Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and DisasterAnd treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!
Thursday, November 29, 2007
its crazy arguing with parents.....the end has almost come-- we will be shifting back home.
some images of my ( and my parents-who are not architects) first project...Home under construction...everything from my old house is reused (which explains the triagular windows)...
Thursday, September 13, 2007
google celebrates roald dahl's birthday -www.google.com i was reading some of his story summaries and frankly,
i was shocked. i mean the guy who wrote matilda and james and the ...
" Finally his turn is called, and he is led to the "schackling area" where the pigs are grabbed, looped about the ankle with a chain, and then dragged up through a hole in the roof. While he is watching, one of the workers slips a chain around Lexington's ankle and before he knows what is happening he is being dragged along the path as well. "Help!" he cries. "There's been a frightful mistake!" But no one stops the engine, and he's carried along to the sticker, who slices open the boy's jugular vein with a knife" -review of short stories by roald dahl - 'PIG'
"but when bringing a leg of lamb to the kitchen for the evening meal, she encounters her husband. In a fit of rage she kills him with a blow to the head from the leg of lamb. Thinking quickly, she goes to the local store to create an alibi for herself, and when she returns home, calls the police. They come quickly, and after verifying her alibi, they begin the search for the murder weapon, unaware that it is cooking right in front of them. After a fruitless hunt for the weapon, Mary Malone offers the officers the now cooked lamb. As they discuss the location of the weapon, Mary begins to giggle.." - lamb to the slaughter
all his adult fiction is the same..crude violence
rethinking his childrens fiction , they too had a violent humour..maneating giants, children almost dying in a choclate factory etc...
he remains to be one of my favorite authors
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007
our cruise to alaska started from seattle. we had a day and half to explore the city. we walked for really long in really cold weather and bythe time we reached somewhere - the city was shut. dissapointing. so on the first day seattle seemed to be a dull city with grey weather - turn off. even in big cities everything shuts very early in US.. its strange by 9 pm absolutely everything is shut...and there is daylight till then so you dont even feel hungry enough for dinner..
we walked past Gehrys building and the seattle needle(strange monument from outer space). gehry i must say has done a good job with the exterior..flashy and ostentatious but interesting. his usual silver material with which he clads his building was replaced in some places by pink n yellow flashy materials which gave the building a weird look - as if it was some craft model done by some kid. but again it was 430 PM and it was shut.
the next day i almost forced my brother to take me to gehry's building...which by the way is called - The experience music project(EMP). we went inside to find out that it was a dull and boring museum absolutely opposite to starnge exterior. there was no experience of the building in most parts and the interior might as well have been put anywhere. the dynamic outside and boring inside...beauty is only skin deep? probably the best part of the building was that the sky rail runs right through the building..we were not allowed to take any pictures inside, but trust me it wasnt even worth it..
besides the EMP there was pikes market, which was almost exactly like our juhu fish market. only difference was it was it was tourist friendly..it had restaurants n cafes and signs.
Downtown seattle was just okay. the only thing was that it was used up well. seattle is a major port - it reminded me of mumbai ka dead east coast..and to think the east coast of mumbai can be like that?
The Experience Music Project- Frank Gehry