Thursday, August 31, 2006

Time Magazine's 50 coolest websites of 2006

Time magazine compiles this list every year. There are also links on the page to the top 50 lists of 2003/4/5.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Top 250 Movies on IMDB

IMDB users, the worldover, vote and decide who's features on their list of all time top movies. Have a look, and see if you find some of your favourites.

Top 10 Best Presentations Ever

Came across this list at the Know More HR blog.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

14 TV shows I like

1. 24
2. Firefly
3. Friends
4. Seinfeld
5. Fireball XL5
6. Fraggle Rock
7. Poirot
8. Yes Prime Minister
9. Chitrahaar
12. Sex and the City
13. Life on earth
14. Yeh jo hai zindagi

My Favourite Films

Citizen Kane
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron
Natural Born Killers
Whisper of my heart
Sin City
Do Bigha Zameen
Ninth Gate
Mouna Raagam
A moment of innocence


love boxes, of all kinds and forms, and sizes and colors
am a wrapping paper addict
can't keep my feet still
can't stop doodling
write shoddy poetry and unfinished stories
like to walk in the rain
collect all sorts of things
am scared of horror films
read out passages from books to an imaginary audience
tried counting sheep to sleep but it didn't work
paint like a spastic kid
don't like exams
love watching the sun stream in
want to buy a rocking chair someday
like walking barefoot on grass
love the smell of wet earth
have a stack of books I haven't read
love making lists

Sunday, August 27, 2006

5 designer's dream gifties

Honey and vanilla eco soap
Lanolin and palm oil-free soap with a 10p donation to the Orangutan Foundation from the sale of every soap.

Xocoa Chocolate Bars
Designer chocolate from Barcelona. Available in regular flavours like rum, orange or coffee as well as more unusual ones; green tea, rosemary and Jamaican pepper.

Gum Philosophy chewing gum
The world in a pack. Quotes on Love, Art and Life on a giftable pack of chewing gum.

Custom cds
Super cool limited edition screen printed cds in bright designs and funky patterns. Or digital vinyl cds that look oh so retro.

Happiness Tea
The pack reads:
1.Put the kettle on to boil. 2.Warm your favourite teapot. 3.Add one teaspoon of tea for each person. 4. Pour in boiling water and allow to brew for ten minutes, while you do one or more of the following: Lie on the sofa like a great big slug. Hug somebody. Dance like you danced when you were five years old. Rest. Take off your shoes and wiggle your toes. Sing like Pavarotti. Shake like Elvis. Help yourself to a huge slice of chocolate cake. Call a friend. Listen. Remember the last time you laughed out loud. Tickle somebody. Sit where you can feel the sun on your face. Smile. Look out a window and drink in the world. Run a hot bath. Wrap yourself in a duvet. Think about someone you love. Light a candle. Be still. Be present. Just be. 5.Stir and pour. 6.Enjoy.

Friday, August 25, 2006

top 5 client comments

client comment:We love it like this, we were wondering if we could change the font and the color, and can we move a few things around?
client comment:Please also put a landlord hat on the landlord.

Designer: "We should probably talk about the look and feel of the Web site before we get to work. Just explain how you would like it to look..."
Client: "Well, I don't think we really want it to look too much like a Web site. You know what I mean?"

"i checked with a friend and they said there definitely IS a rainbow effect in photoshop, why did you tell us there wasn't one?"

"more fonts. use more fonts!"
"ummm... how many do you want?"
"how many do you have?"

"Can't we make the text blink?"

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Top Hindi Movies - Comedies

Here is my list of favorite Hindi Comedies . I am not a big fan of Mahmoods brand of humor and hence Padosan / Bombay to Goa dont find mention . I haven't seen Kishore Kumars classics as well (Chalti Ka Naam gadi,Half Ticket etc) so they are not included as yet. Movies like Hera Pheri, while hilarious are not entirely original so they don't find a mention as well.

1. Jane Bhi Do Yaron(1983)

A movie which has achieved cult status over the years. Kundan Shah has never managed to achieve what he did in this movie . Both Sudhir Mishra and Vidhu Vinod Chopra were assistants on this movie.

2. Gol Maal (1979)

Thanks to Doordarshan, i have seen it on TV . Utpal Dutt's character is probably the single most funniest character on screen . Hrishikesh Mukerjee is definitely one of the most versatile directors with his films ranging from Anand, Abhiman, Guddi, Namak haram to Classic comedies like Gol Maal & Chupke Chupke.

3. Andaz Apna Apna (1994)

A casting coup and then getting the Khans to do such buffonnery . The movie though not a huge commercial success, is a must watch . Sample this for some tyical lines in the movie "When Salman Khan is asked whether he has seen the movie Sholay (1975), he says "Haan, pure tees baar (yes, thirty times)", Aamir Khan jokingly says "Iske baap ne likhi hai".

4. Munnabhai MBBS (2003)

A surprise inclusion. But the Circuit and MunnaBhai chemistry puts the movie right up there. Was successfully remade in three southern languages of Tamil,Telugu and Kannada within a year. Sharukh was originally cast to play the title role.He is however credited with consulting inputs.

5.Chupke Chupke(1975)

Dharam Paaji is probably the most under rated Hindi actor. A Hrishida classic. Was released in the same year as Sholay with Dharmji, Amitabh and Jaya in both the movies.

All Time Grossers Inflation Adjusted ( Bollywood)

1. Sholay
2. Mughal E Azam
3. Mother India
4. Hum Aapke Hain Kaun
5. Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
6. Gadar -Ek Prem katha
7. Sangam
8. Bobby
9. Kranti
10.Ganga Jamuna
11.Raja Hindustani

Source : Box Office India

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

top 5 droolables for a writing table

1. Vintage Writing paper
Carefully composed and cut from classic magazines, this parade of imagery and text turned in on itself, folds visual record into visual haiku.

Each set comes with five envelopes. Each one unique. Each it’s own quiet statement. With warmth and graphic flare, Fake Forest invites you to enclose your personal stories in the inherited visual language of our past.

2. Alphabetized found paper index file holder

Patterns and textures abound throughout, inviting reverie as you organize your life outside of the electronic confines of your Inbox. These are the cards for those precious few.

3. Wrapping Paper

Papers that materialize the anticipation of something special, and bid you to pass it on.


Billboard Poster Material Bags

This design can really piss you off. How can anyone be so fucking clever?

Constructing universal, ungendered extra-weight containers from the thick, velvety paper of decommissioned European billboards?Imagine, these objects have graced the expressways of France, Switzerland and Germany: sentinels of the endless parade of auto-humanity. Like Bela Lugosi in "Glenn or Glenda" they hovered above us, influencing our thoughts and habits: puppet-masters of our commercial unconscious. "Pull the strings!" they bellowed as we sped past.


iMac Cover

You can’t be there all the time. No matter how committed you are to your computer, no matter how devoted, there are just some hours your screen is going to have to spend alone. But with the iCover, alone is a less lonely proposition. Specially designed to fit Mac screens, just slip on the iCover and your screen is protected from dust, scratches, splatters, sunlight, prying eyes and other perils. Hasn’t your screen spent enough time lounging around in the nude?

Monday, August 21, 2006

Top 5 death scenes - Bollywood


Rajesh Khanna's " babumoshai" resonates in my mind , every time i think of this scene. Defn one of the most memorable characters in a Hindi movie .

2. Sholay

Amitabh's dead scene - do i need to say more ?


The first love which goes awfully wrong . Aamir and Juhi's - Romeo & Juliet death scene enthralls me even today

4. Parinda

Anil Kapoor and Madhuri dixit on their first nite , and Nana Patekar killing them

5 . Ek Duje Ke Liye

A great movie , Kamal and Ratis death scene , which makes their love truly timeless!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

My top 5 Geeta Dutt songs

05. Mera Dil Jo Mera Hota
from Anubhav (1971)

04. Hawa Dheere Aana
from Sujata (1959)

03. Aaj Sajan Mohe Ang Laga Lo
from Pyaasa (1957)

02. Chale Aao Chale Aao
from Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962)

01. Aye Dil Mujhe Bata De
from Bhai Bhai (1956)

Top Six Reasons Bangalore needs a Makeover

1. Terrible condition of the roads - dig, fill, dig, fil, dig, fill, yawn.

2. Public Transport - The only place where the autodrivers don't want to go anywhere

3. IT - Can we have some other professions listed in the Ascent for a change? The very thing that made Bangalore famous is now making it too unidimensional.

4. TOI - We desperately need a better newspaper; The Hindu is good, but a bit too intense.

5. Victoria was pulled down to create Bangalore Central???

6. No Night Outs - The pub city shuts at 11:30 pm (this one's dedicated to Kay).

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Top Five Hollywood Dialogues

1. "Rosebud" - Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kane

2. "My biological clock is ticking and ticking and ticking..." Lisa in My Cousin Vinnie

3. "P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney." - Dory in Finding Nemo

4. "Money never sleeps..." - Gordon Gecko in Wall Street

5. "May the force be with you." - Star Wars

Monday, August 14, 2006

List of my 10 favourite Calvin strips

A random selection of 10 great Calvin strips :











Top Five Poems

"LET us go then, you and I,
When the evening is spread out against the sky..."

2. WARNING by Jenny Joseph
"When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me..."

3. BROADCAST by Philip Larkin
"Giant whispering and coughing from
Vast Sunday-full and organ-frowned-on spaces..."

4. CONFORMIST by C.P. Surendran
"First thing in the morning
He trips on the one chair in his room..."

5. MOTH by Ranjit Hoskote
"Pressed up against the narrow pane, the moth is rust,
its wings the colour of blood drying on stone..."

My top 5 Groucho Marx quotes

5. "She's afraid that if she leaves, she'll become the life of the party."

4. "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."

3. "I never forget a face, but in your case I'll be glad to make an exception."

2. "Remember men, you are fighting for the lady's honor; which is probably more than she ever did."

1. "Room service? Send up a larger room."