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: 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


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


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 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:

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


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"