Saturday, May 30, 2015

Recycling, and experiment with new colour

Few days back i recycled a CD and Plastic to convert them into a Vase 

not waste!!!
It's not quite recycling but is certainly not waste!!!
 I did some experiment with new type of colour 
I mix up white cement gulaal(Holi Colour) fevicol and water than apply only one coat on the vase.The result was encouraging and i think it lasts for long. Again the vase gained weight with the thick paste of colour,otherwise it was /will be light in weight. I filled the neck of the bottle with the colour paste which hardened and filled in the hallow space of bottle neck which was otherwise undesirable for the vase.
I love this vase !Its beautiful to look at!

it can be used as pen/pencil stand or flower vase.


Just imagine

Okay, if you are a creative person, then you must enjoy an active imagination. And even though this post is not craft-related per se, my thought is that you enjoy anything of admirable creativity....So my guess is you are, at least in part, a Bronte family fan. I discovered Emily Bronte when I watched the Hindi Film Dil Diya Dard Liya  based upon Emily Brontë's celebrated novel Wuthering Heights, and glommed into their  writtings   like a child does a "blankie". I love the imaginative details; and I love that it can be shown to have much deeper symbolisms, as "classic" literature.

I became a fan of Bronte family and goggled  stories about all of them(their father father sisters and brother), which added to my enjoyment of the series. One of the blog of Bronte lover    is hosted by a French reader, a well educated lover of Literature, a writer, and a teacher (among other things and I can't figure out how he fits all of it into 24 hours). The French  writer just published a  biography of
Emily Brontë; I am looking forward to reading  that. With all my own projects going on, I don't get much time to read. So when I do have time, I want what I read to be stimulating and thought provoking (unless it's at the end of a long day with my several projects, in which case several magazines with lots of pictures of crochet  and pattern suffices). If this book is anything like that writer’s commentary, it will be a good read. Even if YOU'RE not an Bronte fan, I'm pretty sure you know someone who they were.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

ME MAKE-Fabric covered shelving unit

My shelving unit the……… metal rack  it was previously it was R5 unit then ihad to cut downt itw upper portion to place it under beam shelve in my store room.

Then several years of service, I decided to make its cover with fabric to keep my items dust free.
For that had to remount its upper part first. I simply attach them together using cord and tie them   stitching through the holes on them.  This cover has cords for opening and closing. Cords make opening and closing the cover easy, and corner straps hold up the flaps when I need access my items

Whatever I am storing stuff inside or out, I will love the convenience of this cover. The upper four shelves were
 send witched in round openings. While the lower one for my scared books have another opening with grommets on two flap opening.
Isn’t it beautiful and convenient to use .easy to make cheap!!

Hand Made …..I think I am creative! 


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Early morning

There was a thunderstorm at night full of sand. Well, I woke up at 3:40 am this morning and couldn´t get back to sleep. After one hour of turning on my pillow I gave up and made tea switched on TV to listen Class of Vatsayana at  AsthaTV .
Yet I had to wait till 4:00am for the class and I become nostalgic remembering the thunder fuu of sand……

When I was younger, we lived with   in the air force areas of different parts of country and  came to the village on vacation these days. Yes these days of Jyeshthaa(May-June)were so hot in those days that hot wind and storms with dust were regular features.
Our village had no electricity. We used to sleep in open area of our huge mansion which is at the centre part of that building surrounding the central part with room all around. I used to dip my khesi (a linen sheet to throw on at night ) in bucketful of water, squeeze and put-on tightly and  asleep. Iused to repeat the process two tree times at night daily , this was an easy way to cool myself and escape from the dust.
 We (me and my grandma)used to got up at 3:30 AM sharp ,my grand ma endelged in her daily chore of churning curd, while I used to make tea first using kachha hearth burning Khejri sticks. The raw milk of our buffalo which I used was so thick and tasty that tea taste divine .  I used to put some cream of the milk which collected on the upper layer for my tea only . The cream was so divine to taste that
  I have not forgotten to this day.. Regardless of tasty things I have ever eaten, nothing Taste divine Like the milk and its cream. My grandma used to put this milk pot(kdhavani) for boiling (backing) on the simmering heat of the dungs (in hara) in the morning for the whole day. The thick ‘malai’ used to cover the milk which used to become pinkish  by the evening. She would never allow anybody to take this malai .She would curd this milk along with raw milk of evening  at night and early in the morning when everybody was asleep she would churn this curd with long heavy wooden beater (madhani) tied with cotton  rope on a wooden stand in a clay pot called  ‘bilona ’ with her  both hands till the butter began to float on the ‘lassi’.  She would take out the butter from it and put it in a separate pot( colloquali known as timaniya’ and ‘classih’ (curd milk without butter) in a separate pot. The ‘lassi’ was served during the day, the butter was mainly used for the chapattis but the fresh butter with ‘basi-khichadi’ of preceding night and ‘lassi’ were served in the morning which used to be the breakfast

Monday, May 25, 2015

green inside

White blossom. With lots of green  white blossom magic
Good thing is the blossom is blooming, the buds have already unfolded.
It often happens the tiny flowers don't open up, but just dry out.
Koma (my nice), you did a good job and brought the perfect blossom branches!
Thanks, for a bit of spring (in such a hot day and notapa) inside the living!


This stool is in computer room and passage toward backyard and kitchen.
Yes ! this is the Papdi branch from the big papdi tree in front of our house !!!
The papdi branch laden with little flowers are on the stool for almost the whole week now.

The afternoon sun is shining through the kitchen     cum dining room and it was so light, when I came home from outside.
All of a sudden I was overwhelmed by a strong spring sensation, just looking at the very same flowers...
I love that feeling!

(and I had to capture the moment)

The strange thing about my love for green is, I'm crazy about flowers and am too fond of green foliage plants.

The temporary beauty of a bunch of flowers on the table, you can enjoy them for a week and then it's done, away with it on to the next. 
This was the arrangement September last year
Houseplants however, are just standing there and it makes me 'nervous' eventually.
Although I love plants in the garden, also houseplants.
So yesterday, when I bought a new branch  of neem I couldn't resist this plant and decided to adopt it, for the time being in the house and maybe within a few weeks it can move to the pot...
And some day its branches will decorate my bottle vase !!!!!!!!

Green touches everyone and everything, especially this time of the year to cool down the eyes 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

know the TED

TED (technology entertainment and design)is a global set of conferences curated by the American private non-profit sapling foundation and formed to spread "ideas worth spreading". it first took place 1984 and became an annual conference since 1990. on you can find interessting letures/videos to almost every topic. Here is a very nice one about moving sculptures by Arthur ganson. 

Ted is worth having a closer look at, but be careful: you could spend a day or two doing nothing else =)



You never know what I will be posting on my blog because I have such eclectic thoughts, interests, and, if you have a minute, please stop-by

Do certain fragrances take you back in time? Bring back a memory that you cherish? I have a few scents that do this for me. My favorite color is green and it just so happens that I also love the fruit with this same color greener shade of an orange !!Yes the MALTA. Every time that I peel an orange MALTA the citrusy scent of that orange sends me back to my childhood.
My nanu had a Malt Garden full of flashy pulped maltaas, there were other fruits like,guvavas, peaches, grapes and some more.

It is no secret to those that know me that I love to read and that books have always been a part of my life. When I was in school(Shishu vihar Hindi High School, Limda Lane, Jamnagar, Gujarat India) at Jamnagar,Gujrat. I had a "best friend" named Liticia who lived on the next block. She also loved books and she, like me, enjoyed getting lost in its pages. Our favorite books were the Ghost and fairy stories. I would borrow hers and she would borrow mine. This way we were able to share these wonderful mysteries together.
We always read in her small living room curled up in front of the electric heater  in winter , the kind with the coils that curled up to the wooden rod   and then vented through the wall. This stove heated her family's whole tiny two room house. Our treat, as we read, were always Malta oranges. We both loved and regarded Maltas  as the best treat in the whole world! After we peeled our Maltas we would lay the peels on the  the top of the table nearby . As they dried from the heat of the hater, the luscious scent of Maltas filled the room. Life was good when you could read Ghost and Fairy  mysteries while eating maltas curled up on a rug in front of a  heater.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Today's recycling

We live in a disposable society. It's easier to throw things out than to fix them. We even give it a name - we call it recycling.
                                                                                                                         Neil LaBute

Thursday, May 21, 2015


  मुझे लिनन का कपड़ा बहुत पसंद है. पिछले वर्ष मैं जब बाजार गई एक कपड़े की दूकान पर  जैसे हू मुझे सफेद रंग के आहगण वाला लिनन का कपड़ा दिखाई दिया मैंने झट खरीद लिया।  मुझे सफेद आँगन पर छी भी बहुत पसंद है, सो यह कपड़ा गुण (लिननऔर डिजाईन(छी)दोनों में मेरा पसंदीदा था।  उस कपड़े से मैंने अपनी बहु और बेटी दोनों के एक-एक शर्ट सिले  और उनपर क्रोशिये से कुछ सजावट भी की बेटी के शर्ट के योक पर मैंने गुलाब के फूलों की योक लगाई और बहु  की शर्ट  पर निचे क्रोशिया किया।

 बहु  की शर्ट  
गुलाब के फूल 
 बेटी की तस्वीर फिर कभी .......... 


Monday, May 18, 2015

Nostalgia with Baby Rehana

The Doctor  described her as “beautiful girl”(bade dinon baad ek sundar bchhaa dikha hai ) –  she had a beautiful rosy glow, and normal body weight and length .   She checked out fine every time they looked her over, as she was on powdered milk for 24 hours, due to cesarean delivery.  So for one blissful period of 24 hours, that’s what we believed. After 24 hours she sucked her mother’s milk.  That we had been miraculously given a perfectly healthy baby,   being told she might have  minor Thalassemia  from her mother.
cuty after birth one day old
the same day pic


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Front door tree, cool white of Summer

I love changing a few things when summer finally arrives. We leave doors open during the day, I used to Rome bare foot  in and out feeling very  cool while walking, the leaves rustle in the warm breeze and I don’t want to miss a minute of it.  

 Adding a change of color using hanging mobiles, flowers in bottle or vase etc.etc.which  can help transition the room from one season to the next.  Out with my sunny colourful  pillow covers of winter and spring and in with these cool cream  and white patchwork. I think they add a nice fresh look for the oncoming warm days.

Like I’ve said before, pillow covers are such an easy way to change the look of your room.  I guess I’ve always loved the clean look of navy  blue and white because when I looked through my fabric stash I came up with these favorite fabrics. I made up simple 20 x20'” squares with a zipper for easy on/easy off. A handful of Champa leaves from the front yard and my room feels fresh and cool. Let the sunshine in!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

I read some psychology .......

 this morning my cup of tea begin with a book on psychology....
Swiss psychiatrist  and psychotherapist  Carl_Jung founded the field of analytical psychology and, along with Sigmund Freud,, was responsible for popularizing the idea that a person’s interior life merited not just attention but dedicated exploration — a notion that has since propelled tens of millions of people into psychotherapy. Freud, who started as Jung’s mentor and later became his rival, generally viewed the unconscious mind as a warehouse for repressed desires, which could then be codified and pathologized and treated. Jung, over time, came to see the psyche as an inherently more spiritual and fluid place, an ocean that could be fished for enlightenment and healing.
The Law of Paradoxical Intent points out the underlying paradox of personal achievement: You can get what you want by knowing that you don’t need it to be happy! It forces you to shift your focus from a desperate intention to a peaceful pursuit. Never send out the energy that you’re willing to wait to be happy — just that you’re willing to wait for the goal. Needing a particular achievement before you can live with peace and joy creates a desperate energy that’s absolute poison to the resonance of success, so be clear about your intentions and fearless in your motivations. Pursue your goals because you want them to enhance an already happy life, not because you’ll be miserable without them.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015


 I love this crocheted zar for flower vases .it’s very cheap to create .It looks classic .These are some jatropa blooms only blooms these days to charm our front yard.

The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists. ~Gilbert Chesterton 


Matter ofJoy!!!!!!!!!!!!

A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on. ~ Carl_Sandburg
A creative mess is better than tidy idleness. ~Author Unknown
Babies are always more trouble than you thought — and more wonderful. ~ Charles_Osgood

A baby is an angel whose wings decrease as his legs increase. ~Author Unknown

My true joy in life-being a mom and grandma to a great REHANA!So greatful! 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Photos that speak

Peace begins with a smile.- Mother Teresa

Presentation is everything.- Amanda Clark

If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly our whole life would change.   – Buddha

Roads? Where we are going we don’t need roads. –HG Wells 
Life is more fun if you play games.- Roald Dahl
If there is a single lesson that life teaches us it is that wishing doesn’t make it so. Lev Grossman

Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger.- Arnold Palmer

he earth laughs in flowers. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

all photos are from my family and the flowers are from my front yard ......

Sunday, May 10, 2015

E Bronete the real SAINT

Vipin Choudhry 
May issue
It's Vipin Choudhry’s  Reading Week she always made complaint that I am not devoting time reading her writings especially she used to recite poems in front of me repeatedly even on her cell phone and asked to edit them any how this week    I've chosen something a little different from her different modes of writtings……….   As for  the poems she's best known for, Vipin Choudhry also writes (in her own words in hindi)  several  biographies, and translates, including a book on Emily Brontё(under publication). Actually, she used to extract some part of the book she translates and got it published in the prominent Hindi Magazine  aha-zindagi . Vipin  wrote on Emily's  and on her work. Interestingly, as the biography of Maya Anglou she translated is  around 200pp long, her biography of Emily is also just under 250pp. It seems to have been the natural length of her work, the length she was comfortable with. She wrote a book titled  “main roz udit hoti huan” in hindi on Maya Angelou. Prior to it she  wrote an article on her life in  aha-zindagi.Click lallowing links for her work on Maya Maya Angelou.
 Recently her article on Emily's lif I published in May 2015.
The method employed in the following pages is of analysis rather than synthesis, through which it is hoped to promote some fresh thoughts on the subject. The following essay is planned to reconstruct Emily Brontё's life story exclusively from documents concurrent with the events. 

I usually read the writings of her sister Charlotte Brontё  and she has been the main source for information about her sister. As I recollect my reading on the family of  Emily ……….from the morning when Branwell appeared in his sister’s room with a box of wooden soldiers & they each chose one, "Emily's was a grave-looking fellow, and we called him 'Gravey'." to weave stories around; to her nervous inquiries to friends as to how Emily behaved in company. Charlotte took the lead in everything from the decision for herself & Emily to go to Brussels to study to the publication of their poetry & novels. Charlotte's poignant letters to W S Williams (reader for her publisher, George Smith) chart the inexorable course of Emily's last illness, "She is a real stoic in illness: she neither seeks nor will accept sympathy. To put any questions, to offer any aid, is to annoy...You must look on and see her do what she is obviously unfit to do, and not dare say a word..." Charlotte wrote the Prefaces & Biographical Notices that set the tone for both Emily &her younger sis Anne's reputations.
 Goggling the  original documents, especially the few letters & diary papers written by Emily, a different picture emerges. Emily certainly didn't enjoy being away from home. Her brief periods at school & as a teacher, ended with a return to Haworth. Spark sees this not as defeat but as Emily creating the conditions she needed to work as she wished. She approved of the scheme to start up a school with her sisters only until she received a legacy from her aunt that meant she didn't need to work. The diary papers Emily wrote on her birthday (to be put away & opened several years later with Anne) are the most important documents we have in discovering what was in Emily's mind. They are full of snippets of information about her daily activities, her pets, what the family are doing as well as plans for the future. They're written in almost a stream of consciousness with little concern for spelling or punctuation,
Aunt has come into the kitchen just now and said Where are your feet Ann Anne answered On the floor Aunt. Papa opened the parlour door and gave Branwell a letter saying Here Branwell read this and show it to your Aunt and Charlotte. The Gondals are discovering the interior of Gaaldine. Sally Mosley is washing in the back kitchen. November 1834
It's a snippet of life in the Brontё kitchen with a bit of news about the Gondals (the imaginary people that Emily & Anne wrote a long-running saga about) dropped into the middle. A later diary paper, written in 1845, is full of family news & the tone is of contentment with her lot,
As Vipin searched ….searched and ……….searched   an found that ……Emily as the happiest of the sisters until the last period of her life. She had a real vision of herself as a writer & was able to create a life for herself at Haworth that allowed her time to write.Vipin  believes Emily was a natural celibate. She needed no relationships outside her own family & these completely contented her. She was single-minded about her work & allowed herself no distractions. Her idea of love was a universalised one which may have been unrealistic but which led to the universal declarations of love in Wuthering Heights. Catherine's cry, "I am Heathcliff" is an example of this.

Vipin  sees Emily Brontё as a writer who fulfilled her promise as far as she could. Maybe her mind became unbalanced in her last months &, when she realized that she could not control the tuberculosis that was killing her, she gave in to it. I found this a refreshing way to look at Emily Brontё's life. Vipin  brings a novelist's imagination to trying to understand a woman whose posthumous reputation has overtaken the real life she lived.
 For rest peek into  aha-zindagi.