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This Will Make You Ish-mile!
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 11:01



Possibly bpb’s favorite discovery this week is a website, Call Me Ishmael, where you can call in and leave a voicemail about a book that you love, and “Ishmael” will transcribe one such voicemail everyday, uploading it as a Youtube video. Poking around we found a gentleman who looked up heartache in a dictionary; a fellow who learned about racism through Dr. Seuss’ “The Sneetches”; and a lady who made a in-flight connection with a fellow passenger over “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese.

The concept is simple and powerful enough that you’ll barely notice the kinks that still need to be worked out: content could be deeper; tags could be more efficient; and most importantly, we wish they had a toll-free international number. Currently it seems like an American number from Massachusetts; and when we made the wincingly expensive call, a reassuring voice asked to leave a message and a story. It could be funny, Ishmael said, or sad or profound – but it had to be about a book, and about our life. This reviewer mentioned Daphne duMaurier’s “Rebecca” whose old and tattered copy has travelled with her. Ishmael has told us he transcribes only about one story per day, but he listens to them all, and that at the end of the day is a solace to anyone telling stories, others and their own.

Getting there: To call Ishmael, dial (+1)7743250503, view Facebook page here, or visit websiste here.

 
#bpbPhotoTrail: Instagram Pick
Friday, 13 June 2014 10:58


What: #bpbPhotoTrail- in this space we give you one new Instagrammer to follow through a picture trail. Follow us on @bpbweekend.

Why: The #bpbphototrail  has been running for 14 weeks straight! We started by @bpbweekend recommending @Marissabronfman for her breakfast smoothie bowls that look like art, and are now on @joe_cyriac an Indian documentary photography student at Pathshala in Bangladesh  who was picked for “his personal project regarding government surveillance and his exploration of social space.” See the previous trail here.

This week, Joe picks: @hecanteatchicken for his satirical doodles and distinct styles he adopts, each with a unique essence. Stay tuned next week to see which Instagrammer @hecanteatchicken introduces you to.

When: You want to know why @hecanteatchicken crossed the road.

 
BC/MC Zine: Thinking Outside the Bachs
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 11:06


50 Ways to Look Sexy In a Moshpit

Girlfriends of Singers/Songwriters! Who Are These People and Why Do They Hate Themselves

Step by Step Guide To Having a Conversation With A Metalhead


In some dark and lovely universe, the usual story slugs seen on a fashion magazine cover – read: how to look sexy this summer; the hottest WAGs this season – turned into delicious stories as seen above in the first issue of BC/MC, a fanzine focusing on alternative culture.

Started by freelance journalist Bhanuj Kappal, writer Rahul D’Souza and their illustrator friends, Denver Fernandes and Elvin Pereira, with writer Mohini Mukherjee and Namaah Kumar joining in for the second issue, this e-zine (with limited print copies) is about music, art, politics and culture,  and inspired by Riot Grrrl fan-zines from the 80s and 90s.

The Mothercussers: How They Began

Friends Bhanuj and Rahul put together the small magazine as a spur of the moment thing days before DIY event, Control Alt Delete III.  “The initial issue of the zine really emerged from a Facebook conversation about how excited everyone was about Control Alt Delete and how bummed I was about missing the show,” says Bhanuj.  Fascinated by the event’s crowd funded format, they wanted to use the same concept for a magazine: fan-created and cheaply produced.

The magazine now has three issues out (each one coinciding with CAD) with contributions by people in the indie scene and from a wider alt/ sub culture. Printed in black and white (often just photocopied and stapled) and with only limited copies available, BC/MC Zine features articles on music, art, politics and alternative subcultures, along with cool graphic illustrations, photographs and comics.

The idea of BC/MC stemmed from a discussion about, “what passes for music writing these days.”  Bored with “its anti-septic language and general lack of passion” Bhanuj and team decided to provide a counter narrative and created this zine.

Reasons Why BC/MC is F**king Awesome


Creative and fun BC/MC covers.

Free Download & Pay-What-You-Want Print: They let you download a free copy from their website or pay what you want for a physical copy of the magazine.

The Content: from The Gender Question by Ammel Sharon about gender, space and music and Rahul D’Souza’s piece on pornography and anarcho-porn; to fun articles on how to organise guerrilla gigs, and social media 101s for bands and indie artists. Also see Bhanuj Kappal’s editorials.

Side Note


BC/MC is looking for fans of Black Flag, Death Grips, Bikini Kill and post- Marxist Theory to contribute stories, illustrations, photographs- music-related or otherwise to help them put together the next issue. So if you think you can help, get in touch with them now.

Getting there: BC/MC, email pitches to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , see website here, view Facebook page here. Download previous editions of the zine completely free here or pay what you want for the physical copy available at the next ennuidotbom event in Delhi or follow them on Facebook to know when the next zines are available.


 
Our Ride on the #MumbaiMetro
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 10:55



To break someone’s heart and flee on the metro, to take the pieces far far away to a distant suburb, seems like something Murakami would prescribe.

The ticket window at the newly launched #MumbaiMetro isn’t quite as articulate, but it did tell us this: “whether it's hearts or queues, breaking them will get you in trouble."

This was our first eyeful of the Mumbai metro, if you don’t count the shaadi-style orchid arrangement at the entrance of the Versova Metro Station that we visited yesterday on Day 2 of the metro opening. Budding talent?

The Upgrade

Eager to make a round trip, we queued up and sized up the slick, clean station, complete with escalators, coffee stalls with croissants (that looked quite fresh), an ice cream stand, guards who instructed the crowd, a book shop selling a decent range of novels and Galaxy chocolate. Quite the upgrade from local train stations that Mumbai is used to.

Like the Delhi Metro and other international systems, the Mumbai Metro uses a token system, which unfortunately does not let you buy a return ticket. If you want to return from where you started, you need to stand in the line and buy another ticket- a total waste of time in patience starved city like Mumbai.

Oh well, at least it’s clean, we thought, at the same time noticing that there were hardly any trash cans around. We took our Rs 10 tickets (from Versova to Andheri),an introductory offer, and made our way to the platform.

Mind Your Ps & Queues

A spanking new metro train arrived on time, and despite vehement whistling and best efforts by the platform guards, it was Mumbai Local etiquette all over again, with people refusing to queue up and bursting through the doors as soon as they opened, to grab the best seats. The journey was smooth with regular announcements and door maps that light up, and the train was quite crowded even at 4:30 pm. And if you’ve been taking the Mumbai local train, the mixed gender compartment will take some getting used to.

Selfie Station

While we liked a lot of what we saw yesterday (big points for cleanliness and hope it lasts), there are some glaring mistakes. For instance, there isn’t a metro map of stations above the ticket counters, a lack of proper signage at exit and entry points to the Metro and other small but significant errors that only people who use the city’s infrastructure would realise.

From start to end, the shiny new metro was a backdrop for selfies yesterday – pictures that were immediately uploaded on to Twitter and Instagram and Facebook with appropriate hashtags.

Somewhere in on of those pictures, you might spy a woman, guilty and going somewhere, after just having broken someone’s heart.

Getting there: Metro runs from Versova to Ghatkhopar (20 minutes one way) from 5.30 am to 11.45 pm, Rs 10 for a ticket anywhere on the line, introductory offer for the first month.

 
#bpbPhotoTrail: Instagram Pick
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 11:11

 

In this new space we give you one new Instagrammer to follow every week through a picture trail. We started by @bpbweekend recommending @Marissabronfman for her breakfast smoothie bowls that look like art , who recommended @aishwarya_n for her visuals of treats and travel, who picked @narresh , Creative Director of Shivan & Narresh, who then recommended @dianakakkar for her London street style photos, who said hello to  Delhi-based music producer @pagalhaina, who tipped his hat at @namansaraiya for his beautiful photos, who in turn pointed us to fellow photographer @khabrilal, who picked @mumbaipaused , who recommended artist  @bheeshoom, who welcomed @roetry to the party, who extended the invite to @sanajaverikadri, who waved to@dagguereologue, who pulled in @sensordust.

@sensordust picks @Joe_Cyriac, an Indian documentary photography student at Pathshala in Bangladesh for “his personal project regarding government surveillance and his exploration of social space.”

Stay tuned next week to see who @joe_cyriac picks as his Instagrammer of the week. To nominate your favourite Instagrammers, tag them in our Instagrammer of the week post here. At the end of the month, they could be added to our list of favourites.

 
Dinner + Movie: What They Watched & Ate At Cannes
Monday, 02 June 2014 11:10



You’re already lusting after Elie Saab dresses post Cannes, but what movies from the festival should you get your hands on?

This past weekend, we caught up with three women who do the Cannes trip every year. Two recommended films that they watched, and the other talks about what she ate. Dinner and a movie? It’s a date!

WATCH

Movie producer Guneet Monga, who has worked on films like Gangs of Wasseypur, Part I & II, That Girl In Yellow Boots, Shaitan and The Lunchbox, on her Cannes watch list.

The Tribe: The most innovative and radically different film that I saw at Cannes was THE TRIBE, which featured in the Critics Week side bar. It is a film that has characters who are deaf and dumb. A film that redefines the language of cinema, literally, where dialogue is rendered futile at the face of powerful emotions not needing the conventional form of storytelling.

Mommy: Xavier Dolan, who shared his Jury Prize award with Jean Luc Godard, stunned me with his beautiful film MOMMY. An ode to growing up, an ode to motherhood, and an ode to coming of age.

Foxcatcher: STEVE CARELL! I could not believe it was Carell playing a character where he morphed into it so well that it took many people by surprise. A brilliant slow burn drama on the events leading up to the murder of Olympic champion Dave Schultz.

Two Days, One Night: This film was by Cannes regular, the Dardenne brothers (they won 2 Palme d'Ors before). The masters of social realism have gone a notch higher by not casting Marion Cotillard and making us completely forget that she is a star, but a married woman struggling to keep her job.

Party Girl: It left me very uncomfortable. A story about woman gone past her prime as a bar hostess, who finally takes life the way it is. It strangely reminded me of the epic Sorrentino film, The Great Beauty; the decadence, the beauty, the virility of life, it all fades one day.

Timbuktu: A Mauritian- French drama about extremism. It was competing for the Palm d’Or.

Maps To The Stars: This one got Julian Moore best actress at Cannes. This Cronenberg film also starring John Cusack and Robert Pattinson, is a satire on Hollywood.

Mr. Turner: About the life of British JMW Turned, this film features actor Timothy Spall, who won best actor at Cannes.

Leviathian: Selected to compete in the Palme d’Or competition, this Russian drama talks about corruption, love and tragedy in contemporary Russia.

Titli: And of course last but not the least I highly recommend TITLI, the Indian film that we were with in Cannes and that particularly made the whole trip so successful. It is a very strong film to come out of India and was recieved extremely well.


Preety Ali, founder of PI films with Imtiaz Ali & Co-founder at HumaraMovie an on demand online portal for short films and talent incubator, tried to watch a mix of films from different categories. “I mostly caught movies that I knew wouldn’t release in India.” See her list below:

Relatos Salvajes – Argentinian for ‘Wild Tales’, this film was my favourite, made up of six 20 minute shorts. Each is a hilarious event in a person’s life with an O Henry-style twist at the end. Great fun to watch!

The Homesman: This one was like a Western, with the unlikely pairing of Tommy Lee Jones (also director) and Hilary Swank heading out on a mission. Great characters and performances.

Saint Laurent: Betrand Bonello directs this French biography on designerYves Saint Laurent. The filmmaker is slightly over indulgent, focusing only one aspect of the designer’s life, but what really stays with you is lead actor Gaspard Ulliel’s performance. Brilliant!

Blue Room: This French film – expect it to be explicit – is about an extra marital affair. It’s brilliantly shot – two people in a room, secretly in love with each other. So much desire.

Winter Sleep: This three hour Turkish film won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. Unfortunately I missed it, but there were rave reviews. I plan to catch it soon.

EAT

Like many who travel to canned on work, for Kanika Vaudeva, AVP of International Distribution at FOX, day meetings took precedence over film watching. And so naturally, nights were about the next best thing – food. Here’s her restaurant recommendation list, should you get to go to Cannes next year. Bon(d) Appetit!

Da Bouttau and Le Relais des Semailles: Both on Rue Saint-Antoine, which is a sweet cobbled street filled with restaurants. Some delicious fish, escargot and the best lemon tart ever at Da Bouttau.

Le Voilier: For the nicest oysters and the prettiest people – it’s on the Croisette just after the Carlton Hotel where all the celebrities stay when they go to Cannes.

Al Charq: For late night Lebanese food.

Le Bangkok & Jade: Along with awesome Thai food, this one also serves up the nicest waiter/owner, Alex. Also check out Jade for Vietnamese fare.

Le Restaurant Armenian: Lovely Armenian restaurant run by a couple - they cook, serve, make drinks, recommend orders.

Le 5 Stagioni: Best pizza pies for 9 Euros each.

The Sushi Shop: Which now boasts a menu within a menu, has been done by Joel Robuchon! Super sushi at great prices.

La Duree: Of course I would end with macarons at La Duree! Also Jean Luc Pele, which has chocolates carved out of scenes in the Kamasutra!

Le fin.

 
Comma-nists, Rejoice: The British Library Uploads 1200+ Literary Treasures
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 12:06



"What does such advice mean? Happiness is not a potato."

Happiness may not be a potato but it’s definitely a Charlotte Bronte novel you can curl up with while nursing a bad case of laryngitis in the peak of summer.

Web of Words

If like us, you’re a fan of the Bronte sisters, Dickens, Keats and Eliot, you have your summer reading cut out for you – this month, the British Library offers up over 1200 literary works from the Romantic and Victorian era on its new website, accessible to everyone for free.

We’re not just talking books here - we clicked through the website and discovered a trove of original sources including original manuscripts of Jane Eyre and A Christmas Carol with illustrations, first editions, rare illustrations, unpublished manuscripts, alongside newspapers, letters, playbills, play scripts, photographs and beautiful hand-drawn maps. We also found documentaries offering insights into the origins of A Christmas Carol, William Blake’s printing process, and the recurring themes and elements in Gothic writing.

Blake Lively

Plus, the website also offers up enough juicy personal details about famous authors to make Perez Hilton proud – think Charlotte Bronte’s private journal, letters from Jane Austen to her brother and William Blake’s personal notebook, where he first scratched out poems like “The Tyger”, forever emblazoned in the memory of anyone who took the dreaded tenth standard boards.

Navigate This

Even though the amount of material offered here can be overwhelming, the website itself is easy to use, with simple, clean navigation buttons and intuitive categories. Still, we suggest you equip yourself with an entire free day and a broadband connection fast enough to watch Heathcliff brood attractively in a documentary about the tortured hero of Charlotte Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. Oh my!


Getting there: View British Library’s Romantics and Victorian era literary works here, watch documentaries here, view list of authors here, all resources free.

 
#bpbPhotoTrail: Instagram Pick
Monday, 26 May 2014 10:57



In this new space we give you one new Instagrammer to follow every week through a picture trail. We started by @bpbweekend recommending @Marissabronfman for her breakfast smoothie bowls that look like art , who recommended @aishwarya_n for her visuals of treats and travel, who picked @narresh , Creative Director of Shivan & Narresh, who then recommended @dianakakkar for her London street style photos, who said hello to  Delhi-based music producer @pagalhaina, who tipped his hat at @namansaraiya for his beautiful photos, who in turn pointed us to fellow photographer @khabrilal, who picked @mumbaipaused , who recommended artist  @bheeshoom, who welcomed @roetry to the party, who extended the invite to @sanajaverikadri, who waved to @dagguereologue.

@dagguerologue picks @sensordust-Akash Ghai .“He shoots vernacular images of the Indian community at home and the diaspora living in America. For this, he’s a great choice for the photo trail.”

Stay tuned next week to see who @sensordust picks as his Instagrammer of the week. To nominate your favourite Instagrammers, tag them in our Instagrammer of the week post here. At the end of the month, they could be added to our list of favourites.



 
Prithvi Gets A New Cultural Neighbour
Thursday, 22 May 2014 10:57


 

Looking for a nice space to host your latest soiree?  We found a cute new space in Juhu,one that promises to Ease(l) your search.

Launching next week near Prithvi Theatre is The Easel, an art and culture hub that besides wanting to host you and your friends, will also play the role of art gallery, corporate event space, and a venue for that dreaded P word. Yes, ‘pop up’, you made us say it. Happy now?!

Culture Curry

Started by relatives Deep, Dhruv and Nidhi Jhavar, The Easel is open to different facets of the lifestyle space - food, fashion, film and of course, art. “The property has been in the family for a while and hasn’t been used for the past fifteen years. We’re looking at turning it into a hub that celebrates creativity”, says Dhruv. With Prithvi right around the corner, the 1,500 square feet place already has a head start.

Divided into three broad sections, The Easel has an outdoor courtyard, two indoor levels and a terrace that can be booked out in its entirety or separately.

“We don’t want to restrict the identity of the space. We’re happy to watch it grow and are even open to hosting private parties,” says Dhruv.

Art Attack

Coming up next week is their inaugural show curated by Khushnuma Khambatta, showcasing artists like Ajay De, Anjum Motiwala, Arzan Khambatta, Brinda Miller, Deepti Nair, Gurcharan Singh , Jaideep Mehrotra and Vinod Sharma that will be on display for the public from May 31 to June 5.

Even if you minus all the fluff of parties and pop ups, we’re excited that the suburbs finally has a gallery. Could this be our brush with art?

Getting there: The Easel, 32 Janki Kutir, near Prithvi Theatre, Juhu Church Road, opens on May 30, call 32095568, open10 am to 7 pm, see their Facebook page here

 

 

 
Maha Yodha: #Epic New Card Game
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 20:47

 

 

Before there was Sunday brunch, there was Sunday Bhima.

Ask any kid growing up in the early nineties what Sunday’s most anticipated treat was and and he/she will likely say it was B.R. Chopra’s televised series, Mahabharata.

Since then, there have been many, many attempts to bring Indian mythology into your life, through novels, well scored animated films and video games. The latest offering is a card game by two consultants, based on Hindu mythology Maha Yodha.

Players!

Friends Sagar Shankar and Chandan Mohanty put their jobs on the backburner at leading consulting firms to plan a strategic card game based on the mythology’s ancient stories, characters and weapons.The game, now a campaign on Kickstarter, stemmed from a discussion about how most urban Indians know more about X-Men than Indian mythology, says Sagar. Maha Yodha comprises two decks, each representing a faction of a unique army of warriors, Gods, demons, weapons and scrolls. A two-player, 84 card game, it features some beautiful Indian artwork -Patta Chitra - along with some pretty awesome graphic novel style illustrations of warriors and weapons.

How You Can Help MahaYodha

Sagar and Chandan are currently looking for funding to finish the artwork and production for the game, and are even looking at adding an app and a detailed board game with collectible figures in the phases to come. They’re also looking for Indian graphic designers to help them with the artwork, so if you think you can help, get in touch with them now!

Sagar tells bpb that the response to the campaign has been tremendous, with support pouring in from Australia, Croatia and the United States.

If all goes well, Sunday mornings will be pretty epic again.

Getting there: Fund Mahayodha via their Kickstarter campaign here, view their Facebook page here, website here


 
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