Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Pirate Times

~Pirate Mania~ 

 Children all over the world are crazy about 
pirates and their outrageous sea adventures .
Right from story books to theme parties, 
movies to wonder park how and when these
 pirates quietly sneaked into our hearts n minds
 in their glorified avatars sometimes makes
me wonder about their uprise from shady pasts
 to magnanimous present...... Looks like stories 
of their treasure hunts and adventures 
allured people to give them a friendly 
makeover long after their tribes
 had actually vanished. 

Pirate on my plate  !!! 

Bread, bell pepper, cucumber, cheese, olive and spinach.  

Do you know that there's a special day
 designated for the pirates !! International 
Talk like a Pirate Day is a parodic holiday 
created in 1995 by John Baur and Mark 
Summers of Oregon who proclaimed 
Sep 19, each year as the day when people
 should actually talk like a pirate and
 greet their friends as Ahoy Maties !!
(source- wikipedia)

Ahoy Matey 

Watermelon, cheese, carrot, cucumber, olives.  

These food arts were created  for Children's
Day issue of Child magazine, the famous
parenting magazine of India sometime
 back. I still remember the fun we had
creating these food arts and the pirate
 dialogues that we actually mugged up 
to use off and on !!!  Enjoy the food art ...
or in the pirate language just Enjoy ye !!

Monday, September 2, 2019


~ Ganpati Bappa Morya ~  

Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most popular 
festivals of India, it is that time of the year 
when thousands of Ganesha devotees 
far and wide eagerly look forward to 
the vibrant eleven day long celebrations. 
Beautiful statues of the lord are installed in
 homes and temples with a belief that 
'He, the remover of all obstacles' will 
shower his blessings on the family 
and protect them from  sufferings. 

My Ganesha 

Cucumber,tomato, olive .
Ganpati with his ek dant (one tusk ),  As per Hindu
 mythology his second tusk is broken. 

The eleven day long festivities comprise of 
several age old rituals, elaborate floral decorations,
 devotional songs, mantra recital and of course aarti
 and Prasad distribution. Prasad (also  called Prasadam) 
are generous offerings of modaks (sweet rice 
dumplings filled with coconut and jaggery)
and ladoos that are later distributed amongst
 the devotees and the children. 

After the elven day long festivities comes the
 time of murti visarjan or submerging the idols
 in the water which is  a symbolic representation
 of rebirth and regeneration and sums up 
the essence  of  celebratingthe rebirth of 
elephant headed Lord Ganesha in
 form of Ganesh Chaturthi. 

Happy Ganpati to all , may He bring you luck 
and prosperity today and always.  

Monday, August 26, 2019

Rain Stories

~Rain stories ~

The gushes of cool winds and unpredictable 
showers since last few days have  breathed in life to 
almost everything, giving much needed respite from
 the heat and humidity the rains have awoken a 
whole new world around us !!! Hundreds of crawlies
under our feet and an equal number of them
buzzing under the clear blue skies seem to have
  transformed the mundane city lands to 
temporary green abodes !!! 

Dragonflies everywhere 

Tomatoes , cucumber , cheese , carrots 

A walk down the nearby park yesterday gave 
me immense opportunity to capture the riot of 
monsoon colours ... without disturbing the mating bugs
 or the baby dragon fly with slightly wet wings I tried
 capturing them in their best abodes. Last year the 
park had a huge variety of wild mushrooms almost 
under every  tree but looks like I need to wait a little 
more this year to capture the hoody beauties. 

The beautiful weather of August makes it one of the
 most beautiful months of the year- sudden
showers of rain every now and then, wild flowers 
in full glory and moist green grass in every 
nook and corner gives  the perfect excuse to 
click innumerable pictures. This month holds a 
special placein my heart too - it was in Aug 
2009 that I started blogging and had created
 Little Food Junction to exhibit my food arts . 
The month played a special role yet again in 
 2013 when my maiden book 'Fun food for Fussy 
Little Eaters' got  published by RPS  London. 

Fun food for fussy little eaters

 Even after doing several projects till date , 
this book is closest to my heart. I still cherish the 
 endless hours that were spent  working on the
 themes, right from scribbling the ideas to finally 
giving them the final look - each page has 
some finest memory attached to it that takes 
me down the beautiful fun food times !!
The idea of this dragonfly food art was originally 
scribbled for the book but didn't take shape then. 
Hence as an ode to all the blogging years this 
food art was much apt before bidding adieu
 to Aug '19. 


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