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Great New Indian Sidewalk Movie Posters

First, does anyone know where in Bangalore, or perhaps India, I can get cardboard mailing tubes for posters? They just don’t seem to be available. What is this nonsense!!!

Second, if you missed these posts about the grand outsider Ramachandraiah sidewalk posters, see them now!

Batch 1:
harry potter
Original sidewalk posters for Harry Potter, Tintin and more
Batch 2:
moogamudiMore real work, including American and Indian superheroes!
Batch 3:

Custom-made posters including M, The Third Man, Suspiria, Wild at Heart, and Sixteen Candles.

Third, here’s the new batch of Bangalore-style sidewalk posters Ramachandraiah did for some more of my favorite movies…

My Neighbour Totoro


I’d really wanted to see how they’d handle a Ghibli film… we’ve been doing Miyazaki marathons here at the Husainabad apartment building, and I thought they’d pair perfectly with his style. Sure enough, they did. The Kannada title of this film translated to something like “Nice Monster Friend!” Cute, huh?

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A Lovely Moment from Ghungroo

Standing alone, so desperately alone, she waits outside the Odeon. Will he come? Oh, will he ever come?

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This lobby card for Rajendra Jain’s Ghungroo, which I pulled ripped and bent from a stack at Balaji’s Rare Antiques, reminds me of college. Although I didn’t wear a sari.

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21 Amazing Bangalore Breakfast Dishes

The first time I saw the menu, I was lost. Sure, I knew dosas and idlis, but that was as far as it went. The other items were utterly alien to me.


And so I did the only thing I could: I decided to eat them all.

Norpro Nonstick Cast Aluminum Danish Aebleskiver Filled Pancake Pastry Pan New (Kitchen)

List Price: $21.79 USD
New From: $21.79 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

It took longer than expected. Tasted better than expected. And added more pounds than I would have thought possible. But here they are…



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Hitler Loves Metropolis

But do you really need to promote it that way?


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The Great Poster Contest

So yesterday I got up to some dark nonsense… I ordered 600 more Bangalore sidewalk posters. You know, like these….

But not any of those. Chronologically, the movie’s leads were Buster, Louise, Glenn, Lloyd, Hayao, Johnny. Hint: might be directors. Hint: four are Americans. Hint: If you know my taste in film, and my obsessions, you should be able to work it out, right? Right??? Okay, here are two giveaway clues:

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Amitabh Bachchan: Comic Superhero

I’m a huge fan of Amitabh Bachchan. But then again, who isn’t? He’s the king of Bollywood. BBC readers chose him as the greatest star of stage or screen of the last thousand years. I’m sure you’ve seen him as the angry young man in Sholay, or the angry old man in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. Or, if not, as the randy boa-wearing letch in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna? Oh, you really should. (I’m sure you’ll see him in The Great Gatsby when it finally hits screens.)

And then you should read his comics.

Yep, Amitabh, the superhero.

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A Huge New Horde of Hand-drawn Indian Movie Posters

I hadn’t seen Ramachandraiah for far too long. He’s the movie poster artist. Some locals curse him as a ruin on this garden city. I hail him as an urban beautifying legend.

See his first batch of posters here.
His posters for my favorite movies: Suspiria, Wild at Heart, M, The Third Man, and Sixteen Candles.

“You want some samples?” he asked. His workshop was piled high in rolls of movie posters for local cinemas. Outsider masterpieces, they’re drawn in hours, printed on cheap sheets of 30″ by 20″ paper, and slapped up on highway overpasses, building sites, and concrete walls across the city.

His horror posters render horror in full 3-color gore and madness. Sam Raimi’s The Possession has never looked scarier:

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The Ancient Roots of Swamp Thing?

This weekend we trekked down to Shravanabelagola, to see the 57′-tall statue of a naked god, apparently carved from a single piece of rock. It was big. It was holy. It was awesome.

But at the same time, something about it looked so very familiar…

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The Most Amazing Breakdancing Midget Sequence

It’s 12/12/12, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAJINI! I posted this before, but I think only my nephew watched it (about 47 times, my count so far says)… so here it is again. The most amazing Rajini scene of all time:

Now that’s awesome.

(As seen 10 minutes into Adhisaya Piravi, available on MoserBaer.)

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13 Amazing Indian Circus Posters

Shravanabelagola, India

We were in this tiny village to see a 57-foot naked man, towering over everything, but he wasn’t the only thing to catch my eye. Wheat-pasted to every surface — crumbling walls and old wooden shop doors — amazing Jumbo Circus posters!

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Bangalore Restaurant Sells “Cunt Chick”

Since moving to India, we’ve seen a lot of Julie.

And this is what Julie saw offered in Koramangala today.

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Extraordinary Eats / ,

Truth in Advertising

I guess they were out of the Just Okays.

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More MaxiPad Fun, with UnSticky Stickers

Hannah took us deep into the bowels of City Market, a mad maze of alleyways crammed tight with shops stacked atop one another. Porters and motorbikes race past, honking endlessly and piled unrealistically high with samples. Cows tread through it all, slathered in shit and chomping slowly on four-foot piles of trash. It’s terrifying, dirty, and absolutely amazing.

The trip had one singular purchase: the sticker shop. It’s not a shop — more of a hallway in the basement down an alley then down a smaller alley and then down a really frighteningly tiny alley. You take off your shoes before you enter the alley. And they’re not really stickers, either. They’re printed on the back of re-used sanitary napkin peels, and have to be pasted on with Elmer’s. But boy are they awesome.

For example, what better to print on MaxiPad peels than “Our Dams”?

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Sidewalk ad for Adira’s Period Panty

Not sure what I loved most about this banner we passed in a Bangalore market: the complete unexpectedness of it, or the incredibly bad photoshopping of two different women.

Anyhow, I’m going for the hipster style.

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Best Pix from Bangalore’s First Ever ComicCon

The blog has been ill-attended these last few weeks, with the move to India. Several grand projects are already underway here, but we’ll have to keep those hush-hush for the time being. But in the meantime, we did manage to escape the craziness of the city for Bangalore’s First EVER Comic Con this weekend!

It was tiny — the space was the size of a high school basketball court — but it was slammed with fans. And a few of them even thought to dress up.

Plenty more pix, after the jump!

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Excellent Products / ,

Moping Cloths, For the Emo in You


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Sweet Movies and Wild Books / ,

Rajnikanth the Superstar

I couldn’t resist adding a second clip from Adhisaya Piravi, Rajnikanth’s 1990 epic.

“Whatever you hear,” says the gangster to his bodyguards, “screams, punches, cries for help… I don’t want you to turn around.”

Then Rajini the Superstar just happens to drive by.

Such bizarre new wave editing. And what a hero.

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The Amazing Indian Amazing Spider-Man Poster

My Bangalore pal Hannah just came across this new Ramachandraiah movie poster

Absolutely gorgeous — I love it!

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Another Indian Film Still

Also found in a crate in Mumbai.

Something about her was so desperate, filled me with angst and longing. Is that a wedding poster in her hand? Is she Vijay’s bride, or is she his one true love, and she’s just discovered he’s getting an arranged marriage this afternoon??? I’d love to know who she is, or the name of the film…

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Strange Tourism /

AsiaObscura is Moving to India

In a bit of a fit of madness, Michelle and I have decided to move to India. Instead of doing things in a long, planned out way, we’ve decided to jump boat asap. We decided on June 8th. For the last few days, I’ve been calmly insisting we have five weeks. Yesterday she grabbed me.

“Why do you keep saying five weeks?”

“Well, it’s five weeks away.”

“No! It’s three weeks away.”

I’m now a bit of a mess. As we move everything into storage, I’ll be posting bits and pieces of sweet things I find in boxes and drawers that I’d forgotten about.

Like these two Indian transvestite photos I found in a crate in Bombay. I do love the hats…

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