Friday, September 22, 2006

I went to LFW

Mundane life has just been work, work erhm work. So managed to wrangle an invite to Singaporean Ashley Isham's show at the London Fashion Week. It helps to tag along friends who are well-connected cause one gets to sit on the second row (with a real cool journalist pass)and pretend that it was all so, duh, normal. I loved the collection, very wearable and moved from hot sophisticated to high drama. Celeb sightings were low though as everyone apparently was hung over from the Vogue party the day before -I only saw James Martin, the TV chef, Tamara Beckwith and Stuart Rose of M&S. There were some other C-listers as well.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Strange Funk

In a strange funk with multiple datelines and PMS.

A few week ago, Kiran Desai was reading The Inheritance of Loss. There was a fair bit of brouhaha as it's now in the Booker longlist and a few other literary types were there as well. Like the poet Benjamin Zephaniah (whom my young cousin describes as weird-cool). I love the title. The Inheritance of Loss. It has such an evocative, almost sensuous rhythm to it. This is the first time I've ever been to a reading with dinner thrown in. Very charming, over samosas and masala thosa!

I got this from my PhD support network and it cracked me up:
Top 10 Reasons to do a PhD

1. Thought Dr. would look good on a credit card

2. Wanted to add nothing whatsoever to the sum knowledge of humankind

3. Saw the character Ross Geller from Friends as role model

4. Quench thirst to explore ethnobiosocioanthropsycholinguistics of sudoku

5. Get to wear jeans to work

6. Believed urban legend that doctors get free upgrade from airplanes

7. Delusional belief about curing AIDS/Cancer/stupidity

8. Peer pressure from nerds

9. Disdain for humdrum things like salary, career prospects, employee benefits

10. Too clever for law school too nice for politics

Wednesday, September 06, 2006