Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Superhero Art Small Table/Dining Tray

This table was  made using old cardboard sheets, thermocol, newspaper, old cans(as legs/support) and comic books/posters. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Decorations

It's almost a working Christmas for me this year ... so to get into the 'happy December mood' I set some time aside to make these Christmas decorations. Initially, I had thought of making watercolor scraps and then hanging them around the house. However, I got inspired by some origami paper that has been lying unused for such a long time!

Making these yesterday took me back to my childhood; there was an origami book (my father's) at home ... and  I spent many evenings trying to make the complex folds. One of the toughest and most enchanting ones was an origami Praying Mantis. It was a time without easy access to technology (read cable television, Internet, etc.) and that one slim book meant so many enjoyable evenings for me.

The instructions for these are at: http://www.origami-instructions.com

 This paper ornament is based on instructions at Cathy's blog

And I've enjoyed Katherine Tyrrell 's posts on Christmas decorations. 

Sunday, December 18, 2011

I met Baba Captain Borderline at Arambol

Baba Captain Borderline, live music, the sea, travelers,  fake-exotic India, potbellied sausage-fest wannabe-Dil Chahta Hai tourists, shacks that cost 300 bucks a day, sinfully cheesy pasta, Kings Beer and feni ... Arambol's contradictory and more. 

Sit in bar by the beach, watch Lord Of The Rings on screen, and then walk back to the last shack on the cliff, a beach that can be reached only by foot.  The silence of the night, the thick humid air, and the sand ... candles in the evening ... I try to imagine this beach several years back (minus the empty beer bottles and the crowd)!

Arambol is a calm place, things that seem so important back home just disappear ... long bike rides, a new beach around every corner ... each a different shade of blue. 


The road to Arambol main beach is lined with shops selling the Indian experience - colorful Bongs, herbal teas, babaji shirts, mystic music, candles, agarbati, handicrafts, and so on. There are shops that cater to foreign tourists who live for months in this place.  

This is where i stayed in Arambol ... it's quite something ... my room had a small balcony that looked over the sea and a coconut tree ... I think Outback sums up the place real well. 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Lost Relic - Amer Palace, Jaipur

"A violet by a mossy stone
Half hidden from the eye!
Fair as a star, when only one
Is shining in the sky." 

The most beautiful things are not always the most celebrated ones. I remember this small, broken down house opposite the magnificent Amer palace near Jaipur. According to the locals, it was given by the King to a Bengali priest. I was pretty surprised to find that Amer palace had a Kali temple (since Kali worship is more predominant in eastern India).  

The palace was in shambles, overrun by weeds and in the process of breaking down. None of this could retract the delicate beauty of its louvered windows, terraces, and hidden tales. Walking around Amer, I noticed that the winding lanes and old houses had their own quiet beauty, yet they were all silently breaking down. The hordes of tourists sped on, too blinded by the perfectly restored beauty of the Amer palace, to spare them a glance.

Though the government of Rajasthan has plans to renovate these houses, there are numerous litigation that need to be dealt with.