A Bag Full of Goodies

I’m back to dishing out the latest in the city I live in, Pune.

In a world that is flooded with brands, from designer to high street brands, we seemed to have forgotten about individual style. Yes, if you’re drenched in everything designer, from your bag to your stockings, I’m going to wonder if this is some kind of sad way of advertising or a plead to the world to get noticed. Or perhaps the obvious, poor taste.

I’m all for standing out in a crowd which is perhaps why I love things that are unique and different. The shopping experience for me is all about the joys of exploring and discovering. And I have made a discovery.

Tucked away along the Baner Road, is a quaint and charming store that goes by the name “Angsang”.  The first thing that drew me to it was the purple and black sign board. As you can see, I absolutely love that combination. It’s the same as my phone. 

So back to the store. As you enter, there’s something different about. You soon notice that it is a store that sells only handbags and footwear. There’s an impressive collection of handbags on display. From totes to wallets to clutch purses to mobile phone covers, it’s all there. And when it comes to the footwear, you can choose from ballerinas to pumps to sandals and even flip-flops. As you browse around, you’ll be amazed because every item for sale is unique. The beauty of a small store is that there’s always only one piece for every design. Makes you feel special. While some designs and styles might not appeal to me, it most certainly will for others because there is something for everyone.

I was really impressed with the handbag selection and I am the proud owner of three unique pieces already. 

And what’s the cherry on this delicious shopping treat? For those who live in the west of the city, don’t have to travel far and wide for handbags and footwear anymore.  And trust me, they’re all reasonably priced!

My curiosity led me to the store. I hadn’t planned to buy anything but I left with a bag full of goodies which I can’t wait to use and show off.  I felt good as I walked out of the store. Then I noticed a stand with a couple of fancy umbrellas. I was tempted to buy one. But I stopped myself.  I turned to the owner and smiled. He knew I’ll be back. Soon.

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The Writer’s Block

So, I was on a roll yesterday. I published two entries on this blog. Perhaps it was the after-effects of the caffeine, or something.

But, today, I’m actually at a loss for words. I am indeed suffering from a mild case of writer’s block. As a writer, I know that it comes and goes. Most times I hate it. Other times, it gives me a chance to do things other than write. Like read or simply watch some trash TV (which I secretly love). And it also gives me time to think about other random  stuff like can you get writer’s block while about writer’s block?

The idle mind leads you to one thought and then to another. And as in my earlier post, I had mentioned, leads to a never-ending chain. You just can’t shut it down. Just like it it when browsing through the pages here. I’m still working out the kinks on this. It may take sometime because I’m more often than describe myself to be a tech-spaz.  Yes, I must say I have never really downloaded anything in my life – from torrents or whatever it is that is i called. Its’ almost always an automatic menu feature for me. This is why it will take a while before I know my through here like the back of my hand.

Though I’d like to write a bit more about myself, I shan’t for the time being. There is perhaps so much to write about me or perhaps there is no one who really wants to know. Guess we won’t know for a little while. But I can tell you this, I definitely will because I sure would like to know more about you (whoever is reading this).

 

It’s a Jungle Out There!

Right now, my mind is a jungle. There are perhaps a million if not thousands of thoughts running though my mind at this moment. Right now, this is it.

I started a blog a couple of years ago thinking that life through the eyes of a teenager would be something fantastic. However, it got a bit serious and there was too  much life reflection. It actually became sad. Not that I won’t continue to post stuff up there, of course I will. It’s just that I decided to write about things that are relevant and things that matter. And no, it’s not always about matters of the heart.

Recently. Very recently I was introduced to Google Chrome. And boy am I hooked! It’s bad (or good) enough that the internet is a web of never ending things to do. Yes, if you have a thirst for knowledge and the curiosity of a grinning cat, you will ALWAYS find something to do . So with Chrome, I can actually organise my virtual life and stay focsussed. Besides, it has a number of tools that really support you when you are creatively charged. Or even when you think you are at your creative best, then you can discover a side of you, you never thought you had. It’s fantastic.

It’s a jungle out there with things to discover, places to see and people to meet, all on the web. a web that you can sometimes get tangled in. Can you imagine that even the virtual world needs some crazy organisation skills. Every time I’m working on something, there in the corner of a page is a link that will lead you to another and then another before you can even finish reading. Then you start something else and the others are left incomplete! Ugh! Quite frankly, it takes  a lot of energy out of you. Now with my new obsession, my virtual life is relatively in order. Giving me a lot of time to update my blog.

At the risk of sounding elitist, everybody these days claims to be a writer. Funny how  the art of doing so is now a skill as common as knowledge in maths. Even celebrities, who hire readers to read their script are all ‘authors’ of a book of some sort. AS long as the ghost-writer gets paid , who really cares right? It’s when you commercialise something that sort of gives it a grotesque and common appeal.

But in all honesty, I’m actually quite glad. It’s good that there is an outlet where anyone can just pen down their thoughts. In fact it was because of blogging that I developed my craft and love for writing that it is now a part of my profession. I have slowly tried to move away from my elitist and biased points of view because I’m a writer – I cannot afford to be an elitist. From my high horse that takes me back to my grand castle I have migrated to the jungle and now live in the wilderness. And I must say, I love it. It’s now a place where i don’t think I’ll ever want to leave.

For now I shall go back to sorting out my virtual world. Plus, I’m still getting the hang of using this at the same time. It really is a jungle out there.

A State of ‘Miss’teria

A midst the clouds of grey and chilly evenings, there was a storm brewing. You could hear the sounds of thunderous roaring laughter. Or so I thought. But then I got a rude shock when I snapped back to reality. What you may ask am I talking about? Let’s rewind a bit.

Well, what could be better to lighten up an otherwise dull season of celebration and social gatherings than a heavy dose of laughter? So when a store of comedy  decided to introduce Pune to the culture of stand-up comedy, of course I was intrigued. Intrigued to know what exactly it is that could actually make the citizens of Pune fall off their seats in a state of hysteria.

In a city that just absolutely loves to try out everything in hopes of becoming the next Mumbai, this as usual turned into a Page 3 event.  That in itself displays the city’s sense of humour. No complaints there. Whatever sells out a full house, I say.

And so it began. The stage is set, people scurry to their seats and the lights are dimmed. The compere takes centre stage. A charming fellow, bursting with energy who set the mood. After a funny introduction and a couple of good jokes here and there, I thought to myself, ‘this is pretty good’. And it was.

That is of course until the real show began. I’m not going to diss anyone here but let me just say this, it was a snooze fest. I think the reactions (or lack thereof) in the audience was much more amusing than the show. But that was just the first act. After an intermission, I was hoping that it would get better. It did. But after a few high notes in the act, I he began to sing his own song of sadness. It’s unfortunate though because it was much better. Maybe after a really dull first act, this was slightly better. Only slightly.

And that’s the tricky thing about stand up comedy. You’ve got to keep it short and entertaining. Plus, you really have to UNDERSTAND your audience. Yes we’re Asian. Yes we’re brown. And hell yes, we are patriotic. While some bits maybe be appealing in one country or city, it just might be outright tacky in another.

I’m no stand up comedian but I most certainly have a sense of humour. This however, didn’t really leave me longing for more. I was just waiting for it to come to and end. I tried my best to sit through to the end. But with a bar just outside, I could wait no longer.

They really did underestimate the city’s sense of humour and tastes. Sure, we maybe in the shadow of the state capital as a city, but hey, we’re very aware of what’s hot and what’s not. We are a city of well-travelled and well-read citizens. That doesn’t mean that people can pull the wool over our eyes and expect us to go ga-ga over every fad and trend presented to us. In this case, any performer to crack a couple of sad jokes and expect us to embrace this new phenomenon.

I definitely appreciated the effort. And perhaps I did have great expectations. I heard great reviews of this In Mumbai and indeed expected something great. After all, it was meant to make us laugh.

I love stand up comedy, have seen a couple of shows abroad too. Which is why I was excited to know that it made its debut here. Unfortunately, in this city, things don’t stay on for very long. Especially if it doesn’t appeal to many.  And especially if it’s not commercial. It’s just the way the you measure success of anything here. I’m not saying it’s for the masses but even for the niche, it fell flat.

Word has it that this was just a dry run. And that is exactly what it was. It was dry and it made us run.

I do hope that they come back again soon though. This time hopefully with better and bigger acts. Because stand-up comedy has great potential in this city and there is a demand for it.