Deity in Clay: Durga Puja meant a mini-vacation from school and it also meant that I could participate in the festivities with friends and family.
Turning away from the quotidian, I was audience to a cyclorama of contemporary Indian art inside Centre of International Modern Art gallery, Kolkata. This was an artist's world, born of forms and silhouettes, birds and animals, human beings and landscapes; of oil and water colours, acrylics, crayons, gold and charcoal, silk and cotton thread embroidery;
A Grahan or an eclipse is a rare event when one planetary body obscures another, for a certain duration of time. A solar eclipse is a result of the moon coming in alignment with the sun and blocking its rays from reaching the earth. A full eclipse occurs when this alignment is perfect, and a partial eclipse occurs when this alignment is not complete.
Inspired by a sentence from the Julie Andrews song in The Sound of Music, 'Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens', we thought of the Monsoons, and that drew us to a woman’s favourite things – Fashionable Clothes!
Wisps of hair glued to their foreheads, clutching multihued or black grandpa-umbrellas, rolled up trousers; wading through knee-high waterlogged streets; women in drenched saris frowning, eyebrows arching in slight annoyance; muddied wet shoes and sandals; these and hundred other such vignettes frame the city of Joy, Kolkata when the goddess of monsoon arrives.
Invigorating our lives with their depth and infiltering our thoughts and feelings with their encoded, allusive messages, some fables become legendary. “The Little Red Riding Hood” is one such fable.
"Reach high, for stars lie hidden in you. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal." -- Rabindranath Tagore -- A jewel in the crown of Indian history, a poet, a lyricist, composer and above all a litterateur, was Shri Rabindranath Tagore. What connects Amartya Sen, Mahasweta Devi, Indira Gandhi, Maharani Gayatri Devi, Satyajit Ray… to realize the connection, we need to go back in time to 1863.
According to history, freelancers were knights whose lances could be hired.
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. ~Richard Bach
Jane Austen: the flawless author did have a few flaws. I have always been a Jane Austen fan, and to me and many other fans, there is nothing plain about this Jane. Jane Austen although is not alive in flesh, but she is alive in spirit, through her words.
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