Wednesday, December 29, 2010

It's been a good year

And so another year is through. Its been a good year this year. I think its been an important year for me. I spent most of 2009 struggling to find myself. I think I can say that I did in 2010. I am happier now and more at peace with myself. And most importantly I have found the one thing that I want to do with my life - quilt. I am grateful for this. I feel now that I could do what it takes to do what I want to do. One of my brother's lines: Do what you have to do to do what you want to do. Now that I know what I want to do, I think it will be easier for me to do what I have to.

Turned 30 this year and decided to live more intentionally. Had a great birthday brunch at home.

I traveled twice this year. Once to Dandeli with friends for 4 days and then to Himachal Pradesh with my husband for 25 days! They were both wonderful trips and the Himachal trip was better than any travel I have ever know. I am grateful.

Spent a lot of time with my dog - Hugo. I think he has changed the way I think of dogs and has brought many smiles to my face. 

My younger brother got married and is very happy. It's fantastic. :)

I quit my full time job and worked part time with a writers residency. Interesting work. Brought on a fair bit of stress because of some other issues which I am still trying to work with. That was the only bummer this year. But I think it is a lesson. I will be smarter from now on. More importantly I think it helped me return to God. I reached a point where I had nowhere else to turn. No hope of finding any strength or assurance. And then, as I should have, I turned to God. It is good. I'm learning to trust Him again. I needed that. I don't know how things will work out with the problem but everyday I learn to trust God to carry me through.

Finished my very first quilt. Found a fabric market with great fabric.

Rehearsed for a play and performed in a work in progress show. The play is on hold but the process taught me a great deal.

Learning to love myself.

Learning to love my husband. I think my marriage is better that it used to be. Its a good sign. Marriage does get better with time it seems.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Nrityagram

I've been spending a few days on and off at Nrityagram - the dance village in Hessarghatta, Bangalore. Working with a writer's residency and so have to go in for a bit.

The Nrityagram campus is very beautiful and full of trees and birds and butterflies. But what is most amazing about the place is what you see when you walk out of the back gate. This:







Monday, November 8, 2010

Wasted years?

Someone asked me what I'm doing these days. I said I had quit my job and since I'm not yet sure if I should tell people I'm quilting, I didn't. So the person asked me to do some work for his organization - his Christian organization. I have done some writing for them in the past and the last time he called I refused. I said that I was not interested in writing. This time the offer was to do some other kind of work - all voluntary of course.
Somehow the person thought that I was wasting my life. That God had brought me to Journalism, to Literature and to Theology and now I was turning my back on all that. He felt that God had given me so much talent and I was not using it for Him. He said I would regret it later - the wasted years and youth. As we kept talking he finally said that I should do something I truly love and I said I was doing what I loved - I was quilting.
This didn't impress him of course. He still went on about how I was wasting my life and how he really cared about me. I don't doubt he does but I don't think he understands.
I didn't ask him then but maybe next time I will. Why did he think that God had brought me to Journalism, Literature, and Theology and not to Quilting? Why is it so important to "touch other people's lives"? Is it not important to find joy and happiness in your own?
Being in seminary and having so many "full-time Christian workers" around me makes me wonder about how we do "Christian work." We seem to want to follow the same norms that the world follows, only doing "Christian work." We want the same success, we want to be known, we want to make money but we say "God has lifted me up" instead of "Look how far I got" (I suppose). Why is it so important for us to be out there. To be up on pulpits and stages, to be "on fire" and visible, to be doing "great things" albeit "for the Lord?" What is so wrong in being on our own, working with our hands, having a quiet, soft relationship with God? Being happy, being content, learning to love, enjoying God's creation, learning to be gentle, and kind and fulfilled? Why must we all strive so hard? Everyone is striving constantly for many reasons. So we must strive too.
I have spent most of my life trying to figure out what God wanted me to do. What my purpose on the earth was. And I was miserable! I did not live. And surely when one does not truly live one is not able to truly live with God either. I don't know if I am going about this correctly in terms of explaining myself but I don't want my old life back. I have finally found something that I truly enjoy, and love and am passionate about and I want to do it. And I am grateful to God for bringing me to it. For the first time in my life I have no doubts about what I want to do with my life. Is that not enough?
There are many lives that need touching. Very often they are under our own roof. And for now, that's where I will be.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Sunday Lunch

I made roast chicken a couple of months ago but my mom was not in town. So she asked me to make it again for her and my aunt who's visiting. Two chickens this time and two salads, and garlic bread. Tiring but so satisfying.
Last time I had some lettuce left over to decorate the chicken dish but this time it had to go bare. Still, looked good.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Sole Sisters

the sole sisters:

If you love shoes you should go here. Its a great site and some great shoes too! :)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Mountains

You will face mountains so steep, deserts so long, and valleys so deep. Sometimes the journey’s gentle, sometimes the cold winds blow. But I want you to remember, I want you to know you will never walk alone. . . .


A friend of mine posted this on her wall today. It's not the best of quotes for this post but it got me thinking again about something that came to me on our trip to Himachal Pradesh. The mountains are a place of great learning. Many great thinkers and writers were climbers. It does something to you. Teaches you things that you wouldn't learn in city. I haven't been in a desert but I'm sure there's much to learn there too, but the mountains!
Sometimes I would look out of the bus window and just tear up. I can't explain why. I would just be overwhelmed with some kind of emotion... I can't put a finger on it. It's just too big!


This was my first time in the mountains and the landscape in Jispa kept giving me a very Old Testament feeling, like Moses would come down from there any minute. And to think the Israelites had to deal with the desert and the mountains. No wonder those Psalms are what they are. It makes you feel things that you don't feel when you look at a tall building or a bustling street. 
And living there is so different. So much you can't control especially the weather. So life and expectations are so different. Here we think we are entitled to great service, or speedy work just because we have the money and power to claim it. But in the mountains if the weather is bad there's really nothing you can do. It humbles you. How can you think highly of yourself when you are surrounded by these giants? Sure you climb them, but you always respect them or you'd be sorry.
And you depend on people. You have to value them or you won't survive. That was the beauty of the hills and the mountains. The people. 



I must go back to the mountains. There is much to learn there. 


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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Brought back some wool :)

I've just got back from a long trip in Himachal Pradesh and one of the things that HP is famous for are their shawls and woolen products. So I brought back some.

That's the lot!

This is really used for weaving and is very thin. I'm thinking I can use it to stitch on my quilt tops... or quilt through... don't know, will have to see what I can do with it.



 The above two I think will be scarves or caps.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Stranger or the Outsider

I was reading Albert Camus' The Outsider (as my copy says) and felt like I understood Christ's sacrifice a little more.

Through Part two - the incarceration, the trial and death sentence - I felt so terrible for Meursault. It seemed so strange to have something like this happen to him. The guy he killed was not even connected to him but to that horrible neighbor of his. He had no reason to kill him but he just did. And then the trial seemed completely absurd! Concentrating on why the man did not show emotion at his mother's funeral can hardly be a reason to send him to the guillotine. I wonder, couldn't they have claimed temporary insanity or something? It was all very weird. And as the trial went on and I could tell that he was not going to get let of the hook I felt so helpless, and hopeless, and really... weird. I can't describe it any other way really. It was all just bizarre! How can a person's life just turn around like that. And then I felt like... isn't there anybody who could get him out of this mess? Anybody at all?

Then for a brief moment I kind of understood the whole idea of us being in sin, and being helpless, hopeless, destitute and suddenly someone comes and takes our place and dies in place of us. And we are let off the hook! Really! We goof up and then we are let of the hook coz someone else takes the blame. But that can't happen in a matter of fact way y'see. If it did it would be like us as kids, trying to put the blame on someone else for what we did and we get off easy. That would mean nothing. It would be wrong even. But to understand the wrongdoing (and this has nothing to do with the character in the book since one is never sure if he really does understand) and to feel that blackhole in ones life and that disorientation from seeing your life fall apart and the fear of having to meet a bitter end... is that repentance? Is that what it is?

We mostly hear, "Christ died for your sins." I think it might be better to hear more "Christ died in place of you." This is also a concept that has come to me from church I don't deny it... but I guess one needs to live life and learn.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Good day

Today we met with Sunithi Namjoshi the author of Aditi and the One-eyed Monkey on which our play, "What do you say to a Dragon?" is based. She is such a wonderful person. So warm and generous. She was fine with us using the book and fine with us changing things for the play as well. She said that the movie does not have to be the book and cannot be the book becuase it must adhere to a different form. And so to the play. I really enjoyed meeting with her.

And the rest of the day I spent with the other actors in the play and we had a great time. I think a really fun part about doing theatre is the "hanging out" for long hours chatting and laughing. It's great fun.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The day after

So we performed yesterday at the workshop for teachers. It was our very first show and we presented excerpts from the play with Anish acting as narrator and linking things up. It was good to actually perform in front of an audience - helps us picks up some gaps. S pointed out that we were not sure how to use the space. We have not really worked on what the play looks like visually so it seemed fairly chaotic.The script also needs reworking.

The puppets worked really well which was actually a surprise! Two days ago the puppets were really flat but I guess the energy and voices were good. I quite enjoy puppetry. I remember doing some hand puppet work for VBS and that was great fun too.

The performance is quite tiring when we do it at high energy and we were sweating like crazy.

The play is really for children but this show was for an adult audience albeit teachers who work with children. They were positive about the possibilities of the play and felt that we would receive a much better response from children that adults. Through the performance I couldn't really tell if the audience was enjoying it or not. So I did feel that it was not really working but at the end they said that they liked it and even invited us to their schools. So I guess that's a good sign.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Doubt your work. Don't doubt yourself.

A WIP of "What do you say to a dragon" will be presented tomorrow at a workshop for 40 government school teachers from different parts of Karnataka. We are preparing for it and I'm nervous. Colleagues from work will be there and I don't want it to be too bad. I guess it won't be but still the fear remains.

Anyway we were rehearsing and Anish said that the more people curse us the better it will be. We were a little taken aback - why would any of us want to be cursed? He said that if they curse the play that will help us. "Doubt your work. Don't doubt yourself" he said.

I realized that I don't make the distinction between work and myself. When something I do is not so great I think I am horrible.  If my job does not make me happy I believe that my entire life is worth nothing. I don't know how to be strong in who I am and detach myself from what I do.

Important lesson. Another one learned from the theatre.

Playback Again


I’ve had a crazy busy week last week but also a great one. Early last month the people from Script People’s Theatre – the group I did the Playback Workshop with – called saying there was a Playback performance they would like me to be part of. I was a little hesitant after I agreed. I finished the workshop in 2007 and had not done much Playback after and these guys rehearse at 6:45 in the morning! Anyway, I managed to get myself to rehearsals everyday and we performed on Saturday for a family audience. They were celebrating a birthday and the wife of the lucky man who’s birthday it was used to be a playbacker so she had commissioned the performance.

Most of the actors I was now working with were new except for two. I realized how important it was to have a good relationship with the actors and for someone for whom making friends is a slow process it becomes difficult to be comfortable in a week. I often go through the motions of not liking people and then learning to like them or having something happen that makes me change my mind.

Then on Thursday the ‘wife’ comes by and rehearses with us…and it’s a disaster! Everything went wrong that day. And then she gets really worried about what’s going to happen at the party and so do we! I think the seriousness of the situation only hit us then. We were going to be part of someone’s celebration and we had the power to make it beautiful or to completely wreck it!

So the next two rehearsals we did a lot background work and kept visualizing that the performance would go well. Thankfully it did. I think all of us put in everything we had and the work on metaphors and trying to listen for the ‘unsaid’ was very helpful.

It’s good to be working with good people. There’s just so much to learn from them. Like Sibu kept calm even though he knew things were not going too well and the ‘wife’ was getting frantic. He never seemed out of control. That’s crucial for a director or a leader – to stay calm and in control of things so the actors don’t lose hope.

I really enjoyed this performance more than any other. The audience was also wonderful and we fed off their energy like they did ours. It really worked very well and it gave me such a high!

Great site for photographs!

life.com...it's a great site for photographs and photography. Came by it by  chance as many good things.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

So, have you found something?

Now that I'm only a month away from finishing up with my current job everyone asks me, "So, have you found something?" Or, "Are you looking for something?"

Well, I am looking for something but its not really a full time job! I'm looking for happiness, and contentment, and joy, and peace, and laughter, and smiles, and excitement, and boundless energy, and fresh air, and sparkling water, and cool breeze, and blue mountains, and beautiful birds, and colorful butterflies, and quiet, and soft sunlight, and smiling faces, and deep sighs, and forgotten friends, and limitless possibility.

Yes I am looking for a lot! And, I sometimes find somethings...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Is there?

So much can go wrong in life... but should we not give the things that might go right a chance?
Maybe there is very little to hope for...but should we not hope at all?
Is there enough beauty in the world if we choose to find it?
Is there enough strength if we will fight?
Is there enough laughter to forget the tears?
Is there enough love to rid us of hate?

Friday, May 7, 2010

What do you say to a Dragon?

rafiki, a Bangalore based theatre group is producing a play - What do you say to a Dragon?. Its based on Sunithi Namjoshi's Aditi and the One-Eyed Monkey. A play for children, What do you say to a Dragon? will first show in June 2010, and then travel to different schools through the year.

After a really long time I'm acting again. The Playback workshop was the last time. This is an improvised piece and A, our director, spends a fair bit of time on training. I'm really enjoying it. It's demanding - both physically and emotionally.

Since its a play for children who are in the 5th - 6th grade, A got us to think of life incidents and stories that we had heard from that time. It's an adventure story so we had to also come up with an adventure! I realized I hadn't had a very adventourous life...that was kind of sad. Still, I had an imagination back then so I recalled an event that seemed to me at the time, an adventure. You'll find it here.

There are many others A calls us to remember. At first it was a bit difficult since I had to wade through all the memories... especially since the themes called for were adventure or something really interesting! Anyway...it was a good exercise. Many things came to mind and I kept telling myself that I should blog about it in Tales of an Urban Childhood. Now I can't quite remember them all.

We do a lot of movement exercises as well and that's really changed how I feel about my body. BIG DIFFERENCE! :) That's over here.

Theatre has such power. I'm so glad I got this chance to do this. Thank you A.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Back to the theatre

So I'm acting in a play with a theatre group. Finally! When my friend asked me if I would act in a play for children he was directing I had to say yes. This may be my last chance!

We began rehearsals on Friday. It was great. Even though I need to take three buses to get to rehearsal I am so grateful for this. I know the travel will bug me and I will be very tired soon but I must do this.

I can tell already that this process is going to be a difficult one. The play will be improvised from stories from the actors childhoods... ahem... that means the director constantly asks us to bring in stories from our childhood... which means I need to start digging up things from the past. So its going to be an interesting experience for sure.

I think I am more aware this time round and may be able to deal with it better. So lets see. :)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Another Phase

So... I'm quitting work again. :) I realized that I didn't want to spend the rest of my life doing this kind of job and so why waste time on it now. I think I need to focus on something that I want to build my skills and abilities in. Right now I'm not sure what that is... but all I can think of now is quilting. You can see what I've been upto on the new blog... Quilting in India. I've only just begun but the truth is nothing else is holding my attention! I close my eyes and I see patterns. I am checking on fabric all the time. I wish I had studied textile design. There is so much I don't know.

It's a whole new start. I've been meaning to quilt for many years now, have read up stuff, watched videos, bought books, even tried my hand at a few blocks... but now I want to work on it more. Is it crazy for me to start something at 30? I have so much to learn and so much to do! Then again Roz Savage started rowing after she was 33... and I know another lady who started learning Bharatanatyam at 36! So its never too late?

I'm tired of organizations and companies and hierarchies. I don't want to play that game. I want to live free, and do work that I enjoy and love, and be creative, and be happy. I don't care about promotions, and designations, and climbing up the ladder. Damn the ladder! Why should we all get into line and follow dreams that someone else created for us? Why should we live in worlds that we had nothing do with? And rules that we don't agree with? There's got to be another way. There's got to be.

I know the "real world" is not that simple and being in the position I am (no loan, no children, no major responsibilities, and a husband with an income) I can take this leap. It's not easy. A lot of strings need to be tightened and we won't be able to do everything we'd like to... but if I don't do this now, I will regret it all my life.

This is not Sabbath Rest like the last time. :) This is an exploration of another world. To see if another world is possible.

Wish me luck! :)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Believing

I've spent a year away from church. Whenever I go back, on the odd occasion, I get asked a few questions. Where have you been? What have you been doing? Which church have you been going to? Why aren't you coming here anymore? You don't go to church at all?!!! Gasp!

Anyway today a person I respect and care about said:

Person: How are you?
Me: Good.
P: Where do you worship?
M: Nowhere.
P: Oh. Are you part of a small group or Bible Study?
M: No.
P: OH!

I then told him that it was not so bad and that he should not worry. Some desert time is helpful. I'm happy. He nodded.

A couple of days ago I sat alone at home eating my dinner. Somehow I played an imaginary conversation in my head between me and my colleagues. And as it has come up now and then even in real life, the topic was religion. And as I talked I came down to saying, "I don't understand everything about Christianity. I don't understand why there is so much hunger and sadness in the world. I know most Christians can be very putting off. But I cannot deny God because I have known Him. I cannot deny Jesus because I have met Him. I cannot deny God and the plain fact is, I may not be able to explain everything but I believe. I believe in the virgin birth though it seems so improbable. I believe Jesus died and rose again. I believe that He will come back. I believe He loves me and has never ever left my side even though I have tried to run away from him."

And... just like that. I believed. There was no great shining light or miracle of healing or descending of dove. I just knew I believed. I knew that I still had questions but somehow now I can approach them differently. And I wasn't trying! I wasn't trying at all. It was just there. I had just become a believer!

It's been a difficult year but I needed it. I had consciously kept all things "christian" at arms length. I felt that if I did allow the worship music, the preaching, the praying, the literature into my life they would condition me again. So I almost ran away or blocked it out. I've had quite a few of these times in my life but this time was different. I was honest with myself. I realized that I didn't really know if I was a believer. I didn't really know if I was Christian. So many years in church and Sunday school and seminary even but did I really know this Jesus I was supposed to be following?

I wanted to really know who Jesus is. I wanted to meet him in the raw stripped of all the jargon that normally goes hand in hand in understanding who He is. I think what might have helped is actually some editing work I did for VBS this year. The teachers at my church worked on their own curriculum and I had to edit the lessons for the younger classes. I supposed I was forced to think about what we were teaching the children and how we were doing it. Maybe that made me think again.

Or maybe it was that night before when I felt utter and complete disillusionment and wept and wailed and finally confronted God and screamed and told Him he had been unfair. Maybe it was when I couldn't keep God at arms length and really just reacted as if He was in the room... and like a hurt child yelled and bawled. Maybe it was this... I don't know.

All I know is on a regular, mundane day, when I was doing a regular mundane thing, I came into the knowledge that I believe in Jesus Christ.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Quilting

I found some cool sites on quilts today.

This site: The Alliance for American Quilts has a lovely pattern by Yvonne Porcella and Karen Musgrave. It's so bright and colorful. Makes me happy.

I also found the International Quilt Study Centre and Museum, University of Nebraska, Lincoln. They actually have graduate and undergraduate courses in history of quilts and textiles, a solid research department, arts quilts, quilt stories... I didn't know there was so much happening with quilts! It can be a business, a passion, a hobby and now... an academic pursuit. This is amazing!

So I wanted to know the history of quilting in India and came across Henry John Drewal and his exhibition of Siddi quilts. Check that out here.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Getting quilting basics

I’m teaching myself how to quilt from the internet. About.com has some great tutorials and videos. So you can actually see what people are talking about. It’s great. Also, I just found quiltuniversity.com!!! It’s an online quilting course! You have to pay for this but you can learn to be a pro on that site.

Of course the material available on the Internet is written by Americans or Canadians so I need to find equivalents or substitutes to what they are talking about. I have found sites where people are exporting Indian quilts so there’s a lot of quilting happening here too but more commercially.

Hmm. Big mountains to climb. I need to find good fabric. On my trip to Raja Market I did not really find much. They said I’d get stuff on DS lane but not the kind I was looking for. I guess more exploring is necessary.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Wild Wanderer

Found a cool site today: Wild Wanderer

Cool pictures and lots of information. There are so many people doing this!

40 things to do before I turn 40

I came across this site today: my50.com It's sweet. You can join up and list out the 50 things you want to do in your lifetime. I've contemplated a bucket list for a long time. And now and then I have put things down even on this blog. So... here are my 40 things to do in the next decade:

  1. Learn to swim
  2. Grow a herb garden  May 30, 2013 :)
  3. Learn to make 10 different types of omelets
  4. Start a business  Happy Turtle. Well I started it and it was running for a while but we moved.
  5. See Egypt
  6. See Snow! December 2011
  7. Travel across Europe
  8. Lose weight!
  9. Take dancing lessons
  10. Buy a good DSLR
  11. Go to a photography workshop/ course
  12. Go Whale Watching
  13. Watch Mamma Mia on Broadway
  14. Visit Graceland
  15. Visit Niagra Falls  Summer of 2012
  16. Become a quilt artist
  17. Make my home plastic-free
  18. Act in a play I came close... we did a work-in-progress... but I don't feel like I want to do this anymore. I guess some things just change through life!
  19. Live in another country  Living in Toronto. September 2011. :)
  20. Learn to dive so I can go on one of those diving trips to ship wrecks in the ocean. 
  21. See Rajasthan
  22. Go to Leh-Ladakh
  23. Take a trip on a house-boat
  24. Become a joyful person
  25. See Bon Jovi live  November 2, 2013. Air Canada Centre. Toronto. Because We Can Tour. :)
  26. Watch Neil Diamond sing Sweet Caroline live April 2, 2015 - Neil Diamond 2015 World Tour
  27. Buy a really cool sewing machine  I did. I did!!!With a lot of help from my older brother and sister-in-law. June 2012. See it here: Happy Turtle
  28. Take my mother on a holiday
  29. Have a child. 
  30. Wear high heels! I don't think this is going to happen. I have a pair of normal sized heals now and that's as high as I can go! I don't want to hurt myself over this! :) 
  31. Wear a dress.   :) Got myself a summer (July 2013) Very happy with it! 
  32. Learn to apply make-up. I think I'm ok with my make-up abilities now. 
  33. Practice Yoga.
  34. Learn to cook interesting meals on a regular basis. 
  35. Do something about my hair! Either find a way to make it better or shave it!   Still a little bald on the top of my head but found a good stylist who makes it look good. :)
  36. Go to the ABBA Museum.
  37. Buy a house.
  38. Become a Surface Pattern Designer
  39. Have a Studio Space

Monday, February 22, 2010

Obnoxious

A friend of mine made a trip to Tanjavur this weekend. On the train ride back she was woken up at 3am by horribly excited children and even louder parents! They needed to get off at 5am, but they were up and ready a good two hours ahead, bags packed, windows opened, children engaged in loud chatter and parents communicating a few decibels higher. My friend objected to which the man, who seemed like an IT guy from an Electronic City or some such little world, objected right back! “You don’t need to tell us what to do. We will talk if we want to.” “It seems you don’t like it if the children are happy.” “I don’t need to learn manners from you!”

It seems that people with their new found status of corporate wealth think that they don’t need to care about anybody else and clearly don’t give a damn about public spaces. The world belongs to them and their children. And if you want to be in the same space you need to fight. Like animals protecting your herd or your territory. What does one do when faced with people like this?

Should we assume that the educated middle class with their fancy cars and phones have somehow lost the ability to be civil? Or maybe this lot didn’t have it to begin with. Therefore, we need to take the high road and ask them to politely simmer down? Obviously aggression only breeds more aggression and these guys are aces at it! It seems they need to be that way to climb that ladder to the corner office. But will they be more sensitive? I don’t know.

And what of the children? They are growing up to believe they’re kings of the jungle. And to this mess must I bring another child whom I cannot teach to match up to these foxes the others are breeding? They won’t stand a chance. Because I don’t stand a chance.

The survival of the fittest. That’s what it is now.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Edgar Degas' Ballerinas

The National Gallery of Art has a virtual tour that you should not miss. It a detailed lesson on Degas' painting of the ballerinas. It's very well done and very interesting.
Go to: National Gallery of Art

Colors

I have a thing for colors. Especially bright colors. At one point in college I wore a range of browns and earthy reds. Then there was the Lucknow Chikan phase. Pastels, pastels and more pastels. But now its all about bright reds, yellows, and greens. Oh that reminds me, I did have a bright yellow salwar kameez once. My friend put on his sunglasses when I walked into the office wearing it!

Anyway, so I looked up the color theory today on about.com. Good stuff.

I was looking for images of the color wheel and came across the color wheel for container gardening! Click here for the color wheels for your flowers!

Oh... since we're talking colors... have I mentioned one of my favorite colorist artist Annick Mckenzie. Her paintings are so beautiful. Rich and vibrant and make you want get up and get into the world!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Something new everyday!

If we try we will find something new everyday - something that will interest us, or shock us, or make us smile - we will! We need to look. Even it it means taking the trouble to google a word we have not heard before. So here's my something new for today.

We were discussing something at work and someone mentioned on of the people in Raqs Media Collective so I checked them out. Nice site and interesting work. Go to: Raqs Media Collective.

While looking up Raqs I found a really nice portrait of the three of them in Wikipedia. The photographer is Jatinder Marwaha who takes some fantastic portraits. Check him out here: Jatinder Marwaha

Monday, February 8, 2010

Amazing Pictures

Came across Kalyan Varma's site today. His images are... I first said so beautiful but they're more than that. They're stirring. Like something was reaching into your chest and squeezing your heart so that somehow you couldn't breathe! I don't know if I described it right but they are moving. And they're all wildlife images. They're breathtaking!

Go to: kalyanvarma.net.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Sewing Stash



62 metres of cloth! :) I am a novice at this whole thing so I have a lot of learning to do. I am ready for a trial and error method and am reading as much as I can. But I realize that there is so much that you need to figure out... like which cloth to use? This is cotton casement as they call it. The guy also had drill cotton which is a little thicker. I need to find a place that has nice prints. But I really need to read up on and figure out what the basics of textile and material are. The shopkeepers in Raja Market know instantly that you don't really know anything about their business.



I'm happy with my sewing kit and embroidery threads and needles and fabric glitter and scissors! Bryan had bought me a rotary cutter and mat when he went to the States last year.



Found these iron-on flowers at Raja Market as well. There were others but they were really sad!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Travel

I spent four days in Dandeli this January. It was the most relaxing and refreshing trips I've had in a long time. We saw the hills and the sea in a span of four days! Karwar is a three/four hour drive...



We were on the beach for 3 hours flat on the sand with the waves coming right at us. It was amazing! As I sat there I wondered why we spend our lives in office buildings, in front of computers when there is so much to see in the world, so much more to experience. We spend most of the year working so that we can take a vacation. But then we don't really know how to be still or quiet or learn from that experience. We should spend more time learning from God's great creation.

30 is actually quite nice

So I turned 30 this year and for my birthday I wanted to make it special. I spent a fair bit of time over the last year wondering how exactly I would like to celebrate my 30t. After dissing the weekend away, party at a farm, even an art event, I decided that I would have a brunch at our home.

I love breakfast. Bacon, sausages, eggs and so on. I love breakfast buffets at a restaurant... I think they're the best meal you can eat out. Unfortunately, life doesn't allow me much time for breakfast on a regular day so I decided to invite friends and family to a breakfast-brunch at home in our garden. It was lovely!

I think everyone also enjoyed it since we had never really done anything like this before. And I enjoyed shopping for it.

This however was a couple of weeks after my birthday. For the day itself I felt that I needed to do something that I have been wanting to do for a very long time and since I was going to live my life more deliberately from now on, I should start when I turn 30. So on the weekend of the 18th I went shopping for cloth to do my sewing. On the 18th I went shopping for plants to do my sowing. I bought 62 metres of cloth in different colours and pots and soil for a herb garden.

I'm happy that I did this. Now birthdays are taking on a different meaning.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Taylor Mali's "What Teachers Make"

I came across this video when I was looking at the TED site. This is wonderful. You must see it.

Taylor Mali's "What Teachers Make"

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Ansel Adams

Was looking at Ansel Adams work today. I really like this one.


Tetons and the Snake River
Ansel Adams gelatin silver photograph
Negative made 1942, printed ca. 1970