Wednesday, February 26, 2014

#Selfie

Selfie was the word of the year 2013 in Oxford Dictionary. Unless you have been living under a rock, you probably know it already. And those of you who are wondering why I am bringing it up now, hold your horses... this ain't news. But that does not mean I can't talk about it. No?

So where were we? Ah yes, the Selfie in Oxford Dictionary. Its very inclusion means that the boundaries of the puritan language and urban slang have blurred further! While I think English needs to adapt to survive, this post is not about that... :)

Highway Selfie
Highway Selfie
Agreed that smart phones and digital cameras and enabled us in more ways than I can count, Social Networks have made us all international villagers and sprouted tonnes of opportunities... and yet, the rise of selfies' popularity is slightly disturbing. Selfies are often unflattering (I can tell this from experience) A slightly incorrect angle will leave you with a bulbous nose, enlarged eyes, disproportionate face and make you end up looking like an anime. Not in a good way. It takes a lot of time, practice and adjustment. It would be much much easier to hand someone else the camera and have them take a shot!

Unless you are in a lonely lonely place like solitary camping or shipwrecked, chances are there would be people around you. Can you not hand over the camera to them and ask them to take a picture? The results are generally better! I have asked random people on the street to take pictures of my at times. To be honest, that was also before selfies were cool and #selfie was the 20th most popular hashtag on instagram with more than 20 million uses! And I know that I would still go that route...

Why do I take selfies then? Well, its mostly a challenge. I am not photogenic and to take a selfie that is flattering is tough. I enjoy the challenge and that is the reason my phone will have a series of unflattering pics and one halfway decent which goes on social media saying "yayy! I managed a selfie!"

Certian celebs like Gul Panag have gone a step beyond. She regularly takes selfies in an elevator and tags them as #elfie . Reminds me more of a little creature with elongated ears than a miss India in her designer threads though!

Elfie
Elfie
Source: http://class5t.edublogs.org/christmas-elf-challenge
If you are few of those who love snapping themselves, let me tell you this is not new. The source of Global GK aka Wikipedia tells me that the first Selfie can be traced as far back as 1839! Check it out below.

Robert Cornelius Selfie
The first known selfie, taken by Robert Cornelius in 1839
Source: 
en.wikipedia.org

I wonder if he knew he is starting a trend that will gain popularity 174 years later!! Finally, if you ladies want to know how to take a flattering Selfie, head over to YouTube and check out Michelle Phan's Selfie Video. It is good :)




Monday, February 24, 2014

This Brain Test Tells Me...

... That I am Right Brained.....!

But then, I always knew this :)

Brain Test Result
Source: http://en.sommer-sommer.com/braintest/
What are you??

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Change...

... is not necessarily bad now... is it?

Recently, a few college friends of mine who work at the same office met me and said that I have changed. I have had a 360 degree change in my personality in a decade... they wanted to know why and I had no answers.... maybe I have never introspected about this....

Change
Source: http://steveroesler.typepad.com/
I know I have changed and I thought it is normal... part of growing up really... no?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Vanity Vanity Vanity

Traditionally, women are described as vain. Some of them love it while some get offended by it... nevertheless, most women agree that grooming is an absolute essential on a daily basis today. Whether you are a homemaker, a soccer mom, a professional or a student! And hence seeing women do their makeup on traffic lights or applying nail paint in a moving vehicle is not uncommon. We have all done seen it and don't find it weird. But today I say a man doing the same!

Man Applying Makeup
Source: http://media.salon.com
No. That chap was not putting on makeup...! He had an electric shaver and was shaving in the back seat of his car...And to me it felt strange... to someone who would leave home bare faced and have her entire makeup done on the road, this felt odd! I didn't know why it did at first and then I thought about it and realised that Shaving for men is a part of the daily ritual and to me its like brushing your teeth. You wouldn't brush your teeth in the car now. Would you? You would? Are you Govinda in Hero No 1? No? Well then you should not be brushing in your car. Period.

Now let us come back to the point of the post. Shall we? So this guy was shaving in his car... yes it was an electric shaver but what about the hair? They'd be all over the seat and your office clothes too. Why would you want that? Now if he was knotting his tie or adjusting his cuff-links it would be a different matter entirely. I would have empathised with him. Given him an understanding smile perhaps... signifying its okay. We all get late sometimes. But shaving? Well, unless you are being serviced by a road side hajaam, there is no reason to go shaving on the road. Do spare us innocent on lookers please...

Do some of the men feel the same way when they see us women do makeup on the road? I am keen to know!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Valentine's Day

I know I am late, but then... this is my blog and if I want to write about Valentine's in August... I should be allowed to... and in this case, I am just 4 days late. Reason: being sick :( I was resting most of Saturday and Sunday and my facebook feed was full of v day celebrations... dresses, makeup, gifts, flowers, dinners and what not... that got me thinking and the result, is right here...

Valentine's Day FB Message
My Valentine Day Facebook message

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Love All Around

My social media feed last night was full of anniversary celebrations, birthday parties, fun weekend trips and even a new birth announcement. All I could feel was love all around. Such a happy place to be in. Very often we use social media to vent and don't think about the impact it will have on others. Just wishing people stay happy.  ALWAYS.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Itching to write

Have been itching to write for the last few days. Big time... but have not been able to sit down and do it. That's why a flood of small random posts.  Takes care of the daily fix but now I feel the need to get it out of my system. .. sigh

Writing Blog Posts
Source: http://blog.logmycalls.com/