Navratri, Durga puja and Diwali, major festivals of Hindus are over for the year. Festivals across the world marks oneness, gatherings, celebrations, food, fun and frolic with family and friends. Festivals bring everyone together. 

Now days in India too people have started celebrating Halloween, which is basically a western concept and mostly fall near Diwali date which is on 31 October.

Had organised a Desk decoration competition & Rangoli competition in office. 

I had a ball of time with family friends & colleagues during Diwali and hope you did too. Sharing with you the decorations and the lovely moments I had during Diwali in office and at home.

Deacoration at Home











Desk Decoration in office







Rangoli at Home & Office












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Two years back in 2014 my company had a massive recruitment drive for hiring almost 200 Management Graduates. So in the process have visited quite a few places in the country for the Campus Recruitment.

One of the campuses we visited was Pondicherry University. We drove down from Chennai and reached the campus by 10.00 am. The Students were waiting for us. Wasting no time we started with the Interviewing process. It took us some time to interview 35-40 students. Once the process was finished we plan to leave the campus immediately. The placement co-ordinator insisted a lot to have lunch with them but we left the Campus as soon as the Interviewing process was completed. We directly headed towards Auroville. 

Auroville means 'the city of the dawn' and was founded in 1968 by a French lady Mirra Alfassa who was called The Mother’ and was the successor to Shri Aurobindo, a well- known spiritual leader. The town was founded by her with the aim of creating a place which was a symbol of human unity.

Auroville is meant to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realize human unity.

12 gardens of Auroville


The Visitor Centre in Auroville remains open from 9 am- 5:30 pm and we were lucky enough to attend the detailed video tutorial of what Auroville is all about.

Sample Plan of Matrimandir at the Visitor's Centre

The Matrimandir is not easily accessible and one need to make a booking in advance (around 2 days), in order to visit the Matrimandir. So since we have not made any bookings we thought of having a look from outside. We had to walk from the Visitor Centre to the Matrimandir. It is a pleasant 1km walk from the visitor's centre, along wooded paths and past an astonishing banyan tree.  Once we started walking we found that the place is full of calmness and serenity.

The Banyan Tree on the way to Matrimandir

Once we reached the Matrimandir we were mesmerised by the dome shaped golden structure. The Matrimandir is a giant golden globe at the centre of the town, surrounded by beautifully manicured lawns and trees. Going to Matrimandir would definitely refresh your body and soul.

Matrimandir


Matrimandir


After coming from Matrimandir we explored the area of Auroville. Here you will find things crafted by the inhabitants of the township such as clothing, candles, incense, pottery, home textiles etc.  I picked up some incense and scented candles. We had a quick bite of Mufffins and the Masala Chai in the Café.


Overall had a lovely time at Auroville. 
Now since I have decided to keep updating my blog on regular intervals, I have started working on getting my hands on Sketch Pad. Started off with Zentangle. Came out with this Zentangle Butterfly. Loved doing it.  




Posting this post nearly after 2 and half years. Was busy with my little one who have turned 3 years last month. So was almost on a break. Not that I did not do anything. To be honest yes, did not do much on art and craft. Made a painting on canvas, which was spoiled by my little one while I was giving a finishing touch. She wanted to paint on the same canvas while I was away to attend a phone call and when I come back and to my surprise the canvas was filled with all different colors.  So BOOOOOOM...... it goes. So decided that will not leave my painting book anywhere here and there.....

Completed this painting some days back. Almost took 2 months to complete. Used to do when the little one is off to sleep which is always after 11.30 PM - 12.00 and then you are so tired to do anything.  Better late then never.


Matsya



So I will try to be regular with my postings. Lets see  how regular. :-)




 
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Got a recycling bin full of glass bottles. Why waste them when you could have a new table lamp.

Turning any rum bottle into a table lamp is very simple. All 
you need to do is outline black liners in zig zag fashion and use glass colour for filling. 





Insert strand of light. The color of the bottle enhances the glow of the light, adding ambiance to a room.




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This painting was inspired by Trishla Jain. I have attended her exhibition in Mumbai in February 2012. Her art is very colourful & vibrant. Loved every bit of the exhibition. While I was browsing thru her art work along with my friend we came across many celebrities. Among them were Neeta Ambani, Sunil Shetty, Akshay Kumar.




This is my original work inspired by Trishla. I have named this painting as Seven Sins. All the seven sins are mentioned in painting. Do check out....



Do give me feedback.

Abstract art can be a painting or sculpture that does not depict a person, place or thing in the natural world. The Abstract art is a collection of meaningless shapes and colors thrown onto a canvas. In such art the viewer interprets its meaning for him/herself. It can be a test of someone’s interpretation skills.

Abstract art is non-objective, non-representational, and nonfigurative. Abstract art is one without a recognizable subject, one which doesn't relate to anything external or try to "look like" something. Instead the colour and form is the subject of the abstract painting.

This form of art is Non realistic. Like any other traditional art where the artist visualizes what he / she wants to capture, in this art form there is no intentional visualization. The artist may start creating artwork without realizing the end result. This kind of art can be perceived in many ways depending on the interpersonal skills / creativity of the viewer. Many a times the audience is not able to understand what the artist is trying to convey. It is up to the viewer to perceive in their own way. 

I wanted to create a   Funky Abstract Style with bold colours, bright shapes and intricate designs! The shape was created spontaneously. I then painted in various shapes, one color at a time. For instance, first I painted in all the yellow shapes. Then all the orange shapes, then dark pink, light pink, etc.




I strive to create a balanced variety of shapes and colors. The idea is that the different shapes and placement of colors will cause the viewer's eyes to bounce around the canvas. In this way I seek to create a sense of movement and energy in this funky artwork. So I continue painting in these shapes until the white canvas is entirely covered.




The repetitive designs start to form funky, sometimes intricate patterns. There are many different shapes and colors, but there is an overall feeling of balance and harmony. I named this Painting as Teenager. A teenager is a confluence of passion, emotion, feelings, and distractions.  A teenager keeps questioning and is always mysterious about the future.  Aggression in teenager is represented in the red border. Red is associated with aggression. When I started this painting I was unaware of the end result.



Diwali is one of my favorite festival with lights and sparkle in every nook and corner. There is so much to do in so little time, at least for the working ladies,  cleaning, shopping, decorating, making dishes etc. I always feel Diwali without preparing sweets and snack is incomplete. Of course now a days one gets everything from market but making at home for Diwali is something different. 

Hope you all had a great time with your family and friends during this festive season. I had a great time. Sharing with you the lovely moments I had during Diwali.

Floating flowers

Floating rose petals


Aum 

Flowery lights from Bangkok


Pookalam



Homemade Lamp


Floating Flowers





Rangoli &Diyas

Laxmi feets in Rangoli

Floating Diya


Puja of Laxmi & Ganesh

Floating Diya in teracotta pot

Kandil in balcony


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After thinking a lot I decided to do Warli Painting. I started with the rough draft of the painting and thought I can complete it in a day or two. But I took almost 5 days to complete this painting. Of course during my spare time. Medium used is canvas, spray paint & Acrylic paint.