Year gone by – 2017

Yo guys! Wassup?

I have used the word “guy” for years without thinking about its origin. This year I found out how the word “guy” originated. It’s an eponym. According to google: “A person after whom a discovery, invention, place, etc., is named or thought to be named”. The person after whom the word guy was coined was Guy Fawkes. Colloquially known by the mask worn by V in V for Vendetta. If you are interested in exactly how the eponym originated, check the link at the end of the post.

Okay, back to the post.

This year, I published lesser posts, again. There are about nineteen drafts for the post, not one publish ready. I am frequently enquired about how my blog is going. My usual response is, “It’s okay”. Some friends having subscribed to my blog, ask me why I haven’t posted anything in so long and enquire if I have blocked them from receiving notifications. Subscribers, please note, I haven’t blocked anyone from accessing this site. It is just me who isn’t publishing posts. A few weeks ago, I narrated a clumsy event from my clumsy life to a friend, and was suggested to write a post and publish it on the blog. After a while, I hinted a possibility of turning this blog into a yearly post. Disappointment in me was evident in their face. I didn’t understand the disappointment, I am not even that good a writer. I have my reasons for not posting on the blog. There I go again, one of my friend constantly nags me when I say I have reasons, saying, “Excuses. Excuses. You always have excuses”. I must not be giving excuses, but I take this opportunity to put it out there, that I will not be posting regularly.

This year was a tad bit better than last year, inspite lesser posts.

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That said and done. Let’s see how this year went for me.

YEAR GONE BY – 2017

I sported my shortest hairstyle this year. Some of my friends called me Indira Gandhi and a little kid. Despite what everyone said, I loved my hairstyle.

The BBMP – municipal authorities in my city – decided to chop down most of the trees in my locality to provide an uninterrupted stretch of land for construction of metro. BBMP is still chopping down trees for different stages of metro construction and I hate it. They destroyed one of my favourite bus stands in the city. Metro makes travelling convenient, yet the process leading up to the metro construction is pathetic and inconvenient. Due to the construction, my travelling time has increased from from anywhere between two-and-a-half hours to three. To reduce my travelling time, I occasionally walk for around two kilometres. That’s right, the time taken to travel two kilometres reduces from one hour to fifteen-twenty minutes.

I painted my white Bluetooth headphones. Not the best decision I took this year. Yet, loved how they turn out.

My friends at office, occasionally brought packed breakfast for me. Some they cooked, some were parcelled from restaurants. This is how I discovered my favourite dish in the whole wide world, Indori poha.

Bought a guitar, played it for a month or two, never tuned it again.

This October I tried an art challenge called inktober. In essence, over a period of thirty one days, one is supposed to draw/sketch/paint with only ink as the medium. Prompts are laid out for each day. This aims to improve ones’s drawing skills. Out of the thirty one days, I drew only for fifteen. Needless to say, I failed at it. Here are the sketches I made.

The books I read this year, ranged from intense drama/plot twists to funny and interesting anecdotes. My picks for best books I read this year are, The fountainhead by Ayn Rand and Black water lilies by Michel Bussi.

TV shows I watched in increasing order of recommendation: The OA, 2 broke girls, Pushpavalli, Stranger things, The Hugh Hefner story, South Park and The Last Week Show tonight. The most awaited Season 4 of Black Mirror is out, haven’t seen it yet. Guess I’ll watch it next year!

This year I discovered Podcasts. My favourites were in decreasing order of recommendation: Criminal Show, 99% invisible, The allusionist, ear hustle and what Trump can teach us about con law. Please mention podcasts you might think I like, in the comments section. I can’t get enough of them. As one of my friend says, “You know what they say, Listening is the new reading”.

Despite the ups and downs, this year was one of the best years I’ve had. I certainly enjoyed creating memories this year! Hope you did too!

Wishing you all a Happy New year! Have a splendid year creating memories! 🙂

Stay happy, stay safe, stay confused and peace!

Click here to know more about the eponym I mentioned before.

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Pastels!

Back in school i was crazy about art – Painting/sketching/drawing – and i would usually find my way to interschool fests. In those days one could not just express a desire to participate in an event. One had to prove their talent in the intraschool compititions that were organised. My drawing teachers had great talent but they were unable to transfer the same to fiegity, hyperactive teenagers. Who always thought dwaing classes was a relaxation class. Speaking of drawing classes.. there were many students who had never even held a paintbrush in their entire life upto eight grade. Drawing classes don’t specifically require anyone to use paint but our teacher insisted that we use water/poster colors in our classes. Many of my classmates failed to bring the paint in his next class and all of them were shown the door. By this time i was quite familiar with paints/paintbrushes, different texture of papers and differnt techniques of painting. All thanks to my wonderful aunts who were awesome artists/painters. To this day their talent astonishes me. They carried their duties as a women.. and they didnt pursue a carrier in art. I dont visit them much.. and i am not sure if they still paint or do any form of art. This art teacher was a nut actually. Evry class he would give us a homework and by the next class all the drawing books were supposed to be on his table before he entered our class. That was okay with us. But what he used to do was not just grade the drawings. He would hold up each painting/drawing and critize it in front of the whole class. Like we were all artists and our works were lined up to be critized and awarded. My classmates werent bothered much by it. They would have a good laugh at the manner in which he criticized each drawing. Some would even immitate him if they found us doodling in classworks during classes. One year later i stopped painting/drawing cause pressure was in for our board exams. After tenth too i was caught up in the entrance exams coaching and following rat race. Its only a few months back that i started getting back into this hobby of mine. The water paints that i have are all cramped up in a box with the paintbrushes in the attic (The house i live in isnt huge enough to accomodate infrequently used articles/materials). I have worked with water/poster color, acrylic paint but had never tried my hand with oil paints or oil pastels. A month ago i bought these oil pastels. I couldnt find enough time to even unbox the pastels. Anyway today i did! And managed to make two “pieces of art” 😛 😉 Noo.. these drawings are too amature. Oil pastels are used as a replacement for oil paints(In a crude sense). There is no waiting required for the paint to dry.. the colors blend easily (Just like oil paints). Here they are..IMG878

JpegThis is one of my creations.. I had something else in mind but it turned out like this!

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This is a drawing from google search that my friend asked me to draw.