The Gipsy Geek (that’s right – the old spelling with an “i” – and not to be confused with the other “Gypsy-Geek blogs/media out there which came in AFTER this one) is an architect-artist-traveler who has made this virtual home to park her musings, philosophizing, pondering, meanderings, eccentricities and random thoughts, rants and reflections which occasionally and irregularly pop up due to the predicament of having a geeky brain and a gipsy heart. And since the logic behind ideas is often expressed better through writing, this is an outlet for her thoughts. A site separated from her more formal work one, which alas, does not allow room for other interests but remains focused only on architecture. To contact directly, drop a line at gipsygeek at gmail dot com
First person: I’ve grown up in five different countries, and visited and worked in many more – both in off-beat far out exotic (and sometimes dangerous) places and in more safer and cushier ones. I’ve been living in New York City for a while now, my 11th city – after nearly two years in Cambridge, USA. I’ve worked as an architect, landscape architect, interior designer and eco-city planner for several years, both as a free lancer and for distinguished firms; and feel grateful that my works through the years have been recognized through professional and academic awards and fellowships.
My interests include mountaineering (favourite ranges are the Kumaon & Kanchenjunga), ice-cliff climbing, kayaking, flying a Cessna (though I don’t own one yet), painting, cooking, reading voraciously, a past that included music, classical dance, print modeling and theatre and a present that hasn’t lost the goofiness that caused me to often spend time alone in the playground and lost in my thoughts and staring at the fractal geometry of leaves and branches. Or lying on the ground peering at close range and finding how the earth comes alive as the insect-world unfolds between blades of grass and dandelion stalks.
And though I’m free with my play of words and speak six languages, it is not the mode through which my brain primarily processes information. I ‘think’ in pictures. And that has its reasons, which some day I hope I can write a post on.
Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to leave comments on the writings. Both the ‘ni’ kind of comments and the ‘ekki-ekki-ekki-pittang-zoom-boing’ kind. (And if you got that, you’re a man/woman after my own heart.) All geeks and gypsies and everything in between welcome! Also, thank-you to all those who send me direct mails and to all the readers who wrote relevant comments.
Please note that any unintended self-assuredness, humour or sarcasm in the site is of the INTJ – variety, so excuse its directness. (I have a facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/TheGipsyGeek/ but never actively advertised nor asked for ‘fans’ since I write for myself more as an outlet and not particularly for any following. But a flickr, twitter, instagram and myspace account with the same name out there, including that of a cosplayer are not mine. Also sites which say “gypsygeek” aren’t mine either. Mine was the first site with the moniker and I’ve always spelled it as the Old English “Gipsy.”)
And yes, for those who asked, those are my eyes in the header…..
(and here are a few more pics to piss off 2 cyber-bullies who were relentlessly illogically mean even though I liked being anonymous and displayed only a concealed photo. No more.
These days it has come to the point that the term “rational woman” has become such an oxymoron that those who are logical have to declare themselves as ‘mentally abnormal’ in order to be left in peace! If you even say that you are a logical woman, some folks get ‘offended'(?). If you say you are a ‘geek’ they expect to see nerd glasses and clumsy mannerisms. ‘Feminine’ is pigeonholed to ‘soft, pretty but dumb and stupid.’ ‘Feminist’ is pigeonholed to meaning ‘angry, frustrated and other-harsh-look-related-adjectives woman.’ And if you say you are an architect, you’re expected to wear that unisex black turtle neck and be ‘manly’. Or be some 50+ bearded (or bald) man with thick black-rimmed glasses. Really, I wonder how such labels and descriptions have become prevalent. How about we blast all stereotypes, embrace paradoxes and just let people who are individualistic just ‘BE’. Be themselves, that is, without subscribing to any role/uniform/preconception?!
I think the world is proceeding into an illogical orgy of all the non-doers ‘getting offended’ by the doers for actually doing something. Or being themselves. Just a reminder – if it weren’t for the logical, rational computer engineers, even the internet would not have been possible…. As a certain world-known geeky entrepreneur had once said: “Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one!”