Friday, May 30, 2008

Disposable Dinnerware

Yawn! This city needs more concept dining restaurants. I'm bored of being bomabarded by the staid choices of sit-down a la carte places or the mind-numbingly subtle derivation of a buffet. Where's all the excitement gone? Dining out is as much as an experience as it is a quest for good food. That means that the ambience, the cutlery and crockery, the seating, service and the manner in which the actual meal is expected to be consumed lends to the ultimate satisfaction gained. Off the top of my head, the only fun places I can think of to eat out is Barbeque Nation, which tops the list, followed by Kebab Studio and perhaps Jalsa, although the food is average. That's about it and that's not a very promising statistic.

Other cities have moved far ahead with their cuisine collections. Bangalore screams for more interesting eateries. I'm thinking performing artists while you dine, perhaps outlandish acoustics or a 3D Movie to go with your dinner, or maybe just an unusual array of offerings on the menu. Whatever the addition, Bangalore's restaurants need, for lack of a better phrase, to spice things up!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

I saw the sign and it opened up my eyes

The iconic triple speedline - Adidas

The ubiquitous mark of approval - Nike

The interlinked, incomplete silver circles - Chanel

Marilyn Monroe in a white dress on a subway vent in The Seven Year Itch

The name's Bond...James Bond.

Brangelina and the Rainbow Family

TomKat and Baby Suri

Ten-year run of F*R*I*E*N*D*S

The pair of golden archways - McDonald's

..Media milestones that marked our time.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Heartbreaking News

I'm extremely excited about being a journalist. It's thrilling to think of joining the media industry one day and playing such a pivotal role in influencing public opinion and current trends. Few other prospects give me the same high. But understanding that continues to elude me is..."Why does everything always have to be about sex?"

I'm referring to a new newspaper that has recently launched in the city. (This follows closely on the heels of a advertisemnt or a mango flavoured drink that is a play on words combing the Hindi word for the fruit and the ancient Indian sex manual...children are likely to drink this!) It has an almost nude model posing seductively in a larger than life billboard in full public glare and reads: Addictive - for young minds.

I'm staring at this advertisement wondering what the publication is thinking? Is it's outlook towards the current generation so warped that they think the youth is only interested fornicating? This is a prospective employer who is likely to hire several budding reporters out there. I shudder to think that I once considered applying myself.

Yes, it's true - sex sells. Sex sells everything from cars to condoms. But that's what I find so disturbing.

And if this is any indicator to go by, is this really the industry I want to enter...?

Then I realise that shying away from it is not the solution.

It's just in desperate need of a reality check and a much-needed facelift!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Muted Aesthetics

There is art in the strangest places.

Good food is art.

A pair of Jimmy Choos.


A smile.

A pair of eyes.

But there is science in all of the above as well.

An intelligent blending of ingredients to maximise the infusion.

Nothing short of architecture with the help of a chiropractor.

The Water Cycle.

Muscles working in tandem.

Let's not even get started.

Art and Science will always be in conflict.

But there is art in the strangest places.

If we only choose to see it.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Ameobic Transitions

Change is when something becomes different.

Does that mean that you become different while thing saround you remain constant or that you remain the same but the other things become different? In either case, who needs to percieve it as change in order for it to be considered so.

Change is to transform, convert, substitute, alter, modify.

Change is to pass from one phase to another.

Ahh, finally. Something that makes some semblance of sense.

Change is dramatic.

Change is sudden.

It creeps up on you from behind.

Change is good, they say.

Change is good?

Change is good.

Change is inevitable.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Tearful Adieus and a Hopeful Milieu

A few days ago, I said goodbye to one of the most beautiful chapters of my life. I was forced to give up something that was perfect in my mind. It's true - at some point, all good things do come to an end. It's almost as though they must. And that saddens me. But it also allows me to believe that the old is giving way to the new. To bigger opportunities, to better conditions and greater challenges.

I left behind a time in my life when I found friendship, learning, stability and most importantly love, and lots of it. It really was special and it was tough waving goodbye. But I have some great memories to keep the good times associated with it alive for a lifetime.