Friday, September 15, 2017

Kids fancy dress competition

All kids love to dress up as a bird or an animal and have fun. Generally, they look forward for events where they get a chance to flaunt themselves with fancy costumes. In India, almost all schools conduct fancy dress competitions for kids during major festivals. Independence day, Janmashtami, Navratri, Children's day all are not complete without a lovely show of the kids dressed up in colorful, enticing costumes.

Though almost all costumes can be hired from shops these days, it is not preferred to wear them especially for competitions. Judges always look for those that are not common or worn by any in the past. To impress them, your costume should be hand crafted and non-repetitive.

Read more here....Ideas on How to Dress Up Kids in a Fancy Dress Competition

Friday, September 8, 2017

Jutti; traditional ethnic North Indian footwear

Jutti commonly worn by Punjabis in the state of Punjab in India is traditional footwear that comes in attractive designs and colors. Resembling palm shoes, Juttis were made in leather with rich embroidery work using silver and golden thread in ancient days. To meet the contemporary demands of the society, Juttis got produced with rubber soles in the trade centers of Amritsar and Patiala.
This traditional ethnic footwear has the same shape and design for both men and women; except for a hook shaped tip in front of men’s wears. Handcrafted Juttis are worn during festivals and special occasions to add color.
Juttis are also known as Mojari or Khussa. Once these footwear were the symbols of wealthy people such as Kings, Queens and others who enjoyed royal positions. Mughal art designs had inspired the artwork of embellishing Juttis very much.  Together with rich golden threads, colorful beads are used to craft traditional motifs by skilled artisans of remote places of North India. Today cotton and silk threads are also used in making women’s juttis as they like to wear them casually also.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Why does Sri Krishna wear a peacock’s feather in his head?

Image credit: By Abhi Sharma CC-BY via flickr

The picture of Sri Krishna always springs to mind with a peacock feather in his ethereal head. Isn’t it? Why he adorns his head with it always?  Though there are several reasons possible, the most reliable fact that favors it is the presence of all seven colors in a peacock’s feather. All these colors are present in him, though he virtually has no color at all.
In Sri Krishna’s tales, he appears to be blue colored during day times and black in the night. In Venu-Gita, Sri Krishna’s flute song is referenced with peacocks. It is so melodious that one day peacocks in the forest got attracted to it and saw Sri Krishna playing his flute. They felt him as a cloud full of water and started dancing to the song. In the end, the blissful peacocks gifted him a feather that Sri Krishna wore in his head to show his gratitude.
Read about Janmashtami, the birthday of Sri Krishna

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Shopping in Adlabs Imagica, Mumbai

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During my kid’s trip to Imagica, he saw some stores where shopping could be done after enjoying the rides. In the evenings he went there and it was a quaint store with lots of accessories and toys like those in fairytales. Though they were expensive, he wanted to take something from the Imagica village to home to reminisce his delightful moments spent there.

He bought a shiny water bottle having metallic color coating with a seal of Adlabs Imagica. He didn’t forget me and wanted to gift me a handbag. It was a mild blue colored bag with a pink flap. The store items itself tell us the magic that Imagica is offering its guests.

Read about Adlabs Imagica here....A trip to theme park Adlabs Imagica, Mumbai

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

About the species of some lily flowers

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Lily flowers vary with their petal pattern and design. About 110 species of lilies are found to exist that are hardy perennials. These are ornamental plants having a major place in the culture and literature of several countries. The look and style of lily flowers of some species are interesting; trumpet, caps and tiger colored petal patterns characterize some of the species of lilies.

Calla lilies
These have a wrapping pattern of petals with a stamen.

Water lilies
These solitary and radial flowers have a long pedicel growing in freshwaters.

Asiatic lilies
Ranging in a variety of colors from white to fiery red or orange, these lilies have a sober look.

Oriental lilies
These fragrant flowers are also called as stargazers because they open outwards.

Turk’s cap lilies
These waxy flowers have reflex petals creating a cap like appearance.

Tiger lilies
Bearing big petals in colors of orange and yellow with spots resembling a tiger and hence the name ‘tiger lilies’.

Trumpet lilies
These flowers have a long trumpet shape and are heavily scented. Easter lilies belong to this species.

Tree lilies
These plants grow like trees bearing colorful fragrant lilies ornamenting a garden.

Read more here...Lovely lily flowers of different species

Monday, July 31, 2017

Lovesome lotus flowers and their symbolism

The ethereal beauty of lotus flowers colors the mud waters and their eternal fragrance scents the swampy area also. They are sacred because even after being born in mud waters, they look beautiful having hardly any presence of mud. Lotus flower decorates the position of national flower of countries India and Vietnam with the scientific name Nelumbo Nucifera. The pattern of petals arranged is overlapping; a subtle characteristic of lotus. The seed pod in the center distinguishes a lotus flower from water lily.


The lotus flower is generally considered as a symbol of truth, purity, knowledge and wealth. Its significance in various cultures varies that is interesting.

In Egypt, lotus flower is the symbol of creation, sun and afterlife because it’s petals fold and close at dusk and open again at dawn. Upper Egypt is often represented by means of a lotus flower. In ancient paintings and artworks, lotus flowers were the symbols for decorating the borders or outlines. Also in pictures of Gods and Kings, these flowers can be seen holding in their hands. Mathematics of ancient Egypt represented larger numbers by means of a lotus flower.

Indian culture gives great value to a lotus flower because of its purity. Lotus flowers are taken in temples for worship. They are brought in bulk quantities during religious ceremonies. The Hindu Goddess of knowledge and talent, Saraswati, sits on a lotus flower holding Veena, a musical instrument. The temples of Saraswati in South India would be flanked by a lotus pool of water to symbolize this. Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi is also portrayed as standing on a lotus in Vedas and epics.

Read about different species of lily flowers here...
Lily flowers; Calla, Water, Asiatic, sOriental, Turk's Cap, Tiger, Trumpet, Tree pictures and tattoos

Friday, July 28, 2017

Thread garden in the hill station Ooty

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Flowers made of threads are common crafts for decorating living rooms or reception. But, can you imagine a garden made out of thread flower plants? Here in Ooty hill station in the State of Tamil Nadu in India, a garden hosting thread flowers has been constructed under the direction of Mr. Antony Joseph. The striking part of this garden is that the entire flower plants are weaved solely by hand without the help of any needle or machinery.

A team of 50 skilled artisans are behind this aesthetic creation of artificial flower garden in the lakeside of the hill station, Ooty. Using a wide variety of natural color threads, special stuffed canvas, steel and copper wires, the various parts of a flower plant are crafted applying a self developed technology called Four Dimensional Hand-wound Embroidery.

A spectacular arrangement of different species of flowers, lotus ponds and creepers await you in this ostentatious thread garden that attracts lot of tourists.

Read more here....Artificial flowers of thread garden in Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India