Category

The Oak Desk

Verses

Peeta Hoon To

In those days of joyous abandon, the craft was not the focus, but the feelings were. Poetry to me is about moments, it should evoke feelings and memories. And this poetry sums up that.

Continue reading
Ads, The Oak Desk

Dushmani to hai

This video was made during World Cup 2015, especially for the India-Pakistan match, the biggest match of the ICC World Cup. We were brainstorming on the thought when I went silent. When an idea comes to my mind, I become oblivious to the crowd or the chatter and start penning my thoughts, as if I am sitting alone.

Continue reading
Devour, Press, Writings

Katra Sattvik Food

To understand the food of Katra, one must understand the concept of Sattvik. We all know that Sattvik is pure vegetarian food, just as is Vaishnav food. But there is more to Sattvik than just the pleasant sounding name. It stems from Ayurdeva

Continue reading
Ads, The Oak Desk

That Sandalwood Hoarding

This was in mid 2000s, when Indian advertising wasn’t orgasm-ing on overtly emotional routes of ‘Khushiyan, Rishtey, Garmahat’ etc. This hoarding ad was just a fancy painting, to say the least. Yet, for someone it was a piece of art, which spoke to him in ways he hadn’t expected.

Continue reading
Image by Sahil Banga
The Oak Desk, Writings

An Everyday Saga

As the last ray of sun melts into the horizon, the sky changes colors like a chameleon. The clouds do try to bounce off a kaleidoscopic luminescence with joyous oranges, yellows and reds, but the light is short-lived.

Continue reading
Snap It Swap It ad
Ads, Press, The Oak Desk

Advertising: Snap It Swap It

We at Praxis added our creative twist to one of the biggest head-turners for Home Centre – one of the region’s leading retail concepts. What was briefed in as a furniture exchange campaign went out as a full fledged engaging sales campaign right from the word go! All people had to do to get their old furniture replaced was to take a snap of their rickety old stuff to their nearest Home Centre stores. From print to outdoor to digital, the campaign was a huge business success!

Continue reading
Fiction, The Oak Desk

Books Vs eBooks

She was lying next to him while a droopy moon vied for attention. Her smell allured him to an extent that he would sniff her up before laying his hands on her. She was his new favorite. Voluptuous and traditional, he couldn’t have asked for more.

Continue reading
College Days Sahil Banga
The Oak Desk, Writings

Nostalgia: College Days

The corridors were abuzz with loud chatter, laughter marked by wild abandon, and talks that never had any end. The newfound voice that was accompanied by philosophies, ideologies and dreamy notions. A culture of nonconformity was conditioned in these years.

Continue reading
Calendar Sahil Banga
Ads, Press, The Oak Desk

Calendar Image

Our client, SNTTA Travel & Tour, was developing a calendar themed Festivals of the World wherein my picture was used for Bali Arts Festival (June). The text in the calendar has been written by me, while I managed the whole project end-to-end.

Continue reading
Maid Article on The Indian Trumpet
Press, The Oak Desk, Writings

Watch it, Bai.

She sat hunched on her knees, eyes bereft of remorse yet welled up, occasional hiccups bringing a kind of comic relief in that tense moment. She was accused of theft, a grave offense given that maids are supposed to be loyal to the core.

Continue reading
Maid Article on The Indian Trumpet
Press, The Oak Desk, Writings

Bai-God it’s true!

In India, a house is not ‘home’ until there is a Bai rustling up her magic broom there. She’s the harbinger of cleanliness, convenience and sanity, a God-sent figure who fights the rogues called dirt, teaches messiness a lesson and brings order in disorder.

Continue reading
The Oak Desk, Writings

When smells become sweet memories

The smell of iron or metals in a train brings back memories of long train journeys. And the smell in the air! How do I elaborate on the smell of autumn, of the onset of winters and the way everything starts becoming romantic, eventually becoming quixotic in winters.

Continue reading
Devour, The Oak Desk, Thoughts, Writings

Do the nutty stuff

Almonds. They remind me of an entire childhood ritual spent eating 5 peeled almonds daily in the morning that were soaked overnight. They remind me of my pet who I would pamper by feeding him 2-3 of them daily and he would gleefully chew on them as if they were made of rubber. Almonds also remind me of that Kashmiri vendor who would come to Delhi every winters to sell Cashmere shawls and bring me almonds

Continue reading