used too. But, she had to act civilized, even she was trying to impress him, more than that she was trying not to make a fool of herself. But, the goof she was, couldn't avoid it. It cracked him up bad, she was supposed to be embarrassed, but instead smiled, looking at him laugh. "He has the most adorable smile", she thought to herself. After the dinner, he dropped her home. She thanked him for the night and so did he. Nope, no good night hugs and kisses, they still weren't in love.

When something is new in life, everything about it is so amusing, isn't it. All you want to do is play with that new toy, explore that new gadget, wear that new dress. Similar is the case with people. Anyone new in life is interesting, it adds a spark to life. Am not saying, like objects we get bored with people too. But, like its said,"Familiarity breeds content", the closer we get to a person, the less interesting it become, everything then becomes obvious.

Similar was the case with our not-in-love love birds too.

They were new in each other's life and probably had never met anybody of each other's kind.It was amusing. They loved spending time together, and for that they devised new and weird ways, which made no sense to them. But they didn't want to make sense, they just wanted to be together, in whatever little time they got. They just wanted that moment, which made them happy.

There most common adda for "dates" was his car and random aimless driving. Romantic, isn't it...?!?

Don't judge him, it wasn't his fault. He was a perfect gentleman.They couldn't be seen in public together and he would never put her in trouble. People in the city knew him. No, no, he wasn't a star. I guess, for her, he was. They would wander around in the city for sometime, and then he would somehow find a place. Find a place, i know what thoughts are coming to your mind, no they weren't secluded ones. I told you guys, he cared about her, he wouldn't do anything that would hurt/harm her.

One of their "dates", was at a German bakery. What took them there...? Their love for food, his sweet tooth and her pasta cravings. Well, gluttony was one more thing they had in common, apart from talking. The ambiance was calm, it was amidst the city, yet was quiet and there they were, together.

They were sitting there, talking about themselves, life, about relationships, their relationships...yeah, sadly enough. At the back of their minds, both of them had a question, what exactly are we, what would our partners think of this...?! This question wasn't so obvious for her as was for him. I told you, she was naive. She felt, but couldn't comprehend.

During all the thinking, expecting and talking, he told her,"I can't deny that i like you, i like you, i am attracted towards you". She was taken aback, yep, she indeed was naive. But made sure,she didn't make it obvious. He kept talking, telling he knew it isn't right, he knew they aren't meant to be, that they shouldn't do this. And suddenly, everything made sense to her, she could comprehend all the feelings.

Things changed all of a sudden, but still she felt right. For him, well, i think he was torn. Not that he loved his partner any less, but he cared for her too. Love, well, love doesn't happen overnight and both of them didn't believe in love at first sight. And neither do i.

"First six months of any relationship, you just lick the honey coating off each other.", he would always tell her.
What do you think, is there something building up for a lifetime or at the end someone will just end up with nothing.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Lights, Camera, Chennai =D

So this was another Class trip and this time out of state =D
(yeah, yeah, i know, am trying to make it sound very fancy, smancy =P)

We went to Chennai, educational/institutional trip yes it was, but it was a TRIP, and that is what mattered.Break from hectic schedule, classroom, assignments =D

Though, we all were tired, exhausted and what not, and least interested in going to Chennai, because we just finished our mid sems that were back to back and puppetry work shop (#thingswelearn). But, we had to go, it was an educational, industrial trip after all.

So, the journey begins.
9:30 PM, Yashvantpur Junction. And i see the train that can take me back home. *sigh* Can't explain how tempted i was to sneak into that train. It was the train that took me home last time too...though it was 24 hours late. Yep, you read it right, 24 whole HOURS LATE. More on that later.

Do you really want that deep details, am sure not.

Lets fast forward.

So, we reach Chennai at 5 in the morning and am Hungry, yeah, i know, even i doubt myself at times.. =|
And then we head towards, AVM studios, heard of it, am's pretty famous. And there we get to "stay" in the dressing room of the who's who (am pretty sure some famous star must have sat on that sofa, that make up chair, that bed and peed in that loo).

Then was the queue to freshen up, i preferred sleeping. But, when nature calls, you have to attend and more so, if you don't attend, nothing will go down the throat. =|
Breakfast, proper Tamil style. You must try Pongal, its yum, its some what like khichdi. =)

Then begun the Tour De' Studio. From one set to another, editing room to screening, we walked in the scorching sun of Chennai. I had fallen ill in before the start of the trip itself, so you can surely imagine, how much i enjoyed the trip. My body, mind and soul preferred classes. My heart ached to go back to Bangalore. That's when i fell in love with the city, Bangalore makes me happy.

Well, somehow the tour ended and we got lunch (where i stole papad from people's plate). This marked the end of trip too, industrial exposure part of the trip done. Now was Chennai Darshan.

It begun with visit to Santhome Church, Marina beach and then Bessie Beach (also known as Besant Nagar beach).

The best part of the whole trip: the beaches. Water gives me calmness, it gives me the stillness the quietens the confusion of my soul, teaches me to live not to survive.

The waves, the wind, the walk in the sand, the setting sun – it all gives you a feeling of stillness in the vast world. Though you can’t see the end, but it gives you the courage to look beyond, see the possibilities that lay in front of you. All it asks from you is to take a step forward.

As Vincent Van Gough quotes, “The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore”

The beaches in Chennai were the escape routes for all of us. And what else can rejuvenate the body and the soul better than the calmness and stillness of the sea.

After their visit to Santhome Church, we explored the nearby Marina Beach. Calm, clean, secluded, Marina beach gave the students a moment of peace and stillness. They sat with their best buds on the sea shore, looking at the never ending sea and its serenity.

Next stop: Besant Nagar Beach. The ambience was what beaches are typically defined as- fun, frolic, families, lovers, friends, food. For them, it was a break from monotony, a break from their daily schedules; it was a sense of freedom. We let ourselves go for a day, enjoyed as little kids would. Onlookers could have assumed us to be “over grown kids” or somebody just set loose in a civilisation. But we weren’t bothered. From posing for random pictures, jumping with the waves, eating cotton candy, drawing faces in the sand, we did it all.

This trip rekindled the child in us, not that it wasn’t there, it just needed bit of pampering to come out in open.

(p.s: the last few paragraphs, copy paste of the article i wrote for my Department newsletter =P)

Here are few of the pictures of the trip :

Santhome Church. (Photographer: Sharan Ranjit, my cuddly-fluff head friend)

Marina Beach and Me =)

On the Sets of Central Jail, AVM Studios.

Me and Anima (famously known as NEMO) and our POSE *sigh*


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