Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Festive Creativity!

Last Friday, on August 28, I performed, Varalakshmi puja at my home. Every year, I look forward towards decorating the Varalakshmi devi (The Goddess of Boons) and try to be creative. For more information about this wonderful tradition check my blog post at:https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=4303195915708670428#editor/target=post;postID=5754354575422591668;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=1;src=postname
Varalakshmi puja at my home

Puja at my mother's (Mrs. Ramani) place

Puja at my sister's (Parimala) home

Puja performed at Meenakshi and Manasa's place. Special credit to my cousin, Ramji bava

Puja at Anuradha Suri's home

And every year, I am amazed and inspired by the creativity of many of the South Indian women who perform this pooja too, by decorating their Varalakshmi devi with great enthusiasm and zest.
Here is a glimpse at some of the beautifully decorated Varalakshmi idols. I was visited some of their houses, last Friday and witnessed their creativity! And some more which I happened to come across via their posts on Facebook…
Puja at Prasad aunty's place

The magnificent devi!

Puja at Kirshnamoorthy aunty's place

Decorated with flowers...

The Goddess of boons!

Puja at Bhanu Peri's home

Beautifully decorated rangoli!

In rich splendour...

In grandiose splendour!
Jai Varalakshmi Devi !!

Note: Sorry for not being able to list the names of few of the creative women!

Thursday, August 20, 2015


Shop review # 2

‘The zippy… little gift shop’ Yes, this is the tag line of this wonderful store packed with an amazing array of gift articles. Most of these quirky and cute handicrafts are made from ecofriendly material and are handmade by NGOs which work with underprivileged people.

Take a glimpse into this interesting store.
Enter 'Tuk-Tuk'

Feast to the eyes!

Varied collection

Ethnic bags...

Cotton garments too!

Amazing array

Varied fare

This store, also conducts creative workshops for kids along with Inspire Trust – a unique concept in Goa, as there are very few places which do so.

Thus I happened to visit this store with my daughter, last month on a Saturday. My daughter participated in their pompom making and decorating workshop. She got involved in this creative pursuit during the workshop, and enjoyed it thoroughly.
Art- work in progress,,,

I have done it!

This store was started by Bharati Marwaha Kumar in 2011 in an endeavor to give back to the society. She is very much passionate about this venture and is full of life!

I picked up some 'really' cool articles from this store and tried hard to resist picking up more....
My loot!

A cool fridge magnet - May God bless you.

Handmade rooster - key chain

Cool Tassels with a cute dog - made of elephant poop! Amazing...

Vegetable fridge magnets - Pea pod and brinjal

Handmade damsels to add to my doll collection.

Do visit this store and you will definitely be tempted to pick up some ‘cool’ handmade articles!

The store is conveniently located in the building, opposite to Hospicio hospital in Margao. Once cannot miss it!
The address is:
A104, 1st floor, Pereira Plaza, Opposite Hospicio Hospital 
Margao, Goa.

Handicrafts belong to a world existing before the separation of the useful and the beautiful.-Octavio Paz

Thursday, August 13, 2015


Shop review #1

Am I a critic? Maybe, however I love to review things, services, products, hotels etc and write about them. So here come's my first review of a shop.

Last week, I happened to stop by 'Nirvana' shop at the Goa airport  at the Departure lounge. A cool shop with a Goan theme. T-shirts, mugs, magnets, book marks, coasters and cool bags. I love bags, especially the ecofriendly cloth /canvas bags which look cool and are reusable. And could not resist buying a bag (it was a bit pricey for Rs. 499 only) and some of the Goan memorabilia. These are marketed by the ‘Nirvana’ company. The service representatives at this shop, both of the girls, are very customer friendly. And graciously showed me around the shop, which was recently inaugurated in July 2015. Though the Goan theme based items at this shop are cool, I must say these come at a price! However such pieces are rarely available in the touristy or the common marketplaces in Goa. Do check it out!

I love Goa! Don’t you?

Note: The best part of travelling is that you come across different people, places and products - the 3 P mantra to one’s advantage! Motivation to travel more!

'I LOVE GOA' bag

Don't Worry, Eat Curry!

Goan themed memorabilia.

Fridge magnet: Happiness is being in Goa ! Very true!

Coaster: Just chill out in Goa!

True Nirvana!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Indian Railways: Achievements & Initiatives!

I was thrilled to receive an email from the Ministry of Railways, two weeks back, outlining about their Achievement & Initiatives. And felt a sense of pride and belonging upon reading their ebook (here is the link: http://indianrailways.gov.in/Indian-Railways/indian-railways.html) and here is the email message I received :

Dear Passenger,
I am very happy to bring to you an E book highlighting the achievements and initiatives of Indian Railways in the past one year. This book also includes the way forward in brief under the segment -'The track ahead'.
I would urge you to take some time and go through the document for insights into what we have been trying to do for the betterment of railway services.

Your comments and suggestions are very welcome and may be sent on the following email id-
With best wishes,
Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu
Minister of Railways

Thanks to the complete team of Indian Railways for their vision and dedication!
Yes, I do definitely see tremendous change brough about by the Indian Railways. Personally having witnessed this change and am happy about it! Take a look at the e book at the below link: http://indianrailways.gov.in/Indian-Railways/indian-railways.html

Did you know?
Indian Railway's is the world's largest utility employer in the world - 1.6 million people work for it!