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208. Magic hands of Kutch


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This beautiful needle art form originated in Kutch, Gujarat, India. It is kind of interlaced herringbone stitch and gives the impression of Armenian embroidery! Mostly the Kutch work enhanced and embedded with mirrors, which makes it most splendid embroidery on clothing. The use of colors, placement of mirrors, overall style and design makes a great ornamentation for garment. Creative usage of all design elements makes Kutch work as a great fashion.

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This is one of my Kutch needle work on kameez (Knee length top usually worn over leggings).  I used black and sap green silk thread for Kutch work and multicolored silk thread for mirrors.

Also Kutch artisans have a beautiful art heritage in creating Bhungas(mud house) with dazzling mirror walls.

http://lifeisavacation.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/mud-mirror-art-india/

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Mud word and Abhala (small pieces of glasses ) is the only old Kutch Art done till today. This work was first carried out on walls but now they are carrying out on the walls in the ceiling and on the exterior of the home.

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207. Antiquity behind Beauty Spot


Always wonder why mom used to keep a spot with black kohl, on my cheek or towards left of left eye. She always said its a beauty spot which makes you look more beautiful and keeps you away from evil eyes. I had this spot throughout childhood in my make up. And gradually stopped keeping it myself.

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Surprisingly I never thought of it until few days back when I heard about Roman’s were using patches. History says the beauty patches are ancient. They are used from Egyptian times, initially its used to hide the scars and patches on their faces. As time passed, (considered from 18th century) the functional purpose of patches turned into fashion.

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Initially  taffeta was used to make little plasters and was cut into different shapes.  Shapes were the crescent moon, the star, different flowers, and even animals or people.  The face looked like a shadow-play performance.

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Their positions on the face varied.  There were, however, some favourite places.  The seven principal ones were:  at the corner of the eye, la passionnee;  la galante, in the middle of the cheek;  la baiseuse, at the corner of the mouth;  on a pimple, la receleuse;  on the nose, l’effrontee;  la coquette, on the lips.  A round patch was called l’assassine.  At one time, women wore patches circled with diamonds on their right temple.

(Source: http://marilynkaydennis.wordpress.com/2010/06/06/the-fashion-of-beauty-patches/)

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Few antique Patch Boxes!!

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206. Freaking Corset


I recently discovered Cathie Jung’s corset in one of my classes. It is so shocking to believe that someone have a 15” waist. Yes its totally true, the smallest waist belongs to Cathie Jung (USA, b. 1937), who stands at 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in) and has a corseted waist measuring 38.1 cm (15 in). Un-corseted, it measures 53.34 cm (21 in).

[http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/smallest-waist-living-person/]

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Her interest in Victorian dresses and corsets inspired her to do this on aging 70 years old body. I feel it as ironic and extreme experiment to prove one’s enthusiasm over Victorian dresses :/

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204. Ganesh Festival


Had a blessed and colorful Ganesh festival celebrations. Lil hard part was, where I had to bug darpan to do pooja (worship God). And finally he did a wonderful job….

Hope you all had colorful and happy Ganesh Festival……

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It is a big satisfaction, when your dishes turns out perfect….The Naivedyam was perfect on time and was tasting good too……:)

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Dressing traditionally during festive times adds perfect ambiance for colorful day…..I Love this saree…

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Fun and serious part comes where we have to do ‘Utt Bhaits’ (Hindi word). We do these in asking forgiveness for out mistakes to lord Ganesh. I’m not sure whether the lord he is taking this seriously or not, but I definitely follow this every year to have some fun………:P

I used to make fun of my dad all the time. Now I’m making fun of Darpan. I’m so bad sometimes………..

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203. Mango Gojju


My favorite mouth watering mango gojju. Sweet, spicy, tangy mango gojju is a tasteful curry to have with rice. Its a traditional dish, must to be in any auspicious meal or dinner in Udupi. I never miss the mango season without a Mango gojju.

Here goes the recipe….

In a pan do seasoning with oil, mustard seeds, cumin seeds and broken red chilli. Once the mustard splutter add cut raw mango pieces and fry for a while, then add water and boil in low flame.

In meanwhile grind red chilli, roasted chick peas, dry coconut and salt into a fine powder.

Once the mangoes are half cooked, add the grinded powder. Add water based on the consistency preference. Add jaggery based on sweet preference. Then add salt, turmeric and let the curry boil till the mangoes are fully cooked. Once done, garnish with coriander and serve hot with rice.

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202. Awesome Yosemite


Hi all, I have had an awesome and lively long weekend. Trip to Yosemite is one memorable excursion. Though the rim fire tried to grime Yosemite, it was looking gorgeous as always and is still a most spectacular national parks.

The giant sequoias, huge glacier point, never ending trekking to Nevada falls, tiny ground squirrels, intelligent coyotes, gazing mule deers, beautiful sunset, unexpected rainbow @ vernal falls & more and more made my trip beautiful and unforgettable. I never seen such an amazing sunset ever. The most exciting adventure was zip lining. I never imagined myself so inspired and fearless.

The only thing upsets me now is, being a lazy photo clicker. I was more into fun than taking pictures this time. But of course, have few clicks, hope you like them.

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Tiered of trekking………

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Unexpected and Beautiful rainbow @ Vernal falls……..

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 Awesome sunset ever…….

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201. Kale Ridge


Hello all…..

Must be wondering what is this Kale Ridge!!! It is my new experiment in cooking……I should say its my own recipe and here it goes.

Take equal proportion of Ridge gourd(cut in cubes) and Kale leaves.

Take a pan, add oil and once oil is heated add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves.

Then add cut kale leaves and ridge gourd cubes and fry in oil for 5 min. Add 2 whole cloves and 2 black peppers. After 1 min add milk and boil (the amount of milk is based on your choice of consistency for curry) I like to add little more milk. You will sense the sweet aroma coming out of pan and believe me it just increases your appetite. Then add grinded green chillies and turmeric and boil for 2 min. Finally add salt for taste and garnish with coriander.

This tastes yummy with hot rice and also is great side dish for roti, chapati.

I always wondered myself if I can really cook something new. But I’m so happy today. Just try this recipe and let me know what you feel……

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