Friday, 30 March 2012

Vibrant India- Hanging birds

The little clay birds serve many purposes. In the photograph we can see crows, owl, birds which look like parrots but aren't necessarily  green (creative license), rooster.
They are either sold as single hanging pieces or as a string of birds. The single birds serve as toys and decoration.Similar birds made of fabric are sometimes used to hang on the door knobs to add some color to the stark doors.
The strings of birds are mostly hung with the curtains or they are used as a partition between two spaces.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Vibrant India- Terracotta & Pottery

Like any other kind of creative work, these Terracotta “objects of desire” also do not have any rules. They are in different colors, shapes and sizes. 
In the photograph, we can see flower pots with long necks, short necks; flower pot stands in the shape of musical instrument called “Tabla.” 
The burst of colors may not suit the sensibility of many sophisticated palettes but then the people who make them are not a part of any fashion or designing industry. 
They have learnt this art by watching their elders and as the world changes; they keep adding colors, methods and use their own discretion to make the pieces more attractive and customer friendly. 
The artists experiment with new ideas and develop the skills by trial and error methods. No two pieces are the same. 
Each one is unique and one of its kind. No wonder the potters are compared to ‘The maker”

The color combinations used are not learnt in any school; no color wheel or science of hues and shades and color compatibility are taught to these potters. They learn it by watching, understanding and by pure instincts. Some designs are traditional, some contemporary and some a fusion of both.

                   Photography Credits Go To Zubin Oommen Ittyerah

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Vibrant India-Terracotta musicians.

These musicians are made of glazed terracotta. Terracotta refers to ceramic which may or may not be glazed. It is earthenware which is used for many purposes. 
They are used for making flower vases, flower pots, bricks, figurines, tiles, sculptures etc. The natural color of terracotta is reddish because of high iron content in it. When heated at 1000-2000 degrees F, they harden and attain red, orange, yellow, pink, brown or pink color as per the iron content in it. 
Terracotta also refers to the different objects made by terracotta. It is different from pottery. The word pottery is especially used for objects made by a potter’s wheel. 
Behind the musicians are stacks of "diyas",they are used in place of candles traditionally in India. Some oil is poured into them and a  handmade wick of cotton placed in the oil.

                      Photography Credits Go To Zubin Oommen Itterah

Thursday, 22 March 2012

World Water Day

March 22nd has been declared the World Water Day by the United Nations General Assembly since the year 1993.It was first proposed in 1992 by UNCED, United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. On this day the public shows support by not using their taps for one day. The Governments and NGOs of various countries promote events and activities for protecting water resources of the world, providing clean water and maintaining aquatic habitats. 

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Monday, 19 March 2012

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Friday, 16 March 2012

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over the world by the people of Irish descent. It is celebrated on 17th March. It is also called Paddy’s Day and Patty’s Day. It is the Commemoration of Christianity arriving in Ireland. On this day the Lenten restrictions are lifted from drinking alcohol. People celebrate it by attending church services, attending parades, drinking Irish whiskey and beer and wearing green.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Black Rose

Black rose symbolizes death, farewell and mourning.They do not naturally occur in nature but have been created through cross breeding. Black roses are actually a very deep shade of purple, red or burgundy roses.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Lilac Rose

 The existence of lilac, lavender or purple rose seems like impossibility. Mentioning them is like telling a fairytale where a prince was asked to acquire a rare thing for a princess, as if they are some precious unattainable entity but they do exist in real life. Just as the color suggests, they symbolize enchantment and magic. Sending them to someone is conveying that the recipient is rare, unique and one of their kind. It is the symbol of love at first sight. It symbolizes romance which is expected to be magical, precious and bewitching.


Pink Rose

Pink color is usually associated with little girls, it is also associated with childishness and femininity.It was chosen as the color to express a very serious cause; breast cancer and the fight against it.Pink roses thus symbolize gratitude,fun,happiness,gentleness, grace and joy.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Monday, 12 March 2012

Rose buds

People are very well aware of importance of red roses and the emotions they symbolize. The other colors are often neglected, not everyone knows what they symbolize; while sending them to someone one should be aware of what they are trying to say through roses. Yellow roses symbolize a lot of emotions, as their color is bright as the Sun itself they symbolize delight, joy, friendship. They also depict welcoming back someone, remembering someone and the beginning of something new.  In contrast to all these emotions they also symbolize jealousy!
Light peach roses symbolize modesty and peach roses stand for gratitude, appreciation and sincerity. They are also a symbol of closing some deal and prepositioning, getting together.
Orange roses stand for desire, enthusiasm towards something and fascination.

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Saturday, 10 March 2012

Rose bud

Rose has been a symbol of beauty and love for a very long time. Different colors of roses symbolize different emotions. A single rose symbolizes complete devotion. Single rose bud symbolizes purity and beauty. Red rose in general symbolizes respect, love, courage, passion and falicitation or work well done. One rose or rose bud sent to someone conveys far more than any other flower or number of flowers could say.
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Friday, 9 March 2012


She can be whatever she wants to be; independent, authoritative, submissive, brave, smart, coy, fierce, humble, arrogant, intelligent, na├»ve. When she loves she holds everyone together like glue when she hates, she destroys everyone like bursting fireworks. She is gorgeous, she is beautiful, she is the life force! Those who respect her are the ones who have learnt the most important lesson of their lives, those who don’t are making the biggest mistake of their lives. She is the mother, the daughter, the sister, the wife. You are what you are because of her.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Sunrise 2

                                      Photo Credits Go To Amit Sharma

As the Sun rises, the sky turns from black to midnight blue, indigo, purple, pink, peach and orange. In a matter of an hour the sky changes shades of colors as if an artist were experimenting on his canvas with different color palettes.
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Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Candle 4

Illumination of mood!

A person’s mood can be elevated and illuminated by many things.  It could be somebody’s company, travelling to their favourite places, meeting family, watching a game, drinking and eating. Who can resist eating some hearty homemade food and not feel absolutely illuminated by the mere thought of devouring it? 

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Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Candles 3

Photo Credits Go To Amit Sharma
They are the ones which burn to illuminate others. Turning their own existence to ashes to show light to others. Suffering and enduring the heat to warm others. And while doing it, are at their most beautiful!

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Candles 2

Photography Credits Go To Amit Sharma

The city was Agra, the city of Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. The market was local market. Hawkers were selling and customers were buying things in a frenzy. The time was just before Diwali. Road side vendors had spread colored sheets of clothes on the roadside and on their stalls. They had stocked the stalls with colorful clay idols of Lord Ganesh and Goddess Laxmi. 

Clay sculptures were everywhere in vibrant colors. Birds, animals, Gods and Goddesses. Surprisingly, amongst all the Reverend sculptures were these beautiful village women! 

The women were adorned in multicolored contrast attire. No two sculptures looked alike and each one had a personality of her own.Their eyes telling a different story, their curves revealing different hands which must have shaped them. 

Each woman had an earthen pot over her head symbolizing the container for water. And a little child at their waist. Silver glitter sparkling in the afternoon Sun on their lehngas. Silver colored jewelry adorning their necks, ankles, waist and wrists. 

They were being sold in pairs as if the vendor didn’t want the ladies to leave his stall without a companion. They were irresistible. It seems, sometimes, the simplest of things in the most unexpected places can leave one long for them as if they were something extraordinarily valuable.
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Monday, 5 March 2012


The photograph is about illumination. Illumination, which can be achieved by a single or numerous candles. It can be done by electricity, by the Sun, the Moon. Illumination can be by the knowledge imparted by a teacher to his/her students. It is not just lighting up of an area or space, it is also about the light imparted to the minds and souls of people. 
It is about lighting up a person's existence and life. It is the act of getting illuminated or illuminating others and  being in a state of illumination. A mind which is illuminated by the light of knowledge and experience is the one which can illuminate a thousand other minds without ever striking a match.

Photography Credits Go To Amit Sharma

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Go Green!

Everybody should make efforts in making the world a better place to live for us and for our future generations. We must protect, nurture and take care of our environment as it has taken care of us since childhood even without our acknowledgment . Going green simply means making efforts, starting at a personal level, to reduce the use of energy, to recycle whatever you can, support the local business by buying their products, using lesser artificial harmful household items, planting more trees, and using all natural resources judiciously. There are many more things which are involved in going green but let’s start with the basics.

Friday, 2 March 2012


Colors have a very strong impact on our lives. Different colors have different wavelengths and they affect a person differently. 
Different colors agree with different people, the Gemology is based wholly upon how the colors,  their intensity, and weight of gemstones can cause negative or positive influence in a person’s life. 

Personalities of people are different because of their color preferences. These color preferences are believed to be not just an affair of vanity but how the colors and their choices and preferences are perceived in the human brain. 

There are scientists called Energy Scientists who study the effect of the rainbow colors called the Heptathlon Spectrum on individuals and the interpretation of colors in their minds shaping their personalities. 
So next time, if you think you just can’t get over a color and keep buying the same colors, be it clothes, shoes, bags, choosing the home color, car color, do not fight it, it is who you are.

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Thursday, 1 March 2012

Sweet Tooth 2

This post is especially for a friend and other people who do not shy away from eating dollops of ice cream in mid February and appreciate it as if it were a hot sunny day outside instead of snow covered, cold, damp day. A little bit of respite from the cold with hot creamy coffee instead of ice cream!