Sunday, March 28, 2010

twenty minutes challenge - Blood on the kitchen floor


I was sitting and contemplating my kitchen, yesterday evening ... the clean sanitised tiles ... and the many such spick and span kitchens i have seen ... i was reminded of so many indian housewives, the kitchen their only respite , their only means of self expression ... the mundane household chores, and i imagined blood on this prototypical kitchen floor ... a kitchen slab with a finger chopped and blood dripping down .... a hand cut off and lying bleeding on the floor ...

Nameless , uncknowledged horrors women face in India ...

By the time twenty mins were over i wanted to fill in more details, esp in the hand ...it was a challenge not to fill them in ...

But i was able to convey what i felt, and thats in itself cathartic.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Bylakuppe & Kushalnagar

Kushalanagara is a town located in the east of Kodagu district, near the Kaveri river, in the state of Karnataka, India. The Bylakuppe settlement for Tibetan refugees is nearby in Mysore district. In pre-Independence times, it was known as Fraserpet after Colonel Fraser who was the Political Agent in Coorg around 1834.



A fish shop on way from Kushalnagar to Nisargadhama.




Few steps from Kushalnagara, you can sense the local flavour in the little farms and houses' architecture.



To appreciate the flavour more, you need to take walks inside the settlements, which present a strange yet visually appealing marriage of colors, traditions, and architecture.
These are just few of the sights of the ever-present flags looming over the quintessential brown hut-structured house sheds.

Few kilometers from Kushalnagar is Bylakuppe.

Bylakuppe is the Tibetitan Refugee resettlement, location of "Lugsum Samdupling" (established in 1961) and "Dickyi Larsoe" (established in 1969), in the west of Mysore district.



The Golden Temple in Bylakuppe, Karnataka, is a home for thousands of Tibetans living in exile and a center for Tibetan Buddhism in South India.


The Tibetian refugees make up a population of about 10,000. It consists of a number of small camps/agricultural settlements close to each other, and has a number of monasteries, nunneries and temples in all the major Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Most notable among them are the large educational monastic institution Sera, the smaller Tashilunpo monastery (both in the Gelukpa tradition) and Namdroling monastery (in the Nyingma tradition).


twenty minute challenge entry - washed meadow


this was a quick revisit of a characteristically anonymous meadow, very reminiscent of Scotland grasslands....that quality was the inspiration for the excessive use of water and the washed-out feeling.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

During loooong classes ...


I can day dream of better places to be in ...


But my evenings r spent in ...



Hmmmm the deaddiction talks .... left me with a strong whiskey craving !!


I look at the wall clock and those hands move oh so slow ...




Hmmmm heights i irritation ...


Judging by some discussions we seem in the midst of a professional identity crisis !!


What were we debating again !! Aint I interested :D


Hmmmm diff therapy scenarios :D ...



How does one survive - cig. and black coffee and long venting sessions ...