Summer extreme

•June 12, 2014 • 1 Comment

TA-DAA! I cleared almost all the tests for a major airline, only my medical is left. This happened in April, and life’s been more or less charming since then. Nothing to do at home, pa not getting worked up over me- tis a good feeling. Now all that I had to think of, was how to fill my time doing something productive. Correction: some things. Plural. 
I joined a parkour class(yeah baby) in March, and boy, it is as tough as I imagined it would be. Want to move like a monkey? Condition your body first. And that involves a lot of drills, to strengthen all the little muscle groups and improve flexibility. It’s all very boring and tedious and tiring, but the results are smashing. I was able to do a proper Kong in May. 

 

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Image is for reference, but yeah, I did that. 
Nothing gives a better high than accomplishing something you always aspired to do. Now I’m able to sustain handstands, do wall-ups(that wall walk which we all made the Prince do in those Prince of Persia games), L-sits, and other totally ridiculous stuff. And I can’t even do proper pull-ups! Still working on that front.
Apart from that, took out my guitar again, re-strung it, and re-learning it. I’ve been putting that off for WAY too long now. It’s fun, not counting the part where tuning the E# results in it snapping and almost taking my eye out. And all these handy apps and online guitar tutorials really help out.
This heat wave in India and the El Nino effect plays havoc with my social life though. I hardly feel like going out. Maybe once or twice in a couple of weeks. And I need to go out. Seriously. Being cooped up is fine for a while, but me wants fresh air.
And that’s about it for now. Will keep posting stuff at random time intervals. Enjoy the Football World Cup! Gesundheit!

Ja

Age of the Comic book nerd

•March 14, 2014 • 1 Comment

I’ve always been a bookworm. And comics are no different. The amount of tinkles, champaks, children digests, amar chitra kathas and raj comics that I ploughed through ecstatically when I was a kid is ginormous.

The Pantheon of Indian superheroes

I was a fan of Nagraj, super commando Dhruv and Parmanu, Indian versions of Spidey/Supes, Robin and Atom(duh), and used to spend loads of loose change on renting them from the local comic waala.

Dick Grayson without a mask

Super Commando Dhruv

I was insulated from the western comics due to the fact I grew up in Uttar Pradesh, and dc/marvel were really hard to come by. That changed as I grew up, and now I read more comics than ever. And not just limited to the popular series. I check out anything and everything worth reading into, like hellblazer, kickass, scott pilgrim, hellboy, spawn, sandman etc.

Hellboy

 

Sandman

 

At the same time, Naruto was coming up in popularity, so I decided to check out what a “manga” is, and before I knew it, I was getting sucked in deep without any chance, or will, to back out. Most of us have heard about DragonBall Z, which I found originated from a manga series by Akira Toriyama. Then it was bleach, one piece(all time fav), berserk, breaker, noblesse…the list is ever growing.

The overpowered awesomeness that was DBZ

 

The Strawhat Crew, protaganists of the One Piece manga

 
But what most of us “otaku”s wanted, the ultimate dream, was to see these characters come alive in a well-scripted, tight and non-campy movie/series, the first of which were definitely Batman begins and Iron man (although there were already a few outstanding comic based movies like Constantine and Hellboy, they were too few and far in between). Thanks to the overwhelming response it got, our dreams began to turn real.

John Constantine

 

Arrow, a live action series based on DC comics’ Green Arrow, is doing fabulously, and is so successful that a new series for The Flash, another DC heavyweight, is being developed as I write this.

Check out the list of upcoming comicbook movies:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Amazing Spiderman 2
Guardians of the Galaxy
X-men: Days of Future Past
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Fantastic Four reboot
Ant man
And the Man of Steel sequel, which will put DC on the path to an eventual Justice League movie.
Also, an Indian movie based on Doga (Indian version of the Punisher) is also in the works, directed by Anurag Kashyap, one of my favourite directors in Bollywood.

Doga – Mumbai ka Baap

I’ve already done my share of geeking out, just waiting for these guys to feed my addiction. Some people might dismiss it as immature, but there’s no denying that comic book movies and series are doing better than anyone ever envisioned, and no one can ignore them. Their success has sparked interest from the general populace, and more of my friends are getting into it by the day. There’s a multitude of movies that I haven’t mentioned here, but if I get started, I’ll never finish this post. Also, I have to get back to demolishing this week’s quota of graphic novels. Have fun checking out the trailers of the above mentioned names.

Ja.

 

Freak Rant

•November 17, 2012 • Leave a Comment

 

I was abducted once when I was eight years old. They came to teach me how to fight like an alien. Bring your chin down to protect your neck while continuing to stare into the enemys eyes. Bring up your hands and say “I don’t want no trouble ya hear”. Flex your traps and core. Slightly bend your knees. Here comes the important part. In a low voice begin to say “wolowolowolowolowolo” slowly increasing in volume, he should be surprised by now. Begin to sway side to side and loosen all facial muscles and your anal sphicter and your kegal muscle. By now you should be pretty loud and your opponent will have stepped back and will appear visibly shaken. Begin to piss and shat yourself and let your eyes roll into the back of your head. By now you are chanting “WOLOWOLOWOLOWOLO” at the top of your lungs. He will run away. Everyone within a one mile radius will feel a terrifying precence within their soul. Marvel as you ascend into your planar form.

Sheepish weepish

•July 21, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Here I am, back again, with no real change in situation except life’s a bit duller. The national airline is going to the dogs, and I got the short end of the stick, so still completely vella (meaning- doing nothing. NOTHING). Lost my phone for two months and got it back (People say I’m lucky, I respond that if I WERE lucky, I wouldn’t have lost it in the first place :/ ). In the meanwhile, started playing this facebook game Marvel Avengers Alliance. Sooo much fun. Still quite buggy, but the game contents make up for it.

I’m getting into nostalgia, so any readers (yeah right) will have to put up with all sorts of pictures from my past, including the academy and my vella years. That’s right, this blog’s gonna become a PICHA BLOG! 

Ja

Goblin

Squatter No Longer

•August 12, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Seems like I won’t be unemployed for long. Doesn’t mean I’m going to end this blog. Still gonna be uploading posts, just that I’ll be adding new elements. You’ll see when it happens.

Ja,

drigruan

Invictus

•July 7, 2011 • Leave a Comment

I can never get tired of reading this poem. Not like it inspires me to get off my butt, just that I like reading it.

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul. 

Iron

•July 4, 2011 • Leave a Comment

 

Such a beautiful song. I’m going to keep it at hand; to inspire me, to embolden me, to remind me of what’s precious.

 
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