Live for the Moment

Every moment counts. Hence live for the moment to be happy and light

January 01, 2015

Just pondering

This is an impromptu blog post.  Been away from blogland for one reason or the other.

Time of the year is here again.  Of penning fresh set of  resolutions, of contemplations, of introspection.  This is the time of the year when most of us pause, stop and think of ourselves. Of how we can improve further.  Somehow, this year I am not going to make any resolution.  Cause it looks like resolutions are made to be broken :)

IS it necessary to make resolutions.  Looks like its customary.  Rather live each day... moment. Learn each day.  Be compassionate and kind to each other.  One act of kindness each day could benefit the receiver and the giver even more than the receiver.

Make the world a better place to live.  If all of us decide to do one act of kindness each day. Its possible.  Being happy is a state of mind. Keep away the negative vibes and surround yourself with positive vibrations.

Wishing all a Very Happy Healthy Prosperous Cheerful 2015

Life has its ups and downs.  Sometimes rough and sometimes smooth like the waterfall. Learning to live each day beautifully with positivity is an art, a habit we need to practise.  All the time. Cause Change is constant.

November 01, 2014

Diwali Rangoli

Diwali Rangoli making is something that I look forward to.  And it started years ago when I was a child.  Since then on, I have been making a Rangoli every year.

Here's what I made this year.  Called Sanskar Bharathi Rangoli.

The only thing is that it is not a permanent medium of art.   It can not be stored.  May be there is a learning in it.  Of non permanance. Nothing in life is permanent.  Good or bad..... So is the Rangoli.  Thank GOD we can photograph it :)

I am also sharing a few that I made over the years here

October 11, 2014

Mixed Bag :)

My daughter's admissions and then moving away from home :( kept me busy all along.  One point agenda.  Rest was all on the back burner.  Life coming back to normal with a void.   Missing her so often.  Then I tell myself.  Life has to move on.  Change is constant.  And this was bound to happen.  I too had left home at 18 and moved to the hostel.  But its only now that I realised that my going to the hostel and her moving out is so so different.  It isn't as easy as I thought it was !!!!! 

So its festival time every time she comes home.  She is just 3 1/2 hours away.....a train journey! We made yummy fried rice.

I love love lighting candles and placing lil flowers on my centre table.  It gives me so much of happiness every time I pass by...  brings a smile

Thats my lil' Vandita ready for a Bharatnatyam performance....sans the makeup.  That changes so much.

With makeup.   

A mixed bag indeed....Hope to meet you often :)  Have a wonderful Sunday !!!

July 25, 2014

And we tread on the path

We just did all we could so that she was comforted, encouraged, inspired 
to tread on the ardous journey and she has reached the beginning of that path.... 
her dream.....and she worked day and night...tirelessly
 its a long way ahead
 and am proud that she is waiting in her wings to fly high and achieve her dream...
She is going to be a doctor :)
And is gonna fly the nest next month :(

This kept me away from blogland for quite a while.....exams, schedules, journeys to various cities and finally....there's light at the end of the tunnel.  Comfort is that she would be four hours away by train. So we could go and meet her.... Intense being the medical course.... i am afraid she'd visit us less often.  Well..... I must be prepared for this separation.... It was expected and it is for her good...her dream of being a doctor some day.... I hope and pray she'd be a doctor with empathy for the suffering humanity.... a noble profession indeed! Our little girl has made us proud by securing admissions as an undergrad at the medical college.


May 14, 2014

Baking fun

I accidentally got to know of a baking class through a dear friend way back in Dec `13.  And jumped at this opportunity.  My girls love cakes.  That was the inspiration plus the zest to learn a new thing.  Just a two day class of 3 hours each.  We learnt to make 6 varieties.  Thanks to Shubhada Gadkari.  She is meticulous and particular.  No wonder her passion for baking could be easily seen in the class.

Since then, every b'day in the family gave me an opportunity to try.  Base cakes I've been baking regularly.  But those special ones were reserved for b'days.  This was the latest.  Chocolate truffle. Completely baked and decorated by my daughter Upasana under my supervision :)  I have graduated :)

My daughters chose what they wanted for their b'day.  So Jan and Feb was Chocolate truffle and black forest.

Here's the black forest . (Pls don't mind the quality of pics.  These two were from a cell

Then March saw fresh fruit cake. This was the best that I liked.  Sob sob I DON"T LIKE CHOCOLATE CAKES but I bake them for my girlies.

Here I could use strawberries, pineapple, black grapes and kiwi.

I also tried my hand at pineapple upside down

And ofcourse walnut cake and cup cakes

With the mango season on, I tried fresh fruit with mango layers

BaKiNg hAs beEn FUN :)

February 26, 2014

Plant Exhibition - 2014

Before I begin with a few pics from a plant exhibition we recently had in the city, lemme show you my green corner again.  I just change positions of the few pots that I have and admire myself at the new look and be happy.  :)

And now for some pics from the plant exhibition.  This year.  The number of bonsai plants were less.  But we have bonsai exhibitions once or twice a year in the city.  Oh!  those are amazing.  I learnt the basics of bonsai  last year.  But the plant did not survive.  I'll try again.

Now for some pics.  There were flower arrangement , bonsai competitions there.  Please don't mind the quality of the pics.  They were taken from my cell.

Can you see the green rose?


This is beautiful. The bougainvilleas

Cactus.  These are so huge and must be old too cause they have flowered.

I liked this idea.  Its an old tray.  Huge one.  On which the landscaping has been done.  Thats really beautiful.

These were the only two terrariums.

There was salad decoration also.  He looks cute na?

Flower arrangement.  I liked this a lot.  Simple but beautiful.

This got the first prize

Look at this.....  This reminds me of christmas snow flakes.  (crocheted :))

This is my favourite.  The adenium.  It has been grafted multiple times.  So we can see different shades of the flower on the same plant.

I ENJOYED MY VISIT TO THIS EXHIBITION.  I bought three petunia plants.  Have to buy a pot to repot them.  Could'nt make that buy as yet.  Will do that soon.  I bought some radish and carrot seeds too.  Plant to sow them tom. A special day for me.  My girl turns 18.

February 03, 2014

Zipper pouch

Before I could even blog about it, its gone.  Nevertheless, the memories are there :)  Ever since I saw zipper pouches on blogland, I wanted to make one myself and more than me, my little one was very keen that I make one for her.  I kept getting lot of reminders from her :) is when I decided its time I work rather than just gaze at tutorials.  

Here's how it turned out

She used it excitedly for about 10 days and :( sad, left it behind in school one day.  And she's lost it. Her favourite TRIMAX pens and other paraphernalia along with the pouch are gone.  She was upset for a day... (so was I ).  I'll make one more now.

The making is super simple.  There are vivid tutorials available on blogland.

Four pieces of fabric. The same size as the zipper.  I also used a soft sponge for padding in between.  All left over fabric that I had in my stash. By the way, the sewing machine is my mother's and is more than 50 years old. Going strong.  She has attached a motor also.  Though I use it sparingly, I take care, oiling it once in a while.  I love it.

I tried this out.  Cut circles.  Turned them inside out first

Then pinned them like this and 

Stitched them one above the other to make it look cuter.

Sense of achievement. Source of scoring brownie points from my lil one :)

Hmmm... there are two new shoots growing in my balcony.  I planted these.  Can you guess?