The House of Mirrors is a place of illusions; the one that skews your image and you see yourself in ways that are far away from reality. Stout face, enlarged body, stick thin figure and midget short height is many of the illusions that you see in the mirror and laugh at yourself finishing the laughing riot in front of a simple mirror to get an overview of how you really are. You walk out of the enclosed room, back into the real world and you haven’t stopped laughing since on others for whom large bodies, skinny figures are in fact, the reality that they deal with every day. No mirrors yet distorted reflections of how you perceive them. [Read more…] about Dear Friends & Strangers, STOP Fat Shaming
Emotions need to be expressed and creativity takes courage. Art is the only way to unveil what lies inside of us; having multiple interpretations and making the world a little better.
Long before what the present day art is; drawings, symbols, paintings, street theatre and folk music were the epitome of expressions. War, battles, social movement, agitation, love, cruelty, peace, harmony, dogmas, and politics etc. have been open to interpretations for the common people through art in any form suitable. Just because sometimes, we don’t understand it, doesn’t make it less imperative.
Art has a monumental impact on the society and is an undaunted force of change. With this notion, young art lovers Surya Siras and Vaidika Wadhera decided to invite city’s poets, notable speakers, musicians, storytellers and comedian to share their expressions in an open mic session.
At Mic & Munch, city’s conceptual café which promotes music, storytelling, and art combined with amiable ambience and delicious food opened its gate for all to see the varied definitions of art. Wikipedia defines ‘Open Mic’ as an event that is commonly held at venues with or without a stage where newer or emerging artists are given an opportunity to practice and improve, with a view to getting paid work in the future. Also, it is an event where anyone can sign up to perform.
The first artist to perform at the open mic was a 19-year-old storyteller Pragya Jain who put her emotions in words immaculately and connected to the audience on a deep level. She was followed by Unnati Gupta, a poetess who took the centre stage. Surya filled the in between gaps with his funny anecdotes, love poems and tragic short stories that instilled a tornado of emotions.
To shake up the mood, a 19-year-old chef with a passion for music, Vaidika Wadhera, performed Bollywood as well as English songs on guitar and ukulele including two special songs ‘Nahi Saamne’ and ‘Rubaroo’ as a tribute to maestro AR Rahman.
After the groovy tunes, I set my foot on the stage and while I had thought of reciting few poems, I instead, decided to open up about mental health, anxiety, and depression. Amid silent audience and peering eyes, I spoke about the prevalent mental health issue and to my wonder, I found people who have had or are going through the same issue. After a serious topic, poetry was recited by Rachit Boliya who took the breath away with haikus and love notes.
To give a comic relief, upcoming stand-up comedian of the city, Rohit mimicked Bollywood actors and gave all a hearty laugh. With time, all of the seats, bean bags, and even the floor was occupied by audience members and Surya Siras told a tragic love story (although he said it was fiction, it was kind of ambivalent when he said that every story is somehow inspired by real life) that baffled people as to whether to sigh with sadness or feel mushy for it had a strong tinge of love in it.
City’s renowned architect, entrepreneur and a mother of two, Priyanka Arjun took the stage as a motivational speaker and talked about her like, before and after marriage, with an architect and interior design company in her name and two loving kids taking the most of her daily time. She was an inspiration to all women who aspire to have a family while focusing on their career and her insights impelled many to pursue their dreams.
Many of the people present in the open mic session were newcomers or had been on the stage for a couple of times. But the next artist who performed was Tripti Vyas known as Tappu, who is an RJ, songwriter, and singer. She, with her guitar strapped on her shoulders, performed an original composition and an old Bollywood song from the ’60s. After she performed a few songs, Tappu was accompanied by Spanish musician Richard, who with trombone and metal flute jazzed up the good vibes.
For what it’s worth, more artists including Harshit Sidhwani (musician), Dhruvank Charan (musician) and Amulya performed over the course of the evening. There were music, poetry, stories, comedy, speech and great food that made the evening worth remembering. Special thanks to Surya and Vaidika for bringing all forms of artwork together, and it was fabulous!
There are two kinds of music that people of Udaipur are living on. One is the unavoidable Bollywood circus and the other is pseudo-commercial Western music. In between the crevices of the two are the growing underground music makers who are gradually coming to the surface to make waves.
Ape Dep Toe comprising of XKXO (Kunal), Mid Jay (Mohit) and Boys Knu3s (Harshil) is an Indian DJ/Music producer trio who is a Dancehall/Trap/Dubstep act from Udaipur and Ahmedabad. The artists recently performed at the Dunes Music Festival 2016 at Jaipur, Sunburn Skit Jaipur, and Jaipur Color Festival alongside their X’S Tour 2015/16 in the City of Lakes performing remixed popular music and original sounds amid a massive pool of music fans. [Read more…] about Ape Dep Toe: The Next Big Musical Sensation from Udaipur
Let’s admit, you wouldn’t have been reading this, had she not been there. Mother, or you may call her your SuperWoman; is the biggest explanation of who you are today. From wiping your nose to changing your diapers, from teaching you the dance moves to solving your friendship problems; she deserves way more than just one day of recognition.
Still, out of 365 days in a year we can celebrate an entire day dedicated to her, making her feel like a Queen and the most priceless person on this earth. On Mother’s Day, I have enlisted ideas that you may use to create beautiful moments in her life that she will remember and cherish long even after this May 8th. [Read more…] about Mother’s Day Special: Gift Ideas for the Woman of your Life
The winter season in Udaipur witnessed an amalgamation of music, culture, diversity infused with people from all over the globe swarming in the lake city to be a part of one-of-its kind Lake Festival and International Music Festival.
What came as a surprise or rather a revelation that Udaipur is definitely making its mark in the international zone not only for its tourism, but for its culture and a lot that this city has to offer. While walking on the streets, I with the help of an ace photographer friend Siddharth, captured the melange of vibrancy, patterns and a personal style that created its own edge over the highlighted ‘Trend’ of the season that is adorned by almost all of the fashion forward tribe. [Read more…] about Top Fashion Looks of Last Season in Udaipur
Last year, in December 2015 I suffered from nervous breakdown when my life halted at crossroads and I had to make the right choice. So, I quit my job in a way to nourish the plant of creative writing and here I am watering it with poetry and blogs.
The added influence of wandering travelers that I met the previous years, true-story based films and a sudden upsurge on the social media debating on finding the ‘real meaning of life’ and ‘be different’; needless to say that I was smitten hard by the overall concept of ‘follow your dreams.’ [Read more…] about Apurva & Deepali: Wired to their Art
‘Diamonds are a girl’s best friend’, sang Marilyn Monroe way back in 1953 in the now classic “Gentlemen prefer Blondes” Hollywood film. Jewellery, with or without diamonds is definitely a woman’s best friend and even though tastes may vary considerably from wildly extravagant to the delicately subtle, its magnetism is no less great.
Over a decade now, India has epitomized a legacy of jewels that depicts luxury, sovereignty, extravagance and competency of the craftsmen. [Read more…] about Kundan Jewellery: Nothing Less Than Art