Monday, June 12, 2017

Weaving Dhurrie

I have been in the market for a Dhurrie rug for quite some time and since I know that its predominantly made in northern India I decided to source mine direct from an artist/weaver...
So, during my India trip I asked my dad to use his connections and set up a meeting with dhurrie weavers so I can make a purchase and photograph them in action.

One hot summer evening while the air was so heavy and stagnant that I questioned its ability to carry sound waves, we stepped into the narrow lanes of the old city. The streets were so narrow that a small car wouldn't fit through even on a one way street and so we parked the car, abandoned the comfort of air conditioner and set out on foot. We were guided by my Dad's car mechanic, he lives in the weavers community and a lot of his extended family is still in the business of weaving canvas and rugs.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Bath renovation ideas...

Universe never seem to deliver on your terms... it just does when it does!
I'm gonna skip the background story and just mention that we had some extensive water damage in our house last month which has forced us to look into remodeling bathrooms in our house.
Although it was on my wish list to update the bathroom when we moved in last year but right now is not a convenient time for a remodel... but as they say, be careful what you wish for!
Needless to say its been stressful around here, it seems no good contractor is available to work on an emergency remodeling project, most of them are booked months in advance. So, while I wait to for the schedule of plumber and dry-wall guy and carpenter to line up, I decided its a good time to go on an inspiration trip on the internet.
I like clean and straight lines and white for me is the best color when it comes home d├ęcor, its peaceful, calm and timeless.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Guiding word of the year 2017... Show up!

I have been picking a word for each year for past ten years…
Art work by Kal Barteski
After choosing guiding words for so long, this year I was stuck and couldn’t come up with one word. I gave up on continuing to think and chose a phrase instead – Show up!

Friday, December 09, 2016

Mother... - restaurant review

Food, nurturing and sustenance seems so synonymous with mother (or parent) that even if an adult is talked to in a patronizing motherly (parentally) tone he or she is going to give in, specially when it comes to delicious food.
My friend chose this restaurant 'Mother' located on K street between 10th and 11th street and even before I entered to meet my friend, I saw this board and I knew its a perfect place to eat food and besides, someone please tell me, how do I refuse to go in after reading that sign...

Friday, December 02, 2016

Just a little update... right now!

I was looking back at the year and at some past posts and came across an old questionnaire and decided to update the answers:
What I ate for breakfastCoffee and cheese stick

Who I last spoke to on the phoneDH

The last website I looked (listening to MPR classical music)

The last book I readSacred Stone by Clive Cussler and Craig Dirgo

The last meal I cookedPasta for lunch yesterday and assembled (not cooked) Ham and Cheese Sandwich this morning

What am I wearing right nowSteel Grey checkered trousers and Black & White ikat print top

My current Favorite TV showWatching re-run of Gilmore girls with my girls
The last person I sent an email toTo my boss, asking for vacation time off :-)

Something I recently learnedIt’s been a decade that I have been finding ‘Word of the Year’ each year

Something I am not looking forward Finishing some short notice work over the weekend

Something I am Thankful for - Everything, even the worse of things bring out the humility, and I’m thankful for that.

How am I feeling overallBlah… Finding it hard to motivate myself. Just one foot in front of the other and keep moving…

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Camping in the Sierra Foothills

This would count to be our first summer in California in the true sense of the world. Last summer, we were in the moving phase and emotions were raw and memories too fragile to stop calling Minnesota home and settling into the California life. This year besides sightseeing which is plentiful in California, we slowed down our weekends to enjoy a few camping trips.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Vegetarian cooking - Eggplant dishes

For this Friday's foodie talk, I'd like to talk about vegetables; eggplant to be a little more specific.
I know, vegetables aren't looked upon very favorably specially here in America. So I decided to break it up, introduce some eastern spices into the mix and present a few variety of vegetarian eggplant dishes.
1) Eggplant curry: It can be prepared in several different combinations, with potatoes and tomatoes, or bell peppers. Overcooked eggplant provides a good creamy consistency to the gravy and can be a good accompaniment to other vegetables or beans.