Sep 30, 2007

My Art Attack

I'm into craft. That usually involves some bits of junk and some bits of creativity. Creativity is needed to pick out the artistic junk from the general trash. Inspired by Neil Buchanan (of Art Attack on Nick) I too have decided to put up some 'junk' creativity.

1. cardboard cylinders (this can be acquired from used up cellophane tape bases or the base of tissue rolls or aluminum foils)
2. a circular piece of wood or better still is thin melamine circular cut outs (this is generally sold as switchboard base in hardware stores)
3. colors (paints/sketch pens/crayons)ill any other stuff for decoration
4. Feviquick/ fevicol/ fevibond or any other super adhesive
5. some creativity

Now the above junk can be made into three items:: a) bangles b) pen stands c) vase


For Bangles::  Cardboard circles of cellophane tape is preferred.
1. Take the cardboard circles (in case of bangles, the circles should be big/small enough to fit your wrists).
2. Paint the circles with the color of your choice.

3. After the paint has dried any kind of floral patterns etc can be made on it. Sequins can be stuck etc.
4. The inside of the cardboard has to be painted with black to hide any kind of printed matter etc.
Now your own custom made bangle is ready.
Caution:: since it cardboard and paint stay away from water.

Pen Stands::  Cardboard circles of cellophane tape is preferred.
1. Depending upon the width of the Cardboard circles available. Stick together 2-3 of them.
2. Paint them with your choice of color.

Well i got my friends to sign my Pen stand.
3. Decorate on top of the paint with mirrors, cartoon pics, drawings, sequins etc.
4. Now stick the melamine sheet at the bottom of the cardboard circles.
5. Paint the inside of the top most cardboard in black paint.
Your pen stand is ready.

A single artificial flower vase can be made. For this only the cardboard circles from tissue roles or aluminum foils (they should be thin and long) should be used.
1. Follow same procedure of Pen Stand.
Caution:: don't put real flowers as they need water and your vase is made of cardboard. :D

Sep 28, 2007

An ENIGMA That is The Civi Services Exam

I now know the secret. People are jealous of our guts. Of us- civil services aspirants. Of those who know deep down that they will crack it no matter what. But the question is why the demoralization starts so early..

School :: It all started when I first took humanities as my stream of studies in my XI th grade. I had got good grade in my Xth boards. Not that I had flunked or anything. I always aimed to give the civil services and planned to study keeping only the exam in focus. After much research I found that eventually I would end up with arts subjects. So I found no sense in grating my head over weird formulae just because taking up the science stream was prestigious. But some how I never actually got around to drive home the point that I was indeed much focused. People always gave that "I know you must have got 50%" kinda look. I din't care.

College:: I didn't bother to take up any honors but settled for a plain simple BA. Again this was a conscious decision so that I could concentrate on my civils. But when you're doing plain BA while everyone else you know is doing an honors course in history or Pol. Sci or Hebrew you have lot of explaining to do. People blatantly demand explanation and then refuse to accept it. It's all pre-assumed. BA- the marriage degree what more could there be to it?

Civils at last:: now that my graduation is complete and I'm studying full time for my civil services I expected people to give me some credit. But to my dismay/ astonishment their reaction was very complacent. They didn't care. Their reaction "oh really... IAS eh?! Even I gave the exam in my days. I attempted it thrice. Soon I got over it"!!!!!!

  • If you get through Civil Services its not news coz every year 500 odd candidates do.
  • If you don't get through, again it's not news coz every year about 4 lakh people don't.

Sep 25, 2007


Yesterday's T20 world cup finals had a very goose pimply effect on me. Especially the team's victory lap when they took flags from spectators. It was such a 'wow' moment. I bet a billion bucks that every Indian who saw it would most definitely have felt the surge of patriotism at the sight of the young victorious fellas with the national flag.

Now after having said all that call me a sadist if you want but I (I dunno why) want the team to be greeted by a truck load of court summons. I want some crackpot lawyer to file criminal cases against the players for having 'insulted the national flag and violated section 65745/87 sub section 389734 clause 349 (a) (i) of the Bla bla Act'. Coz I'm quite sure I saw a flag being held upside down and one of the flags also fell down.

(Hey, whatever happened when Prez Mushrraf's flight to India displayed our flag upside down?? Guess no one bothered they were just happy that he came to see the Taj Mahal! )

I'm not sure, but I think only those players who are sponsored by the govt. are allowed to sport the national flag on their person. So, technically speaking the Indian cricket team does not represent India but BCCI, which is not sponsored by the govt. rather it's a private body. Narain Karthikeyan was also sued for displaying the tri-colors on his helmet. He is also not sponsored by the govt.

The rules & regulations that surround the use of our national flag are very cumbersome. People have the right to proudly display their flag. When a Naveen Jindal or Narain Kathikeyan fight for their flag rights only a fraction of the public knows about it. But the cricket team has mass appeal and Indian's especially take everything thing that happens to them very personally.

I for one love our flag and have dared to put up a pic here.
Check out::

Sep 3, 2007

Best Lyrics ever..

Gin Soaked Boy- Divine Comedy
Im the darkness in the light
Im the leftness in the right
Im the rightness in the wrong
Im the shortness in the long
Im the goodness in the bad
Im the saneness in the mad
Im the sadness in the joy
Im the gin in the gin-soaked boy

Im the ghost in the machine
Im the genius in the gene
Im the beauty in the beast
Im the sunset in the east
Im the ruby in the dust
Im the trust in the mistrust
Im the trojan horse in troy
Im the gin in the gin-soaked boy

Im the tigers empty cage
Im the mysterys final page
Im the strangers lonely glance
Im the heros only chance
Im the undiscovered land
Im the single grain of sand
Im the christmas morning toy
Im the gin in the gin-soaked boy

Im the world youll never see
Im the slave youll never free
Im the truth youll never know
Im the place youll never go
Im the sound youll never hear
Im the course youll never steer
Im the will youll not destroy
Im the gin in the gin-soaked boy

Im the half-truth in the lie
Im the why not in the why
Im the last roll of the die
Im the old school in the tie
Im the spirit in the sky
Im the catcher in the rye
Im the twinkle in her eye
Im the jeff goldblum in the fly

Who am i?

Price of being a celebrity

Salman Khan may be the bad boy of bollywood with the invisible 'golden heart'. However, considering him on an equal platform with other poachers, a five year sentence for killing 3 black bucks is too harsh and not fair.

Sansar Chand has also been sentenced for 5yrs and Salman Khan and Sansar Chand cannot be compared as equals.


Know Sansar Chand:: Sansar has probably been responsible for more tiger and leopard deaths than anyone else in India. He was born in 1958, and has been involved with the wildlife skin trade virtually all his life. He was first arrested at the age of 16, in September 1974, in a case involving tiger and leopard skins and 676 other wildlife skins. Sansar and his gang members have at least 57 court cases pending against them in nine states in India - Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Karnataka, dating from September 1974 to April 2005. There are cases - and bail applications and appeals - that have been pending against him for up to 17 years.  He is solely responsible for killing 12 tigers at Sariska.


Despite the large number of cases against Sansar and his colleagues, he has only received 2 convictions - for his first case in Delhi in 1974, and for a case in Bhilwara, Rajasthan, in January 2003. In April 2004, he was convicted to five years imprisonment for this case by the Ajmer courts.

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