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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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At Least They’re Being Honest

I guess they were out of the Just Okays.

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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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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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A Brief Aside on Dr Rajkumar, the James Bond of Southern India

Alone in the hotel, drinking Kingfisher and watching old Karanataka films. In 1981’s Keralida Simha, an honest cop has to break up a party of riotous and drugged out delinquents. And it’s something akin to poetry.

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This is the Worst Wrapping Paper I’ve Ever Seen

Christmas wrapping paper always works well. Especially for Papa Pickles’ belated birthday present…

But the wrapping paper turned out to be a little more generic than we’d expected.

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The Best Way to Stop People Urinating On Your Wall

If there’s a wall in India, someone’s planning to treat it like a latrine or a dump.

Official signs, unofficial pleas, it doesn’t matter. What if you tried painting a Hindu god or two on the wall? Surely that would help.

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This Collection of Historical Heroes is Going to Blow Your Mind

On sale in the Bangalore airport, right now: Historical Heroes, the complete DVD set. Which of these people doesn’t fit?

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Handmade Indian Movie Posters for Unlikely Hollywood Movies

I just got some lo-res photos of the new batch of 20″ by 30″ hand-drawn litho-printed Sandalwood/Kannada movie posters, and they’re fantastic! (If you missed reading about Raju, who draws a new movie poster every three hours, and the 1901 litho machine they’re printed on, go now!)

I have 100 of each of these, so let me know if you’d like one. (If you’re in Bangalore or Beijing, you can have them for free the cost of a coffee. Overseas, I’ll have to charge.) Let me know in the comments below!

My favorite, of course, is the first one…

Jessica Harper, absolutely gorgeous in Dario Argento’s Suspiria:

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India’s Incredibly Cool Hand-Drawn Movie Posters

Ramachandraiah prints movie posters for a living. He’s done it ever since 1971, when he bought an ancient lithograph press. He keeps it in a factory north of Bangalore, far from the English town where it was built 111 years ago.

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A Good Sign

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Black Friday Special: Four Products You Shouldn’t Live Without

Trauma Relieving Spray

Krack

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A Free Shart

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This Has To Be The Worst Massage Of All Time

I found this lovely flyer in our swank Pondicherry hotel room…


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People and their Piles: India

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Why India is Set to Succeed

They even name their fast food restaurants after doctoral degrees.

Now that’s awesome.

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Wonderfully Crumbling Old Cardboard Castle

Just off the beaches of Chennai, covered in crow guano, trash and cow dung, lies the creepily gorgeous ruins of the Snowball amusement park.

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Sweet gruesome statue asking for donations

(Also known as “The most bad-ass ‘donations please’ advertisement ever conceived” – io9)

Halfway between the hippie-mainstay Pondicherry and proto-Jonestown Auroville lies this incredible 15-foot-tall Indian shrine of some awful crime in progress.

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