I had my cast removed today, exactly one month to the day I fell and injured myself. My troubles are not over yet though. There is still the wound underneath, which hasn't healed yet, to be taken care of. It has to be dressed every other day till it heals. The ugly wound and the thought of having to endure the pain during the dressing brought back painful memories.. Those of my grandmother who developed bedsores despite our best efforts during her long illness. Towards the end of her days, mom and I would clean and dress her wounds twice a day. Being an Alzheimer's patient, though she never could express her pain in words, we could clearly perceive her pain and discomfort. She would groan and make animal noises but there was nothing we could do. The wounds had to be dressed, painful though the process was and we would come out of her room feeling guilty and tortured for having caused her pain.
In contrast was the set of memories that washed over me yesterday when I watched my mom perform a task, watching which forms an indelible part of my childhood memories. Funnily, it was watching mom perform the simple task of cleaning fish that made me so nostalgic. When we get fish, mom always likes to clean and cut it outside the house; maybe she finds it easier to dispose off the wastes or maybe she likes to feed the stray tabbies who sniff their way into our yard. Either ways, as far back as I can remember mom has always cleaned the fish outside with me and during the school holidays, my cousins watching curiously. We would discuss the fish and its freshness, the sweetness or evilness of whichever tabby came to keep us company and learn how to clean fish too! As I grew up, the excitement over this ritual wore off and I stopped keeping mom company. Yesterday, I joined her for some reason and found that the ritual was still strangely comforting to me. It brought back happy memories of my childhood when I had no computer or video games or cable television. It was a world of my own, a world I created and somewhere along the way, left behind.. Perhaps that world still lives in that old house of ours.. waiting for someone new to come and live in it..
The release of the second ad for bags by Fastrack coincided with the release of more bags, which have been grouped under the not-very-imaginatively-named collection, 'New Bags'. For some weird reason, all of the bags in this collection, including handbags have been labelled 'Unisex', a mistake that I hope Fastrack will rectify soon. I am not feeling any of the messenger bags, duffel bags or backpacks in this collection. The range of handbags however is very exciting. Here are a few of my favorites..
How hot is this little number in Red? It is just as tempting in Olive..
This handbag in Purple is sure to add some zing to any outfit. Office goers take note.
The asymmetrical emerges in bags too.. How unique is this Blue shoulder bag?
The White handbag which will fool them into thinking you are a 'grownup' ;)
My favorite look of all time is what I like to call the sexy-yet-innocent-babe look. The first time I tried this look with a saree was during a college fest. I was one of the only two people from the Science stream on the organizing committee for that fest; all the rest were from the Commerce stream. Among the Commerce crowd was a guy who was one of those smart aleck, uber cool, 'popular' guys. He was nice to me but spoke only as much as was required during the days before the fest but on the day of the fest, when I reached the college in a saree and with this look in place, he appeared to be smitten.. Kept following me around and couldn't keep his eyes off me.. I wasn't interested in a relationship at that time and it didn't lead to anything but that was the day I realized the power of good make up :) Here are a few products from Revlon that can be used to achieve this look-
For sexy, smoldering, smoky eyes..
Revlon Luxurious Color Eyeliner
Let the Luxurious color eyeliner in Black Velvet glide on your lids and the built in smudger work its magic to give you gorgeous eyes.
For that hint of a blush..
Revlon Colorstay Mineral Blush
Let the Revlon Colorstay mineral blush in Petal kiss your cheeks to give you that oh-so-subtle blush.
For delicious lips..
Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain + Balm
Let the Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain in Passion stain your lips with that hint of a color and the balm make your lips soft and kiss-a-luscious ;)
I've always loved this adorable and tiny 'people's car'. I was so delighted when VW launched the new Beetle in India in December 2009 but the price tag quickly dampened my enthusiasm.. Rs. 21 lakhs for the 'people's car'? That is outrageous. The Beetle was developed as an economy car, ein Auto für Jedermann but VW's price tag has turned it into a mockery of that term.
Oh, and the colors.. The Beetle in India is available in Salsa Red, Black, Candy White, Sunflower, Reflex Silver and Laser Blue.. How completely boring (except for maybe Sunflower- featured above). If I could ever have one, I would want it in lime green :) Ah, wünschen..
My thumb has been encased in a cast made of plaster of Paris for nearly twenty days now and being the sort of nosy and impatient inquisitive person that I am, I am longing to see what exactly is going on under that plaster. What is my wound looking like now? Has it begun to heal? Or will it begin to properly heal only after the cast is removed? Is the scar tissue forming already? Is it bad? What about the stitches; what do they look like now? WHAT DOES MY THUMB LOOK LIKE? (pant, pant)
There is a simple solution to this. My anxiety would be easily alleviated if only I had.. wait for it.. A transparent cast!! Why has no one thought of that before? Are there no other people out there who would wanna see the parts of their body healing without getting spooked by any ugly wounds that might lie underneath? I think having transparent casts would truly contribute to the healing process because the patient wouldn't be so anxious. They would have to be optional of course considering that there might be people who've sustained truly gruesome injuries or people who are just not that curious, for whatever reason..
So, what material would this transparent cast be made of? The material that is used right now for regular casts, Plaster of Paris (calcium sulphate hemihydrate) is nothing but powdered gypsum. Now, there is another form of gypsum, known as Selenite which is transparent (Hooray!!). Selenite (calcium sulphate dihydrate) is the crystalline form of gypsum and looks something like this-
Selenite is flexible, can be easily cut, will peel and can be scratched with a fingernail, like all gypsum varieties. So, all of these properties wouldn't hinder the use of Selenite for making casts but there might be other factors that do. For example, I do not know whether Selenite can be easily and quickly set into a desired shape like plaster of Paris. I also do not know whether it is heavier than PoP or how much it costs. Hmm.. I wonder if there is any other material that is transparent, sets easily into moulds and is not too heavy out there..
I had Knorr Soupy noodles for the first time today, the Chinese Chow flavor to be precise. The noodles were really light, the flavor was good and the soup was nice and thick but some more and bigger veggies would've been nice. The concept of soupy noodles is really good since the starchy noodles thicken the soup some more and the soup gets infused into the noodles and makes them more flavorsome. It is a nice, filling meal on the whole.
Knorr soupy noodles may not be my new favorite snacks but when I'm really hungry and I want a quick, hot, complete meal, I know what I'm gonna cook..
What does someone with a fractured right thumb and plenty of time on her hands do in the sleepy, monsoon afternoons? She paints her nails with two different colors.. Sea foam green and Sky blue to be exact.. :D
I love to paint my nails with really unusual colors and during the monsoons, I love to paint them with bright and cheerful colors that pop.
Here are some of my favorites from Lakme's True Wear nail colors-
N231 from the Pinks.
N236 from the Mauves.
527 from Gold in the Metallics Bridal Sutra Winter 2008 collection.
040 from Nudes in the Metallics Bridal Sutra Winter 2008 collection.
and 041 from Blue in the Cremes Glamor Winter 2009 collection.
Although Lakme has a decent collection of nail colors, I think it would be nice if they would introduce more fun and fresh colors like maybe more pinks, greens and oranges in more fun and vibrant shades.. The kind of shades the college going crowd would love.. Just a thought..
Blond, beautiful and fabulous Elle Woods has been my idol ever since I watched Legally Blonde during my undergraduate days. I have always wanted to be like her, smart and stylish. Five reasons why I love her-
She wasn't scared to change gears completely and try to get into a school that was completely different from who she was for the sake of who she believed to be her true love.
Not only did she get into the school, she showed her smarts, studied hard and got to the top of her class looking fabulous all the while.
She was deaf to the comments of people who did not think she would do it.
In spite of being smart, sexy and stylish, she wasn't stuck up and helped those less fortunate.
It wasn't always her smarts that helped her, she used common sense too.. "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people don't kill their husbands. They just don't."
I may not kill anyone but I certainly am in the danger of killing myself soon. So, I've decided to join dance classes as soon as my hand gets better.. Me want Endorphins bigtime..
Over the ages, hordes of mysterious people referred to as 'they' have uttered words of wisdom that eventually came to be known as proverbs. Being the weird kid who loved languages and English in particular, right from maybe first grade, I loved proverbs. I loved learning new ones, being able to think of the right ones and uttering them with a flourish at the appropriate time. Here are twelve most familiar to me and which I'm fond of..
for their amazing collection of bags. There are two collections actually, Core and Sport with truly hip bags for Guys, Girls and both (Unisex- reminds me of Joey's line in Friends.. U-N-I-sex.. Can't say no to that.. Tee hee). The following introductory commercial starring Genelia has been airing for about a week now.
Here are some of my favorites-
The perfect girly tote, in my favorite color- Red.
Another tote with removable laptop sleeves. Perfect for work, that is if you work in a place that's not too stuffy and formal. I loved the design of this tote but didn't like any of the color combinations. This one was the most decent looking among the lot to me as Orange is another favorite color of mine.
The messenger bag or the ubiquitous (in India) 'college' bag. Wish I had this cool one while attending college. Love the subtle color combination.
Wouldn't have minded having this cute drawstring backpack while attending college either.
This one's actually meant for guys but what can I say? I'm a bit of a tomboy at heart ;)
The Ph.D. student is a rare animal. A novel sub species whose habitat, hours of activity, sleeping patterns and most importantly, diet differs from the rest of the species. It is said that your are what you eat. So, what does that say about the humble grad student whose diet consists mainly of junk food, delicious as it is? This blog does not care because we strive to celebrate that very junk food.. The 2am noodles, the 3pm lunch of leftover pizza, the all day free food extravaganza that seminars are, the high calorie cookies at scientific talks.. every morsel of high fat, high carb deliciousness that sustains and nurtures us. So, send pictures of your Ph. D. diet with a description and time consumed to firstname.lastname@example.org and see it displayed here in all its unhealthy glory!