Freelance Nomad

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

All change

You may have noticed that I've barely updated the blog in ages. There are many reasons for this, but let's not worry too much about that. It's time to look towards... THE FUTURE.

The all-new, all-singing-and-dancing WORLDOFPABLO.COM is coming very soon. I'll even be writing far more frequently on the blog itself.

In the meantime, you can also follow me on Twitter...

See you soon!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

WOGMA trailer

Here's a fun trailer for my friend Meeta's movie review website - (also known as 'WOGMA'). It's mainly packed full of reviews of new Hindi movie releases, although it does feature the occasional guest review from yours truly. Anyway, this clip will only be up here for a very short time because of bandwidth issues - so enjoy while it lasts! (See how I give an aura of mystery there...)

DISCLAIMER: this might not make much sense unless you've seen all-time Bollywoord classic 'Sholay'. Of course, even then it might not make much sense either...

This is a fun trailer for WOGMA.
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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Yikes! I haven't posted any entries in months. However, I'll get some stuff up here soon - there's plenty to catch up on.

In the meantime, here's a link to

Rujuta's just started taking her own dance classes and I've knocked up the website. So if you're in Pune any time soon, make sure you sign up...

Tuesday, July 31, 2007


Just an old-but-gold photo from this year's Holi - the 'Festival of Colours'.

'Playing Holi' generally involves getting as many people soaked with water and covered in powder paint as possible. These days you can get herbal colours if you look hard enough, but there's no guarantee that everyone else isn't using products designed for industrial use only. It's then quite an effort to get all the paint off afterwards, but it's all part of the fun.

Look closely at this picture. I'm copping a bucket from Hans as Ashlu looks on. Ho ho. But wait! What's that in his back pocket? The sly rascal has a backup supply!

I will get my revenge next year.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Keep Laughing

In a previous post I recounted the story of having my trekking boots nicked by the Uttar Pradesh police once I got back to India.

Well, I was reminded of it again yesterday, when big sister Jenny and I went to see Othello at the Globe Theatre in London. One sonnet seemed particularly apt:

The robb'd that smiles steals something from the thief;
He robs himself that spends a bootless grief.

Always good to see the funny side.

In other developments, I now have my visa to return to India - BRINGITON. As you can guess I'm very pleased about this... I'll be flying back on the 18th, but until then will be flitting around London and Norwich... See you soon?

Ice Cold In Kathmandu

Friday, June 01, 2007

Stigma Chakra
This the 'Stigma Chakra'. It's something Hans developed to illustrate what we see on the DISHA project time and time again.

People are ignorant about HIV. What it is, how it's transmitted, how to get tested, what it means to be HIV positive, what treatment options are available and so on. No one should be complacent: this lack of knowledge is NOT limited to India.

But the ignorance makes people fearful, leading to huge stigma surrounding the virus. When people encounter someone who is HIV positive, they react with discrimination. This leads to silence: why would you come forward if you might be shunned by your friends and family? People who suspect they may be HIV positive are reluctant to come and get tested. If they do find out they're HIV positive, they may be reluctant to tell anyone about it. As a result, they may run the risk of spreading the infection to their partner/s.

People living with HIV (PLHIV) often fail to seek medical help when they need it. Time and again, they won't come forward until they're at HIV stage IV, clinically known as AIDS. By this stage - needlessly! - it's too late. Yet by living healthily, treating opportunistic infections promptly and by following a regime of antiretroviral therapy, people can live with HIV for years. It is a chronic treatable condition, like diabetes.

But whereas people can live with HIV, AIDS is fatal. This reinforces the stereotype that HIV equals death... which leads to fear, leading to stigma... leading to discrimination... and so it goes on.

The key is to break the cycle. The enemy of ignorance is knowledge. Make people aware, and you can remove the fear. And the stigma, and the discrimination, and the silence.