A Diwali-themed Fabric Mural
This gorgeous mural was created as a unique gift for me by my two aunts and a cousin. It is a mixed-media collage: oil painting interspersed with bits of fabric, paper and scraps of embroidery and jewelry. It shows all the small touches that make Diwali so special: the kandeel or lantern in the top left which decorates the entrance of a home, the tulsi vrindavan or "home of the holy basil plant" which is lit with an oil lamp, a depiction of us girls celebrating with new festive clothes (I assure you that I have never worn an outfit quite like this; let's just call it their artistic license!), the tiny panati or diyaas or lamps that are lit around the home to symbolise this "festival of lights", the auspicious string of marigolds and mango leaves at the doorway shows at the top, and the colorful floor decoration called rangoli, made traditionally with colored powders (depicted by the diamond at the bottom of the panel). My aunts told me, "We know how much you adore dogs, so we put a little puppy in the picture just for you!" hence the little happy pooch in the bottom left :D If you wish to see details on this mural, click on the picture and see the higher resolution files in flickr.
Our makeshift lantern:
A friend and I got together, and with very little expertise (but a generous dose of enthusiasm to compensate), made a few sweet and savory goodies. I want to thank my fellow bloggers for sharing easy and detailed recipes for these sweets and savories, which made it possible for novices like us to give them a try:
Tikhat Shankarpale or spicy diamonds, inspired by Swapna
Cornflakes chivda, inspired by The Cooker
Besan Ladoo or Chickpea Flour Sweets, inspired by Nandita
Kaju Kathli or Cashew Diamonds, inspired by Saffron Hut
Carrot RicottaHalwa, inspired by Rajitha
Can you guess what it is? Hint: it is NOT a popular antacid!
Dale wants you to see his new Diwali scarf...
We celebrated Diwali on the weekend rather than on the official day, so my greetings come a little late- but with all my heart nonetheless...
Wishing all my friends, fellow bloggers and readers a very
and a hope that a central theme of Diwali- the triumph of good over evil (and the triumph of good over apathy, perhaps?) comes true for the world we live in.