Saturday, 20 September 2014

Finally A Video On Child Abuse That Every Kid Can Watch And Learn From. Show It To Your Kids Tonight



Probably the best video on Child Abuse, this short film named Komal is being released in 12 Indian languages. The videos will also be released in “Accessible” versions to ensure that speech/hearing/vision impaired children are also able to watch this film and learn.

Spread this message and let young children know that help is just a call away.


Monday, 15 September 2014

Design Firm Puts Up A Billboard Across From Ogilvy HQ To Secure Meeting


What’s the best way to advertise your service to an ad agency? 

For Washington-based design firm Intridea, they decided that the direct approach worked best, so they posted a billboard directly across from the Ogilvy & Mather’s headquarters in Manhattan. 

Featuring the headline “Ogle this, Ogilvy”, the billboard included the URL oglethis.co that leads viewers to a website where they can collaborate and work together with the firm. 

According to a Facebook post, their advertising stunt “worked like a charm” and they “were able to successfully secure a meeting” with the ad agency


Six-Year-Old Talks About The Meaning Of Life, The Truth Behind Facebook Likes




A group of kids, age six to nine came together to create an inspiring video about the true meaning of life. The five minutes stop motion animation challenges our thinking by starting with a question asked by a six-year-old girl, “How sad would it be to get to the end of your life and realized you never truly lived?” 

She then went on to address societal issues like being caught up with fitting in with the cool crowd, and people obsessed with garnering Facebook “Likes” on their posts when they don't even like themselves.

IKEA Creates A Fun Vertical Wall-Apartment That You Can Climb

To promote the opening of the 30th IKEA store in Clermont-Ferrand, France, the Swedish furniture giant teamed up with communications agency ubi bene to install a vertical rock climbing wall covered with IKEA furniture. 

The nine-meter-tall wall is decorated just like a showroom, except it is fixed in a vertical position. Hand grips and steps are even installed on the artificial wall for rock climbing purposes. 

Members of the public are invited to climb the wall, with a safety harness and guidance from a professional, to try out the furniture in a fun and unique way. 











Check out the vertical wall-apartment below: 



Sunday, 18 May 2014

Google creates Doodle to mark 40th birthday of brain teasing puzzle - The Rubik's Cube



Google has created a doodle to mark the 40th birthday of the Rubik's Cube. The American internet giant has devised one of its iconic illustrations to commemorate four decades since the creation of the brain-teasing toy. The interactive doodle lets internet users try to solve the puzzle online.
The Rubik's Cube was initially known as the Magic Cube when it was invented in 1974 by Hungarian architecture professor Erno Rubik. Six years later it was relaunched as the Rubik's Cube and it has since it sold an estimated 350 million worldwide. The fastest time it has taken for a human to solve the puzzle is 5.55 seconds. A robot can do it in 3.253 seconds - and Labour Party leader Ed Miliband can do it in one-and-a-half minutes.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

A Man Travels To 36 Countries In 600 Days Covering A Distance Of 125,946 Miles To Make This 1 Perfect Selfie Video



Alex Chacón traveled 125,946 miles across 36 countries for 600 days on five motorcycles, taking short selfie clips along the way on his GoPro camera. He compiled the clips into a three-minute YouTube video, documenting his journey as he travels the globe on a motorcycle. Chacón set out on his adventures to work with less fortunate children, selling off his worldly possessions to raise awareness and funding for charitable causes, while taking epic selfies along the way.

He Noticed a Public Piano, It Said ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ And He Did, Blowing The Whole Train Station Away. You Gotta See This.




This is what happens when you put a professional piano player on a public piano. Henri Herbert of Jim Jones Revue casually gave a mind blowing impromptu performance on a public piano at St Pancras station in London. This is proof that you don’t need a great piano to make great music, just fine talent. Henri is simply incredible.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Into The Woods: Rube Goldbergmachine

Great online video made for a festival in Holland. The agency, Studio Kartel, made this cool Rube Goldbergmachine, mainly made out of wood.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

A Brilliant Hard Hitting & Hard To Ignore Effort From The Transgender Community Towards Road Safety. Must Watch. Must Share



A bunch of transgenders in India, usually referred to by the name Hijda's decided to take to the streets on a unique mission - the mission of educating motorists about road safety.  They are people that are hard to ignore and when they come out with such a brilliant campaign, they manage to garner the right attention and the message stays. I am sure the lessons these hijdas gave to the motorists that day would remain with them for the rest of their lives. This public service announcement is a unique initiative by SeatBelt Crew.

Monday, 5 May 2014

“Look Up”- A spoken word film for an online generation



This awesome spoken word film entitled, ‘Look Up’ has gone viral and it’s specifically aimed the “online” generation that types as it walks, reads as it chats and spends hours with someone without making an eye contact. 

Written, performed and directed by Gary Turk, Look up is described as a lesson taught to the online generation through a love story to "switch off the display of their devices" and "live in the moment".  We have now created a world where we continue to find ways to make it easier for us to connect with one another through social media, and while it’s easier to ‘meet’ people nowadays, it has also resulted in us spending more time alone.

What’s the use of spending quality time with one person when you can communicate with many people at the same time while you sit at home alone?


“We’re a generation of idiots. Smart phones and dumb people.”

This is What it Sounds Like When You Put Tree Rings on a Record Player

This is an excerpt from the record Years, created by Bartholomäus Traubeck, which features seven recordings from different Austrian trees including Oak, Maple, Walnut, and Beech. What you are hearing is an Ash tree’s year ring data. Every tree sounds vastly unique due to varying characteristics of the rings, such as strength, thickness and rate of growth.
Keep in mind that the tree rings are being translated into the language of music, rather than sounding musical in and of themselves. Traubeck’s one-of-a-kind record player uses a PlayStation Eye Camera and a stepper motor attached to its control arm. It relays the data to a computer with a program called Ableton Live. What you end up with is an incredible piano track, and in the case of the Ash, a very eerie one.
Hats off to Traubeck for coming up with the ingenious method to turn a simple slice of wood into a beautiful unique arraignment. It makes you wonder what types of music other parts of nature would play. (see video below) 

25 signs that remind you of growing up in a hill station

Growing up in a Hill station is certainly a very beautiful experience. I for one consider myself very lucky to be raised in a place like Nilgiris, rich with flora and fauna, beautiful landscapes, lush green tea slopes and a lovely climate year round.  I spent the best years of my life in a quaint town called Coonoor near the famous Ooty and went to some of the finest British institutions there.  

If you grew up in a hill station during the 80's and 90's you'll surely be able to easily relate to this blog post. I am also hoping it will revive pleasant memories of childhood and kindle nostalgia. 


  1. You wore these all the time - Summer or Winter

Hill stations are cold most part of the year that even schools made the woolen cardigan an important and necessary part of their uniforms. Accessories include woolen gloves, monkey caps and woolen socks to beat the cold. 






2) You grew up eating these during tea time


Buns. They were so popular in Ooty and we relished these big rolls of dough sometimes with jam or butter, other times by simply dipping it in piping hot tea. Both ways they tasted great and were a perfect tea time snack. 


























3) You enjoyed reading these during your school life


Enid Blyton, Nancy Drew, Hardy boys and Famous Five were familiar household names for you and you've read every series during your school life. 




























3) You enjoyed wearing these on your wrists. The more the number of bands. The better.



























Those days these hand woven wrist bands were such a rage in my school. The boarders - usually the Anglo Indian and Tibetan girls were experts at making these colorful "friendship bands". 
I remember those good old days when we saved every penny to buy woolen threads of every color. We would hand them over to the girls in our class and wait for them to create a personalized multi-coloured masterpiece in thread. It usually took a couple of days to make but the product of the labor was always spectacular. 





















4) You've played with these at some point in your school life





























I played a lot of this in school with the Tibetan boys. The game was called 'theppley' and it consisted of kicking the rubber ball up and keeping it in the air while counting the number of times it was tossed up and balanced in the air without falling. Once it falls down, the rubber ball passes to the other players who will continue the game. The one with the highest score won.  We couldn't wait for lunch or break time to go out and play and we cut countless rubber tubes from punctured cycle tyres to make these at home.  


5) Every other cottage in your town had this. If not your own home, you've seen this at least at school or a friends home 



























Fireplaces were so common in the hills and every other ancient cottage had them. So bad houses built these days don't have fireplaces anymore.  What fun it used to be - sitting by the fireplace with friends, sipping piping hot chai.


6) You've tasted the finest tea in the country


























Living in a place surrounded by tea estates, hill folks like me have had the opportunity to taste some of the best tea and coffee in the country.




7) You've tasted some of the most exotic fruits 




























If you've lived in the hills, you've had the opportunity to taste some really exotic fruits and vegetables found no where else. 



8) You've encountered wild animals. Yes in real. In person. 

























You've been fortunate to run into some rare wild animals, which kids growing up in plains only read about it on books or watched on discovery channel. 


9) You've seen a lot of these, ridden on them and possibly your grandpa owned one



Morris Minor























10 ) You know what it feels like to drive on Ghat Roads with Hair Pin Bends




























11) You've had enough flowers in your garden to gift your girlfriend a bunch everyday 




























12) You waited eagerly for the monsoons and rainy season so your school declared Holiday

























13) You've been fortunate to ride these at least once in life






 14) Every one in your town knew each other




















15) Your town-made exotic snacks & sweets were highly popular and friends in the plains constantly nagged you for these



























































16) You felt your small town's bakery made the best cakes and pastries in the world




  

















17) You had "Hidden Joints" in town that only YOU knew about



















Growing up in one of the most beautiful hill stations in south India, I was very lucky to enjoy a great environment filled with quaint hills, tea slopes, lakes and valleys.  We met up with our friends during weekends and went on trips to our hidden spots with chips, cutlets and coca cola. We've visited areas in the hills where people hardly go and christened a few too. The Rock, for instance was few minutes’ walk from our school and we named it “The Rock” since we were huge WWF fans, loved Dwyane Johnson and spent much of our free time sitting on huge rocks in our secret spot overlooking the valley.  No mobile phones to disturb us, no calls from parents, we spent hours there. 


18) Your town has the most beautiful churches in the country. Usually 100 years old or more


























Some of the country's oldest and most beautiful churches are in the hills.  Irrespective of your religious belief, you've been here at least once - if not for mass - at least for the carol service.


19) Your school is at least a Century old and most likely among the top schools in the country



























We have some of the country's best institutions in the hills. Doon School Dehradun is one. Lawrence School in Lovedale is another. I've been fortunate to study in some of the best British institutions in my town which were more than a century old. 


20) Excursions meant visit to a local park or a trek right into the lap of nature


School picnics always meant visit to very beautiful places filled with rich greenery and jaw dropping landscapes. Usually it was a visit to a local park or a trek up the hill. 





















21) You were proud your standard of English was far better than that of your friends from Plains

















We had more British schools and Anglo Indian teachers in the hills than anywhere else. We spoke English all the time and used less vernacular language and due to this felt we were far better in speaking English than the plains folks.


22) There was always an lonely Cemetery around the corner and lots of ghost stories around it


















As kids we spoke about ghosts all the time and we had these very ancient churches and cemeteries which looked straight out of a novel or an English Ghost movie. We would cook up our own stories sometimes to frighten our friends. That helped keep boredom at bay.








































23) There was always a haunted house around the corner and eerie stories of spirits

















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24) You've eaten these 'Oh So Often'























Having studied in a school full of Tibetans, I've been lucky to taste this Tibetan delicacy called MOMO. It was there during every school fete and we would relish them at every given chance. 


25)  Misty mornings were a very common sight on your walk to school