Live for the Moment

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

June 22, 2015

A first

She had found the grill to hatch her eggs.  May be a first time mother.. inexperienced.  She landed there the fourth day after we got a grill fixed on the balcony.  I had my apprehensions then itself.  The nest was flimsy and infirm.

Alas, one morning I saw a few of the straws.  The eggs were gone and the bird was gone too!! Hope she finds a firm and secure place the next time.

Hope keeps us going!!

April 09, 2015

Easter Sunday spent in cleaning

It was way back in 2008.  My visit to the Sydney aquarium was the final straw.  I was mulling over the idea of an aquarium at home.  And my folks were up in arms against me.  Had no supporter.  I was working then and could hardly have time for family leave alone socialising.  So no question of an additional chore.

But, that visit to that Sydney aquarium was a lifetime experience for me.  I loved loved it so much that I decided there, I'd soon have a mini at home.

I confided in my daughter who was in grade 7th.  Told her, we'll give a surprise gift to papa.  My hubby's birthday was approaching.  She liked the idea. I had no time.  On her next visit to the music class, she told her granny that she'd come a little late that day and went to the nearby aquarium shop and did all the enquires.  Before going she was fully prepared.  Googled so much on this topic that she could rattle too many questions to the shopkeeper there :) Got to know when I finally went in to order an aquarium.  

So, finally on the D day, he came home and assembled this aquarium.  It was a lovely surprise to all at home.  Now, everyone likes it.  I take care of it 100%.  And unlike the presumption that having an aquarium is lot of work.  It is NOT.  Its hardly 15 mins a week or say a fortnight even.  And a two to three hour job once in 3-4 months.  Feeding fish is few seconds everyday and its a pleasure

In the night, I just switch off all lights and keep the aquarium light on and sit watching it.  I tell you, it relieves all stress and calms the mind.

I just love having this at home...  Planning to add new fish tomorrow :)

March 05, 2015

HaPpY HoLi

Wish you all a Very Happy Holi
a Festival of colours,
Of vibrance.
May the festival usher joy and colour in your lives

This is my creation.  I love making Rangolis.  Got an opportunity to draw this Rangoli for a grand function last month.  What better time than this to share it here.

March 02, 2015

Handcrafted frames

Been wanting to post these frames for sometime.  Again at the craft bazar.  These are handmade handicrafts.  Oh! I love them so much.  

Specially this lone tree

Coloured threads have been so beautifully woven into nature themes.

Fresh flowers always evoke positivity. I love having a bowl of fresh flowers midst all the souvenirs

February 10, 2015

Craft Bazar

I live in a heritage city which has a history dating back to a couple of centuries.  Vadodara is also known as Baroda.  The city is full of hundreds of Banyan trees, Vad known in hindi and hence the name `Vadodara'.. The land of Banyan trees.

Recently, there was Vad-fest.  International festival of art and culture.  Yanni performed here at this venue that you see below. Laxmi Vilas Palace.

The Baroda Museum that houses a Mummy and loads of interesting artefacts.  Takes not less than three hours for a visit.
Below is Kirti Mandir, a palace built for a queen

All these pictures from this stall. Not the real structures
There was a loom on display

Wooden furnitures on display and sale.  I liked the blue stand.  Could be made use as a plant pot stand

Can you believe... These are hand painted on canvas

Now comes handicrafts using glass beads.  All hand stitched using myriad colours.  Patience, accuracy and speed are required

The ones you see below are also hand woven.  These adorn the doors of a home

Hand woven necklace

Pottery section

Metal artefacts.

So delicate and dainty


Intricately carved wooden door
I could not do justice to this.  Couldn't see the whole bazar.  Too huge for a single visit.  Nevertheless it was a pleausre.  I have a few pictures of handicrafts woven out of joot which I will share later.
This is real India, a country with rich heritage.

February 05, 2015

Their new friend

Can you identify this bird? Perched on Vandita's hands!!  The children found it while playing and then on she changed hands like a passing the parcel game.  All of them were so excited. (Even me!!) .  She is sick and just did not fly. They had great plans of hosting her by turn.  Plans of making a bird house.  The excitement was unfathomable.  Then prudence prevailed.  She has been handed over to a girl who already has birds as pets at home.

Hope she gets well soon 

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.