About this blog

And here I am, adding yet another blog to the long list of blogs that I seem to be miraculously managing amidst all my daydreaming. This one, however, is for the mundane day to day happenings

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Art Drop Month

This happened in September

You can find more about this along with pictures and artwork HERE

And here's another newspaper snippet that came earlier this year

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Post OKK interview

Here's a scanned copy of my interview from a couple of months back

Saturday, 18 April 2015

OK Kanmani (Main stream Movie project #2)

Exactly one year after Gangster, Our second big screen project - O K Kanmani - released yesterday to full houses. The response has been overwhelming so far. Kudos to my team at Studio Dreamcatcher for pulling off the animated segments on time. Our sincere gratitude to Mani Ratnam sir for this wonderful opportunity, and to Pratheek Thomas and Studio Kokaachi for working shoulder to shoulder with us and making this an enjoyable experience.

P.S: You can see my name credited as Show Director along with the 2D Game sequence credits in the end credit roll
P.P.S: Here's a pic of all of us who could make it to the opening show yesterday
Pic Courtesy: Pravin

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Going green on the eve of love

The 13th of Feb this year is also Friday the 13th. It also marks the beginning of the tenth year since Merryn and I got together. Yes, we beat St Valentine by a day! Why am I not talking about our recent wedding? Of course, that was a hell lot of fun. But it was merely another day that we got to celebrate with friends and family.What still tops our list of memorable days is the one where we decided to let our guards down in front of each other and decided to take the leap of faith together. We've had our spring-summer-fall-winter cycles, both literally and figuratively. Having gone through our fair share of ups, downs, and kittens, having realized that what we share is not a mere martian-venusian pact, and having gotten to a point where we can look back and see that the happiness outweighs the tears by a ton, we decided to do something different this year. Something that can grow with what we share and stick around long after we're gone

So we planted a Frangipani tree. Well, it's not a tree yet. That's kinda the point, right? You plant something together, you nurture it, prune it, let it grow and blossom, and watch it stand tall, all in the span of a lifetime. It's a safe bet, I think, considering that that an average Plumeria tree lives for more than a hundred years, provided you don't start a war on it. I kid you not! It takes over 500 degrees of heat to burn a Frangipani and it can stand pretty much everything once it has survived the initial few years

Yup, that's the 'tree' we've planted. It's also the first one we've planted together. And with planting a tree comes bigger responsibilities, one of which is encouraging others to plant some. So if the above reasons weren't tempting enough, here are fifteen more reasons (all of which have been copied off the internet for the sole purpose of spreading awareness) why you should plant a tree.

1. Combating the greenhouse effect
Global warming is not a myth. keep burning those fossil fuels and destroy tropical rainforests, and we'll all learn it the hard way. Heat from the sun, reflected back from the earth, gets trapped in the ever thickening layer of greenhouse gases (courtesy, you, me, and the rest of the world), causing global temperatures to rise. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major greenhouse gas. Trees absorb CO2, removing and storing the carbon while releasing the oxygen back into the air. In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of CO2 produced when you drive your car 26,000 miles.
(Source:  http://www.treepeople.org)

2. Cleaning the air
Trees absorb odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark. So if flatulence is your thing, make sure you plant a forest

3. Providing oxygen
In one year an acre of mature trees can provide enough oxygen for 18 people. And trust me when I say this, we're a lot more than just 18 peeps

4. Cooling the streets and the city
Trees cool the city by up to 10°F, by shading our homes and streets, breaking up urban “heat islands” and releasing water vapor into the air through their leaves.

5. Conserving energy
Three trees placed strategically around a single-family home can cut summer air conditioning needs by up to 50 percent. By reducing the energy demand for cooling our houses, we reduce carbon dioxide and other pollution emissions from power plants.

6. Saving water
Shade from trees slows water evaporation from thirsty lawns. Most newly planted trees need only fifteen gallons of water a week. As trees transpire, they increase atmospheric moisture.

7. Preventing water pollution
Trees reduce runoff by breaking rainfall thus allowing the water to flow down the trunk and into the earth below the tree. This prevents stormwater from carrying pollutants to the ocean. When mulched, trees act like a sponge that filters this water naturally and uses it to recharge groundwater supplies.

8. Preventing soil erosion
On hillsides or stream slopes, trees slow runoff and hold soil in place.

9. Shielding us from ultra-violet rays
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. Trees reduce UV-B exposure by about 50 percent, thus providing protection when we spend hours outdoors. Sunscreen can only do so much

10. Providing food
Where do you think all those fruits in your salad comes from? Aside from fruit for humans, trees provide food for birds and wildlife.

11. Healing
No hocus-pocus here! Studies have shown that patients with views of trees out their windows heal faster and with less complications. Children with ADHD show fewer symptoms when they have access to nature. Exposure to trees and nature aids concentration by reducing mental fatigue. Feasting your eyes on some greenery also improves vision

12. Reducing violence
Neighborhoods and homes that are barren have shown to have a greater incidence of violence in and out of the home than their greener counterparts. Trees and landscaping help to reduce the level of fear.

13. Marking the seasons
Is it winter, spring, summer or fall? Look at the trees. If you're in the right part of the world, you'll know

14. Creating economic opportunities
Fruit harvested from community orchards can be sold, thus providing income. Small business opportunities in green waste management and landscaping arise when cities value mulching and its water-saving qualities. Vocational training for youth interested in green jobs is also a great way to develop economic opportunities from trees.

15. Providing a canopy and habitat for wildlife
Sycamore and oak are among the many urban species that provide excellent urban homes for birds, bees, possums and squirrels.

That's all from me for now. Tag me once you've planted your tree. And for all those who missed the wedding, here's a pic from 1-11-2014. It wasn't just the anniversary that had gone green ;) 

Friday, 6 February 2015

When Kittens Fade

Every time a kitten fades -oh yes, they do fade sometimes -I promise myself: never, never again shall emotions be invested in something so fragile. I even stick by it for a while -for as long as I refuse to look at another pair of saucer eyes, or let another tiny paw touch my soul, or let a soft purring melt my heart. But then I sense something inside of me yearn for all of the above. Inevitably, I relent, and become putty in another kitten's paws.

As I drove home today from the vet's, with my two little powderpuffs in a basket, I watched them look out the window, intrigued by the world rushing by. They had never seen so many people before. Nor had they known anything of what exists outside our compound wall. As they looked at me and 'mewed' in amusement, I felt a cinder sear my heart, for I knew this would also be their last wonder. I have been told that there is nothing that can be done. My little boy and girl had no clue that they had already started fading.

With every passing hour they'd fade some more. I'll start seeing the floor right through their skins and in the end, they too would disappear. But in the four short months of their lives they have grown enough on me to leave behind two kitten-shaped holes in my soul. Two more to add to my stash of tiny little kitten-shaped holes, that in time, will make me relent again to the look of saucer eyes, the touch of a tiny paw, and the sound of a soft, heart-melting purr

HAPPY UPDATE, on 10th Feb
Though we lost our little boy, we've been able to nurse our little girl, Delilah, back to good health. I can't believe that the vet said she wouldn't make it! Thank heavens, they don't always fade! And a big YAYYY for little miracles!
P.S: Thanks a ton all the support, friends
P.P.S: Here's us saying hi to y'all

Friday, 9 January 2015

Righteous rage

People should learn to keep their religions within the walls of their houses and places of worship. I am saying this for the sake of their own faith which seems to be so fragile that it is threatened by the faintest breeze. And I'm not saying this about any one particular faith. I doubt if there's any such thing as a peaceful religion. They are all outdated and if people really need an anchor of hope, it is high time they got replaced by some universal kind of benign spirituality

Sunday, 4 January 2015

More than two decades hence

It was all a long time ago, before school started, and way past bedtime. I remember lightning crackling, and a gush of wind that carried me through the ventilator. Of course I was still in bed watching the rain through the open window. But I was also out there, with the raindrops passing right through me, and I was looking down on the world bathed in a blinding light as if the person in charge of special effects had forgotten to switch off the lightning. And now, more than two decades hence, I get to look out the same window and wonder if the things that I remember are truly the things that happened. Of all the things that fade with time, what I will miss most is perhaps that sense of wonder we start off with, and slowly trade away for reason