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Roshni (mememememeee)
06 August 2010 @ 11:37 am
I mentioned a while ago that author Moira J Moore responded to my fan email by asking if she could use my name for one of the characters in the fifth book in her very, very good Heroes series, called Heroes Return.  

Guess which book arrived over the weekend?

Gues who is in the book?


Not only am I in the book, but I am a 'beautiful young woman' with 'beautiful white teeth' (you have no idea how happy I am that my teeth are white. Truth - I have a recurring nightmare where all my teeth are gone or I have dentures or they are rotting.)

My life is extremely cool right now.

Any of course I started reading the book as soon as it was in my hands and had it finished far, far too quickly. I love the pairing and relationship between Lee and Taro, but my favourite character is obviously, Roshni. The fifth book in the series is full of political intrigue, something which I really appreciated. All the books have a dose of the poilitcs, but in this installment they are in the centre of it all (well almost - I think in the next book it will be even more prevalent).

I do recommend this series to everyone - it's funny, action-packed, has a fiesty (how I HATE that word) clever, relatable protagonist and always an excellent story line.

Live long and prosper!

Roshni (mememememeee)
20 July 2010 @ 10:22 am
Well my day started off at 5.30 in the morning - I was so excited that I couldn't sleep. So by 7.45 I was on the tube on my way to Earls Court 2. I reached there by 8.45 managed to get in before the door opened (!!!), sign in for my press pass and begin my day!

First I met Lenora Crichlow and got an autograph:

Then I queued up for Russell Tovey (that picture was in my previous post). The event works in an unusual way - you queue up to tell the organisers whose autograph you want. Then you queue for a virtual ticket and then when your number is called you get to have whatever you want sighed. A photograph is included in the price, so by the time I went to Russell's table I had two - one signed by Lenora and one that I just took because I had paid for it and I put that one under the first, since I wanted all three of their autograph's on the same photo.

So Russell signed it and he saw the second photo and asked me if I wanted that one signed too. I said 'I'm sorry but I haven't paid for it'. The organiser was so thrilled that I told the truth, that Russell signed it anyway!

Then it was Aidan't turn! I would have gone to him first but he was half a day late.

My ticket number for him was 249. I queued in the 1-25 line and hoped no one would check. No one did.

Then the Being Human cast also did a Q&A session with the audience!

And then they moved on to Aidan's new project which neither Russell nor Lenora knew about:

But they weren't the only people I met at Comic Con!

Kristanna Loken from Terminator 3 was there

As were Edi Gathegi and Tyler Houseman from the Twilight movies:

And Davile Bailie from the Pirates movies!

It was such a great day. And obviously I took a whole load more pictures and I let a Mitchell/Annie community post all the ones they wanted. SO if you want to see more, visit Vamp and Ghost here and if you want to read a transcript of what the queastions and answers were, go here

And this was my present at the end of the day!


It was all in all, a surreal, extraordinary and completely brilliant event. I have never been to anything like this before and I am sooooo looking forward to next year's Comic Con which is going to be over 3 DAYS. THREE DAYS!!

Live long and prosper!


Roshni (mememememeee)
17 July 2010 @ 09:52 pm
This is why I love my job - press pass to London Comic Con! I am very tired (and hungry_ but before I go I'm going to leave you with this picture which will be loved by all the Being Human fans out there!

Roshni (mememememeee)
10 July 2010 @ 09:18 pm

Unless you were that person in school, this picture is for you


I love it! And this is just an extra special one, because I will never pass up a juicy piece of gossip. Especially if it's about someone from High School!

Roshni (mememememeee)
29 June 2010 @ 03:43 pm

Head is killing me right now. Woke up with it like that. Anyhoo thought I would do this and it might take my mind of the pain (did I just write a pun there? Without thinking about it? Maybe headaches are a blessing in disguise. Though from the state of that pun, I doubt it.)

Yesterday was the last chance to see all the elephants before they are cleaned and auctioned off to raise money for the Asian Elephant. There was no way that I wasn't going to go.

This is me with the stunning Ganesh


And the lovely Little Moo

And below is The Seaside Elephant

And this is the elephant I like to think was named after me:

In case y'all didn't know, that would be the family name right there. And this is me with the family elephant.

And this is Tommy Hilfiger's Red Elephant. Sadly the mohawk was starting to die.

And this is Cloudia, who wondered throughout London during the Elephant Parade


Now that it's all over I am going to miss these Elephants so much. I fell in love with each and every single one and would love them to stay in London forever. But they must be auctioned off for a good cause.

Also campaign to go to London Comic Con is underway! Request has been sent for tickets in exchange for an article (or more) or a feature (or more) about the whole event and increase the awareness in this country. I want to go!! It sounds amazing and I have never been to an event like that before so it should be great!

And another article by me is up! This time it is an interview! It is here

Live long and prosper! (I might actually get to say that to some actualy Star Trek actors next week if I am lucky!)


Roshni (mememememeee)
12 June 2010 @ 10:52 pm
I'm sorry for my lack of posts - there will be excuses galore soon, but until then here is something else I wrote.

In the 1970’s, Indian cinema truly took a turn for the better. Parveen Babi and Zeenat Aman, two unforgettable Bollywood actresses took to the screen and changed the way Indian women were perceived, both at home and abroad. They became the glamorous rule breakers.

Parveen was born in 1949 in Gujarat to a Gujarati – Muslim family. She was talent spotted as a student at Ahmedabad University and in 1973 she made her debut. ‘Charitra’ (1973), a story about an unmarried pregnant woman was not only a hit, but the beginning of a 13 year career with a string of blockbuster films. She was uninhibited in her acting, free spirited and bohemian. Resulting from this she was usually cast as ‘the other woman’ or bad girl.


It was not only in her acting that Parveen broke societal norms. She was not afraid to be seen drinking and smoking on camera, two activities which were considered extremely taboo, especially for women. She discussed and admitted her use of drugs and advocated free love. She certainly practiced what she preached, having affairs with many of her married cast members and co-stars, including the director Mahesh Bhatt and the legendary Amitabh Bachchan. In March 1973 she became the first Indian actress to grace the cover of Time magazine.


She was sensational, stylish and beautiful, but she wasn’t the only one. Zeenat Aman, born in 1951 in Germany, also came from an academic background. Having completed a scholarship abroad at the University of California Los Angeles, she returned to India to pursue a career in journalism. After being cajoled into taking part in beauty pageants, she won the title of Miss Asia-Pacific. Two small roles in two unsuccessful films didn’t deter her. In 1971 she starred in the box office and critically acclaimed hit, Hare Rama Hare Krishna. Breaking tradition, she played a disenchanted Westernised hippie, which later won her a Best Supporting Actress Award.


She didn’t play the morally clean woman Indian audiences expected and instead depicted complex three-dimensional women. Throughout her career she shattered boundaries, playing characters who consider abortions in order to pursue their careers, deserted their jobless lovers for millionaires, sought justice after being assaulted and fell in love with their mother’s one time lover. In ‘Don’ (1978) she was the revenge seeking action heroine, while in ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’ (1977), she became the first Indian actress to kiss a leading man on the mouth.


While Zeenat wasn’t as free with her love as Parveen, she dressed in Western fashions and wore skimpy outfits at a time when women weren’t really allowed to do either. These two women changed the landscape of Indian cinema and while Zeenat still stars in both movies and theatre productions, Parveen passed away in 2005 after having retired from films and relocated to New York in 1983.

Author: Roshni Radia
Images Courtesy of Bollyood501 and Apunkachoice

Roshni (mememememeee)
02 June 2010 @ 04:07 pm

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Roshni (mememememeee)
29 May 2010 @ 02:59 pm
Yesterday friends rang and I answered their call. We went to 3 Elephant Parade locations.

This is Big Heart Open Mind in Green Park. And the one below is Fish and Chips

And this is Russel. Now he is most definitely a work of art

While this one is called Work of Art!

And outside the Royal Exchnage we found Taxi Elephant! On his stand there are solar pannels and at night his headlight eyes light up!

I have now seen a grand total of 84 (I think. It could be 86).

After that I went ot a meeting at The British Museum for a charity I volunteer with. I was the only person who turned up. It was supposed to start at 7.30. I had some lovely Marks and Spencer food and waited. And waited. the boos didn't turn up until ten minutes past eight. It was very annoying. But I did read a newspaper while I waited. By 10.30 I was thankfully home. As it was only me I was able to push the meeting along.

Today I am tired. I seem to go through cycles. Recently I have had glorious sleep - dark circles under my eyes look so much better. Now suddenly I am back to the zombie look I rock so well.

Live long and prosper!


Roshni (mememememeee)
24 May 2010 @ 05:11 pm
You all know what I did on Friday. My last post was full of pictures. What I didn't mention was that i was up at 6.15 in the morning for my almost-usual one and a half hour walk. Or that I managed to get lost on the Northern line for at least an hour before I saw the light of day again.

Not that I minded. I had to keep telling myself that it was an urdan adventure otherwise I would have given myself a stress heart attack then and there. All it meant was that when I finally got home, I was exhausted. Completely shattered. But the next day I was up bright and early and on my way to london again.

I'll give you one guess as to why. It's to do with my current obsession. Yup, the Elephants. Saturday was Meet the Artists day and all I could think about was that artists, including LUCY FLEMING was going to be there to talk about their elephants. On the official website it said that they will all be there form 10 to 1. Since this was all on the Southbank I decided to reach a little early and say hello to all my London Eye friends.  

Then I went down the Southbank to all the elephants. No artists there. I even went to each elephant and shouted the artists name and hoped someone would shout back 'that's me!' No one did. Of the 6 artists that were supposed to turn up, two did.

This is Arabella Sim with her artist Shanti Haathi (Peaceful Elephant in Hindi) and below is Diana Ralston with her elephant Brambles (or as she calls him, Brambles at Midnight).

Now don't get me wrong or think me ungrateful, meeting these two extraordinarily talented artists was incredible, but I had planned for a lot more. I was going to write about this for the Hub and I wanted a huge name like Lucy Fleming. But I did learn some interesting things, like the fact that Diana Ralston's cats hated Brambles and peed on his leg!!

So I had been walking up and down the Southback from 10 to 12.30. With only half an hour left I doubted anyone else would come, since Arabella Sim told me that at 1 all the artists were off to a party. So then I truged home.

Now, for that evening I had won tickets to go to the live filming of Over the Raindow! For anyone unfamiliar with the show, it's a talent search basically for the next West End star. In the past they have found Maria in Sound of Music, Joseph in Joseph's Technicolour Dream Coat and Nancy in Oliver. This one was for Dorothy in Wizard of Oz. At about three in the afternoon I called the studios to find out what time poeple usually start queuing. She replied that they had already been here for a few hours. Thankfully the studios are only 10 minutes from my house.

Now remember that on Saturday the temperature had reached about 25 degrees C. It was very, very hot. And there was no shade. My Mum wanted to come but I told her that I'll queue and she can come five minutes before the doors open. I then found out that if anyone is waiting in the queue for people they have to leave the queue and re-join when all of their party is here. Hurried phone call to the parental units and a lie to the event managers meant that I didn't have to leave the queue. As far as they were concerned, Mum was in McDonals having food. 

So then we waited. Stood until 6.15 when doors opened. Then we waited some more for the live filming to begin, but at least now we were sitting. 3 ROWS FROM THE FRONT! Made the whole waiting in the sunshine for 2838548 hours a little better.

The live results show was an hour after the remaining Dorothys tried for the last time to win votes. And it was during this that I managed to sneak in some pictures.

The tension during the resluts show was incredible. And when the winner was being announced I was on the edge of my seat. I had a favourite and I wanted her to win. Her name was Danielle. And gues who won?! DANIELLE! As soon as her name was announced I was out of my seat cheering like a loony.

In this picture you can just see her by the balloons talking to another past Dorothy contestant in the green dress. Danielle is in the blue. If any of you have a moment then take a look at her performance of Mambo Italiano. It has to be one of the best live musical performances I have ever seen.

This girl is going to be a huge star.

So I was physically and emotionally exhausted by the time I got home. By the time I went to bed I was a zombie. Then came Sunday. And work aka HELL.

I work every Sunday in a library. We recently got three self service machines. They told me about it, but not my colleague. The two of us are in charge of the other two staff members. She was extremely insulted by this and handed in her notice. And then refused to do anything but shelve books for the rest of the day. My hands were actually shaking from exhaustion by the time I finally managed to get home. For the first time ever, I think I actually earnt my pay. I feel like asking for a raise. Who likes to work as hard as the money they earn? Not me.

So that was my epic weekend. What did I learn?
  • Wearing sleeves means you will get a tan line across your upper arm that you will have to hide for the whole summer because it is an actual line
  • People in a queue are constantly trying to get in front of you. It's not paranoia if the scarily overweight woman actually does it
  • Work colleagues can be very touchy
  • That my voice on a dictaphone sounds like nails on a chalkboard
  • And finally, work is not worth the heart attack I almost had.
Today as been wonderful. I have been sitting on a chair and not moving. Glorious.

Live long and prosper!


Roshni (mememememeee)
23 May 2010 @ 08:00 pm
I went to my first fashion show on Friday. At the V&A Museum it was called Fashion in Motion: Osman, Osman being the designer. His work was and is amazing. The below pictures were all taken by a friend who came with me. And this was work!

This model is going to come striding out of the photo at any moment.

I love the idea of a flower. Since the weather has turned baking recently, this dress seems perfect.

And look at these shoes!

Then as it was me, we had to go Elephant hunting!

This one is called Haathi and he's right outside the V&A Museum and the one below is Less is Morvi which is at the same place:

And this is Brambles, who is outside the National Theatre on the Southbank

And the clue for the name of the one below is, 'My name is Bond. James Bond.' Not much of a clue is it? More like an answer.

Live long and prosper!