I didn’t know Hindus were buried. Like, they’re always cremated, right?
And then we stumbled on our local Hindu graveyard. And realized how wrong we were.
The Bangalore architect laughed at me when I asked him about it later.
“That’s the great white myth,” he said. “You Westerners still like to romanticize us Indians like the colonialists. But it’s not true. These days, most of us Hindus prefer to be buried.” Continue reading “Hindus Are Buried…?!”
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? Continue reading “Great New Indian Sidewalk Movie Posters”
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: Continue reading “The Great Poster Contest”
“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:
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:
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!
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”?
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.
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…