Dec 24, 2021
This Christmas eve, I Am happy to launch my second book on the ashokism series:
_Ashokism 75: Digital Expressions in Art - a visual treat of my digital paintings on various themes!
Visit https://indie-bookstore.com to buy the book.
Also available on Amazon.in
Coming soon on Amazon.com
Dec 19, 2021
Dec 9, 2021
Comedy as they say is Serious business! Its not easy to make people laugh... There is a lot of intelligence, timing and context that go into making a comedy click and connect with the audience..I have a great admiration for the guys who have this knack to tickle our ribs... Here I have listed 9 consistent legends who made me laugh the most on the silver screen...
Dec 8, 2021
1. Kapil Dev - One of the greatest all rounder of all times and my first favorite cricketer as a kid ! There was always a hope when he was at the crease.
Dec 6, 2021
A very difficult task to limit to 9 of my favorite songs from my younger days...But finally here is the list in random order. What is your favorite ?
2. Still Loving you - The Scorpions
9. Locomotive Breath - Jethro Tull
Dec 3, 2021
My first interest in percussion started as a 4 year old watching Chanda mama ( my uncle) play the double bongos. Drumming was something that came naturally to me and soon I was drumming on anything I could convert into a drum, like plastic buckets, kitchen containers, metal stools etc. But I never took drumming seriously till college. A new drum kit was purchased for the college band and a drummer was needed. So I just took up the job with both hands & feet and started playing comfortably from day one even though I had no training and have never played the instrument before. Years of hand drumming on the school desk and along movie songs had imbibed in me a good rhythm sense. I was lucky to have Praveen Thiagarajan, another percussion enthusiast like me, as a classmate when I joined School of Architecture and Planning, Chennai, for my masters degree. The jamming sessions at SAC and inter collegiate shows we did are great nostalgic memories for me. Today I look back at some of the legends who had directly or indirectly influenced me as a drummer...
|that's me playing @ Sobha day concert!|
Dec 1, 2021
These are 9 of my favorite musicians who have been part of my growing up years.
Nov 30, 2021
Nov 25, 2021
We come to the last part of the album that has a collection of photographs of Singapore from the 1940s. Anyone who has seen the modern Singapore will greatly appreciate these vintage snaps that take us back by 75 years!
St. Andrews Cathedral, an Anglican church in North Bridge Road
|Fullerton Building, then the General Post Office Building...now a Hotel|
Nov 23, 2021
Kōraku-en is a Japanese garden located in Okayama.. It is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, along with Kenroku-en and Kairaku-en. Korakuen was built in 1700 by Ikeda Tsunamasa, lord of Okayama. The album has a lovely set of bookmark colorized postcards collected by Raja that tell us how lovely the garden looked more that 75 years ago!
Nov 21, 2021
The album would have been incomplete without the collection of the "budding geisha" issued by the Japan travel bureau. Geisha are a class of female Japanese performance artists and entertainers trained in traditional Japanese performing art styles, such as dance, music and singing, as well as being proficient conversationalists and hosts. I remember there was always at least one kid who dressed as a Geisha in school fancy dress competitions.
Nov 20, 2021
The album has Raja's lovely collection of colorized pictures of Kyoto city issued by the Japan travel bureau. Kyoto, once the capital of Japan, is a city on the island of Honshu. It's famous for its numerous classical Buddhist temples, as well as gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. If I ever travel to Japan, this is one city I should not miss...