I'm a Goan woman, working in Mumbai as the founder of a studio called Totem Creative. I try to make the world happier, safer and more meaningful. I believe education, knowledge and awareness, art, writing and creating Social Impact are my means to achieve that end.



Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Eve 2012

24th Dec 2012

My (sometimes) sweet firm Atnovus sent me this for Christmas :)
I had a really good day. I started off with Tennis and basketball, then a healthy mess breakfast, a good heavy lunch, worked hard for Atnovus (my Swiss firm) and had an amazing Chicken roast sizzler dinner at Jayshree with a couple of friends. We talked about various topics (the food took forever to come). From bargaining in different parts of the country, to awfully bad days, to our last internship at Studio Eeksaurus and many other things.

What got us there was a conversation with a mean little friend named Aakash back home, who was at the barber's getting a haircut when little kids came there to sing christmas carols and gave him a chocolate! Went the other way round! He painted a picture of how home would look (Goa). Panjim streets all lit up, lights hanging in trees, stars in verandas, kids singing carols, people making cribs and christmas trees, oh I was jealous. I am here, working on Christmas eve in college with practically 5 people throughout vacation in a strictly Hindu state where noone cares about Christmas. :( My mean friend Aakash doesn't care about that and goes on about how it looks at home. That led to Jayshree.

Later tonight we had drinks (yes Arvind, 'alcohol'.) Made sure noone caught us and watched Robin Williams' epic standup comedy. Finally sent my firm to work and FINALLY got a reply from SOMEONE I wanted a reply from. Avner Geller responded to my mail asking bout his work and Ringling. It's nice to know people exist! ;) That's about all. Tomorrow morning, tennis training with Micky, breakfast and Rise of the Guardians! Woohoo!! :D :D :D

Gnight guys, and hope the world is having a very merry christmas indeed! :)


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Be the change

Posting a letter I wrote to Krithika about today. It was almost like a page out of my diary so I'd like to remember this. 

Hey eggs,

I was having a hard time these few days getting myself to work. But really, I need to stop giving excuses and just get my ass moving, because enough is enough. Today when I thought I was getting somewhere (I took time, but I made a nice painting for Atnovus), Alok gave me a huge talk because I was leaving early from college to sleep. I have been treating this like a vacation and I really need to stop it. 

I really really needed that scolding Alok gave me. For the amount of bitching we do about this college, we need to make up for in character and will power and the drive to give time and effort to my film. Like we did gestures in Sem 4, 5. Even when we were full after dinner, we'd slog and push ourselves to do gestures EVERYDAY. I really feel terrible and guilty and very very disappointed with myself, but I won't let this day go without making it count. So I am settling in the room. I'll work from here because its distracting in college. Maybe it's just another phase, but let's see how this works. I am gonna try to make every second count. No movies, no non-physical games, no Atnovus work after 5.30 no matter how much I'm done with. I'm gonna run like my ASS IS ON FIRE. 

Enough ramblings. Now back to work.

Lots of love,
Nikhi

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Gang-rape in the rape capital - delhi.

19th Dec 2012

A girl is brutally raped and her guy friend is beaten up badly for just being with her at night time. The girl defends her friend and fights back, so the bloody rapists want to 'teach her a lesson' and beat her with a iron rod for 90 minutes and rape her till she's unconscious, and they throw both the students out of the bus naked on the highway until the police arrive a few HOURS later.

I am always having frequent debates with male and female friends on whether Indian women are independent and free. Once again we are reminded how safe Indian women are and how men look at them in society. And the govt. is still deciding whether the rapists need a death sentence when their victim is on a ventilator in hospital. So, ladies, the govt. or the police don't want you to fight back. They want you to get raped and die. It's disgusting and no matter how much we talk about this, NOTHING is gonna be done, even if you, as a woman are paying taxes out of your hard earned money for better lit streets, for well policed roads and helplines, or for the politicians who take the call on whether the rapists will get a death penalty.

Wake up India. How many more women do you want to give up?