Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween!

Well, in India we don't celebrate Halloween. I picked up a cute little pumpkin today and just thought I'll give carving a try. Not a bad 'Jack-O-Lantern'.

Happy Halloween !

Cool Ganeshas!

On our last trip to Chennai we had visited the shore temple at Mahabalipuram. There were few souvenir shops selling carved wooden Ganeshas. I must say these Ganesha's knew exactly how to beat the heat.

And time flies...

It's been a while since I posted on my blog. Things have been kind of hectic. I am working on a new project which involves things that I and my husband are passionate about. Will be sharing with all of you soon.

Meanwhile, let me share some more pics from the Folk Mela. We are taking a break & travelling to an interesting destination, will be back next week with loads of things to share.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Hampi Utsav.

The group monuments at Hampi are listed as Unesco's World Heritage Site. Hampi is an experience. I just love the ancient dravidian architecture.

The Govt. of Karnataka is organising a 'Hampi Utsav' a festival of dance, drama and music set against the backdrop of the exquisite ruins of the Vijayanagara dynasty- Hampi.

(images by Srini)

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Another year begins...

As I move into another year of my life, I look back quite contented. There have been trials and tribulations, there have been the lows as well as moments of great joy.

Moments of joy consists of little things like this card that my daughter made for me this morning.

I just love life, the colours of life!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Diwali Rangolis.

We had a Modern Rangoli Competition in our building during Diwali.

My husband and I were in different teams.
Our theme was 'Progress & Prosperity'. We depicted it using all organic products like pulses etc.
My husband's theme was 'Vaastu'. I think they did a great job.

Diwali Rangolis-2

Monday, October 23, 2006

100th Post!

I started blogging in July 2006. It started of as a creative journal of sorts and now it's become an integral part of my life. It's a great medium for sharing and learning new things. Thanks everyone for coming and sharing my colours of life.

For my 100th post, I am sharing a very colourful shop -Yamini. Yamini is a home furnishing store where you can find accessories for your home in amazing colours, textiles, patterns & prints.

This festive season they have a brand new collection. Do check it out.

(images from yamini.com)

Kumbham Contemporary Terracotta.

I came across these lovely terracotta containers by Kumbham Contemporary Terracotta Products at the Folk Mela.

I loved the interesting shape and the simple interlocking lid.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Folk Mela.

Continuing with the Diwali Festivities, a Folk Mela organised by Kala Madhyam is on at Chitrakala Parishad.

I just love the various arts and crafts of India. This mela or fair had artisans from various parts of India displaying their work. Colourful handwoven shawls, folk paintings, terracotta arts, handcrafted silken thread jewelry, ceramics and many many more.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Happy Diwali!

The atmosphere is completely charged up. Diwali sales are on, people are out on the streets bursting crackers, in Karnataka people also celebrate Gowri Puja which coincides with Diwali. There is happiness and cheer all around the city.

Wishing all of you a happy & safe diwali. Have a blast.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Diwali Festivities in Gandhi Bazaar.

Gandhi Bazaar in Basanvangudi can also be called one of the traditional places in Bangalore. Where you'll find wholesale markets of flowers, fruits & vegetables.

There are also small shops that sell puja items and diyas. With Diwali fast approaching this place wore a very festive look.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Gearing up for Diwali.

Yes, it's that time of the year. Diwali-the festival of lights is just around the corner. There is excitement everywhere. The homes being spruced up, people out shopping till they drop, sweet shops doing brisk business. I just love it!

I went to 'Pottery Town' to pick up some earthern 'diyas'. Diyas in interesting shapes & sizes drying out in the sun, ready to be baked and then spray painted in amazing terracotta or metallic colours. LOVE IT!

Friday, October 06, 2006

Mylapore Shopping.

If you really want to get the feel of cultural Chennai, head straight to Mylapore. Kapaleeshwar Temple is the main attraction of the place. The street leading to the temple has tiny shops selling brass puja items, dance costume jewelry, sarees etc.

This Dusshera, the streets wore a festive look with colourful idols for 'Golu' displayed along the footpath. The sight of vendors selling jasmine flowers, exotic spices, vegetables, plastic baskets, garlands...was amazing.

Here are some very interesting pics taken during my trip to Mylapore.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Colourful Glass Beads.

Another post about Chennai! Well, I have been so excited to share the amazing things I discovered in Chennai. This is my 3rd post in a day!

The Tamilnadu Gypsies or Narikuravas display strings of colourful glass beads in various sizes & shapes, in front of temples & busy marketplaces.

I picked up a few very interesting braclets & pendants in unusual colours. Enjoy the colours!