‘Slumdog Millionaire’ hits my Indian memory

Without surprise, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ swept the Oscars.

It is an extraordinary film. From the opening moment to the final scene, I was fully engaged. I felt I was not too far away from the story. I don’t even think it is just a story…

Back to early 2006, I had a four-week journey to India with my fellow studio friends, to propose a housing design strategy on site for the local slum dwellers. The sights I caught reshaped my outlook on life.

The parallel lives of the modern and the primitive, the rich and the poor, the human beings and the animals… It seems nothing is odd except the presence of us as observers.

 

This is how Taj Mahal looked from a distance, how we got there, the scenes on the way and at the place. I remember the shoes and the kids tried to guide us. I feel I have seen little Jamal some time ago.

At the time I was compiling these photos, I found that people in the frames were always looking into my lens, with smile. They are happy, not just on the face. If the poverty in India shocked me at the first sight, then the poor resting in it impressed me permanently.

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‘Slumdog Millionaire’ conveyed the Indian philosophy of ‘destiny’ — all the answers are written in your life, which influences I saw with my own eyes.

Bliss or curse?

I wish I had the answer.

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快快 慢慢

我想我为什么平时不喜欢穿高跟呢?

我觉得高跟好看的,也有的,偶尔去dinner也穿的,穿着也觉得腿型更好看的,而且走路也没问题的。

然后想出来了,因为我平时走路太快了。

这个好像是有历史的。

大一的时候,一个大三的学长说在东二楼看到我噌噌地刷刷地就穿过排球场进了中大院。

还有个同年级男生也说过,说在我后面几十米看到我想追上来打个招呼愣是费了好大劲。

一个周末我和bf说我去系里拿本书,等回来了他看着我说,你没去?

为什么走那么快呢?

突然想起一个笑话,一个人在大雨里慢慢地走,旁边跑过一个人问他为什么不着急,他说急什么,前面不也是在下雨。

我小的时候特别喜欢和爸爸逛街,不喜欢和妈妈逛街。因为妈妈逛街总是看布料,也看成衣,但总是捏来捏去,半天不挪地方。爸爸呢,总是看书和小机器,而且稍微看看拿起来就走。可是我爸爸1.79,迈开大步走的时候,小小的我跟在后面连跑带追。

十七八岁的时候看过一本书,叫《好女孩上天堂,坏女孩走四方》。

登高跟上天堂,踩平底走四方。

我说话好像也很快的。

经常有朋友跟我说,“你慢点说,我什么都没听清,就听见啪啪啪的”。

是这样的,如果我说话的速度没跟上我的思维那我就会把我想到的东西忘记了。

这个也给我造成了一些麻烦。

因为我习惯了说话很快,所以说英文也会很快。

但是我的英文思维速度跟不上我的说话速度,经常下一个point还没组织好呢,上一个point已经说完了。

后来发现教授们说话都是不紧不慢,娓娓道来,这样把脑子里临时想出的两个point衡量一下毙掉一个只说另一个的时间都有。

快快走路,慢慢说话。

意识流完毕。

Recent obsessions

Just went through Elle’s S/S 2009 accessories selections and obsessed with some fabulous pieces. 

Several of my favourite brands -MiuMiu, Louboutin and Roger Vivier, happened to coincide in choosing snakeskin for their accessories this season. This scares me a little. 

Miu Miu snakeskin wedges with hessian Christian Louboutin snakeskin open toe sandals with flower corsage Roger Vivier green snakeskin `Kyte` platform sandals

Here we go, simple and chic flats I’m constantly obsessed with. Alexander McQueen, D&G and Chole in the front row, the best of the best!

Alexander McQueen brown and yellow leather flat sandals D&G canvas `Dali` espadrilles Chloe white sandals

Alberta Ferretti flat pink leather sandals Christian Louboutin navy blue snakeskin open toe sandals with buckle detail Diane von Furstenberg flat silver strappy sandals

Pierre Hardy neon pink flat sandals Jimmy Choo tan leather sandals See by Chloe purple jelly sandal

Paul Smith neon green patent sandal Paule Ka flat orange patent slingbacks Ralph Lauren black leather sandal with rope detail

Some very creative heels I would never walk with. The third one is very structural.

acc390 Alexander McQueen black open toe ankle boots with crooked metallic heel Proenza Schouler nude leather slingback shoes with architectural heel

The most eye-catching theme of this season must be YSL’s ‘cage’, though I’m not very much into it.

Yves Saint Laurent silver patent leather cage sandals with metal heel Yves Saint Laurent black patent leather cage boots

Also found some ‘De Stiji’ heels – from Hermes, Reberto Cavalli and Sergio Rossi – rationally and cheerfully beautiful.

Hermes Sunlight sandals in multi-coloured patent leather Roberto Cavalli pink leather platform shoes Sergio Rossi red, purple and blue slingback

Two ‘inside out’ hats by Paule Ka and E. Armani.

Paule Ka straw hat with black ribbon Emporio Armani grey beach hat with silk scarf

Thought using logo as deco is silly, but this one is really innovative and touching.

Chanel leather aqua blue handbag

These bags are ingeniously natural. The last one has a name – Floyd – which really brings out the theme!

Bottega Veneta knot clutch Stella McCartney clutch Antik Batik `Floyd` bag

Let me conclude with this piece from Venessa Bruno. Couldn’t be simpler, but in a profound way.

Vanessa Bruno red leather belt

(above photos and many more are from HERE)