INDIAN DESIGN

All the pictures showcase transformed Traditional Indian Articles or Symbols.

A visit to the India Design Fair held at Okhla , New Delhi showcased a bit of Traditional India in new robes. ( do check out my previous blog titled EYE)

These Lovely kettles in Copper  retain the the shape and look of a Tea Kettle you could spot on every Roadside in India. Keep your eyes peeled ?

copper kettles
Transforming Traditional Kettles

The Bed or Khattiya ( in Hindi) is a must in every Rural Home and Highway Dhaba in most parts of India.

khatiya
A traditional bed with a colourful Carper Design

The Hookah is used to smoke Tobacco and is an accent in the setting below to highlight the Rural Origins of the Colourful Transformed  Khattiya .

with hookah
Rural India’s tryst with Urban India

These Ceramic Containers called Amritbaan  ( in Hindi) were once a Must in every Home in India. They are primarily used to store Pickles and we still use them in my Home as well.

 

amritbaan
Traditional Containers for Pickles

On your travels look for Interesting shapes and articles you  find Unique to this amazing part of the Planet we call India.

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GASPING FOR AIR

No Captions, No Opinions, Nothing Explained. I await your Views and Comments before I fill in the blanks and my thoughts.

peaks

 

people and elephants

 

a gasping elephant

 

India Art Fair 2016

WOMEN : RULERS OF THE THREE WORLDS

Street Art is increasingly playing a vital role in reeling out social messages.

While you travel within India keep a sharp eye for Graffiti and Street Art, I would even  do a Street Art Tour.

The series of artworks that follow were captured near the Middle Circle of Connaught Place in New Delhi.

They reflect the ever changing landscapes, paradoxes and social reality of  a metropolis weighed down by old baggage and striving  to be a Smart Modern  City.

Women and their place in any  social system is often a great indicator of the state of a society, system and civilization.

This picture shows the skyscrapers in the background,youngsters leaving the metro with backpacks and in sharp contrast a semi clad vagabond on the extreme right.

In the centre is the colourful street art of a women speaking of violence sitting on a Tiger. She represents the Women  ruling the Middle World, Earth.

There are many elements in this picture, so do give it more than a passing look.

Please share your thoughts as well.

Women Rule the Earth

Women Rule the Middle Kingdom,  Earth

The following picture symbolizes that women rule the Seas as well, The Nether Worlds.

Do observe the change in attire and skin colour when compared to the first picture. The body language of the Woman is noteworthy as well.

The rundown brick wall and the bill board marked Internet on the left , reflect the change brought about by this Installation of Art.

RULING THE SEA
                                                                                  Ruler of The Nether World

The last in the series is the largest and what caught my eye first in the short walk from the Metro Station to Cha bar.

Here the Woman Ruler of The Skies is represented by a Thumbelina look alike  Girl .

She soars above a passerby on an Eagle with quite an EYE.

IN THE AIR

Soaring above

Do comment and share your thoughts. It could be the Forum of am interesting  debate.

KANTO MATSURI : FESTIVAL OF LANTERNS

It is almost thirty years since I first traveled to Japan.

Had never heard of Sushi  , let alone any other Japanese food type.

How the world has changed, Japanese restaurants have mushroomed in my hometown of New Delhi. Sushi has become a mainstay of all buffets in  fancy hotels  and a must like for all  socialites ( read Page 3) . I have even seen Sushi bars in the malls. Is the day far when they are available along with momos at every street cafe ?

Now in Sakura, New Delhi  celebrating “Kanto Matsuri” , the pole lantern festival .

entrance
                            entrance

The  Red Lanterns and colour red seem to be the main theme of this restaurant serving Japanese cuisine, located on the first floor  within the Metropolitan Hotel  , New Delhi.

seating inside
seating inside

A well stocked bar with the sea food prominently displayed on the counter.

We were however the ‘only foreigners’ in this restaurant, all the tables were occupied by Japanese guests.

the bar
the bar

An introduction to the festival of lanterns and the menu( by the talented chefs ) for the evening  was placed on every table.

lantern festival
              pole lantern festival

A unique feature in many parts of the Far East including Japan is  the display of “faux food”. Thus  only for looking, not eating .

decorative food
                               decorative food

Sea Food is a cornerstone  of Japanese cuisine . The various types are displayed in the  restaurant .

octopus
                       octopus( centre) 

salmon ( peach coloured) is on the extreme right.

sea food

The vegetarian and non vegetarian menus.I kept a careful watch so as not to miss a course.

veg menu

Non Veg menu
                  Non Veg menu

I love Edamame beans.The tofu ( extreme left)  was super soft and simply melted away in the mouth. Japanese momos ( Yaki Gyoza) are in the centre.

edame beans momos
            edamame beans and  momos

Can any food be complete without drinks ? Beer seemed to very popular amongst all the guests.

mixologist not mysoginist
              mixologist not misogynist

The sauce with the salad was fantastic.

salad
                                        salad

Sushi has become the chic food now.

sushi in progress
             sushi in progress

The Miso soup was a surprise  add-on by the chef . It was not listed on the printed menu.

Japanese cuisine is always aesthetically presented and looks like a piece of art.

miso soup plus sushi
                miso soup plus sushi

The tempura.( similar to  the Indian pakoras)  Did the faux tempura look better? Please do comment.

tempura
                               Yasai Tempura

Hot noodle soup or Shoyu Ramen.

final course of noodles
                   final course : noodle soup  

I was ready to burst. Skipped the ice cream and the tea as well.But you can have it.

Sayonara. Leave you with more of the colour Red.( picture is straight off the camera, no filters, no editing)

More lanterns
                More lanterns

PINK AND WHITE ON WAY TO HEAVEN

Am taking you to Heaven. Travel with me, hop on.

All in white? Door is Blue
                        All in white? Door is Blue

Watch out for series of blogs this weekend. It is 9 steps to … what to say…but HEAVEN.

First and foremost are these wonderfully coloured Modes of Transport.

PINK SCOOTER
                     PINK SCOOTER

Keep a watch for the rest in the series.Remain ON BOARD