Ganesh with a Fist-full of Rice and a Spoon-full of Milk

The birth of Lord Ganesh falls every year in the monsoon months of August or September. He is a very lovable God and worshipped before beginning any work or project. It is believed that Ganesh is the remover of all obstacles and so, one of his names is Vighaneshwar. A long time ago, in a…

The Dal Lake in Srinagar

The moment Srinagar is mentioned, Dal Lake and the image of the shikara immediately comes to mind. The Dal surrounded by the Zabarwan Mountains, with floating houseboats, a thriving tourist floating market of curios and clusters of water fountains in the lake, all add to its natural beauty. Changing views with the changing weather, the…

Almond Villa, Srinagar- A great Homestay

  I went for a five day Miniature Painting Workshop organized by Dr. Jyotsna Singh in Srinagar from 21st to 25th May 2016. It was a great experience staying and learning at the same time in such lush green surroundings and views to die for. During our stay the weather was warm for the first…

Organic Mask Making Workshop 11th to 20th May 2016

Art and craft go hand in hand and  summer holidays are a good time to catch up on your hobbies and interests. Learning to sketch, shade and compose is as important as learning to design and execute your own craft. For all the creative people who like to learn new crafts, we are conducting an…

Beekeeping- An Ancient Practice

I walk every day in the little forest/ park near my house.  It is full of trees, shrubs, as well as, beautiful flowers  in the winter season.  On entering this area you see many squirrels and birds, not afraid of humans as there are a lot of people walking, running and doing yoga, who also…

Celebrating Govardhan – a day after Diwali

 Krishna lifting the Govardhan mountain on his little finger. Govardhan is a mountain in Vrindavan near Mathura in India where Lord Krishna was born. The day after Diwali is celebrated as Govardhan. The story/myth behind the celebration is very interesting. A long time ago Vrindavan was a village kingdom. The inhabitants were mostly farmers and…

Why Rangoli is made – myths and legends.

Rangoli (ran-goal-i) or Floor designs are a popular art form practiced all over India. These designs are made on mud floors and walls. Before any auspicious occasion, they are a must as they are believed to ward off evil.  In earlier times when the floors were of mud splattered with cowdung, rangolis were made every…

Celebrating Dushehra

Ravan is the face of evil and burnt relentlessly all over India for centuries because he abducted Rama’s wife Sita. Can we learn from the past and take such actions in our present.  Each one of us needs to kill the evil within ourselves and let the good prevail. Celebrating Dushehra every year is a…

Navratri…. Celebrating the Girl Child

The fabric of our society and religion is woven with reverence, regard and worship for the female energy.  So what is going awry that is ripping this fabric apart……..!!   Navaratri celebrates the power of the female goddess in all her manifestations. This festival is celebrated all over India in the months of October /…

Teachers, our foundation stones

Teachers Day is celebrated in India on 5th of September and we all know that the second President of India Sh Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was born on this day in 1888.  He was a great philosopher and a teacher and believed that the best minds in the country should be teachers.  Those of us in school…

Janamashtmi – celebrating Krishna

As a child in the sixties and seventies, growing up in Army Cantonments in India I loved festival time as it meant lots of exclusive dishes cooked for the occasion.  Some of these were annual recipes and Janamashtmi also has its share of unique recipes.  Sweetmeats ( barfi) made of  coconut and thickened milk, musk…

Jagannath Yatra Celebrations

In India festivals are colourful celebrations full of rituals, legends and myths. Food cooked is very special and distinct for every festival.  It is according to the seasons and the harvest available at the time.  On 18th of July 2015 is the annual sojourn of Lord Krishna popularly known as Lord Jagannath from the temple…