Oct 27, 2006

The artist in me

I have drawn some sketches in last three months or so. Yeah I know if I put them here it might lead to some large scale plagiarism but I am willing to take that risk.. after all art is there for everyone to see and admire.And these are only the paintbrush replicas of the original masterpieces, so their value is anyway greatly diminished. I have chosen six of those sketches. Reason for choosing these:they are less abstract hence more accessible to novices like you.

Oct 20, 2006

Glory Days

Some days I'll never forget :)

1) The day when I saw ET and T-2 on VCR back to back.Both the movies were highly recommended by my friends.We decided to watch ET first. I slept in the middle of ET( which I did during most of the movies).After the movie my friends woke me up and I wondered what the hell was that..i mean whats the big deal..this supposedly cute dude drops from outer space and then they keep talking some boring crap throughout the movie .
AND then we watched T2. That movie changed my life. Arnold became my God( as he was for atleast 90% of other kids then).I was awestruck by the action sequences and special effects( I still am!)

2)When I played Scotland Yard for the first time.And that superiority complex we had over other kids who hadn't played/or didnt like it! They must have low IQs we would think and glow with contemptuous pride.

3)When I discovered the The 30 Chances Funda in Contra. 'Discovered' is a wrong word to use actually. I had known "the funda" for some days.. you had to press some weird combination of keys on the remote to get it , and you had to be quick and flawless.We spent hours waiting to watch the screen where it will show 30 instead of the measley "3". Finally there it was shining like a halo .What an unbelievable orgasmic feeling it was!!!

4)When I read the first "play" of my life in the English class.I don't remember the name of the play or the author but what I do remember is that it was a romantic comedy with a little twist in the end.And what racket we created in the class because the heroine turned out to be the stepsister of the hero.We converted the cute little play into one monster of a literature piece infusing wicked thoughts in the minds of young innocent minds. The teacher(lady) was embarrassed to the core!

5)When I lit the "atom bomb" without a timer for the first time. If you are wondering whats the timer it was just a mechanism whereby you would peel off little flash powder(or whatever) from the string (or whatever) so that it burnt slowly and you had enough time to run far beyond the unsafe limit. After incessant bantering from my cousins I decided it was TIME .Although the bloody bomb exploded even faster than the usual time and I had the bloody shriek in my ears for 2 hours I still was king of the world.

6) My first taste of a mass bunk : Sankranti was( atleast till 12th standard) the biggest day of the year for me. Diwali was big , but Sankranti was bigger.And then imagine after waiting for the whole year , when the D-Day finally arrived there was absolutely no wind( No don't give me that "you don't know how to fly kites" crap. I can do it better than you can wash your you know what )throughout the day.The wave of disappointment and shock that swept the city was comparable to what happenend when Rajkumar died in Bangalore.But we had a better, more constructive solution than burning buses and creating traffic jams.Our whole class decided to bunk the school next day and celebrate Sankranti on 15th! And not a single soul from our class went to school next morning.

7) When we saw the last episode of "Kile Ka Rahasya". I have rarely felt that excitement and anticipation.

8)How can I leave music? This was the day when I first heard Smells Like Teen Spirit. That was the time when Bryan Adams was the best singer in the world and Another Day in Paradise was the best song ever.Oh yes there was some vague band called Pink Floyd(???) who had only one good song called Another Brick in the Wall which had some catchy lyrics.. We don't need any education( it sounded like we don't need No education...buggers didn't even know how to sing)
Smells like was the first song I had heard where a person was screaming as if he was having labour pains and to my own surprise I liked it!

Oct 13, 2006

Beatles, ha ha charade you are!

Psalm 23 is a sacred poem recited by Jews and Christians. It basically thanks God for being the protector.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the path of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Pink Floyd has a breathtaking album called Animals( modelled on Animal Farm). And there's a brilliant song called Sheep on it. Well the song portrays how the common-innocent-middle class sheep is oppressed by the strong and how one day they'll revolt against this subjugation.
More importantly it has a parody of Psalm 23 and obviously lot of noise was made by the fundamentalists.
ONLY Pink Floyd could write something like this :)

This is also Religion -only a bit more interesting and sensible :

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me down to lie. Through pastures green, He leadeth me the silent waters by. With bright knives, He releaseth my soul. He maketh me to hang on hooks in high places. He converteth me to lamb cutlets. For lo, He hath great power, and great hunger. When cometh the day we lowly ones, Through quiet reflection, and great dedication Master the art of karate. Lo, we shall rise up. And then we'll make the bugger's eyes water.

Talking of Animals, its unlike any PF album.What brilliant recording and orchestration, even after 30 years and all the chic gadgets I don't think any band can produce those kind of effects.My favourite song on Animals is the venomous Pigs( Three Different ones). There's a part when they curse Margaret Thatcher and how!

Bus stop rat bag, ha ha charade you are.
You fucked up old hag, ha ha charade you are.
You radiate cold shafts of broken glass.
You're nearly a good laugh, almost worth a quick grin.
You like the feel of steel, you're hot stuff with a hat pin,
and good fun with a hand gun.
You're nearly a laugh, you're nearly a laugh,
but you're really a cry.

And Beatles have sold more albums than Pink Floyd???? Somebody explain this to me naa....


Oct 6, 2006

The Cure

Enough of all the alternative-indie-garage crap......... I have to return to my metal roots. And what more, God himself gave me the sign...... my canteen bill was EXACTLY 666 ....... God wants me to return to Devil's music( this might seem ironical.... but thats the truth)... So lets see whats on the menu tonight :

Vulgar Display of Power - Pantera
Far Beyond Driven - Pantera
The Gathering - Testament
Reign in Blood- Slayer
Rust in Peace-Megadeth
The System has Failed-Megadeth
Kill 'em all- Metallica

Quite a snack I'll have. So what was the cure?? Turn the Depression into Aggression.

And I just couldn't control my itchy fingers so i am writing this. Yesterday during our chit chats(read leg pulling) this thing came up :

What will Bubba's kid say when his teacher asks him to sign on his report card where he has got F in the math test?

He will say:
" Jaao pehle us aadmi se sign leke aao jisne mere haath pe yeh likh diya tha :
Mera Baap B Com hai ."

PS: Bubba is a 2nd year student at IIM Indore
PPS: Sorry Bubba

Oct 5, 2006

Talking shit about a pretty sunset

Talking shit about a pretty sunset - Modest Mouse

Oh noose tied myself in, tied myself too tight
Looking kind of anxious in your cross armed stance
Like a bad tempered prom queen at a homecoming dance
And I claim I'm not excited with my life any more
So I blame this town, this job, these friends
The truth is its myself
And I'm trying to understand myself
And pinpoint where I am
By the time I get things figured out
I've change the whole damn plan
Oh noose tied myself in, tied myself too tight
Talking shit about a pretty sunset
Blanketing opinions that I'll probably reget soon
I've changed my mind so much I can't even trust it
My mind changed me so much I can't even trust myself

Amazing song! and how well it describes me( and I suspect many other people)...

Oct 3, 2006

Two of those days

Today for the first time in 1 and a half years i went to the library. Technically speaking it was my 3rd time....1st time being the introduction and 2nd time when i went to see how our library looks like from inside.
This monumental decision came after yesterday which was an extremely dull and depressing day for me.Just to show how bad yesterday was :

I watched Junebug ( I don't know why all critics love ALL independent low budget depressing movies...anyway the movie left me in bad taste and even more depressed)
So i thought of taking refuge in music... so listened to Black 17 times continuously(no kidding) ..last 6 times almost at full volume with my speakers cracking and my subwoofer making weird fart noises but I couldn't care less
Then i saw the last scene of Trainspotting 5 times in a row
All this was not helping so finally i saw 2 episodes of Seinfeld and 70s show and then slept with a strong resolution that i'll go to library tomorrow.

Ok coming back to library. It has some really good collection of magazines.Well I spent nearly 3 hours reading Time,Newsweek and Discover.I read an extremely interesting article by Roger Penrose( basically an excerpt from his book "The Road to Reality") on vagueness of Quantum Mechanics in which he gave his own theory on why can't we be at two places simultaneously just like electrons... after all anything that applies to electrons should apply to us.After avoiding it for nearly 3 hours I finally opened my FIM book.I had just read 1 page when I realised this : When people are trying to decipher how this world works I am reading what is Commercial Paper??? Am I that pathetic?And then even more fundamental questions than Gravity came to my mind..like why the fuck am I doing MBA ? And why the fuck did I do engineering (maybe coz I didnt even know the difference between science and engineering then).... anyway I decided that I can't stoop any further... I closed the FIM book and returned back to Discover.
So library did not help much in the depression.

Last lines from Black :

all the love gone bad, turned my world to black
tattooed all i see, all that i am, all i'll ever be...
i know someday you'll have a beautiful life, i know you'll be a star
in somebody else's sky, but why
why, why can't it be, why can't it be mine?

I love this song so much and I don't even identify with it!
Even if Eddie Vedder kills 100 innocent people he'll go to heaven just for writing and singing this song.
Anyone who doesn't like this song will burn in hell no matter what.... Oh what did you say ,you don't believe in hell... well don't worry I'll create one for you.

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