A weekly outpour of 5 of the things I consume every week. A coalescence of art, podcasts, articles, essays, newsletters, movies, web series and any other form of media you can imagine.
Hola curious fellas! In this information era what we digest is what we reflect. Here's a flux of information you might find interesting.
1. For The Love of Bread by The New Yorker (Short Film)
New Yorker’s issue this week was on Food and Drinks and I can’t keep quiet. I have always been fascinated by the science of bread making. There’s so much you can do with just under five ingredients – create and re-create a different version altogether. From Babka to Sourdoughs, smelling the scent of freshly baked bread feels like a cozy warm blanket on a chilly fall day. Watch this film to know why how commercial breads have transgressed the authentic practice of baking breads at home and why carbs are good for you.
2. On Mornings by Fariha Róisín (Article)
If you are looking for a read when you snug as a bug on a weekend or on pleasant early mornings – read this! On why building morning rituals are essential to keep you recharged throughout the day. I won’t give you any more spoilers but you’ll definitely feel good after waking this and maybe you’ll plan to wake up early as well.
“To self-witness is to sit with the unresolved and remember that the journey is an act of becoming. And it is unfolding, it is unfolding, what great mysteries will it bring?”
3. Sir Quentin Blake (Website)
I got the recommendation for this website from The Alipore Post. Sir Quentin Saxby Blake, is an English cartoonist, caricaturist, illustrator and children's writer. His freehand art is humble and creative at the same time. If you meander further on his website, you’ll find some cute ‘E-cards’ ranging from Thank You cards to Bon Voyage cards and guess what?! You can send this to your friends for free with a personalized message. What is better than this to show some gratitude to your loved ones?!
4. How to Be Alone by Pádraig Ó Tuama (Animated Poetry Film)
Pádraig Ó Tuama's gorgeous meditation on being is a fit lyric poem for this year of Covid--or really, for any year, for any moment, when the human question is not what you do, nor even who you are, but simply how you go about being. Not the business of being. The rest of it. The silence of it. The peace of it. Watch this super aesthetic film to calm your soul and immerse yourself in soothing animation.
Complement it with another poetry adaptation of ‘How to Be Alone’, a poem by Canadian poet/songwriter/spoken word artist Tanya Davis. Shot, animated and edited by filmmaker Andrea Dorfman, the video blends together drawings and live-action to create a treatise on solitude, self-awareness and creativity.
5. Expedition Happiness (Travel Documentary)
If you have been fully vaccinated, are looking to travel safely and need an impetus- “Expedition Happiness” is perfect fit. It is a vlog about a long road trip one couple takes, starting in Alaska and going all the way down to Argentina. The couple purchases an old, 40-foot school bus and converts it into a "Loft on Wheels." Featured protagonist - Mogli is a talented singer and songwriter and you’ll fall in love with her music once you finish watching this one! Wanderer is one of my go-to songs.