#NowListening to Khoya Khoya Chand

Shaitan film still

Shaitan film still

@R_Khanna and @MissMalini

@R_Khanna and @MissMalini

The other day, I was covering Mikey, the music producer’s party for MissMalini. I had some clue that he had produced the remixed Khoya Khoya Chand (the song) that appears in Shaitan. But I had no idea I would be coming back home with it. Also, I found out how the song came to be and that Sony Music India had released it as a single. To read the full story, check out my piece on MissMalini.com What’s even more exciting is that Rahul Khanna and MissMalini both love the track! That brought a tweet from Rahul Khanna my way. Yay!

Obviously, I’ve been ODing on the song. You know, it’s the kind you want to listen to sipping a glass of wine on a rainy day.

Tweet your way to the awards

If you’ve been on twitter for even a week, you’ve noticed the #twifi hashtag or the @twi_fi_awards handle. You’ve wondered what all the hoopla was.

Before we get to the details, I’d like to offer you a background picture.

Call it ‘luck by chance’ or ‘serendipity’ I have been involved with awards for a long time. I was in-charge of the green room at awards organized by an event management institute. I helped manage advertising awards, popularly known as Abby awards. In my professional career, right at the beginning, I was privileged to have backstage duty at the Screen awards ’08. Of course, my job at Filmfare entailed work on the Filmfare awards ’09 and ’10. Let’s not even get started on the number of awards I’ve attended.

As a seasoned awards-goer/organizer, I can tell you one thing. The common factor has always been star-power. Attendants come to watch their favourite stars, who, in turn come to perform. Television viewers  love to count off their A-list of stars. Nobody really remembers who won.

Of course, there is a credible jury in place. The deserving films, actors and technicians do win, most of the time. However, audience votes and polls also make room for ‘popular’ and ‘special’ awards, further increasing star power.

As regular people, we have nothing against awards. We enjoy watching them. We love listening to winning speeches. We even have our own bathroom versions. That’s besides the point. What’s important here is the deserving should be lauded. A lesser star shouldn’t be sidelined. A winner should rightfully be titled so. It should be an event where achievement is saluted.

So, to answer our own complaints and solve our own problems, a group of tweeple, have initiated a movement, the twi-fi-awards (Tweeple Film Awards).

The jury consists of the country’s best critics and bloggers. Whether you agree or not, reviews are often a deciding factor and critics’ opinions of importance. Bloggers, as we are aware, are the new opinion shapers. They take their freedom of speech seriously and only reach you with honesty.

The awards are democratic in nature: of the people, for the people, by the people. A tweeple jury will consist of ten bloggers, filtered from a list of 70 bloggers (nominated by the tweeple) and voted for by the tweeple.

To vote, you simply need to have a twitter handle and click on the link: http://twifi2010.in/

All your questions/procedures have been answered on the facebook page. Find it here. Tweet to the @twi_fi_awards handle if you have any more queries.

So, have fun, vote, attend. Be a part of your very own awards.

And, if you like my blog, find me on http://twifi2010.in/ and vote for me. :)

The yard sale!

The yard sale started off with another sighting in the press. It was a huge spread in the Mid Day.
(dated 17th December, 2010) Read it here: Mid Day article online

All our apprehensions and anxiety were put to rest with the response.
We encountered enthusiastic customers, foreign buyers, media persons and it was a whole lot of fun.

You can relive the experience through the pictures:

From the Rabbit Hole: A court'yard sale'

Rashmi showing accessories

As you already know, me (Dhruvi of Alice Wandering), Aastha (of Indian Summer), Karishma (of Purple Peep Toes) and Samidha (of Street Style) were parting with clothes, shoes, bags and books from our wardrobe. In addition, we had Rashmi (who sells at Azure in Khar) with accessories on display.

Happy shoppers

Alice's space

Happy shopper

Day 1 was quite an adventure. It was a smooth ride though because I had my mum (an experienced fashion designer) and my sister (a pro salesgirl) helping me. We had a sweet couple buying a couple of things from us. The boy, while paying, reminded us that he could avail a 10% discount since he had come with a friend. He even offered to tweet. :) For the record, everyone who came with a friend was entitled to their 10% discount.

From the Rabbit Hole: A court'yard sale'

Aastha of Indian Summer

Salonee of She Sells

Day 2 had its own highlights. A lady who was picking up stuff for her daughter made many purchases from us. Salonee (of She Sells) made an appearance. :) We had a lot of people offering to sell their old stuff. They were quite impressed with our managerial skills. :) It was definitely encouraging. Aastha and I plan to whip up something soon.

Photographs: Dhruvi Shah, Aniruddha Guha

Aastha of Indian Summer

One of our happy shoppers, Anamika was very excited about the clothes she picked up from me. At the yard sale, she shared her enthusiasm with Aastha. She has been kind enough to send me pictures of herself. Check her out in the baby pink tunic.

We obviously wouldn’t have had so much fun if the people at Bliss hadn’t opened up their courtyard to us or been so supportive. Those of you who checked out the store at the yard sale ended up buying so many things from them. They’re just darling. It’s a work in progress but you may just see Alice’s stuff at Bliss in the coming future. Watch this space.