Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Let me introduce you to Diya Mathur. She's a tall, thin supermodel in love with life...and with the Beast since she was 11. A ditzy, darling of a diva, her one obsession besides the Beast is Shoes. She's a Sole Sista and in this blog, she's going to educate you on a thing or two about SHOES.

A brief history of the SHOE by Dee-Dumbs: note that  I'm more stimulated by visuals than prose, hence, I'll post more pics than pratter.

8000 BC: worn as a protection against the elements as Earth was pretty much a slowly thawing glacier then.

3000 BC: In ancient Egypt, braided papyrus was molded into soles from sole prints taken in the sand. Can't say they were not ingenious.

The paduka from ancient India. Hey! We had platform heels back in the Epic Age too. These are a bridal pair and I must say, the wearer had muscular toes to keep those on and not fall on her face.

Sandals (and a war boot?) used by Egyptians and Romans and Greeks.

The next big innovation in shoes came around the 4th Century AD.  Shoes are sewn inside out and then turned for use, so that the stitching is now hidden. Shoe-making materials also improved, not only leather and tree bark, now silk and brocade and velvet was stamped in. 

Then there were shoes to be worn over shoes, strangely, called pattens. And the Duck Bills for men that would reveal their colored hose through the leather.

Influenced by the Middle Eastern culture, the poulaines were popular during the Crusades

Another ancestor of the platform, the chopine shoe was meant to be worn over your slippers to give the person height and of course, glamour. We're in 1500 AD here.

Boots became fashionable in England in the 1600s when a shoemaker designed a boot for the reigning monarch to hide his "rickety" legs.

And then the shoe industry got better and better and better... 

I've brought you up to the 20th Century. More interesting shoe-bits to follow...

Friday, August 16, 2013


I was going to say Chennai Express is the movie of the month but no, its the movie of the year for me. All right, yes, it does star my absolute favorite, star-craze-crush, the Badshah of Bollywood, the King of Romance, and with this movie the indisputable, inimitable Pasha of Laughs - Shah Rukh Khan.
(Gasp. Swoon. Faint)

The movie borders on being a slapstick comedy but a brilliant, smart one. Its hilarious...and I mean falling on the floor, laugh out loud kind of funny. I was literally roaring with laughter. My stomach hurt, my eyes streamed and my my cheeks still ache from all the laughing. The dialogues are (at the risk of repeating myself) hilarious. The only hitch? You have to be an SRK fan (Gasp. Swoon. Faint) a Bollywood flick enthusiast and a Hinglish speaker to really get the jokes.

There is the usual Bollywood masala: vibrant vistas, jiggly jingles and dis-believable dishum-dishum between the dastardly villain and the hero. Really, without said masala no one could tell the difference between a Bollywood and Hollywood flick. (cough) No really, Indian flicks can rise to the occasion every once in a while like, A Wednesday or Black.

But where's the fun in that? I, for one, see a Bollywood movie for its Item Numbers and plots that beg suspension of reality. I see them for the color, the romance, the melodrama. I especially take a trip to the big screen to watch a movie starring the super-bad SRK (Gasp. Swoon. Faint) And since Chennai Express had all of that and more in it ( Deepika Padukone wasn't bad at all) watching it on the Big Screen was a no-brainer. 

Go see it, folks, and thank me later for encouraging you to stop and tickle your funny bone.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


I write romance novels. Correction, I LOVE writing romance novels. As my new heroine claims, love definitely makes the world go round (or it should.) 

So what is love? 

Is it a song? Is it a feeling? An action of giving and receiving? Is it a belief, in yourself and in someone else? Is it a natural state that every human should be in but very few are? Is it an act of will, sheer bloody-mindedness to see the world through red-tinted shades? Is it a self-delusion of an optimist? Is it The Path to Heaven (whichever type you believe in?)

Or is it just evolution? Nature's way of ensuring the survival of a species by triggering happy chemical responses all around our nervous system, making us do mad things like mating and marriage?

I say its all of that and more.
I say its just three little words. 

I love you. 

I love you in different languages:

Aamee tuma ke bhalo aashi - Bangla
Ngo oiy ney a - Cantonese
Ik hou van jou - Dutch
Doset daram - Persian
Je t`aime/ Je t`adore - French
Ich liebe dich - German
S`agapau - Greek
Hoo thunay prem karoo choo - Gujarati
Aloha wau ia oi - Hawaiian
Hum tumhe pyar karte hae - Hindi
Ti amo - Italian
Te amo - Latin
Ya liubliu tebya - Russian
Te quiero / Te amo - Spanish

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Monday, August 5, 2013


Did you know that...

The hotness of a pepper is measured in Scoville Heat Units (SHU) that tell us the amount of capsaicin or heat producing substance found in it.

Capsaicin can and is used as a weapon against humans. 

Capsaicin is also used in topical medications.

You can make organic pepper bug spray with cayenne and habanero peppers.

You should drink milk after having pepper and not water as water just spreads the heat in your mouth/gullet/stomach while milk will cool it down.

The hottest pepper in the world is...

Bhut Jolokia Pepper (1,041,427 SHU)
also called Naga Jolokia, Ghost Pepper, and the California Death Pepper. 

Fact: I have tried it and it rocks! 
And so I dare you to try it.