Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wordless Wednesday : एकला चालो रे...

Clicked at Badami Temple walkway, Karnataka, June 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

People I admire

The more you read about him, the more you find him enchanting. Mr. Rahul Dravid :) Although I was will always (be) a self confessed Dada fan, Dravid has this absolute honest-to-goodness quality I almost everyone finds irresistible...
And in a "jamana" of instant gratification, the man who speaks on patience is a man to look up to and adore indeed!

Rahul Dravid on “Patience”

“When I’m requested to speak to youngsters I like talking about this phase of my life and liken it to fascinating plant: The Chinese Bamboo. You can take a Chinese bamboo seed and plant it in the ground, water and nurture the seed for an entire year & not even see a single sprout. Infact, you’ll not see a sprout for 5 years. But suddenly, a tiny shoot will spring from the ground. And over the next 6 weeks, the plant can grow as tall as 90 feet. It can grow as fast as 39 inches every 24 hours. You can literally watch the plant grow.
What was the plant doing during these 5 years, seemingly dormant period, it was growing its roots. For 5 full years it was preparing itself for rapid, full growth. Without this root structure, the plant simply couldn’t support itself for its future growth. Some would say the plant grew 90 feet in 6 weeks, I would say it grew 90 feet in 5 years & 6 weeks”
PS: Saw some link on fb and suddenly realized how much I respect and admire this person :)
PPS: That's not to say I am a lesser fan of Ganguly now...once a 'Dada'giri fan, always a 'Dada'giri fan ;)
It's just that they are two vastly different people and I somehow "relate" and identify more to Dravid's outlook as a person :-))

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Random Thought #8

Loved this thought. Had to go on the blog :

"How I wish there was a perfume with the fragrance of a book..." B-) Aaaah :-)) #Bliss [Idea from here]

PS: A series of original random thoughts that are concise...or may be I am just too lazy to follow up with longer text...

Thursday, June 5, 2014

GoT Character Quiz

Ah! Though I would've loved getting Dany Targaryen, but this is not too bad ;-)

Take the quiz here 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

चुकली दिशा तरीही... : Day#30/30

Last day! :)
Want to post this poem, by  Vinda Karandikar, just to keep reminding myself...

Loosely translated the poem means :
(I had to google and think quite a bit for the equivalent words...translation is a difficult task! Promise, I won't laugh at Google translate the next time around ;-) )

"All is not lost; even though the way is lost;
For a wanderer, every star is his friend.

I walk ahead, because I want to go on;
In the stupor of this pace, the roads seem all alike.

For those who fear the storms, I have this to say :
Once you break the sails, all winds are favourable!

I have torn the fate mapped by proud destiny;
And embers of the past now lie extinguished.

Even if you lose the way, you will still stand under the same sky,
One who realizes this, can go anywhere.

Hope and hopelessness matter to the cautious;
The unguarded need not fear these cinders..."

Image taken from somewhere on the Internet

Monday, April 28, 2014

Margins : Day#29/30

The second last post! #Almost there :)

My desktop calender says this today :

Time to look at the 'margins' in life.
After all, they hold the most important lessons! ;-)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Motifs : Day#28/30

I dragged PP to a संस्कार भारती (sanskaar bharati) rangoli basic workshop, organized by मराठी संस्कृतिक मंडळ, IITB this weekend.
And PP being the sweetheart that she is, came along even though she had done the workshop last year :P

Credit for all the pics goes to her and her HTC ;-)

I wanted to write a post on "motifs", but am too tired to write a long drawn post, especially after an afternoon spent standing and sweltering in the heat of StaffC. 

Post takeaway :  A fixed number of "standard" motifs can give you unique awesome designs if you combine them correctly! ;-)

The teacher taught us basic five motifs that make up the main components of a संस्कार भारती rangoli : बिंदू (dots), vertical and horizontal रेषा (lines), केन्द्रवर्धिनी (we called it jalebi since its easier to remember) and गोपद्म (the heart-like symbol, traditionally used to represent a cow's hoofs). He drew these :

5 basic motifs

These were the first dots I made, so haphazard that PP decided they were 'pic-worthy' ;-)

Dots 101
Practice made us a lot better :

Practice! :)

Some pattern

And we graduated to "inventing" bigger and better designs :

Another pattern me and PP made : 

SquareD :)

This was the rangoli made by all the participants (with groups of 6 completing each motif) Hardly took ~15 mins to complete!! B-)

Overall, two weekend afternoons well spent :)