Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Flashmob for cause





Last Saturday a group of countries organized the First International Bollywood Flashmob. Same day - same time - same music - same dance. The motivation for us in Holland was to support the cause with several other demonstrations in support of refugees on the same day 19th march 2016.



13 countries and 17 cities in total practiced for this day with the same choreography and same music mix. Organizers worked out details and kept all city representatives updated. What I really liked about this whole online venture is the way it brought together all the people who have the common interest in Bollywood dancing. Everyone of these people worked together for a positive and non-profit cause. 


So there we are after 2 months of practice, and a permit from Amsterdam Gemeente with a group of 15 people dancing in Museumplein in front of residents, dutch, expats and tourists. Dancing on a cold and cloudy day in bright colours and vibrant bollywood music with the moto : One Love.



Sunday, March 6, 2016

2015, the sum up

2015 began on one fine sad morning after one of the many bad nights. That was the beginning. I just kept my hope, because "Hope is a Good Thing" . The rest of this year I lived and strived to prove it.

In January, I had a stormy month. Stormy weather outside the door and inside my head. Stuff happened when M went to India for 2 weeks. Arun visited, we drank dutch beers and ate lots of cheese. I made a trip to Cologne and although it was nothing exceptional, when I returned I had more hope and determined to see sunshine and make something better of what I had. I restarted the dancing that week for an event away in April. Oh yes! That was a good start. Girls started flocking my place and it became an adda.

February was neat as well. We started dancing at a new cafe in Amsterdam Centrum. Every wednesday night that I travelled back in the tram throughout this brightly lit city, I thanked Amsterdam for this is the place I call home. Yeah, I got another pair of Swarovski's ...

March brought out the first performance from us for the year. It was good energy and good karma.

In April, I biked around the Cherry blossoms here. Loved it. Then we drove around to see tulips, which we missed the previous year. Fun, fun and fun! We head off to Bordeaux and enjoyed a few days of sunshine in the wine valley. Was a really good trip. I started running in April.
The best thing is all of Netherlands celebrates my birthday because it is the King's day on April 27th. So I will never again have a sad-turned-a-year-older-day as long as I am in NL. I don't remember much details from my birthday as I was smashed in happiness.

In May we made a long trip to Croatia and Montenegro. The south was so warm and happy. Then I became the star of the month at work. Happy! And I ran the colour run! It was 5 km of colours, ecstatic!!!

June was good. Ash visited. I joined the outdoor watercolour painting group and painted so regularly. And I ran my second run. Zuidas run! Another medal :)

July was our Bollywood performance in Nyenrode Uni. I loved the crowd, the cheering and token of appreciation. For the most part I biked and ran.

In August, I partied at Gay pride parade, girls nights , picnics... all of those European summer thingys. And we performed at India independence Day. That was a milestone, got us lot of regard and more people joined us after.
Went of boat parties and Sail Amsterdam. Stuff I love and appreciate about my Amsterdam life. We headed off the south of France for the last of summer. Was an amazing beach holiday!!!

September was again performances from us.

In October we went for a week to Germany and met up with all the old gang. this is what I love about being in different places and calling them home. the warmth and love when we meet is too heartening to trade off for anything.
October was the biggest performance ever. 17 thousand people flocked the Diwali festival celebration and we performed. Big big deal for me. And lots of celebration.
I trained and finished the 3rd run in best time of the year. TCS run in October.

November had Kannada Rajyotsava. Danced and supported Kannada. We made a trip to Dusseldorf and partied crazy for a weekend. Went to Bollywood parties and partied. That's what you do when winter is starting. In general partied!

And December was our long year end trip. 8 days of Spain and Portugal. Madrid and Lisbon, the Sangrias, Flemencos, Tapas, churros, Sangria ( did I say that), long walks on the warm coast, sea food, Sangria (!!!)...
Ok I went to Nuremberg again for my Bollywood and Christmas chicken fix!

Happy 2016, now go and pull that level up!



Tuesday, December 1, 2015

One moment of glitz

October 31 of 2015 happens to be the one  biggest high. It was Diwali festival celebrations in Holland. And the Indians,expats and Surinamese make it a big deal. This year was a huge 17000+ visitors to the festival and we were up dancing on stage with all these people watching us. Someone just asked me jokingly later "what are you? Madonna? " . And I said,yes I feel like that.
Me and the group I got together were up on stage, feeling absolutely great after weeks and months of practice. On a low day like today is when I look back on these amazing things that I am grateful to have had.

Monday, June 1, 2015

2014, the crazy eventful year!

I call 2014 the most eventful year so far. I wouldn't trade it for the world. It took me from darkness to light.

In January I returned from India. Iw as jot so happy but happiness found me. I danced all of January and performed my first Bollywood dance on Republic day 26th January 2014. It was a start!

In February, I would up my job in Erlangen and packed up my house in Nuremberg. We set off on a trip to Barcelona and Toulouse. They were amazing and so love to see sun and snow on the same trip. I bought my first Dslr in my last paycheck. That's what I will remember from my Erlangen job, no more early morning hour long bus rides full of viber calls.

March 2014 was when we stepped into Amsterdam. I knew it will be positive by the step of it. And it was. I went to meetups in the very first week and in thr second week I was already setting up my own dance group.

In April we performed at kannada ugadi in Amsterdam and just became a little famous that day! Kings day was a nice Holland celebration that I won't forget.

In May my parents arrived for their trip and all went bright and sunny. I got my first job in may.

June I started my job. End if june I went to UK on business travel. What fun! Met Thomas, the anna from Akam days. Oh! What fun it was ... and the same week I flew back to Germany for my art exhibition opening.  It was a great trip. I had to make that trip to remind myself where I came form and where I and.  I met my girls and returned happier than ever.

July was a fun time with Gay pride and love.  Made a trip to UK again and this time visited Isle of Wight. Fun trip with mah boys yo!

August was sunny but not a travel that I can point on.

September was great fun. We performed at the opening of Bollywood at the park festival.  Pavan came over and we danced and performed like crazy. That one fun month! We performed at the Pop up week and made the most popular Bollywood flash mob video of Amsterdam,dancing right in the middle of dam square.

In October I spent a week in London, went to Brighton and also Kettering to see cousins of M.

November 1st was out Kannada Rajyotsava dance and November also saw anther Bollywood performance from us.

December was the last meetup of our dance group at Conscious hotels, our first home to Bollywood Amsterdam group. But a few other sparks definitely flew in December that made me look forward to 2015. New year and lots more to come ... well its happening now, better than ever. I can't complain!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

A painting that took a swim

In a completely motivated state, I took an oath to start painting again. Water colour painting and go on a spree to paint. That I wouldn't stop until I finish 5 paintings. This is probably 4th :)

I started a new watercolour painting meetup on Amsterdamand had thr first meetup at Beatrix park. The day turned out so windy cloudy and rainy. Nothing to hamper my spirits. I went ahead with 3 others and painted. This painting of the Lions got completed,signed and  I got up to stretch. It flew. And it flew all the way into the water !!! 

A friendly artist fished it out. I laid it out to dry. And it flew again. Oh! The painting likes to fly and gather dirt. I finally pinned it to my book, let it dry and dusted it off. That's what you see below. 

Comments: the Ducks would frame it the next time you come back !!!!

Nevertheless, my watercolour painting meetup has kickstarted and I am on a mission to paint

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