Poetry in pattern

Create your own custom pattern on fabricI and my kids created this for their school’s Powwow. My daughter’s third grade teacher Mrs. ‘L’ is the inspiration behind this, requesting us to make one of these.  She gave us a legend that deciphers all the interesting Native American symbols and what they mean.  My son experimented with the fabric-crayons hence, emerged the true colors. My daughter embellished the poncho with lively landscape and jovial figures. I was the iron lady behind, just kidding! continue>>

Read more….

A glimpse of our puzzle

Wikipedia turns 15 Over the weekend we accomplished completion of our longish and extensive pursuit. My husband and my kids were engrossed, so was I, finishing this 500 piece jig-saw puzzle. We all naturally gravitate towards what’s unsolved, perhaps that’s the beauty of mystery. A part of us always wants to piece together, to try and arrange out-of-place pieces just to see, if the whole makes sense, perhaps this is the beauty of harmony. Being constructively busy and rejoicing at the same time, that is the beauty of life, all around the world. continue>>

Read more….

What does Wikipedia mean to you?

Wikipedia turns 15I am very pleased to announce that today marks Wikipedia’s 15th anniversary! Please share your thoughts and let the world know what you think about Wikipedia:

https://15.wikipedia.org/?pk_campaign=bison&pk_keyword=anon

To me, Wikipedia is an online treasure trove and an amazing platform for gathering and sharing open source information and media. continue>>

Read more….

Please have some Kheer (Rice Pudding)

Kheer or Eggless Rice PuddingToday I would like to share Kheer(rice pudding) recipe, on the occasion of full moon. Full moon is also known as  पूर्णिमा(Purnima) in the Sanskrit language. People celebrate this event with kheer. My mom makes magical kheer, I remember, on Purnimas our neighborhood/community would gather under the moonlight  in our yard/terrace to enjoy this sweet dish. Though a full moon occurs once every month, but, when it occurs twice a month it is referred to as a blue moon, though it is not blue colored, it occurs “once in a blue moon” – a phrase to mean a rare occurrence. When the year has 13 full moons instead of the usual 12, the “extra” moon is the blue one. It was a blue moon yesterday! continue>>

Read more….

Create Transparent Text with GIMP’s Xach Effect

How to Create Transparent Text with GIMP's Xach EffectThere are times when you add solid text on to an image and the beauty of the image is hidden. Especially the pictures of Nature or a beautiful artwork with detailed intricate patterns and engravings, you don’t want them concealed by solid text. The solution to get around this is to create transparent text by using Xach effect in GIMP. I like transparent text, it is like water you can see thru it. There are complex tutorials with tedious steps showing you how to make the text transparent by using masking layer, that is not needed. You can implement this cool effect in few easy steps by using this simple tutorial without the need for masking layer. Here’s how continue>>

Read more….

GIMP’s Xach Effect for ink-saving stencils

How to make stencil with Xach Effect in GIMPI happen to be a not-so-active member of an online GIMP forum, a user had this question. I have shared my answer there. But, then I felt the need to share the answer here as well, incase anyone wants to apply this effect. This blog seems like a good broadcasting platform for sharing this type of stuff. My first response would be to urge everyone to manually draw the letter by hand without opting for a stencil, however if one is still inclined to use a graphic editor tool for this task, I would suggest using GIMP to accomplish this. Here’s how continue>>

Read more….

Please have some papad!

How to make papad

Today I share with you how to make papad. Papads are thin, crispy, savory disc shaped accompaniments to meals. There are different styles of papad depending on the ingredients used in their making. Papad (also refered as papadum in the west) has many varieties like, urad, moong or besan(chickpea flour) etc. Please enjoy some papad with raita and khichdi!

continue>>

Read more….

Please have some cucumber raita!

Cucumber Raita - A sattvic organic wholemilk yogurt side dish

Today I share with you a recipe for cucumber raita. It’s a great ayurvedic, sattvic and vegetarian side dish. No special culinary skills are needed to make this dish. It is very simple and easy, anyone can make it.  It’s a delicious and wholesome side dish for summer season. Cucumber raita is a cool dish for hot weather. It is served as an accompaniment to basic Indian meal. Here, please have some with khichdi. Enjoy!

continue>>

Read more….