So long… summer!

Jeff Scher’s blog, “The Animated Life”, in The New York Times  has an exquisitely delightful rendering in oils and pastels, of visuals from the summer just gone past…”Summer Retreat”. In a flash I recalled this animotochildhood’s end… and my first blog entry.


We can’t quit… until we begin!

Music Credit: Ponticello; My video: Animoto

Locations: Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani

Music from the ‘art… “Kajra re”

Miniature paintings of Rajasthan often follow the theme of “Ragas”, the code
followed in Indian Classical Music. In recent times, this visual folk art is being
rendered through everyday objects (some on the video here, are ‘coasters’).

The classical music theme on my animoto video is from a
cheesy dance number “Kajra Re” choreographed for a popular Indian film.

Music credits: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy; Film: Bunty aur Babli; Year: 2005
Lyrics: Gulzar; Singers: Shankar Mahadevan, Javed Ali, Alisha Chinai
Dance: Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan

From Martha’s Vineyard to Santa Barbara

Bonita, Mamma Mia!

Could someone translate this song – Chloe Temtchine’s Que Lo Cura – for me, please?

Thanks in advance.

Oh, so this is New York City!

Si, c’est Manhattan. Yeh hai… Manhattan.

That’s how I speak… in a lingo-medley. Anyway, no one sees NYC all in one go. Well… these are my early impressions of Downtown, set in motion on this animoto video.

Al Di Meola, I love ‘Capoeira’.

Dang tribal district

Here are glimpses of the lush greens of Gujarat, just following the rains. Tall bamboo and heavy teak grace the Dang (pronounced: Daang) forest. One favorite spot for the locals is Gira Falls.


After watching this 30-sec video that animoto helped me put together, if you’re interested, visit Dang on Wikipedia.

But with so little relevant information in a quick search about this region, the following not-so-old news item amazed me:

“Ahwa, in Dang district, is first to have postal rail reservation”

Posted online: Monday, October 08, 2007 at 0042 hrs IST

Mumbai: The remote Ahwa post office in Gujarat’s Dang district has become the first in the country to provide computerised passenger reservation system (PRS) for booking train tickets. The first ‘India Post PRS Centre’ was inaugurated recently at the Ahwa post office, which is 32 km away from Waghai, the nearest railway station.

Dang is largely a forest area with a considerable tribal populace. The building and the operational staff for the PRS at the post office will be provided by the department of post while the Railways will bear the cost of the hardware and communication equipment, sources said. The Railway authorities expect that at least 20 to 25 PRS tickets to be sold daily at the Ahwa PRS.


Source: The Financial Express

Video track: El Cuarto De Tula by Ocasion (The single ‘s’ is no mistake on my part.)

Scenes from the silver screen.

Of course, Animoto is one of my most recent toys, so I decided to play-back some of the scenes that have been memorable during the past few years. I do tend to watch movies largely on DVDs borrowed from the Public Library, so often I’ve watched movies at home, long after they were running to packed movie houses.

Oh, what a coincidence! For this video I seem to have used Adam Burns‘ track yet again… Havana Rules. It’s getting to be quite a favorite with me.

You’ll see some of your favorites in this video, I’m quite certain of that.

Scenes from the silver screen

Again, thank you folks, at Animoto.

The 800 miles Chase… in 30 seconds!

Across 800 miles… from the mid-west to NYC… on the I-80!

Play the video The Chasethat I created, using Animoto’s cool tool. They have some music freebies too… you could even buy the track, if you wish. Easy-peasy…

Artist: Adam Burns
Track: Havana Rules

Thanks, Animoto.