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THE grass is greener on World Environment Day

2 Locations. 5 Mentors. 1 Day. All things green. 40 cardboard boxes were packed, stamped and ready to be reimagined. This June 6, World Environment Day, THE Workshop conceptualised a hands-on experience for two of Embassy group’s tech parks in the Bangalore in association with The Fuller Life. Big ups to them.

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Manyata Embassy Business park, Nagavara and Embassy Tech Village, Devarabisanahalli. Nice to know that the people there were celebrating a day of environmental awareness, and making. 

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Each box has in it some old newspapers, a couple of plastic bottles, plastic bags and old electrical wire.

The challenge: No glue, no stapler. 20 minutes to ideate and build a sustainable product or concept design representative of the day’s theme. using all the items in the kit, including the box itself. All this with just a pair of scissors, a paper cutter and their imagination.

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Groups of 3 and 4 got together to get making. While some teams were swift to build out their ideas, others took things a level up, attempting more challenging builds making as many products as possible.IMG_20160603_133923.jpg

 What they made? Plant holders, stationery holders, a couple of funky wearable concepts, mobile cases, bookshelves, windmill, and  a compost kit.  Happy to see what some productive thinking under trees could conjure.

Guess we need a lot more of them apple trees. 

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Perspective is a powerful thing

Big, small, little, large, too young, too old, dark, fair, brown, black, loud, soft, smart, stupid, from here, from there, worships this, believes that, nobody, somebody, everybody. Think Happy Everyday.

(This was the copy that didn’t make it on the final installation)

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Sometime last year we were invited to partner with the Under25 Summit to be held early January this year. Founders Shreyans and Anto were open to ideas for an installation that echoed their ideology. Woopiee! Good time for us to work with a super-motivated and socially-active audience.

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While  mining for  ideas, we realised that perspective was what one of the core takeaways from this summit.

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We jogged through some surreal illusions before deciding on The Ames room: a perspective based optical illusion room, constructed with the walls, floor and roof at various acute angles. The sum effect creating an illusion where one person standing at one corner of the room seemed like a giant towering over another person standing at the opposite corner.

So DSC_0494we got our Hobbit boots on and summoned the white wizard. The build was simple enough, a week of cutting up plywood, metal sections and the painting repetitive patterns. Sometime around the end of our build we found out our venue was on the 7th Floor terrace of the World Trade Centre. Schematics shuffled, welds broken and we had a modular design in a couple of hours.

Friends and fairy folk stopped by around midnight to help us finish up. Post sunrise, we struggled for three hours to get a little perspective up to the 7th floor. Service elevator worries, a serpentine corridor to navigate that made the task Sisyphean. 10 am, the sun blazing on the northern terrace, our semi-fatigued motley crew all paint, grease conjured up the 12 x 8  illusion in wood, metal and rexine.

 

People were curious. How did it work? What was inside ? Was there a show? Was there a message? A surprise? Selfies, videos, like like like, happy times. End of story…We were delighted that one message resonated with everyone there. Perspective, is indeed a powerful thing. DSC_0548

Video coming soon 🙂

 

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Holy Smokes: the first full-page ad for marijuana hits New York

After decades of propaganda and blatant ignorance, the sweet leaf finally debuts in mainstream media. With its full-blown, full-pager in the New York Times, Leafly makes history in blazing print. The ad’s blunt. (Can’t help the pun).

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I’m dubbing this advertising’s finest moment.
Snoop agrees. ‪#JustSayKnow

Big boom for Denver agency Redrag & Bull. Their approach: there’s a leaf for every symptom, you just need to know.

It’s medical and as legal as any other over-the-counter suspects: uppers, downers, screamers and sleepers. No more pills for them headaches, backaches, depression, appetite loss. This also comes with FREE make-your-world-more-funny goggles. Me likey.

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So what do these pot loving digital hipsters do? Leafly provides information about different pot strains and where to buy them. That’s being in the know. All made possible  via their app and website. Helpful stuff. Literally 🙂 They have run a few ads before, none this big or this ‘addy’.

Now waiting for this to go international.
Next up, Jay’s Doobie snacks: Pa pa pup pah pah…

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Happy campers: Bill and Ted, Cheech and Chong, Scooby and Shaggy, Beavis and Butthead amongst the first to celebrate this newfound knowledge. 

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Little yellow spider makes friday beautiful

Here goes my first youtube video…

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London gets a surreal splash of colour

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Urban poppies.

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a few clicks, retouched, reimagined and revived 🙂

London Re-coloured

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#Postcards: inspired by great musicians

#Van Morrison

A POSTCARD TO LIGHT THE WAY THROUGH TROUBLED TIMES

~Into The Mystic ~

We were born before the wind
Also younger than the sun
Ere the bonnie boat was won as we sailed into the mystic
Hark, now hear the sailors cry
Smell the sea and feel the sky
Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic

And when that fog horn blows I will be coming home
And when that fog horn blows I want to hear it
I don’t have to fear it
I want to rock your gypsy soul
Just like way back in the days of old
Then magnificently we will float into the mystic
And when that fog horn blows you know I will be coming home
And when thst fog horn whistle blows I got to hear it
I don’t have to fear it
I want to rock your gypsy soul
Just like way back in the days of old
And together we will float into the mystic
Come on girl..

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Future Sounds of BomBay

Juhu – Laxmi Bomb >> listen now

Listen to Laxmi Bomb on Soundcloud>>

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Laxmi Bomb is the ‘local’ love child of Levin Mendes (drummer with Bombay Bassment). She is raised by her brother from another ‘mother-tongue’ Keegan Pereira (vocalist with Aftertaste) and Joaquim Fernandes, the baby-sitter. She is an old-school Bollywood romantic with a penchant for the new-age electronic. She is the music of the city, the daydreams of the elite and the spirit of the midnight city street.

And though her pin code is the outskirts, she has already checked-into the city. With three appearances at the launch of Stupidities 7, a Control-Alt-Delete initiative at Sitara Studio, the 2nd edition of Vans: Fresh Off The Wall at D’bell and a special performance for the anniversary of MTV India.

So call Laxmi if you’d like to check her out. You won’t be disappointed when she opens her mouth.

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A beautiful Christmas journey for WestJet travellers

Real-time giving that trumps Coke’s ‘Happiness machine’. This is one journey WestJet passengers will never forget.

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Planting happiness

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The FRIDAY MUSE

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My latest zeega….http://zeega.com/editor/152135

ZEEGA is one of the most interactive sharing platforms I’ve come across. It’s super fun. Am trying to figure out how to add the video here…