Another Project Completed.

Last year I started a project to illustrate Hindi alphabets. Having looked at the numerous and beautifully illustrated english alphabet books for pre-schoolers, I thought it would be nice to do the alphabet series myself. My daughter loves animal pictures so I set off with theme of incorporating cute land & sea animals, birds and nature into the drawings.

I gave myself a time frame but I got delayed. 10 months have gone by and finally, FINALLY this project is now complete. I have posted some progress images of this project here , here and here.  In case you are not following my Facebook page, you may have missed out  some of the illustrations I did so here is a compiled image of all the letters of the Hindi alphabet:

hindi alphabetsMy client (my daughter) is very happy with the outcome and I am happy she is happy. I intend to refine it a bit more, put in some proper Hindi font (instead of my own handwriting) and create a wall poster for the children’s room but that will have to wait a little while longer. I will keep you posted.

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Roadside regalment

This week’s  contributors to my month-long guest post series have chosen to remain anonymous. Their only information I can share: They love street food. Here is a sampling from one of their food outings.

Sadak-Chhaap [pronounced sa-duck ch-ap] means pedestrian or road side but if you are in an Indian city you would know that in the unknown street corners are hidden many culinary gems. One of our starter snack is the Batata Vada – Potato fritters. Served very hot with green chillies and chutneys of various types. Sandwich the vada in between bread (pav) and you get the famous vada paav.

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The Indian pav is similar to the dinner rolls in the west, but the Indian version has a slightly more crunchier crust and is extremely soft on the inside.

Next stop is Misal-paav. You would know that you have arrived at the right place by the number of people lining up to be served. It is not unusual to see long line up outside a small stall on pleasant days.

tableMisal consists of spicy curry usually made of sprouts, mutter, chick peas and chilly powder gravy. The final dish is topped with  Sev (Indian noodles),or some kind of crunchy savoury treats. Add onions, lemon and coriander (cilantro) to your own liking. It is usually served with bread toasted with butter and curd and papad.

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Personally I enjoy dipping the bread in  in the misal to eat. It is a messier way to eat but very enjoyable. Last but not the least, road side tea.You don’t have to go to a fancy restaurant to enjoy the best tea in town  (in fact it’s the opposite – the fancier the place , the less likely you are to be served a real masala chai). Enjoy a road side tea with an equally pedestrian way to enjoy it. Take my word it is really worth trying.

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Thank you so much for sharing!

If you have any roadside food adventures that you would like to share please leave a comment.

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Mesmerising Maharashtra and the west coast

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If you haven’t already seen enough pictures capturing the scenic beauty in India, here are some more for you to feast your eyes on. Joel Xavier is an avid photographer and loves to ride his bike. He graduated from IIM Ahemedabad and instead of pursuing a busy corporate career he went back to mentoring students at business schools. He is currently working as a Student affairs and Placement manager at IIM Udaipur. He has agreed to share some pictures from his bike rides in maharashtra and along the west coast in route to Goa with us today. Here’s what Joel had to say about his journey:

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. – H. D. Thoreau
If You feel that the journey holds more than the destination itself; that there is a way to do everything but you would rather do it your way, welcome home. People who snatch life out of time to go off the beaten track and do things their own way, who live life to the fullest because “they wish to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if they can not learn what it had to teach, and not, when they came to die, discover that they had not lived”. I am, obviously, inspired by Thoreau.
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The journey held far more charm than the destination. Not that destinations were undeserving, but to see and do the usual thing was just not me. If you are shaking your head in agreement, you will probably understand me better.
Thanks Joel for the lovely photo-feature!
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

This week’s photochallenge is linked to the US thanksgiving day. Thanksgiving Day in Canada has been a holiday on the second Monday of October since 1957. This year we celebrated it on October 8! Giving of thanks should not be limited to  one day of the year but done continually. Here’s is what I am thankful for this year:

you might be curious to know why someone would be thankful  for this small run down house? Well this is a diamond in rough. This house in a remote village in India will soon become a Child Development Center under the aegis of Compassion India. We have had the privilege of being associated with this project via our home church in India and this last trip we had the opportunity of going in to the village and seeing the lives of the “have-nots”of the society and the great need that exists.

This small building houses 7-8 orphaned /abandoned boys from various parts of Maharashtra, residential accommodation for the house parents who take care of the children and small office/guestroom. This is another project from Houses of Hope International that is happening in India. Though our involvement in these projects is limited, Some of our family members are involved physically in this and other similar projects. You can find more information about these projects from the websites linked above. I might share stories from the Houses of hope cared for by the Harvest church India some other day in detail.

My reason for choosing these images is simple. In our daily lives it is easy to forget people who are deprived of the resources that are available to us. These images are reminders of what we have been given and what could happen when we (all collectively) give back – we can bring positive changes in people’s lives.

The post would be incomplete if I don’t quickly get onto the second part of thankfunessl. I mentioned what I am thankful for but to whom? Thanks is given for things to someone.  I am thankful to my family for loving me unconditionally  and my friends for standing by me And I am thankful to Him – my divine father from all my fountains flow!With hands raised and head bowed I offer my thanks!

Who is at the receiving end of your thanks? let them Know

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My World In Five Colours

Madhu, who writes a travel blog, The urge to wander recently shared her entry for the Capture the Colour photo competition run by TravelSupermarket.com. Since she left an open invite to fellow bloggers to join in, I felt tempted to share some of my images on my blog even though I am not officially in the photo competition.

The rules require one to publish a post with five original shots from their travels, each one representing the colours blue, green, yellow, white and red. I also need to link back to TravelSupermarket on Facebook or Twitter (with the tags @travelsupermkt and #capturethecolour).

Blue

May be this would qualify as teal for many people, My first reaction upon seeing Lake Moraine in Alberta, Canada was “What a pretty blue!” I love this image and the place is very special to me.

Lake Moraine, Alberta, Canada

I am not sure whether to label the next image as white or blue. The frozen Athabasca Falls and the snow is definitely white but the shadows and the blue waters give the picture an icy blue colorGREEN

This picture is from Igatpuri in maharashtra in India. A small town located in the western ghats that started out as a railway town and is one of the best (at least in my opinion) places to see the soothing effects of monsoon. This image was taken during the monsoon, the hill and the surrounding areas become lush green.RED

The St. Joseph Oratory is not only one of the places  to see in Montreal, Canada, a beautiful church building, but is also one of the places of pilgrimage for the catholic believers. The Votive chapel is one large space filled with thousands of candles lit by the faithful.Yellow

Although this image doesn’t scream yellow, love the yellow in the  Swiss guard’s uniform taken at the Vatican. The design of the guard uniform is attributed to Commandant Jules Repond and the colors which make the uniform so attractive are the traditional Medici blue, red and yellow. Although it was winter when this picture was taken the colors of the guard’s uniform pop out in this otherwise bland picture.

 

And this final image is of the yellow-brown sands of Dubai.

If you wish to take part in this challenge please visit the links above. The deadline for submitting your entry is August 29th.

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