Archive for October, 2009

Art Attack – The Wall Project #Mumbai

October 31, 2009 16 comments

Aaaahh, feels so good to write a post after so many days! πŸ™‚
I wanted to write about The Wall Project since Sunday, but something or the other kept me away from writing. Two days back I sat down to write about it but could not write a single line. I could hear my inner voice saying “Abhi nahi, baad mein (Not now, later)”. After 4 days of procrastination, I’m finally writing this post. Ohh that makes me realize that I’m turning into a lazy bum. πŸ˜€ Anyways should we get back to the topic? πŸ˜›

Okay, the second phase of The Wall Project took place on Sunday (25th October, 2009), the first one being on 15th August 2009, which we missed. By we I mean, Me and Anubha. So the next day itself she told me that we’re gonna attend the second one for sure and I readily agreed because I love Painting! As we didn’t wish to miss the second phase as well, we’d started planning about it almost a week before Sunday.

The Gang

The Gang @TheWallProject

    1 day before the event.
    Me: Hiee. you coming tomm for the wall project?:
    @skyn3t (Neeraj): yes, I’m coming.
    Me: Ohh kool. Even I’m coming tomm and this time – for SURE. πŸ˜‰ =)

The uppercase effect for the word ‘SURE’ was because Neeraj thought I was a ‘taangu’ (one who ditches at the last moment) and I wanted to assure him that this time I’m not going to ditch them – for SURE . I didn’t, rather couldn’t attend the BarCamp of which he was one of the organizers and so he wanted me to attend it. And the second reason being I didn’t accompany them (Anubha, Neeraj and a few other tweeters) for the film ‘Blue’. Now ‘Blue’ was a movie, I wouldn’t have watched even if someone gave me free tickets. By saying so, I literally mean it. Neeraj had free tickets and still I didn’t go with them. These were the reasons that Neeraj had an image of me being a ‘taangu’.

So, the three of us decided that we’d reach there by 8:00am, so that we get the best wall and also some free paints which were limited. Anubha SMS’d me before sleeping that she would wake up by 7:30am and give me a call the moment she wakes up. I was sure that she wasn’t going to wake up before 8:00am. πŸ˜€ I set my alarm to 7:45 am and went to sleep. I checked my cellphone after the alarm went off in the morning. No calls from Anubha. But wasn’t this expected? hehe πŸ˜€ There was no use calling her, because even if a person dies calling her up, she would not receive calls when she’s asleep. (Please, don’t kill me for this Anubha πŸ˜‰ ) So, even I went to sleep. *Bhurrrrrrrrrrrrrr Bhurrrrrrrrrrrr* My pillow started vibrating and I knew it was Anubha. I checked the time. It was 9:30 am.

The conversation-
Anubha: Hello!
Me: Ha bol na.
Anubha: Abhi uthi main just. Tu?
Me: Uthi thi subah, par vapas so gai.
Anubha: Okie
Me: Kitne baje jaana hai?
Anubha: Tu bol.
Me: Meko kabhi bhi chalega.
Anubha: Thik hai, 11-11:30 tak nikalte hai.
Me: Hmm, okie.
Anubha: Tujhe sona hai kya aur?
Me: Ha, I’m sleeping again for sometime. *shameless me :D*
Anubha: Thik hai, main bhi soti hoon 10 baje tak! *hehe, copycat :P*
Me: Thik hai.
Anubha: Uthke vapas phone karti hoon.
Me: Okies. Bye.
Anubha: Bye.

I set my alarm to 10:00 am and went to sleep again.

*Bhurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Bhurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr* It was Anubha again. We decided that we shall get ready now and leave by 11:30am.
I reached Mahim at around 1:30 pm. Anubha and Alisha had already reached there. By the time I reached there, they had bought some colors, mugs, brushes and a roller. We were so excited by looking at other paintings that we wanted to start painting as soon as possible. We got geared up and started painting. πŸ™‚ Alisha decided to paint alone on a wall, whereas I and Anubha did it together. By the time we were painting the Canvas (wall background), Alisha finished her painting. She drew the unicorn.


Alisha's Painting! πŸ™‚

Neeraj joined us a little later and helped us in painting the canvas of the uneven, dirty wall. I think it was 4:00PM and we were still painting the canvas. Alisha too, helped us in doing that. People around us had finished their paintings and were already leaving, whereas some people had just come and started with the painting work. By the time we finished painting the wall background (canvas), we were totally exhausted. All of us were hungry like anything. But somehow we started painting the ‘Bandra-Worli Sea-Link’. After completing, it turned out be nothing like I’d thought/Imagined. Ashwin described it the BEST. He said, “Do you call those white lines as the ‘Bandra-Worli Sea-Link’?” LOL πŸ˜† We thought that the boat and the moon were way better than the sea-link πŸ˜€

Our painting!

Our painting! πŸ™‚

    We even wrote our twitter handles on the wall.


Twitter-Addicts, you see! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜›

We clicked a lot of photos giving weird and funny poses! πŸ™‚


Moon ko bhi nahi choda πŸ˜€

Paint Anubha

Mission - Paint Anubha! πŸ˜€

The Artists!

The Artists! πŸ™‚

    Some of the paintings near Mahim station –


Samjhe kuch? πŸ˜‰


Alienated Peace!


Cute. Ain't it? πŸ™‚


Loved this!


The venue!


Unity In Diversity - Lovelyyyy!!!


Hehe πŸ˜€


The Best of All! Simply Awesome. πŸ™‚

All in all, it was an awesome experience. It felt great to see so many different types of people, all coming up together at one place and painting, be it the street kids or the professional artists. At the end of the day we could feel a sense of proud that we did our bit in beautifying our very own city – ‘MUMBAI’. The happiness we could feel was just indescribable.
It’s truly said that – “The best things in life are free”.
It was truly a well-spent Sunday! πŸ™‚

Categories: Fun, India, Life, Mumbai

Learning to say “NO”

October 12, 2009 16 comments


β€œLearn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.”

No. Nah. Nope/Nopes. Is it so difficult to say these words? πŸ™„ Yes, it is. I agree saying “Yes” is much more easier than saying “No”, but at what price to your peace of mind? Many of us grow up to be people pleasers (I’m kinda one of them). πŸ˜€ The word “No” drops out of our vocabulary, and we substitute lots of ways to be agreeable and keep the other person happy.

People who have difficulty saying “No” often believe that they are expected to say “Yes”. Deep down if they really wish to say “No”, but are unable to, tampers their peace of mind. They feel they’re constantly under some pressure. It eventually becomes a burden. 😦

β€œYes and No are very short words to say, but we should think for some length of time before saying them.”

Everyday there are countless requests waiting for you from people surrounding you. By people I mean, your friends or even family members and sometimes people whom you don’t even know. When people always expect something or the other from you, does not mean you’ve to always say “Yes” to them and do their work. Sometimes your work is of much more importance than theirs. In situations like these, saying “No” can be good for you, instead of being a yes man all the time. And saying “No” isn’t a selfish act that you’ve to feel guilty about. Let go of the guilt, because if you don’t, then it’s only going to add stress in your life.


I’m also not saying that, you’ve to always say “No”. Sure, there are some instances when someone really needs your help to complete some work or anything. This is the right time to say “Yes”. So, the trick here is to prioritize the things that you feel are important to you and let go of others.

The best ways to say “No” is to say the truth. Lacking confidence and giving lots of reasons supporting your “No” to convince the other person that you mean it can sometimes backfire you. πŸ˜† Because when the lie is exposed, you’ll need some other reasons to support your lie. πŸ˜€ Giving stupid reasons sure won’t help, infact it will only hurt the other person. πŸ˜₯ So, the truth is always the best way to turn down a friend, a family member or co-worker. πŸ™‚

Saying “No” won’t be easy if you’re used to saying “Yes” all the time. But learning to do so is very important. I sometimes feel small kids are better than us, atleast they know when to say “No” and they are so adamant while doing it. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜› We need to learn somethings from them.
Atleast I wanna learn it. πŸ˜› πŸ™‚

Categories: Life, Thoughts

Wake Up Sid – Movie Review

October 3, 2009 16 comments

Wake Up Sid, directed by debutante Ayan Mukerji, is like revisiting those college years when the entire year was spent partying hard, bunking college πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰ to catch up with the latest movies released or just sitting on a ‘katta‘ near the college to while away time. πŸ™‚ Then realizing one week prior to the exams that – “enough of fun, now it’s time to study”. Staying up at nights prior the exam day and chatting with friends over worrying whether we’d pass or not. πŸ˜€ The phase when you were completely clueless about what next after graduation. That phase of the life, those college days can never be erased off from our memory. πŸ™‚

Wake Up Sid tells the story of Siddharth Mehra aka Sid (Ranbir Kapoor) who is a rich, careless, irresponsible, aimless college lad, inshort a slacker whose life is directionless and without any goals. He believes to live life in the moment. He is a spoilt-brat and takes his dad’s (Anupam Kher) money for granted. Friends are his entire world. He hardly interacts with his parents. But he is honest, sweet and also funny (kiddish) at times. πŸ™‚


On the other side, Aisha Mukherjee (Konkona Sen Sharma), new in Mumbai (Bombay, as the movies says) is an aspiring writer from Kolkata. She comes to Mumbai to fulfill her dream of becoming a successful writer and above all, to become INDEPENDENT. She is ambitious, focused and mature enough to understand her responsibilities. Her life has a definite goal. She bumps into Ranbir Kapoor on her first day in Mumbai and despite their contrasting qualities they become good friends. πŸ™‚

The first half of the movie rocks. You can instantaneously connect to Sid’s life right from the starting and relate to everything he does. πŸ˜‰ Only before the interval, Sid’s life totally changes. How his life undergoes a series of changes after writing his final year exams is the turning point of the story. That phase teaches him to be independent and live life on his own. How and what changes him, his life, the transformation of a lazy boy to a responsible man, is what you’ve to look for in the movie. Okay now, no more disclosures about the story, πŸ˜‰ because I’m here to write a review of the movie, not to tell the story πŸ˜€

Ranbir Kapoor proved himself in this movie that, he can actually act. πŸ˜€ Nobody could have portrayed Sid’s character as effectively as he did. πŸ™‚ Konkona Sen Sharma was natural, as always. Both of their acting was effortless. Needless to say, Anupam kher and Supriya Pathak were wonderful, too. The music of the movie is quite cool. It’s given by the rocking trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. The director too did a pretty good job. He’s shot the emotional moments very well. The humour too is well integrated in the movie wherever needed. In short, the director has balanced the emotions very effectively. The other supporting actors too acted quite well.

In short, Wake Up Sid is a must watch for today’s youngsters. It’s surely going to strike a chord with the 21st century’s youth. πŸ™‚

So, what are you waiting for now? 😯 Go watch the movie if you haven’t watched it yet. πŸ™‚

Categories: Movies