For those of you who aren’t familiar with Bollywood, apologies. I don’t often find myself going on rants about anything Bollywood related, as I’m usually more content enjoying it without digging deep into to nitty gritty details. For me, Bollywood movies can be enjoyed aesthetically, and that is mainly in part of the songs.
For those of you who do watch Bollywood movies, you know that a lot of effort is put into making the songs appear as aesthetically and audibly pleasing as possible. A lot of hype is given to men such as Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Devdas, Ram Leela, Bajirao Mastani, etc.) for the gorgeous sets and costumes of his songs. Songs such as Dola re Dola, Nagada Sang Dhol, and Deewani Mastani are so visually beautiful to watch that it literally puts us in a trance.
That being said, I just wanted to step out for a moment to talk about the song Pashmina from the recent Bollywood romantic drama, Fitoor (meaning “passion”). This song is not only a stunning love ballad, it is also very aesthetically pleasing to watch. The set is very artistically and tastefully done, from the hanging chandeliers to the candles to the sculptures to the columns to the curtains. Everything is done so as to make this song seem as visually appealing and audibly pleasing as possible.
Coupled with the lovely chemistry between Aditya Roy Kapoor and Katrina Kaif, this song I have to say is one of the most visually pleasing ones to watch come to life. Katrina displays her graceful dancing amidst a romanticly artistic set, and the mood and aura is what makes this song rise to the top of my list. What is most wonderful about it is its simplicity. That proves that glitz and glamor doesn’t need to come in clutch to sell a Bollywood song. Sometimes something as simple as a very well put together set and two leads that know what they’re doing is enough.
That being said: hats off to Pashmina!
In every small town there’s that one charming book store that everyone knows about and speaks fondly of. For Oxford, Mississippi, that bookstore is Square Books. Not only is it a commonly known and beloved book store, but I find it to be a great retreat from… Well, life!
Just posted this throwback on my Instagram! Roatan was stunning, I would love to go back! Tabyana Beach is literally the one of most picturesque locations I’ve seen. ❤️
One thing that saddens me is when I see old vessels left on the water to deteriorate. When going down a pier in Panama City, we passed by a Stillwater area where many such boats were left. One was so rotten, it was basically sinking! Though picturuesque, it’s sad to see these boats left behind, almost. As though they’ve served their purpose and are now done away with. Some, thankfully, are in good enough condition to be put to use!
One of my favorite sites in Panama City was certainly getting to see a great view downtown from a penthouse on the 37th floor during a Christmas party. The lights were breath taking and you could hear the sounds of distant Christmas music from the streets below. I especially loved seeing the city in such a light, because it both looked like any other big city but also different, because the culture of Panama was very much alive, especially at night.
Who doesn’t want to live in a pastry shop? Especially one as wonderful as Athanasiou in Panama City! With shelves and displays lined with all sorts of wonderful sweets and desserts, and the aroma of something freshly baking in the background, this is for sure marked as one of my favorite destinations in Panama City!
Casco Viejo remains one if my favorite destinations in that it’s structure and vibe reminds me a lot of the French Quarter in New Orleans. There’s a cultural vibe, an almost otherworldly aura, a clear location for tourists to come and seek new adventures, but also there’s the reminder that it is a home as well. People of all economic backgrounds live and thrive here, which I think only adds to its charm!
Outside markets are at the top of my list of favorite things to check out on my travels, and just in general! Panama certainly did not have a shortage of these, and especially in Panama City and Casco Viejo, these markets boasted splendid colors, beautiful ornaments, and lovely designs!
It started with a sketch of a lantern, then I realized that my favorite quote from Tolkien’s classic works could work alongside it!