Whilst I lived in Kolkata, the rooftop of the apartment building became a place of retreat, refreshment, and of reflection. I look down at my hands now, and I still recall vividly the grittiness of the wall I rested upon, of gently running my fingers across the top of it to feel the grain shifting beneath them, and of the sun’s residual warmth within the concrete. Read More
It has now almost been a month since myself and a few close friends were on a five-hour train ride to Murshidabad, with Kerry + one of the most iconic women of Freeset.
North of Kolkata, this district is one that is known to have a few issues surrounding trafficking of young girls to larger cities such as Mumbai and Kolkata. Desperation, corruption, and trickery, are just some of the ways in which this occurs, and each just as heartbreaking as the next.
Rufus Wainwright’s creation Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk is like a quiet night in with a large bag of candies, a glass of wine, and lounging next to a crackling fire with a good movie playing.
Preferably Moulin Rouge.
I mean his lyrics are a great description of this scenario…:
“If i should buy jellybeans,
Have to eat them all in just one sitting,
Everything it seems i like’s a little bit sweeter,
A little bit fatter,
A little bit harmful for me.”
I am far from living out this scene, as I am in an Indian summer, holding a frozen water-bottle to my chest in a desperate attempt to cool down, and trying to sit with minimal skin-to-skin contact with myself because the monsoon rains are refusing to fall. But I can dream, right?
Give this song a little listen, you will not regret it.
He is a truly genuine guy, and it was great to hear about what goes on in his mind when his eye is pressed to the lens of one of his cameras, waiting for the perfect moment to capture.
When my flat mate responded, “Fun,” to my question, “Who is this playing?”, I thought he was playing around with words to describe the vibe of the song.
Because Fun is fun.
It is simplicity at it’s finest.
Some Nights is both the name of the song, and of Fun’s latest album, and I just want to power-punch the air, wiggle my way across the floor on feet that refuse to remain stilled, and scream out for all the doubts and undecided beliefs I have ever faced, when I hear its empowering drum-beats.
The video makes your heart still for just a second, before beating with a resound for every hope and dream you ever had faith in.
It makes you feel alive.
Davy Bonny‘s photography tickles that ache in our heart for cherished child-hood memories, and of roads travelled in sleep-induced delusion during family road trips.
Bonny is on a search to grasp onto the feeling of something he has been looking for for years.
Read his about to learn more. It really does make you want to find that feeling we all have inside, but can never put into words.
What stirs my own heart while looking at these photographs, is that most of them are from my home country, New Zealand (above, all but the first image are of NZ), and while living in India – a far cry from there – it definitely rocks my soul with homesickness.
First Aid Kit‘s Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg have been for the past two years my most treasured artists to listen and sing along with – there have been many darker days that these two have managed to lift me up from.
Hard Believer is a soft, harmonious, and peace-bearing song, and just so happens to be the first of their creations that I listened to! The lyrics are hauntingly serene, and evoke both contented yet saddened emotions…
“And it’s one life and it’s this life and it’s beautiful.”
Because frankly people, life is beautiful. Sometimes you need to hear it to realise this.
And that is my emotional ‘everyone be happy’ post for the month…
Over the weekend just passed, I was pretty excited to splash around in some cool water during the heat waves parching Kolkata, India, where I am currently living.
What made this even more exciting was the fact that ‘splashing around’ involved some of the guys here flooding a roof, setting up a bar, turning some music up, and handing out mango lassi’s in bamboo cups.
I thought that you might at least have some interest in how we manage to find large comforts in small packages. Also in pretty big packages like this!
I had a lot of fun running around, taking a few photographs, and capturing the moments that I will never forget.
All photos link back to my blog where you can read a bit more about this adventure I have taken on.