Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Chanderi… Handloomed silk saris

Last month as we were travelling through various cities in India, I made it a point to scout out artists in local markets and buy directly from them. During one such quest I met a family of weavers from the town of Chanderi where the famous saris with the same name and gossamer glow are handmade on looms. Chanderi sari is now protected by the geographic indicator (GI) and can only be called so if it’s produced in the region as defined under the GI and is recognized by World Trade Organization. Further demarcation for these Chanderi saris is that they can only be hand loomed, so if you are buying a real chanderi you can rest assured that it is handmade and not woven on a power loom.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Playdate with Friend = photoshoot :-)

I had a very fun photo shoot or you may choose to call it playdate with my friend Carol.
She is very attractive with impeccable taste and wonderful style sense and of course very photogenic as well.
The detailed story behind the photoshoot would be revealed soon but for now, just sharing the pictures. Anyone else interested in a play date?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes - Book Review

A few words from Frances Mayes, a few pictures from my trip to Tuscany

...the thousand chances, trivial to profound, that converged to recreate this place. 
Any arbitrary turning along the way and I would be elsewhere; I would be different...

Monday, September 15, 2014

Bike ride to a destination...

Last weekend, we took a family bike ride for lunch. Bike rides have become an integral part of summers ever since our, then, five year old transitioned out of training wheels. And now our daughters love biking around the block when we work in the yard or go on extended bike rides with us exploring new trails through known neighborhoods.
If you are a parent, you might know how tough it is to teach kids about healthy habits and the special challenge is for them to make the right choices when they are surrounded by tempting unhealthy choices and parents aren’t around to guide them. So I try to device subtle ways to educate them about energy consumption, bodily or otherwise and how each little choice matters.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Manage your day -to-day: Book review

How do you do it all? Do you get that question a lot? 

I do and frankly, its a constant juggle to stay ahead of the curve and I am ready for any advice that might help me manage it better. So, when I saw  this book 'Manage your day to day in Pam Garrison's Instagram feed, I noted it down immediately. I was still on my trip at the time so the first book that I request from the library once I was back in town is - 'Manage your day to day' by the 9U Book Series.

It’s a wonderful book, precise, concise and to the point. I got through it quickly and then returned to it a second time to make sure, I didn’t miss any important points. If you look at it from a broader perspective, it is a book which talks common sense for the most part. The kind of stuff that parents used to tell us when we growing up.
I remember my parents constantly reminding me, you must have a time-table, follow your schedule, and do ten math problems each day, practice writing one page each day, go to bed at the same time, try going potty at the same time each day…etc. I guess you catch the drift.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

First time in Italy…

It was on our collective wish list to visit Italy for more than a decade and we were so excited to be able to finally visit. If you remember my rant (Venting, no Italy visa for us) back in 2006 when I tried and failed to obtain visa for Italy and then ended up visiting London instead.

I am a planner, I plan everything in great detail but my plans are still very fluid and we tend to take things as they come which makes it especially enjoyable for everyone and is actually a must if you want to travel with kids. All my planning and incessant search for locations on google maps and google earth could not have prepare me what Italy truly holds. I imagined it to be busy and crowded with tourist like me but in truth it was warm and cozy and welcoming despite travelers like me and those hawkers on the road that nag you to buy silly things.

If I were to share just one picture from our Italy trip, I think this one would carry the essence of the whole trip.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Catching a breath...

A street corner in Italy
Just came back from a whirlwind trip to Italy and India. As excited as I was to get away, I am happy to be back to the lulling comfort of a routine. I loved the exotic and I’m ready to the same old… for some time to come at least.
Vishnu Dashavtar 
I’ll share my travel stories in upcoming posts and I am really excited about them since I delegated some of them to DH (darling husband). We spent a week in Rome and Tuscany and then about 3 weeks in the northern part of India. I had the opportunity to see some wonderful architecture, meet some artisans and of course spend time with family. And as I said more on that coming soon

German farmland from air
Taking a break from the routine is a wonderful reset button that re-programs the established patterns and invigorates you. After the trip, the ideas are just pouring in and I am trying to find ways to prioritize yet not get overwhelmed and cocooned into procrastination.
A street corner in Lucknow, India
Just started reading the book ‘Manage your day to day’ on the instagram recommendation of Pam Garrison. I am always inspired by her art work and hope that this book has some pointers for me to pursue an artist career while also working full time as an engineer in my day-job. I have been at it for quite some time but looking to some sustainable routines that can evolve overtime.
Imarti, one of our favorite sweet from India

An ornate door from India