|The big blank space on the yellow wall really screams out to be filled. I'd hang something up, but I keep thinking I'll need to have shelves built there to hold my ever-mounting piles of papers and books.|
On to the filmi artifacts, all of which are gifts, which is absolutely perfect because one of the things I love most about Bollywood fandom is all the dear friends I have met without who have become such an integral part of my life.
Ganesha shops in London. I think the image is supposed to be in the style of rickshaw art. I love that the biggest star of all of Hindi cinema is surrounded by a field of glued-on gold flowers. I put him here on purpose; the bulletin board reminds me of an extremely haphazard altar area (and in fact two items I contributed to our staff ofrenda during a Dios de los Muertos exhibit years ago are there as well), so of course the principal idol should be there, and it also seemed right that he was facing any visitors to my office, both as protector and host, the perfect patriarch. He sees—and possibly judges—all.
- Rajasthani puppets,
- the adorable and eye-opening book Going to School in India,
- Shrinky Dink of Luke Wilson
- magnet set of the equipment and ingredients required to make pancakes,
- two sets of Pantone color swatches,
- pen with a mini Tardis on one end that makes the Tardis noises,
- Powerpuff Girls stamps (I currently only have Bubbles and Mojo Jojo),
- metallic Canadian maple leaf sticker with a tyrannosaurus in a yellow t-shirt (seen just to the left of the Apple symbol on my computer above)
- dinosaur key chain that lights up and goes RAWR RAWR if you push a switch on its back,
- orange and yellow plastic Slinky,
- old Limca bottle to play along with whatever you like to listen to on web radio, and
- Calvin and Hobbes cartoons (e.g. "What's the point of wearing your favorite rocket ship underpants if no one asks to see 'em?" and "We 'big picture' people rarely become historians"). I'm pretty sure that if you are an academic employee at any American university, you are contractually required to have Calvin and Hobbes and/or Far Side cartoons displayed prominently in your workspace.