Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Snowflakes on my window pane...

Living in hot tropical Madras, snow always seems fascinating.... that celestial powder which gracefully caresses the land, blanketing everything in a sheet of white, is something I wish would happen here. Come December and I always make snowflakes to put on the window pane, half the carols I listen to mention snow anyway... point is, snow seems magical when you are not knee deep in it or scraping it off your car or shoveling your driveway. People who live in snowy regions don't seem to like it, but people who live in hot countries seem to wish for it...

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. ~ John Ruskin

Monday, February 3, 2014

All set for Sunday...

Sitting on the easy chair, sipping wine and reading a book... 
A Sunday well spent... 

“Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.”   ~ John Keats


Our favourite place, growing up...

The book store that we siblings used to frequent when we were quite young. This was when I obsessively read every hardy boy I could lay my hands on and fell really hard for Frank Hardy. Those were wonderful days spent kneeling on the floor and poking through a collection of books, trying hard to pick out only a few from the rows and rows of books that little shop held.

“Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.”
― Jane Smiley, Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Cauldron of petals...

Saw this welcoming sight at the entrance to one of the best places to shop for saress in Chennai, Tulasi Silks. So simple and elegant and effortlessly manages to liven up the place, click on the image for a larger view.

Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Applying Mehendi...

These were taken in Delhi, while I visited a local market... 
Deftly weaving intricate patterns... 
The finished work... (Click images for a larger view.)
The lingering patterns...
Pretty neat, huh?

To see the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hands, and eternity in an hour.  ~ William Blake


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A few of my favourite things...

Hot chocolate fudge is what I more often than not tend to order in every ice cream place I visit... this picture was taken bout a year back in Delhi, after visiting a crowded local market where mehendiwalas occupy one side of the road waiting to weave these intricate patterns for a surprisingly nominal fee.

Pay attention to the intricate patterns of your existence. ~Doug Dillon

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Contemplating in the shade...

Taking some respite from the relentless sun... a daily laborer in a contemplative stance. I hope his life is good, he is old but quite fit...


Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read...
~ Francis Bacon