Love, love, love…

Love post for ValentineTo those who are attached, you love with constancy, you don’t need an occasion to love, it is evident in every moment everyday. To those who are unattached, the whole world is your oyster. I am one of those, who wear their heart on their sleeve, so I like that, a special day centered around heart is celebrated. You don’t need to gift store-bought candies, chocolates and roses for Valentine’s day, just “be love” that’s all!  What is love? Love cannot be defined, it is felt.  continue>>

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Color & enhance hand-drawn art using GIMP

color-enhance-GIMPPhysically drawing and painting by hand on paper is more enjoyable than drawing thru mouse and keyboard on monitor. I like to draw free-hand on paper and then further color/enhance thru GIMP. There are many benefits of doing this , first & foremost it doesn’t strain your eyes, second you can feel the invigorating colors by hand and third you feel like a true artist!  Here’s how you can do it too thru GIMP continue>>

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Kharek ki kheer (Dry date pudding)

khajoor ki kheerToday I have the pleasure of introducing you to a very delcious dish. Treat yourself, your family and guests with this amazingly simple and wholesome dessert. Dates is the natural sweetener in this dish with no added sugar. This is an ayurvedic sattvik dish, an authentic recipe from the east. Often eaten without any celebratory occasion but can be served as a sweet dish on festivals like Diwali or Eid. Introducing here as “dry-dates pudding” to the western cuisine. It’s a gem among the desserts, a welcome and healthful addition to one’s platter this Christmas or Hanukkah.
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Celebrating

chalk drawingLike all the creatures who constitute our web of life, elephants are divine. Here they are symbolized as “Ganpati”. Just as (Om) is the aural representation of universal  consciousness , Ganesh is the visual representation of the same.  I used orange, as it is the color of sun (the source of energy). The blue lotus symbolizes enlightenment. The blue lotus is rare and hard to find, it is native to Himalayas.
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