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The Mirza Ghalib T-shirt - Royal Blue - Girls

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Damn ... I was supposed to release this t-shirt on July 13th - which was a Friday :( Missed it ...

See, that's what happens with people like me - brilliant, but damn lazy!

I have always been a Mirza Ghalib fan - not the hardcore type who understand each and every word the great man has uttered, but a passionate 'liker' ... and this liking for Mirza Ghalib, for me, perhaps began when doordarshan was the only channel we could watch (thank gawd!) and mom and dad allowed us to watch the serials at 9pm. Yeps, I am referring to Gulzar's televised tribute to the dramatic poet ...

A month ago, I had an urge to revisit Ghalib's "Unke dekhe se jo aa jaati hai moonh par raunak" ... did some youtube-giri, and landed on this. What followed was a lazy, lazy Sunday afternoon with Praveen Kumar Gill (my pilot batchmate) at his Hyderabad abode (where else would you want to be to feel more Ghalibish - except for Ballimaran??) checking video after video and ghor-dissection of his sher-o-shayri and ghazals at http://www.columbia.edu/itc/mealac/pritchett/00ghalib/ghazal_index.html ...

Of course, I shared a link on FB, and unsurprisingly ... a good chunk of people responded to that post. There's not a lawwwwt of people who take the time off to appreciate Ghalib, but the one's who do ... are almost devotees!

And that passion is what drives me to do any t-shirt here - no wonder I instantly decided to do a Ghalib t-shirt.

Initially, I decided to do this t-shirt with the ever-dashing Neha Celly ... we discussed a few things ... but she got busier (Celly ... we'll do some other tee soon!).

However, grrrrrreat friend (and what a woman!!) Asha Patel did everything that you see here - and hats off to her!

Like always, I scratched the first thought of creativity that came to my head. I have this habit of ignoring the first line of thoughts ... for some weird reason! While doing this tee, the first thought was to do a grungy portrait of Ghalib, mention something in Urdu, and add some trivia about Ghalib.

I felt that would have been a nice t-shirt, but ... may be too predictable. Plus, I needed something more contemporary ... more stylish ...

So we decided to still do a graphic of Ghalib ... but instead of the portrait version, we would do it as if we are making a stylish logo ... symbol for his 'brand'. No sketchy lines ... no random backgrounds ... no wrinkles on the face ... Instead, I decided to go for solid colors, solid lines, proper shapes. Infact, we went ahead and made the entire face-graphic symmetrical. Easier said than done ... but when Asha says she will do it - she always does.

Why this thought? Well, all I wanted to achieve was a symbolic representation of Ghalib - a different way of making him look contemporarily cool too. We also pondered over the size of the graphic on the t-shirt. A smaller graphic looks subtle, sophisticated ... while a larger one attracts attention, is loud and vehement. I went for the latter one in this print - may be i might do a smaller print the next time.

It did not take me long to find the font used to write down one of Ghalib's shers (my favorite ever ... but more importantly ... there must have been a reason why Gulzar sahab chose that one sher in the introduction to his TV serial). We could have done it in Urdu ... but I went for English because eventually, it makes sense if people end up deciphering it with minimum effort. They ought to know what's written, right?

Very, very luckily ... only those people who knew the sher in advance can decipher the writing on the back. It's only fair ... since I really think that anyone who doesn't know this sher of Ghalib doesn't even deserve to wear or own this t-shirt. It really is that simple.

So here's the Ghalib tee. Again ... not more than 501 copies of this tee will be sold ... ever. Plus, what better color to do a Ghalib on ... than a 'Regal' blue?!
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The Mirza Ghalib T-shirt - Royal Blue - Unisex

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Design Thoughts!: 

Damn ... I was supposed to release this t-shirt on July 13th - which was a Friday :( Missed it ...

See, that's what happens with people like me - brilliant, but damn lazy!

I have always been a Mirza Ghalib fan - not the hardcore type who understand each and every word the great man has uttered, but a passionate 'liker' ... and this liking for Mirza Ghalib, for me, perhaps began when doordarshan was the only channel we could watch (thank gawd!) and mom and dad allowed us to watch the serials at 9pm. Yeps, I am referring to Gulzar's televised tribute to the dramatic poet ...

A month ago, I had an urge to revisit Ghalib's "Unke dekhe se jo aa jaati hai moonh par raunak" ... did some youtube-giri, and landed on this. What followed was a lazy, lazy Sunday afternoon with Praveen Kumar Gill (my pilot batchmate) at his Hyderabad abode (where else would you want to be to feel more Ghalibish - except for Ballimaran??) checking video after video and ghor-dissection of his sher-o-shayri and ghazals at http://www.columbia.edu/itc/mealac/pritchett/00ghalib/ghazal_index.html ...

Of course, I shared a link on FB, and unsurprisingly ... a good chunk of people responded to that post. There's not a lawwwwt of people who take the time off to appreciate Ghalib, but the one's who do ... are almost devotees!

And that passion is what drives me to do any t-shirt here - no wonder I instantly decided to do a Ghalib t-shirt.

Initially, I decided to do this t-shirt with the ever-dashing Neha Celly ... we discussed a few things ... but she got busier (Celly ... we'll do some other tee soon!).

However, grrrrrreat friend (and what a woman!!) Asha Patel did everything that you see here - and hats off to her!

Like always, I scratched the first thought of creativity that came to my head. I have this habit of ignoring the first line of thoughts ... for some weird reason! While doing this tee, the first thought was to do a grungy portrait of Ghalib, mention something in Urdu, and add some trivia about Ghalib.

I felt that would have been a nice t-shirt, but ... may be too predictable. Plus, I needed something more contemporary ... more stylish ...

So we decided to still do a graphic of Ghalib ... but instead of the portrait version, we would do it as if we are making a stylish logo ... symbol for his 'brand'. No sketchy lines ... no random backgrounds ... no wrinkles on the face ... Instead, I decided to go for solid colors, solid lines, proper shapes. Infact, we went ahead and made the entire face-graphic symmetrical. Easier said than done ... but when Asha says she will do it - she always does.

Why this thought? Well, all I wanted to achieve was a symbolic representation of Ghalib - a different way of making him look contemporarily cool too. We also pondered over the size of the graphic on the t-shirt. A smaller graphic looks subtle, sophisticated ... while a larger one attracts attention, is loud and vehement. I went for the latter one in this print - may be i might do a smaller print the next time.

It did not take me long to find the font used to write down one of Ghalib's shers (my favorite ever ... but more importantly ... there must have been a reason why Gulzar sahab chose that one sher in the introduction to his TV serial). We could have done it in Urdu ... but I went for English because eventually, it makes sense if people end up deciphering it with minimum effort. They ought to know what's written, right?

Very, very luckily ... only those people who knew the sher in advance can decipher the writing on the back. It's only fair ... since I really think that anyone who doesn't know this sher of Ghalib doesn't even deserve to wear or own this t-shirt. It really is that simple.

So here's the Ghalib tee. Again ... not more than 501 copies of this tee will be sold ... ever. Plus, what better color to do a Ghalib on ... than a 'Regal' blue?!

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The 'I Love Hindi' T-shirt - Wine, Girls

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Design Thoughts!: 
Another thirteenth, and this time, it's a Friday too! Yexciting day for Toubé Bäs! :)

The concept of this t-shirt had been playing on my mind for the past year and a half (yes!). Infact, last year, there was an opportunity to do this tee for the "Hindi Divas" (September 14th), but at Toubé Bäs I am always wary of making event-specific t-shirts. Somehow, event-specific t-shirts remain just that: event-specific. They lose the bigger context ... the larger perspective.

Hence, this year, I decided not to wait for September to arrive! Just went ahead, and made this t-shirt ... for lovers of Hindi, and Hindi Literature! A couple of weeks back, Ashfaq Hussain (who prints all the t-shirts done here, and without whom I would be so lost!) showed me this sleek, classy wine colored fabric. That very instant I knew that the next t-shirt on Toubé Bäs had to be a wine colored one. The minimalistic design in this tee, thankfully, let's the fabric color do a lot of talking.

Some yada-yada about the t-shirt design ...

I feel that people of my generation, and generations before that, are quite fortunate ... to have spent their growing-up years in a much less information-bombarded zone, in a much more peaceful ambience. Like, all we could watch on the TV was Doordarshan and, in hindsight, it feels awesome to realise that we were shown some cherry-picked, carefully selected tv programs that added a great deal of value to our growing-up years. If I start blah-ing out a list, it will take me forever ... (but one of my favorites was 'Stone Boy', and the afternoon session during vacations)!

One day, I would do a t-shirt on Doordarshan, and those good ol' days.

Similarly, I am grateful that I had a great deal of exposure to the richness of 'Indian' literature too. I can go on and on about Hindi literature and how dear it is to me, how fond I am of it, and how I find so many people in my age zone who feel nostalgic about it ... but I'll do one thing: I'll throw some names at you. If you know these names, and are fond of them, you would know what emotions are running in my head at the moment, and may be this t-shirt is 'made for you'. If not, don't even bother ... really.

Here you go ...

1) "कृष्ण की चेतावनी!" - रामधारी सिंघ 'दिनकर'

I still get goosebumps when I recite these lines,

"हरि ने भीषण हुँकार किया, अपना स्वरूप विस्तार किया
डगमग डगमग दिग्गज डोले, भगवान कुपित हो कर बोले
ज़ंजीर बढ़ा अब साध मुझे,हाँ-हाँ दुर्यौधन! बाँध मुझे!
जब नाश मनुज पे छाता है, पहले विवेक मर जाता है!
याचना नहीं अब रण होगा, जीवन जय या की मरण होगा!
दुर्योधन रण ऐसा होगा, फिर कभी नहीं वैसा होगा!"

2) "झाँसी की रानी" - सुभद्रा कुमारी चौहान

Oh! I am getting nostalgic already ... "बुंदेले हरबोलों के मुँह हमने सुनी कहानी थी, खूब लड़ी मर्दानी वह तो झाँसी वाली रानी थी" ... I may forget my name, but can't forget these two sentences. Nevah Evah!

There are so many other names ... Maithili Sharan Gupt (I still am looking for someone who can explain 'Saket' to me), Premchand, Harivanshrai Bachchan, Acharya Chatursen, Jaishankar Prasad, Mahadevi Varma, Mohan Rakesh (oh boy!), Rahi Masoom Raza ... oh so many more names. I thought I would be able to take a few names and do justice to my, and may be yours too, passion and love for Hindi literature! How dumb is that :)

I guess I would rather stop my blah-blah here ... Hindi literature can speak for itself.

The great realization I had when I started thinking about a tee for Hindi, apart from the common realisation that the letters 'ल' and 'व' lie next to each other in the Hindi alphabet, was that the letters 'आ' and 'इ' appear together too! It took me months of random pondering to somehow spot this out ... but the moment I did, I knew I had a lovely, witty t-shirt in the making! A t-shirt that, true to Toubé Bäs' philosophy, is certain to start a conversation about Hindi, and your love for it.

I think I should be grateful to the Hindi alphabet ... and to whoever came up with this sequence of lettering! I am!

If you are an ardent lover of Hindi literature, I am glad you arrived at this page ... not to buy the t-shirt (that's not the top-most priority for me at Toubé Bäs), but it feels good to know people who still have that thing for Hindi books. Do get in touch with me, especially if you can take me through the mystical, "Saket" ... the first time I read what the book is about, I knew I had to give it its due respect and understand it carefully.
Shipping Cost: 
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The 'I Love Hindi' T-shirt - Wine, Unisex

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Design Thoughts!: 
Another thirteenth, and this time, it's a Friday too! Yexciting day for Toubé Bäs! :)

The concept of this t-shirt had been playing on my mind for the past year and a half (yes!). Infact, last year, there was an opportunity to do this tee for the "Hindi Divas" (September 14th), but at Toubé Bäs I am always wary of making event-specific t-shirts. Somehow, event-specific t-shirts remain just that: event-specific. They lose the bigger context ... the larger perspective.

Hence, this year, I decided not to wait for September to arrive! Just went ahead, and made this t-shirt ... for lovers of Hindi, and Hindi Literature! A couple of weeks back, Ashfaq Hussain (who prints all the t-shirts done here, and without whom I would be so lost!) showed me this sleek, classy wine colored fabric. That very instant I knew that the next t-shirt on Toubé Bäs had to be a wine colored one. The minimalistic design in this tee, thankfully, let's the fabric color do a lot of talking.

Some yada-yada about the t-shirt design ...

I feel that people of my generation, and generations before that, are quite fortunate ... to have spent their growing-up years in a much less information-bombarded zone, in a much more peaceful ambience. Like, all we could watch on the TV was Doordarshan and, in hindsight, it feels awesome to realise that we were shown some cherry-picked, carefully selected tv programs that added a great deal of value to our growing-up years. If I start blah-ing out a list, it will take me forever ... (but one of my favorites was 'Stone Boy', and the afternoon session during vacations)!

One day, I would do a t-shirt on Doordarshan, and those good ol' days.

Similarly, I am grateful that I had a great deal of exposure to the richness of 'Indian' literature too. I can go on and on about Hindi literature and how dear it is to me, how fond I am of it, and how I find so many people in my age zone who feel nostalgic about it ... but I'll do one thing: I'll throw some names at you. If you know these names, and are fond of them, you would know what emotions are running in my head at the moment, and may be this t-shirt is 'made for you'. If not, don't even bother ... really.

Here you go ...

1) "कृष्ण की चेतावनी!" - रामधारी सिंघ 'दिनकर'

I still get goosebumps when I recite these lines,

"हरि ने भीषण हुँकार किया, अपना स्वरूप विस्तार किया
डगमग डगमग दिग्गज डोले, भगवान कुपित हो कर बोले
ज़ंजीर बढ़ा अब साध मुझे,हाँ-हाँ दुर्यौधन! बाँध मुझे!
जब नाश मनुज पे छाता है, पहले विवेक मर जाता है!
याचना नहीं अब रण होगा, जीवन जय या की मरण होगा!
दुर्योधन रण ऐसा होगा, फिर कभी नहीं वैसा होगा!"

2) "झाँसी की रानी" - सुभद्रा कुमारी चौहान

Oh! I am getting nostalgic already ... "बुंदेले हरबोलों के मुँह हमने सुनी कहानी थी, खूब लड़ी मर्दानी वह तो झाँसी वाली रानी थी" ... I may forget my name, but can't forget these two sentences. Nevah Evah!

There are so many other names ... Maithili Sharan Gupt (I still am looking for someone who can explain 'Saket' to me), Premchand, Harivanshrai Bachchan, Acharya Chatursen, Jaishankar Prasad, Mahadevi Varma, Mohan Rakesh (oh boy!), Rahi Masoom Raza ... oh so many more names. I thought I would be able to take a few names and do justice to my, and may be yours too, passion and love for Hindi literature! How dumb is that :)

I guess I would rather stop my blah-blah here ... Hindi literature can speak for itself.

The great realization I had when I started thinking about a tee for Hindi, apart from the common realisation that the letters 'ल' and 'व' lie next to each other in the Hindi alphabet, was that the letters 'आ' and 'इ' appear together too! It took me months of random pondering to somehow spot this out ... but the moment I did, I knew I had a lovely, witty t-shirt in the making! A t-shirt that, true to Toubé Bäs' philosophy, is certain to start a conversation about Hindi, and your love for it.

I think I should be grateful to the Hindi alphabet ... and to whoever came up with this sequence of lettering! I am!

If you are an ardent lover of Hindi literature, I am glad you arrived at this page ... not to buy the t-shirt (that's not the top-most priority for me at Toubé Bäs), but it feels good to know people who still have that thing for Hindi books. Do get in touch with me, especially if you can take me through the mystical, "Saket" ... the first time I read what the book is about, I knew I had to give it its due respect and understand it carefully.
Rs. 591.00
Shipping Cost: 
50
Initial Stock (32-48): 
0
0
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Rs. 591.00
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