Monday, November 03, 2014

TV Dinners

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There I was, on my day off at home, switching between TV channels and came across Vh1. Some random song was playing and I wasn't even looking up from whatever I was doing. Then I heard this familiar strain and looked up and saw singer Anushka Manchanda in a video with another 'firang' guy. And soon I was actually humming a line or two. What song was this??? How the hell did I know the words? The credits that rolled at the end of the track called it 'Chase Every Dream' and it was on an album called 'TV Dinners'. Then it struck me as *that* Levi's ad and it intrigued me enough to Google it all. 

So Mikey McCleary is this music composer who has worked with really big brands like Vodafone, Levi's and more for their ad jingles. On the request of many fans, he decided to extend the jingles into full tracks. And all of them are now part of his unique debut album called 'TV Dinners'. Cool, right?

You can watch the video here for 'Chase Every Dream' featuring a host of well known faces:



And if, like me, you find this really interesting, here's the full playlist:



Happy listening!
~j~

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Now-ember

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Wake me up when September... oh wait, even October has ended! Wow... time really flies. Two months to 2015! Imagine that.

I have spent the better part of 2014 drowning in work. Most of it, in just one project. ONE massive project culminating in December. When I look back at this year, I feel so many emotions. Love. Hatred. Frustration. Dejection. Pride. Happiness. Sadness. Depression. At so many different levels. But I also feel blessed in many ways. Some power above me has looked after me in moments of despair and need. Things clicked when they weren't supposed to. And of course, I am truly grateful for my family and friends who made my life a little easier.

While I continue being busy over the next seven weeks, I do have a few interesting non-work things to look forward to. For starters, Dilip D'Souza - amazing writer and a friend - releases his latest book, 'Final Test: Exit Sachin Tendulkar' this weekend. I hope to make it to the event. In any case, don't forget to check out the book.

A photo posted by ~j~ (@vodkaholic) on

Second, my latest purchase - the Canon PowerShot S200. Yes, it's a point-and-shoot. But I'm excited. I think, lately, I've lost my photography mojo. So after getting suitably tempted by DeeSee and Stu who have the same camera, it happened. All it took was a weak stressful moment to fish my credit card out and pay for this. Thankfully, it was bought at 40% the price. Phew.

Later in December, I'll be attending the weddings of three close cousins. Three in the space of 10 days. And it involves two trips to my native place for the first and third weddings. Expected to be tiring and fun. 

But what I'm most excited about is a holiday scheduled for January 2015. I just booked my tickets. And now have to get my visa, plan an itinerary, sound off people I need to meet while I'm there, read up on what all I should be doing/eating/seeing/experiencing and think of ways to save money for it all. Details coming soon. 

Can't wait to take off! I think I've earned it. :)

Happy November, folks.

~j~

Friday, August 15, 2014

A for Anthem

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Here's a lovely video by the awesome folks at The Akanksha Foundation in which their children teach us the meaning of our beautiful national anthem. 



Happy Independence Day, India!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Thank you for the madness!

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"You're only given one little spark of madness.
You mustn't lose it."



Began the day, still sleepy, a little tired - as has been the past few weeks because of work. And it just got a bit sadder when I caught the news of Robin Williams passing away. Twitter, Instagram and Facebook were already plastered with his photos and quotes and video clips by the time I could process it all. It was mass mourning. For a man none of us knew personally. But a man who touched many lives with his personality, his craft, his comic genius, his humanity.

Leaving you with these three tributes to the talented soul...

This heartbreaking and apt tweet from The Academy:



That time when he owned the stage on 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?':

Link to the article & video (in case the video doesn't display)


A scene from Dead Poets' Society, my favourite RW movie and one of my all-time favourites:



Oh, Captain, my Captain... Rest in peace!

~j~

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Baklava

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This has been a busy day (and very tiring because of zero rest over the weekend and then an offsite yesterday) but I'm stealing a moment to post these yummy photos.





Originally from Turkey, 'baklava' is a sweet pastry with layers of filo, chopped nuts and a sweet syrup to hold it all. I thought I won't eat more than one small square of it, seeing how rich it was. But I was wrong. :-/

Anyway, just thought I'd share these photos that I clicked on a friend's Canon EOS 70D. This was shot indoors but no flash was used. Really nice camera, but oh-so-heavy to lug around.

~j~

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