Saturday, December 26, 2009

Merry Christmas

In the spirit of Christmas I give you the three trees with a mini Santa on the side.

A lot of lucky people get a day off from work on this day to get to sit at home and think about what exactly they are doing with their lives. A select few of these 'lucky' people get to be with their families on this day and pass thru the ordeal without too many scars and bruises. Monday is going to be a different world.

Pic: Anand
Editing: None

Heavens fall apart, stick to your conscience

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Reflections of a modern day Photographer

A regular day at work, my colleague opened the blinds of our 12th floor Downtown Manhattan office and I saw something worth capturing. The end product was of-course much more than what I had expected.

Captured by - Anand
Editing - None whatsoever

When Heavens fall apart, stick to your conscience

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Until the storm blows over

On a stormy evening in New York I found this lone bird perched on a beacon in the middle of the river. Kudos to his/her bravery, wish I could be a lone bird.

Original Pic: Anand
No editing

When Heavens fall apart, stick to your conscience
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Saturday, December 12, 2009


Taken while returning home late from work on a cold Thrusday evening in New York. The photo is a reminder to all of you to slow down and start looking at the little things in life because you will find out soon enough that they are as important as the bigger things. Sometimes a bigger picture of your life is not necessarily a complete picture.

Original pic: Anand
Editing: None

Sunday, December 6, 2009


Please let me introduce myself
I am a man of wealth and taste
I have been around for a long, long year
Stole many a mans soul and faith
Pleased to meet you
hope you guess my name
But what's puzzling you
is the nature of my game
Just call me Anand
Cause I am in need of some restraint
So if you meet me
Have some courtesy
Have some sympathy, and some taste
Use all your well learned politesse
Or I'll lay your soul to waste..Seriously..

No I was just kidding.. I always wanted a big bang intro but guess i'll have to make do with "The Rolling Stones"

Yes I am subbing for Chintan while he is away trying to figure out what his crazy brain wants him to do.

Welcome to the Rust & Ice Ladies & Gentlemen.

And to stay true to tradition When Heavens fall apart, stick to your conscience

Monday, November 30, 2009

New member

Rust and Ice has a new member. Since I am on a hiatus, Anand will be contributing to the blog. We may also have a few more like minded members contributing to this blog.

Friday, November 6, 2009


This is a canal on the way to my hostel. I saw a sketch of sunset over this canal in the old times, pasted on the window of a house on the road besides this canal. So decided to take a modern day picture of the same view.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


The park behind my hostel has a lot of inventory for this blog. I have a preinstalled software called photofilter, there is only a little I can do with it. Downloaded GimpShop but it aint working.

The premature announcement about 100 posts was not true. Apparently blogger also includes drafts as posts.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Blue Blossom

Can't think of a title. Any suggestions are welcome.

Varun Reddy suggested the title as blue blossom. So it is blue blossom until someone comes with a more apt name. - chintan, 3 rd Nov

Picture and editing Chintan Vinod Shinde

Friday, October 16, 2009

These are some unedited pics from Delft. Some more to follow. Finding really difficult to find time to do the requisite editing. Perhaps this Sunday, I can get some free time.

The photos with the benches capture the view I get from my ground floor window at Mina Krusemanstraat

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Hi everybody! I am in Deflt Netherlands. Some 6000 kms from my earlier location! Will start uploading every Sunday.


Wednesday, September 9, 2009


After a year and a half of going nowhere, I finally am going somewhere, quite literally. One fine day I made up my mind to attend the The Masters program of UNESCO-IHE in Delft, The Netherlands. It was a tough decision. Busy with the packing and visa formalities. Have to hurry, have to leave by mid October. Rust and Ice is on a hiatus for a month. Please be patient. We will be back with a complete overhaul. Trust me.

Friday, July 3, 2009

A painting by Jagdish Swaminathan in some art magazine caught my eye. I have tried my hand at creating something similar.Hope you like it.

Rust and Ice may take a long break, for there are some issues to be taken care of. Do revisit the archives in the mean time. Ciao.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Archaelogy of my right brain

About the picture: My friend Varun Reddy has given me some amazing photographs and therefore contributed massively to the R&I inventory। Below is one such photograph. The monument is in Lucknow, some place near the Imam Bara I guess (got to confirm though!). GIMP 2 has a wonderful tool to seamlessly tile and merge a given pic or area. That saves of lot of working with the layers. I used a lot of color and curves editing and a li'l bit of clonestamp tool too.
Courtesy: Varun Reddy

Talking of Varun and Lucknow, there is another friend of mine Varun Jethwani, who as I write this post, is happily getting enganged in Lucknow. All the best buddy. Sorry could not turn up for the event.

When Heavens fall apart, stick to your conscience

Friday, June 5, 2009


Back to poetry after a long time. A bunch official letters to university officials somehow managed to spur some creativity.

Meanwhile I vow to finish Zen and the Art of Motorcycle maintenance in my train journey to Bangalore which involves a five hour stopover at Dadar (Mumbai). Was long overdue. Plus, I have to start The Kite Runner. Therefore I'd like to finish everything before I do that. Then there is Monica Ali's Brick lane which I read till halfway about three years back. Need to finish that sometime this year. Jhabwala's Heat and Dust is stuck at page 28 since long.

Have I professed my love for Woody Allen's works. I haven't seen Annie Hall yet. Longing to see that too.

So when life gets back on track there is lots of catching up to do.

A lover's S.O.S

Have I seen the last of you
Or should I bank on fate
To make you appear before me
Before 'tis too late.

For the ghosts are too many now,
Too many echoes of, words unsaid,
And this heavy soul, sweetheart,
Is tired of being afraid.

This time let me say it all.
This time let me make it up to you.
My vacuous pride wont come in way
Of the apologies that I owe you.

Alcohol is running in my veins,
Smoke has pervaded all the way
Into this wretched heart of mine,
Which lies in various stages of decay.

Come to me and stem this rot
This time we would set things right
Come my Dawn, bring me to life,
And rescue me from this long dark night.

Chintan Vinod Shinde

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Peeping sun

original pic: Pushkar Singh, taken near Lake Michigan, Chicago
Editing: Chintan (only minor editing)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


There is no point needlessly editing such brilliant photographs. So I am leaving it untouched.

Original Photograph: Pushkar Singh taken near Lake Michigan, Chicago, IL
Editing: None

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Standing Tall and Bright

Another one in the lamp post theme. A few more on the way
Original Photograph: Pushkar Singh taken at Lake Michigan, Chicago IL
Editing: None

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Sailing into the Dusk

original pic:Anand

Let us tear these maps and logs for once
And also throw away this compass, if we must.
Let's make this journey without directions
Without boundaries and restrictions .
Let's drift away Captain in waters unknown
Let us sail away into the glorious dusk.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Dev D and much more

About a year and a half back I was introduced to the magical world of Wong Kar Wai. The Juhu chowpatty-like luminance, the pineapple tins just past their expiry date, the markets of Hong kong and the tune of California Dreaming are pretty much in my active memory as if it was only yesterday.  The plot of Chungking Express is by no means extraordinary-two cops dealing with heartbreak in their very own way. But what is extraordinary is the way the colors, the music and the unapologetic naïveté of Wai and his characters combine to transform, what is otherwise a geometry shape, into a Warholesque creation.

In some ways, Dev D is similar to Chungking Express, only multiplied. It is about three suffering characters, but the betrayal is not just limited to love. Dev D has more color and more music. Here the main protagonist does not pine for pineapple tins or talk to bath soaps. He instead indulges in booze, sex and drugs. However, where the similarity totally ends is in the intentions of the director. Having repositioned, reinterpreted and remixed the Devdas aspect, Kashyap expands the scope of the Chungking aspect even further. It is no longer a sleek love story. It also attempts to be a mirror to the society showcasing its hypocrisy.

But Dev is not a forthright Mohan Bhargava (Swades) who observes the problems with the society around him and attempts to mend them. Instead he, as a nihilist and chauvinist hypocrite, is one of the problems. And for the most part he wallows in self pity. However, there is Lenny a victim of this hypocrisy herself, who smashes the mirror right in your face. (In case you’ve just watched Delhi 6, let me clarify that all the references to any mirror or reflecting entity are strictly metaphorical. They bear no resemblance to any mirror intact or broken.)

There is so much happening and so many details are thrown at you (Ex: the Kali painting on Dev’s Wall and the three dancers) that you feel everything is going to be a big mess. However, the knowledge of those details or the absence of them does not affect the narrative.

So does Anurag Kashyap pull it off? No but he falls just short. What could have been legendary ends up just short of being great. Is it better than Chungking Express? Well, let me put it this way even if it was better than Chungking that would still be 15 years behind Wai who made it in 1994. DevD clearly packs more than Chungking but it is more like Kashyap’s resume. Chungking was Wai’s art.

That was my first effort as a pseudo-intellectual film critic. It feels powerful to judge something that you don’t have the talent to make yourself. Screw it! I liked the movie.

Does this mean there will be more reviews on this blog? Not necessarily. But this one fits the theme of the blog and so do August Rush and Bee season.