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grand old dames of Mumbai

I went for a wander today and took a few snaps of the grand but crumbling old buildings in our area. Mumbai is packed with these buildings – imposing and majestic old dames who are slowly losing the fight against monsoon rains, determined banyan tree roots and gravity. There are some lovely details in these buildings, and as I’m not architecture student I won’t try to wax lyrical about them, just to say that I find them very intrigueing and grand and they are one of the reasons I love Mumbai.

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i have spent most of this weekend glued to my computer … now i have left the job the feeling of panic at the pit of my stomach seems to be growing quite rapidly.. I am reading and writing and cramming and learning about marketing strategies and cash flow projections, while surfing for commercial photographers in Mumbai  and trying to decide which webhost and ecommerce solution woul be best for me, while (of course) keeping up a game of scrabble in facebook.. I think my computer thinks I’m mental as I always have about 15 different windows open at the same time. this chaos cannot continue though and I have sent up some task lists for this week to bring some order into my life, and to make sure I get off the computer and get doing stuff.

I did manage to get out of the house for an hour to stretch my legs. i wandered south from our place, to the Afghan Church close to Navy Nagar in Colaba and had a peep inside. unfortunatly i arrived the same time as a couple of busloads of tourists so I missed out on getting that quiet calm that i enjoy in churches.

 

 according to my good friend Wikipedia, the Afghan Church was consecrated in 1858 and was built to commemorate the First Afghan War of 1838, in which and estimated 12,000 British and Indian troops were killed fighting Afghani soldiers.

photos from Sualeh Fatehi’s flickr set

Then I wandered up to Colaba post office area, and checked out the Art Quest Gallery – they have some really great pieces that I hope to get into stock for Rose & Sunder – I liked their ‘Kitchen Art’ the best, everyday items painted in bright colours.. they would look nice on a sideboard-

and this is a pretty vibrant ‘bed table’:

this is my favourite-

 

how cool is that? (literally.. it’s an ice box..)

(pics via artquestindia.com)

spent another hour doing my favourite thing ever – wandering the streets, exploring bylanes and window shopping and meandering until i eventually made my way home. tomorrow I plan to go out again and do some building photography, there is some seriously amazing old buildings around our area and some of the features I would love to catch on film and share with you all. tomorrow.. my first day as a self employed woman!

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one of the very first dates that K and i ever went on was a sunrise motorbike trip, to take photos around South Mumbai. It was very romantic, depsite the fact that we met up at 6.30am, and we covered most of south mumbai, giggling at traffic lights and exploring small by-lanes together. during a clear-out of my work computer today i came a cross a few of my favourite photos from that morning:

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work poop

this is an oldie but a goodie.. and really, there’s nothing better than a good ol’ joke about poop to make you giggle right?

The Work Poop

As much as we try to convince ourselves otherwise, the WORK POOP is inevitable. For those who hate pooping at work, the following is the survival guide for taking a Poop Dump at the office.

CROP DUSTING: When farting, you walk really fast around the office so the smell is not in your area and everyone else gets a whiff but doesn’t know where it came from. Be careful when you do this. Do not stop until the full fart has been expelled. Walk an extra 30 feet to make sure the smell has left your pants.

FLY BY: The act of scouting out a bathroom before pooping. Walk in and check for other poopers. If there are others in the bathroom, leave and come back again. Be careful not to become a FREQUENT FLYER. People may become suspicious if they catch you constantly going into the bathroom.

ESCAPEE: A fart that slips out while taking a leak at the urinal or forcing a poop in a stall. This is usually accompanied by a sudden wave of embarrassment. If you you release an escapee, do not acknowledge it. Pretend it did not happen. If you are standing next to the farter in the urinal, pretend you did not hear it. No one likes an escapee. It is uncomfortable for all involved. Making a joke or laughing makes both parties feel uneasy.

JAILBREAK: When forcing a poop, several farts slip out at machine gun pace. This is usually a side effect of diarrhea or a hangover. If this should happen, do not panic. Remain in the stall until everyone has left the bathroom. This can help you avoid being caught doing the WALK OF SHAME.

COURTESY FLUSH: The act of flushing the toilet the instant the poop hits the water. This reduces the amount of air time the poop has to stink up the bathroom. This can help you avoid being caught doing the WALK OF SHAME.

WALK OF SHAME: Walking from the stall, to the sink, to the door after you have just stunk up the bathroom. This can be a very uncomfortable moment if someone walks in and busts you. As with farts, it is best to pretend that the smell does not exist. This can be minimized with the use of the COURTESY FLUSH.

OUT OF THE CLOSET POOPER: A colleague who poops at work and is damn proud of it. You will often see an Out Of The Closet Pooper enter the bathroom with a newspaper or magazine under their arm. Always look around the office for the Out Of The Closet Pooper before entering the bathroom.

SAFE HAVENS: A seldom used bathroom somewhere in the building where you can least expect visitors. Try floors that are predominantly of the opposite sex. This will reduce the odds of the same-sex pooper entering your bathroom.

TURD BURGLAR: Someone who does not realize that you are in the stall and tries to force the door open. This is one of the most shocking and vulnerable moments that can occur when taking a poop at work. If this occurs, remain in the stall until the Turd Burglar leaves. This way you will avoid all uncomfortable eye contact.

CAMO-COUGH: A phony cough that alerts all new entrants into the bathroom that you are in a stall. This can be used to cover-up a WATERMELON, or to alert potential Turd Burglars. Very effective when used in conjunction with an ASTAIRE.

ASTAIRE: A subtle toe-tap that is used to alert potential Turd Burglars that you are occupying a stall. This will remove all doubt that the stall is occupied. If you hear an Astaire, leave the bathroom immediately so the pooper can poop in peace.

WATERMELON: A poop that creates a loud splash when hitting the toilet water. This is also an embarrassing incident. If you feel a Watermelon coming on, create a diversion or if you have time, quickly placing a piece of toilet paper under the bomb can be effective. Also see CAMO-COUGH.

HAVANA OMELET: A case of diarrhea that creates a series of loud splashes in the toilet water. Often accompanied by an Escapee. Try using a Camo-Cough with an Astaire.

UNCLE TED: A bathroom user who seems to linger around forever. Could spend extended lengths of time in front of the mirror or sitting on the pot. An Uncle Ted makes it difficult to relax while on the crapper, as you should always wait to poop when the bathroom is empty. This benefits you as well as the other bathroom attendees.

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bookworm

I am quite the book junkie.. and sometime have to forcibly extricate myself from bookshops before i max out my credit card on the massive pile I am struggling to carry. i especially love the fantastic wealth of great Indian authors that I am discovering since living here. I finished The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh recently, which manages to be a stunning mix of adventure, romance, history, mystery and biology and all wrapped up the strong imagery describing the precarious life in the Sunderbans – the wetlands in East India that are slowly disappearing under rising sea levels. it wasn’t a complex novel and I think I manged to get through it in about 3 days – a very readable and immensely enjoyable books that i would thoroughly recommend.

And while I’m on the subject of books.. have found some great images of bookcases that will be my inspiration for what ever bookcase solution we come to in our newly renovated house.. Oh the day when my books can finally emerge from their dusty boxes, be wiped off with a soft cloth and take their place of pride alongside their friends – hardcovers, paperback, fine literature, cheap detective novels, luscious design bibles and unopened language books (brought with the best of intentions), falling-apart school textbooks, old travel journals and guide books.. oh and then there’s the piles of magazines..

 

I love the green velvet curtain, ready to transform the room for an evening party.

If only a home office could really stay this uncluttered..

 

how luxurious this masculine library/lounge room looks.. i want to curl up on that sofa and read something deep and poetic while sipping a glass of full bodied red wine..

 all pics courtesy of Domino Mag

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heath ledger

heath ledger was found dead in his room yesterday of apparent drug overdose.

out of all the crap actors we have in films at the moment, this guys seemed to have raw talent and guts.. along the same vein as his fellow Australian Russell Crowe. Instead now will he be more easily compared to the late River Phoenix – drop dead gorgeous, immensly talented and tragically (and stupidly) hooked on drugs?

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mumbai marathon

my husband ran the half marathon on sunday.. 21kms and he ran the whole way.. impressive no?

he left at 6am and I considered being a good supportive wife for oh, about 30 seconds before falling back to sleep. he was back home by 9.30am sore and achy but feeling good.

The photo, by the way, is the 7kms ‘dream run’ which lots of people do to raise money for charity. Apparently around 30,000 people ran in the dream run this year, and 33,000 people ran in total – including also the half marathon and the full. A nice Bombay event with people from all walks of life running side by side – Bollywood stars and big industrialists, alongside wheelchair particpants and senior citizens. I, on the other hand, had a fantastic sleep-in and missed the entire thing!

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