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The painting with a 100 proverbs

Painting: Netherlandish Proverbs by Pieter Bruegel

Location: Gemäldegalerie, Berlin

Hanging inside the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin is one of the most famous paintings of the 16th century. 64 x 46 inches of satirical brilliance depicting man’s folly and sinfulness in a world gone crazy.

Crafted in 1559, and titled The Netherlandish Proverbs (also called The Blue Cloak or The Topsy Turvy World), it is an oil-on-oak-panel painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, depicting a scene with literal illustrations of Dutch proverbs and idioms.

Bruegel was amongst the foremost Dutch proponents of the Renaissance known for…


Tarry a while, maybe…

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

To preface, I am not an investor. Not a quant. Not a securities analyst and definitely not an expert on investment. My risk taking appetite on stocks at one time is maximum $300. So honestly I am not writing from an expert perspective. I am mostly writing from a middle class “perpetually broke” individual retail investor (who does once a year hobby trades) perspective.

However, there is one thing that I am good at. Business numbers, business projections, earnings summary, profit and loss, debt and so on. I have been running numbers, excels, projections, ARRs, MRRs…


A beautiful singer-songwriter ballad

Nicholas Well’s has not yet hit mainstream even though he has been around the blocks from 2005. But then that’s the hamster wheel of the music charts. One never knows the precise reason of why an artists becomes a hit.

Right time, right place, right producer and some questionable stuff can rise up the charts and some seriosuly good stuff can get lost in the sidelines. It’s like shorting a legitimately good stock.

Well Spotify’s algorithms do the trick most of the time and this time too it did not fail me. …


Uma Thurman comes of age

Review in Haiku

And Girl

You’ll be a woman

Soon.


A study of ani-impressionism in an impressionist frame

Location: Musee D’Orsay — Paris

Artist- Edgar Degas

Ballet Rehearsal on Stage was published in 1874. It is a series of three paintings by Degas, each slightly different from the other, but depicting a similar narrative.

This painting (as well as the series) captures a “behind-the-scenes-look” at a Parisian ballet rehearsal. Ballet is known for its glamour, drama and artistry. In this painting though, Degas expertly robs it of any grandeur so as to depict an authentic visualisation of what happens during a break in a ballet rehearsal.

Impressionist is his creativity…


What makes consumer startups tick?

Photo by Adam Jang on Unsplash

Let’s face it.

In the modern world, if you are in the consumer technology space, app-stores are your pantheon of promise (or failure). With millions of apps taking pride of place amidst billions of smartphones in the world, if your idea does not make it to the top 10 list of all the app-stores, it’s pretty much not going to make it in the long run.

But then, what are the reasons that make a consumer app successful these days? Is there a science to it, or is like box office where you never know…


Magic realism dipped in a little bit of punk, and laced with a whole lot of gothic angst

Rammstein has been there for a while now.

Formed in Berlin in 1994, the band’s lineup — consisting of lead vocalist Till Lindemann, lead guitarist Richard Kruspe, rhythm guitarist Paul Landers, bassist Oliver Riedel, drummer Christoph Schneider, and keyboardist Christian “Flake” Lorenz — has remained unchanged throughout their history.

That’s 25 years of rocking with the same lineup.

Just like many of the grunge/ alt/ rock acts of the 90s, Rammstein have this irreverence, which identifies their musical philosophy. One, I…


An American classic

Location: Art Institute of Chicago Building

Nighthawks by Edward Hopper is an American classic, which portrays people sitting in a downtown diner late at night. It is considered Hopper’s most famous painting, as well as one of the most recognizable in American art. Popular belief is that the scene was inspired by a diner (now demolished) in Greenwich Village which was Hopper’s home neighborhood in Manhattan. The now-vacant area is known as Mulry Square, at the intersection of Seventh Avenue South, Greenwich Avenue, and West 11th Street.

However while popular opinion favors Mulry Square, historical records show…


The present is a bit unsatisfying, because it is a bit unsatisfying

Review in Haiku

If we all could turn back time, then could time create the magic we all desperately seek?

Woody Allen’s most commercially successful film reminds us that while “we might not have the big things in common, we have the little things”

Marion Cotillard is flawless in her grace, while Paris flatters to deceive.


Walter Kovacs died so that Rorschach could live

Review in Haiku

Our greatest strength is also our greatest weakness.

The ink-blots fascinate; the dark side beckons.

The idea continues to live in us; deeply rooted in our conscience.

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