Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Museum of Broken Relationships, Zagreb #AditisPen

As a museum goer and art lover, I enjoy the self exploration that an exhibition stimulates. It's a rewarding experience, visiting a museum. But it's not very often that it has a lasting impact.

The Museum of Broken Relationships was one such intriguing experience, where the inspiration has stayed with me till date.

It was on a hot summer day that we visited Zagreb. Idling through the sleepy streets, we were looking for a cafe to satisfy our hunger pangs, when we found ourselves standing before this beautiful baroque Kulmer palace in the historical upper town of the city. The name caught my attention, and in we went. Not realizing that the next two hours would be an emotional glimpse into the life of broken hearts from across the world.

After they mutually decided to separate, Croatian artists Olinka Vistina and Drazen Grubisic were reluctant to part with the sentimental mementos of their past love. This inspired them to open the Museum of Broken Relationships, so that the items could remain together. The idea took off and soon people from all over began to donate their reminders of heartbreak.

From a key bottle opener, to rubber shoes, a wisp of hair, a stupid frisbee, a French ID, a child's pedal car, a postcard - each item is accompanied by personal stories evoking a whole lot of memories - love, nostalgia, bitterness, lust - nothing escapes this exhibition.

Breaking up connects people. The Museum found this to be true, with over 1,000 people a week visiting the collection in its permanent home in Croatia. This intense success had them opening a second Museum of Broken Relationships in Los Angeles in 2016.

The stories stayed with me for long and inspired this guest post - In this piece I've explored travel inspired storytelling. This is a work of fiction inspired by my travel to Zagreb, Croatia in May 2017.

It was a bright sunny day in May, and I was walking around Zagreb, Croatia. Nothing seemed strange, except you were on my mind. We had spoken the night before and both, though struggling through their own mental breakdowns, were quick to comfort and advice each other.

Read the entire post on Shalzmojo - Not Broken, But Forever Grateful | A Summer Day in Zagreb

Would love your feedback: Do let me know what you think of this narrative style? I'd love it if you tell me in the comments!

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Mindfulness, Meditation and Migraine #AditisPen

Strange title, you might think. But for someone who is writing this at 1 am and suffers from migraine attacks, who has adopted mindfulness in her daily life, and whose definition of meditation is 'to reach out, to reach within', these three Ms hold a lot of meaning.

Now, where do I start? I have always been a night owl. I remember as kids, my sister would flat out as soon as she hit the bed and I would stay up tossing and turning till an ungodly hour. Call me selfish, but sometimes I would really get desperate and wake her up. She would then stroke my hair or massage my head until one of us, usually her again, would drift off. At other times, a worried parent would come into our room and try to put me to sleep. Even as a teenager and well into my adult years, Mom would sit by the bed and narrate stories, this could be family gossip too; and Dad would help me meditate. His soothing voice would guide me to 'breathe in, and breathe out', 'to relax the toes, the tips of your fingers', and so on.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Dazzling Winter Nights - Lumiere London 2018

What an incredible evening! My heart is singing after experiencing some jaw dropping light installations last night.

Lumiere London is the UK's largest light festival and they are showcasing more than 50 UK and international artists in London. It opened yesterday and I was able to visit eight art works on my first night out. Each unique in its creativity; spaces, streets and iconic buildings envisaged in a different light.

The festival is on from 17:30 - 22:30 each evening, 18th - 21st January. And if you are in London, leave the warmth of your houses and go exploring. Trust me, all your January blues will be forgotten!

And the best thing, it's free. Curated by Artichoke, an arts charity and the UK's leading producer of art in the public realm, the festival has returned for the second time in the city after its first dazzling showcase in 2016.

Enough said, take a look at few of the captures from day one of chasing the lights.

This way, please.