Thursday, 16 April 2015

throwback thursday - TBT #6

I'm a big fan of trains, and i think train journeys have an element of romance around them. i've always loved gazing dreamily at the world passing by outside a train window and imagining the lives of people in those far-off, unfamiliar places.

if you grew up in india, trains were a big part of your life since they are the backbone of the indian public transport network. the indian railways, owned by the government, is one of the largest in the world.

this day, april 16th, in the year 1853 saw the first passenger train introduced between bombay (mumbai) and neighbouring thane. 

below are some pics i found on the internet. 

the bombay-thane train chugging on its way.



Thursday, 9 April 2015

throwback thursday - TBT #5

a couple of days back this week was william wordsworth's birthday. (april 7th to be precise.) maybe the man should have been called wordsmith. i still remember the 'solitary reaper' from when i was in school.

below is a page with wordsworth's handwriting, containing what is probably his most famous work, 'daffodils'.



Monday, 6 April 2015

mundane monday - #49

found this little tag at the bottom of a new t-shirt that i got. 

one of those things that seem more easier said than done. especially the first part. you cant always do all that you like, can you ? there are always so many factors that restrict what you can do, regardless of what you like.
being able to do what (or whatever) you like feels like such a utopian dream. 


right now, however, i guess i like taking tacky pictures of my clothes hung near windows and putting random filters on them, so i'll leave it at that.
at least i like the little things i do. they matter, too. 

Thursday, 2 April 2015

throwback thursday - TBT #4

since this week saw the date (31st march) of the inauguration of the eiffel tower, there is no getting past this week without posting a vintage picture from the opening day. the year was 1889.

see these beautiful images from the google cultural institute.

found the pics below thanks to the nbc news site. i did not know that they had originally meant to take down the eiffel tower after 20 years !



gustave eiffel standing in the first floor of the eiffel tower during its construction.


Monday, 30 March 2015

mundane monday - #48

ha. its almost the fourth month of the year and this is the first mundane monday post of this year. i know i've been in blog hibernation, but whats worse is i havent been taking that many photos either. i had used the camera only a few times since the start of the year and even those few pics are waiting to see the light of the day, because my pc has been acting up and i have trouble transferring them.

funnily, turns out that i'm not that much of a mobile camera person. somehow i'm not that happy with how phone camera pics turn out - especially when seeing them on a bigger screen like a laptop.

nevertheless, i took this one today and i liked it after a few touches and filters... (for editing phone camera pics, i find either snapseed or google photos most convenient.)



it is a wonder how much your relationship with sleep changes as you age - when you are a student you have that supreme ability to fall asleep anywhere anytime, but as you age, you find yourself counting sheep everyday till you run out of numbers. makes you wish you still had your textbooks from school, but i seriously doubt if even that would help once you reach that stage when you find that your body has stubbornly decided it belongs to that nocturnal league which has among its members everything from rodents and owls to vampires and werewolves.

and thus the sleep-aid industry flourishes, peddling us everything from pills to memory foam to lavender lotions to white noises... while there seems little respite for the 'zzzz challenged', as we lie wondering how many lengthy miles we have to go, before we can finally 'sleep'...

Thursday, 26 March 2015

throwback thursday - TBT #3

the next weekend will be easter, and that brought to my mind cadbury chocolate eggs. if you grew up in india, cadbury's was 'the chocolate' of your childhood - the undisputed choice over everything else - but cadbury eggs were one thing which did not really make it to the indian market. 

when i searched for vintage cadbury egg pics, i came across this article which has wonderful pics from the early days of cadbury, and some of the old ads. i couldnt have been happier. images below are from the article.

even though i dont celebrate easter, i love seeing the pastel colours all around - the blues greens and yellows are kind of an official reminder that spring is upon us !

ad for a cadbury egg in 1930 stating it costs 3 shillings and 6 pence

Cadbury egg Easter cards from 1914

im such a cadbury lover that when some years back the ownership changed to american hands, i took it really personally and felt kind of let down :( somehow cadburys will never feel the same again, i think !

Thursday, 19 March 2015

TBT # 2 - mad as a march hare.

technically its supposed to be the first day of spring tomorrow, but the weather outside is anything but 'spring-ey', to say the least. who needs a snow warning on the first day of spring, seriously ? - utter madness is what it is.

which got me thinking about the phrase 'mad as a march hare'. apparently hares start behaving excitedly, jumping up and down, starting in march - which is the beginning of their breeding season. it has resulted in that phrase which has become so popular ever since lewis carrol used it in alice in wonderland (along with the 'mad hatter' ).

below is the illustration made in 1865 for alice in wonderland, by john tenniel. it shows alice at the tea party, with the march hare and mad hatter.







image source - wikimedia commons 

well, even though the weather might seem as mad as the hares now, spring always brings with it a sense of new beginnings, of hope... its definitely a heartening sight to see the empty branches start sprouting leaves, to see buds and blooms make their way out after months of icy frost. to be able to remind oneself that there is so much of colour to look forward to in the world, and the bleak frosty days dont last for ever. 
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