Art & Lifestyle, DIY, DIY Apparel, Easy DIY Hacks, Styling

#Fabspiration – Cyberpunk Inspired DIYs

5 things you can DIY using only a pair of scissors.

Just take a glance, and revamp those boring sweatshirts, sweatpants, tops and t-shirts you have been ignoring in your wardrobe, only by strategically placed cuts!

 

I might do a couple of these soon… Which one will you pick first? Aye, show me when you do them!

Mosh. x


PS: Do It Yourself movement itself is a topic close to my heart. Moving away from the rampant consumerism that is gripping our sense of who we truly want to be, DIY is a way to find that hobby you have been meaning to pick up, to get away from your daily routine. DIY, is something every individual can adopt to save the planet’s resources by reusing and recycling. DIY gives you a sense of accomplishment, a sense of entitlement even, to something that you have made, and has your signature. It’s a personal thing, and yet everyone benefits from it. Just a little love note, from me to you! Happy DIY-ing!

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#OnTrend // Cyberpunk – That Sneaky Little Fashion Trend

The power of clothing as symbols in cultures.

Clothing, an important aspect of our life (and the single most important thing in my life really), has an incredible ability to personify someone, change their personality in a switch of garments even holding the power to embolden them or otherwise; which is why the costume department is one of the most important aspects of the entertainment industry, in my opinion. Be it Dany and her Dragon necklaces on luxurious gowns, or Michael Jackson and his Thriller red jacket – they have all headed down the road to becoming iconic, and become a subculture in themselves. That is the power in dressing.

And that’s how cyberpunk also evolved from being a genre (while it was only written on paper in works of fiction) to a subculture (when the entertainment industry gave it a “look” and slowly made it a part of pop culture).

Cyberpunks – High tech. Low life.

Snippet from The Last Night video game.
Source: kotaku.com

Imagine a scene… dystopian, anti-authoritarian, futuristic, brand/label-averse, tech-literate…

Voila! You have the quintessential cyberpunk in your mind’s eye.

Cyberpunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that features advanced science and technology in an urban, dystopian future.  On one side you have powerful mega-corporations and private security forces, and on the other you have the dark and gritty underworld of illegal trade, gangs, drugs, and vice.  In between all of this is politics, corruption, and social upheaval. Cyberpunk is also a culture with attitude and a distinct style.  Anti-authoritarian, brand-averse, tech-literate; these are just some of the qualities you may find in a cyberpunk.”

This has been one of the more favourite sub-categories in sci-fi/thriller novels, movies and pop culture in general, in terms of fashion. It’s hard to pull off a raggedy look, striking the perfect balance between “unkempt” and “aesthetic.”

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#BookReview – Managing Oneself & Managing Your Boss

Work life gyaan in two small, cute books.

“Managing Oneself” by Peter F. Drucker, is a book for every member of the workforce. This tiny book, rightly categorised as a “classic” by HBR, packs a lot of wisdom to empower anyone who reads it, regardless of their gender, position in an organisational hierarchy or freelancing, and phase in life. What starts with trying to help you understand your basic strengths and weaknesses in a workplace, evolves beautifully into how to manage yourself while interacting with other members of the organisation or workforce. Amazing quick read!

“Managing Your Boss” by John Gabarro and John Kotter begins like this: ‘To many people, the phrase “managing your boss” may sound unusual or suspicious. Because of the traditional top-down emphasis in most organisations, it is not obvious why you need to manage relationship upward – unless, of course,  you would do so for personal or political reasons. But we are not referring to political maneuvering or to apple polishing. We are using the term to mean the process of consciously working with your superior to obtain the best possible results for you, your boss, and the company.’ True to its sentiments, the book reveals that your boss isn’t always wrong, but not are you. The checklist on the last page acts a great guide for you to do your best to work in the office. But that doesn’t mean you should skip to the last page! Have an amazing, insightful read about one of the most important relationships in the world.

– Mosh. x


 

Check out my Goodreads account to see what’s on my bookshelf, and check out the original reviews here.

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#BookReview – The Rise Of Sivagami

Not as much about Sivagami as it was about other several characters.

Plot
Although it was exciting to read about the corruption and dirty politics in Mahishmathi, it was tough to wrap my head around all of the parallel stories in the plot. The first 16 or 17 chapters just feel like an introduction to a ton of different plot lines, characters and parallel stories that would one day converge into the main event, in a very Game of Thrones-esq manner. I read the first few chapters at least a couple of times to even grasp what was happening and where is the origin of the story’s plot. For any novel that I read, this is super taxing unless the big reveal is really that… REALLY BIG. Which it wasn’t (not completely) in this case. It ended with a cliff-hanger, which is not as thrilling as #WKKB.

Writing Style
An origin story, it took a total of 18 sittings for me to finish this book. I usually read through a book with a maximum of 3 sittings (meaning, I pick up where I left off at most 3 times). With a ton of names of people, places, and objects completely unfamiliar to me, it was a draining task to finish reading this novel and wrap my head around the plot. But, with a flair for rich description, Anand Neelakantan paints Bahubali in (appropriately) suffocating hot tones, that goes best with describing the diminishing morality and increasing dirty politics in the kingdom.

Characters
There were lots of characters, but the book felt short in the sense that I could not spend a lot of time reading (or being with) some main characters like Sivagami and Vikramadeva/Bijjaladeva. Kattappa had a lot of pages dedicated to him because he wove through 3 or 4 different parallel plot lines bringing them together, but this novel didn’t feel like it was about Sivagami as much as it was about Kattappa.

Overall
Read if you’re all up for being dragged into the world of Mahishmathi, and its dirty tricks and mind games. I prefer the two movies much more, to be honest. Maybe because it has Prabhas and Rana in it. ;)

Recommended Age.
18+

– Mosh. x


 

Check out my Goodreads account to see what’s on my bookshelf and my other reviews.

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#BookReview – Mrs. Funnybones

Twinkle Khanna is Jane Austen, reincarnated.

Booted with a keen eye that observes every minute detail, an open mind that soaks in information without bias, and an endearing self-deprecating sense of humour, Twinkle Khanna is most definitely my favourite authoress, Jane Austen, reborn. She’s charming, witty and fast becoming one of my role models.

Throughout the book, her ability to keenly observe social norms and behaviour and putting her point across with an impertinence that is so sweet, it can only remind you of  Austen’s literary works. This book is seriously my kind of forever. Even 20 years down the road, I know I’m gonna pick this up and read it with just as much gusto as my first time.

This is a classic, guys. Pour yourself some coffee, get cosy at “your spot” and devour this read!

– Mosh. x


 

Check out my Goodreads account to see what’s on my bookshelf, and check out the original review here.

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Art & Lifestyle, DIY

2017 Calendar – Free Printable!

Oh, hello there!

I am but 16 days late in doing this, but I do honestly have a pretty little all-original calendar for you to print out!

And this is what it looks like..

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Click here to download.

Attaching loads of love with it too! <3

Mosh, xx.

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Mosh Book Review – The Secret Of The Druids

The Secret Of The Druids by Christopher C. Doyle

The Secret Of The Druids by Christopher C. Doyle

I had to pick this up. After having read his previous books (with the exception of The Mahabharata Secret), once I pick up a book series, I have to know how it goes on. Here’s a snippet of the review, mainly discussing the plot, writing style and characters, my overall opinion and especially recommended age. The actual review is here on my goodreads account along with other books’ reviews.

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