Saturday, October 17, 2009

Rangoli '09

This year's rangoli at the hospital was amazing. Lot of work put in by children and staff.

The origin of rangoli painting is traced to a legend recorded in the Chitralakshana, the earliest Indian treatise on painting. When the son of a King's high priest died, Brahma, Lord of the universe, asked the king to paint the likeness of the boy so that Brahma could breathe life into him again. This is how, it is believed, the first painting was made. Also, the son of the king painted a portrait of a girl whom the son liked very much, although the king would not let his son see her. Rangoli also became a form of self-portraiture for women.
Coloured powder can be directly used for fancy decorations, but for detailed work, generally the material is a coarse-grained powder base into which colours are mixed. The base is chosen to be coarse so that it can be gripped well and sprinkled with good control. The base can be sand, marble dust, sawdust, brick dust or other materials. The colours generally are very fine pigment podwers like gulal/aabir available for Holi or colours (mentioned above) specially sold for rangoli in South India. Various day-to-day colored powders are also variously used: indigo for cloth staining, and spices like turmeric, chili, rawa, rice flour, and wheat flour. Powder colours can be simply mixed into the base. If the base is light like sawdust, it can be used to make floating rangoli on the surface of stagnant water. Sometimes sawdust or sand is soaked in water-based colour and dried to give various tints (though the result of this process may not itself float on water). If a rangoli is to be made on water, the colour should preferably be insoluble in water.
The rangoli in the photograph was made with sooji/rava mixed with colour and thermocol was used to give it a layered effect.

Diwali '09

This year we celebrated an environment friendly deepawali with only diyas and candles no fireworks at all. There were mild protests from the children at the nth moment, but nothing could be done about it at that time.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

How important is commenting for bloggers?

How important is commenting for a blogger? Ask any blogger, amateur or professional and you'll find that its the life's blood of blogging. As important as the post are the comments. Following this thought I was surfing the net when I came across Harsh Agarwal's blog Shout me loud. It has a host of posts on "commenting on blogs."
The worst part of commenting is that only a blogger can appreciate the importance of it. Several of my friends whom I give the address of my blog never comment. I came to know that they visited my blog, when inadvertently during conversation they mention something that I have written there.
So this one is for my blogger friends. I came across two sites which may prove useful for bloggers. One is actually an Add on to firefox Easy comment, which helps in commenting easily on Wordpress blogs and the other is Backlink watch from where you can see all the sites linking your website and evaluate how many times people landed on your website through them.

Thanks to Shout me loud

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Party game - A simple game of luck with cards

This is a very simple game can be played in all age groups just spread out a pack of cards on the table and one by one all participants can play they just keep drawing out a card till they get an ace. The one who draws out maximum cards before drawing an ace wins. After each player the cards are shuffled and laid out again.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Party game - शहरों के नाम

This is a cute party game for birthday parties, ladies kitty party etc. Distribute the photostat sheets to all the participants. Use a stop watch and give one/two minutes to fill up the names
City Names

२ नागपुर
३ मणिपुर
४ कानपूर
५ जामनगर
६ पानीपत
७ आगरा
८ वृन्दावन
९ कारगिल
१० हरिद्वार
११ हाथरस
१२ कन्याकुमारी
१३ छत्तीसगढ़
१४ दिल्ली
१५ ऋषिकेश
१६ रानीखेत
१७ उन्नाव
१८ नैनीताल
१९ बॉम्बे

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Wake up Sid - bollywood movie review

Ayan Mukherji's directorial debut, produced by Karan Johar. It is a story about Siddhartha Mehra (Ranbir Kapoor) - Sid. This is a great movie without any melodrama. Understated acting by the whole cast which is so true to life. Konkona Sen is as usual an excellent actor. Ably supported by Anupam Kher and Supriya Pathak. The friends of Ranbir Kapoor are played by all fresh faces. Rahul Khanna And Kashmira Shah in apt roles. I enjoyed this movie immensely. Identifying with almost all the characters of the movie.
My Rating *****

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