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.  


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