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   May 28

Explorers

There’s a piece of good news..which I’ll elaborate about in a new post – The reason why it’s been AGES since we have posted anything new..
Otherwise, I just felt the general public and the ‘creators’ need to know a certain fact. So, I am going to be really short and to the point here.
Now, the 3 main explorers are: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer:
– Comes along with Microsoft package.
– Sassy new look.
– There are sites which will open correctly ONLY using Internet Explorer.
– It has unnecessary pop-ups and ‘communication dialog boxes’!!!
BUT, the new upgraded version speed-wise is not as good as its previous version!

Mozilla Firefox:
– Just takes up humongous space!!!
– Speedwise the upgraded version keeps hanging so many times!

Google Chrome:
– Got to say that this is currently the BEST in the market. Initially I thought it was not as good as Mozilla. But once Mozilla did an upgrade, it was clear that Chrome was far better!
– Easy to use, pretty fast (esp since it does not hang as often as the other two explorers!)

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   Mar 30

VSNL – TATA INDICOM Broadband hell!

Be it Kerala or Karnataka, the one internet connection that can drive you insane, burn up huge craters in your pockets and that from which you would rather stay away, is without a doubt the Tata Indicom connection. They claim they are ‘India’ best internet connection with unbeatable speed.’ But believe me, that might not be the exact sentiments of the public.

The price of each pack is exorbitant. I mean, really! With so many other connections, one would think that Tata Indicom would at least try to be more competitive by bringing in actual value-added services and offer packs. But no. As the years progress, all that happens is it gets tougher to select an internet pack with VSNL’s rocketing prices.

Initially we had purchased (due to ignorance and urgency) the Surf Power 7500 plan; 2 mbps for Rs. 3034/- valid for 6 months.

Since it was a new connection we thought it was ok. Also, Airtel (another lazy service) had not yet put a connection in the area we live (and still have not). But later, to recharge this Tata Indicom account, the least expensive plan they had was Rs. 1000/- for 3 months at 2mbps speed. They charge around Rs 0.38 per mb or 8/hr. This is Surf Power 3750. Isn’t it a little overpriced for the normal layman??!

As I’m away from home sometimes for extended periods, upon returning, I find that the net connection does not work! Upon calling customer care services, the first time if the executives are busy they say the estimated time is less than 6 minutes. Once we get fed up and hang the call to try again after awhile, they say that the estimated time to take our call is less than 8 minutes! Now, what kind of customer treatment is that??! Plus, their number is NOT toll free. ‘Appreciating that we have taken our time to call them’ is not enough and is not the requirement here. Clients call them not to chit chat but to inform them how inferior their services are.
How can I not call their services inferior when EVERYDAY at sharp 10 am their servers go down??!

Recently when I faced the same issue – Error 678 – (5 times in 1 week!!!) and checked after 7 hours (according to the minimum time taken by them to resolve any issues!) to check if the internet connection was working, can u believe what the executive told me? They said that the complaint showed a status of closed because they spoke to my “Husband” and he said it was all working fine! What bullshit when my husband is away on official purposes and I answer all the calls!

Personally, I find it a big hassle to keep badgering the customer service executives with the same issue every single day. There ought to be some way by which the customer is able to speak directly to the manager or escalate the issue to someone who can ACTUALLY make some visible changes.

PS: Seems at VSNL (as an executive once told my buddy) when a particular connection is not being used for awhile, they can pull that line for another person’ connection!!!! And this executive advised us to change the switch to “LOOP” when the internet is not in use s that they can monitor when the lines are being exchanged. Can you believe that?!!!

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   Jan 25

Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci

The Mona Lisa Painting
Wikipedia says….

Mona Lisa (also known as La Gioconda) is a 16th century portrait painted in oil on a poplar panel by Leonardo Da Vinci during the Italian Renaissance. The work is owned by the French government and hangs in the Musée du Louvre in Paris, France with the title Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo.

The painting is a half-length portrait and depicts a woman whose expression is often described as enigmatic. The ambiguity of the sitter’s expression, the monumentality of the half-figure composition, and the subtle modeling of forms and atmospheric illusionism were novel qualities that have contributed to the painting’s continuing fascination.

Mona Lisa was not well known until the mid-19th century when artists of the emerging Symbolist movement began to appreciate it, and associated it with their ideas about feminine mystique.

Leonardo used a pyramid design to place the woman simply and calmly in the space of the painting. Her folded hands form the front corner of the pyramid. Her breast, neck and face glow in the same light that models her hands. The light gives the variety of living surfaces an underlying geometry of spheres and circles.

… the composition of the figure evokes an ambiguous effect: we are attracted to this mysterious woman but have to stay at a distance as if she were a divine creature…

The Mona Lisa painting now hangs in the Musée du Louvre in Paris, France. ”

So, what do YOU think of the Mona Lisa painting?

I was browsing through the art sites online and came across many references and many repetitive images of the Mona Lisa. This led me to wonder what is it about this painting that enamours so many? What is it about this work of art that makes it so famous?

The official Louvre site was very informative and truly speaking, after going through this site, I too have become a fan of this piece of art! It is just a splendid work with a lot of planning and mathematics is involved to such a length that it could also be called a piece of mathematical magic!!!

The two landscapes being the background of the painting and Mona Lisa being seated on the balcony with the two columns framing the portrait gives us a far-sighted view of the entire setting.. like as though it is a never ending land stretched out behind her to which we can see.. and yet, at the same time, it is the woman in the painting who arrests our attention.. with her come-hither eyes.. which silently but very strongly beckons the viewer to her and the makings of a smile upon her face.. She seems as though she is thinking of something that she likes but to the observer it seems as though she is calling out to us…

The folds on her dresses.. the sleeves.. the ruffles, the lace.. it has all been captured with such precision. The gauzy veil that blows on her head looks ready to fly away at the very next breeze! The woman’ complexion has been sketched very aptly.. with the pink areas near the fingertips and the colour differences at other parts.. the light bouncing of her bosom and her curly hair lightly brushing against her shoulders…

When we observe the portrait taking each area into consideration separately, we can surely understand why Leonardo Da Vinci took almost 4 years to complete this painting!!!!

It surely is a splendid piece of art!

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   Jan 20

Lady Godiva by John Collier

This is a painting that I fell in love with as soon as I laid eyes on it. I don’t know why or for what reason. But it just kept beckoning me. This painting had something special in it. It may have been Lady Godiva’ courage or her faith which the artist has managed to capture in the painting.

Lady Godiva

Godiva (or Godgifu) (fl. 1040-1080) was an Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who, according to legend rode naked through the streets of Coventry in England so as to gain a remission of the oppressive toll imposed by her husband on his tenants. The name “Peeping Tom” for a voyeur comes from later versions of this legend in which a man named Tom watched her ride and was struck blind or dead.

John Collier’s “Lady Godiva”, with its meticulously descriptive style, rich color and fine, nearly invisible brushstrokes is just a beauty!!! It also eloquently expresses the dignity and humility of the 11th century noblewoman’s fabled ride to protest the excessive taxation by her husband.

Collier (1850-1934) was a British Pre-Raphaelite painter who was educated in London by Lawrence Alma-Tadema and Edward Poynter, later moving to Paris to study with Jean-Paul Laurens. Insisting upon extreme, sometimes workmanlike accuracy in his paintings of historical and mythological scenarios, Collier also painted numerous portraits of kings, noblemen, actors and socialites, and was a founding member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

You can read more about Godiva from http://www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/LadyGodiva.htm
or from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Godiva

To me, this painting of Lady Godiva is a symbol of a woman’s faith in herself and her dedication to her subjects for their well-being. It is her sturdy belief in herself which I can see in this painting.

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   Jan 19

That perfect dress for your perfect day

Are you married? Do you remember the days before your marriage when you were hunting for that perfect dress for your perfect day? Were you confused over which designer to choose, what your style is, what would fit you perfectly? Is it the full sleeved gown you want or the lace and beads filled princess gown or is it that showy sexy sleeveless mini dress?

I’m sure you must be smiling by now thinking back upon those beautiful (which you now think were the best) days of your life.

But how about those who are getting married now or will soon? Woah girls! Its a jungle out there. You have so MANY choices. So many decisions. It’s just too easy to get confused and despair.

I’ve compiled a list of my personal favorites which I’m sure you are going to be drooling(!) over!! So go ahead and choose your attire for your day!

SARAH DANIELLE


Lace and beads accent this flowing slim A-line gown. Gown accents at the empire waistline with satin banding and removable matching lace cap sleeves. The back has a bit of drama, with an inserted tulle, lace corset and covered buttons, which flow into a chapel train.


No more hassle on your wedding day because you can now move freely but still look extra beautiful thanks to the lace elaboration from Sarah Danielle. With gorgeous and soft straps and delicate lace wrapping over the fabric, what’s not to love about this pretty little thing?


A portrait wedding dress in the fifties style with tulle skirts and chiffon belted waist bows; Sleeveless halter V-neckline with a sensational bare back.

JUSTIN ALEXANDER


Slim Lace off the shoulder Mermaid style gown. This dress is all-over lace with a matching Lace trim on the hem and neckline. This dress has a Chapel length train.


Strapless embroidered Lace gown features a shirred bodice which is decorated with sequins, glass beads and Swarovski crystals. The pick-up skirt is adorned with scattered beading and flows into a bubble hem. This dress features a Chapel length train.

MORI LEE


Scalloped lace creates the off the shoulder neckline and meets the draped torso at the empire. Softly side draped, A-line skirt with lace appliqués that cascade onto the chapel length train.


Elegant wedding dress Alencon lace overlays the silhouette strapless, slim A-line gown with chapel length train. Removable sash with long back streamers and optional lace bolero jacket.


Tulle with Embroidery. Delicate beading edges the satin bands that trim the sweetheart shaped, strapless neckline. The fitted bodice is decorated with embroidery and beading with a dropped waistline that meets the multi-layered, circular tulle, ball gown skirt. A satin band surrounds the hemline and trims the detachable, chapel length train.

A strapless bodice decorated with sparkling embroidery. The tulle ball gown skirt has asymmetrically draped overskirt

KENNETH POOL

All the brides-to-be who are into crystals, diamonds, sequins, rhinestones and other sparkles should definitely consider a designer Kenneth Pool wedding dress. Kenneth Pool wedding dresses quickly became one of bridal’s most successful launches with its grand silhouettes and opulent embellishment.
Because of the crystal appliqués even the most casual design transforms into a veritable outfit that can be worn on a fancy stylish dainty classy wedding. Kenneth Pool manages to use the satin and all the materials that he incorporated in wedding dresses in a very fashionable, chic and sleek way that represent his signature. The crystal embroideries are never too sophisticated, flashy, pompous or grating. They are soft and never ostentatious to the eye.


It’s not hard to obtain a dazzling elegant look with one of his dresses that manage to combine so wonderfully the sophistication, the glam, the fashion, the style, the romance and the modernism into a single piece.

PNINA TORNAI


Simple, elegant, stylish and up-to-date designs.


Pnina has built an entire empire based around her skill for handmade dresses often embroidered with Swarowski crystals.

CAROL LI


Strapless taffeta and tulle gown. Bodice has a sweetheart neckline with crunching to one side decorated and silver beaded lace detail. A line tulle skirt with taffeta overlay.


Strapless bodice with a sweetheart neckline and tie back in Italian lace and tulle decorated in silver embroidery and beading. A line tulle skirt with scattered crystal beading.

REEM ACRA


The toga dress is designed with a unique, flowing cut that is less fitted around the waist and hips. The Grecian-inspired look is a romantic touch for any wedding.


Illusion Necklines – A fresh alternative to the strapless gown. This Reem Acra gown shows off a beautiful neck and shoulders with this detailed wedding dress. No need for a necklace with this gown.


Acra’s gowns are a direct reflection of her design philosophy that poetically combines her appreciation for the traditional and classic with the modern fashion needs of today’s stylish woman. Reem creates delicate beadwork of tiny swarovski crystals and seed pearls. Reem Acra is known for her attention to detail, signature beaded embroideries, and unique fabric combinations.

BADGLEY MISCHKA


“Our style harks back to the glamorous Hollywood of the fourties” says Mischka. “The Badgley Mischka signature style is simple, streamlined and thoroughly elegant.” (- taken from their website.)

MONIQUE LHUILLIER


An A-line gown from Monique Lhuillier. This exquisite alencon lace blouse is going to appeal to those who want something modest or a more covered up style for a religious ceremony, the wide sash ensures it still looks modern whilst defining waists and adding an elegant splash of colour whilst the ballgown with cathedral train will give glamour and that ‘princess’ quality.


A regal gown from Monique Lhuillier’s Fall 2006 collection with extended shoulder grazing straps, a bodice wrap and the Lhuillier typical sash around the waist.


Today, Monique Lhuillier is considered one of the leading innovative fashion houses in terms of design, quality and brand image.

SOPHIA TOLLI (One of my favorites!)


Wedding dresses with sleeves are obvious choices for winter weddings. The lace bolero jacket looks like delicate snowflakes but will keep you chic and warm. Plus it’s easily removed when the dancing starts!

Sophia Tolli says, “My collection has two distinct feelings: soft classic romanticism and traditional bridal drama. My signature style will always be gowns with an exceptional fit and cut.


An ‘Isabella’ A-line wedding dress. Pick-up folds with light assymetrical layers and Eembroidery on both the skirt and bodice gives extra detailing. Plus, you can get it in white, ivory/pearl, oyster pearl/white and diamond white.


A gorgeous and yet very modest, elegant gown that is still elegant and not chunky like some other styles with sleeves.


This gorgeous gown is made of diamond white taffeta material supported with an overlaid lace ball gown skirt and completed with long sleeves lace jacket. The slender fitted bodice that holds up the beautiful strapless sweetheart neckline is symmetrically pleated. The dress is also highlighted with hand-placed lace appliqués on the skirt and long sleeve lace jacket that features crystal buttons down the back, they all give this diamond white wedding an exclusive and distinctive profile. Other features including a functional corset back with back zipper and removable straps.


Awe-inspiring lavish satin sleeveless gown, Helene creates a graceful look with an illusion organza bateau neckline and soft organza side gathers showcased by hand-beaded lace appliqués. Helene’s functional corset back features a perfect sectional pleated A-line skirt and a chapel length train.

MELISSA SWEET


Silk, organza strapless slim gown embellished with embroidery, ribbon, Swarovski crystals, cut Silk flower and bows.

ALFRED ANGELO (A really good designer)


Made of tafetta, this is a hug-the-shoulder dress.


Some long sleeved wedding dress with that extra zing to them giving you a princess look!


A beautiful short dress that is still very elegant. This strapless dress features embroidered lace, crystal beading and sequins for a very sweet, sophisticated look. The hemline is just below the knee in the front and longer in the back.


Michael Shettel in charge of Alfred Angelo design team is doing wonders to the world of bridal fashion!!! Girls, Alfred Angelo creations are truly fairy-like!!! 🙂

CAROLINE HERRERA


From the Spring 2010 bridal collection at Tiffany fashion.


Sleek, chic and glamorous. Gowns in moiré satin, sweeping ball skirts paired with crisp white cotton shirts and broad-tails, those are the basics of the 2008 bridal gowns collection by Carolina Herrera.

KATHRYN LACROIX


Affordable gowns, yet they look and feel like upscale bridal gowns. Kathryn LaCroix bridal gowns are a girls dream come true reducing all the ‘crazy’ of finding the right dress.

VERA WANG


Vera Wang wedding dresses are definitely the elite of modern day wedding day wear (not just for brides that is!), and with her increased popularity over the past years, she shows no signs of losing that title. Vera Wang wedding dresses are brilliant masterpieces, and it’s no wonder that she is the most well known maker of designer wedding dresses.


Princess wedding dress with a white lace rose and a gorgeous, full skirt.


Beautiful, clean, simple. This gown says it all. A true greek goddess.


For those who desire simplicity with a touch of classic.


Blending traditional and vintage styles with contemporary art Vera Wang is paving the way for a smooth transition between the future and the past making the present a beautiful dress. Being impeccably crafted and no matter the fabric or the model, sensuality is the word that describes Wang the best.


The typical fabrics which Vera Wang works on is silk, sheer mesh, satin and other ones only recently including beads and lace but with all these addition and subtractions you shall get a Vera Wang dress that will get you the ageless style and angelic look.


On the bodice, three tiers of alencon lace have been applied to the vertically pleated organza overlay. The A-line skirt is heavily adorned with alencon lace which continues on the pleated chapel train. Also features princess seams, twisted 1.5″ straps, built-in petticoat and rear zipper. Very feminine, very Vera Wang.


Phew!!! I guess by now those of you who didn’t want a big wedding are waiting to run out and try some of these gorgeous bridal gowns!!! 😉

There are a lot of GREAT designers out there (This is just a very shortly compiled list. Believe me!). Many of these designers cost big bucks too. You can get the same look done at a cheap rate at many places or you could even bid on some wedding websites. So when you buy your dress, be sure..ABSOLUTELY SURE that it is the right one for you.

Also, I came across a friend’s blog at http://www.favorcreative.com/blog/index.php/weddings/2009/02/15/wedding-dresses-choose-for-your-body-type/ where she’s given some really valuable information about how to choose the wedding dress that would be perfect for your body type.

Have fun with the bridal shopping!! 😀

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