The Magic of Monsoon

As the monsoon showers greet us, it’s time for the rain gear to come out. Like I mentioned before, I’m no fan of rains. But when you watch it from afar or when indoors, it has an irresistible charm to it.

Divine Lessons

No, this is not a miniature from my collection. Earlier this week, I celebrated a personal milestone, which I choose not to describe in detail. I found myself at Shravanbelgola, a Jain pilgrimage spot. Dedicated to Bahubali, the first Jain Tirthankara (spiritual leader or saint), the statue is the largest monolithic sculpture in India. Outside…

Small Pleasures

I love flowers. Most girls do. There is this lovely line in a beautiful Tamil song from the 1992 film Roja that I absolutely love… pen illaadha oorilae adi aan pooketpadhillai pen illadha oorilae kodidhaan poopooppadhillai (In a town without women, a man doesn’t ask for flowers… In a town without girls, flowers don’t even…

Spice It Up

This in a miniature version of a traditional Indian spice box. We love flavors in our food and such boxes you will find in every household. It has spices commonly used in everyday cooking such as turmeric powder, chilli powder, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds, and coriander seeds just to name a…

Bravo!

From the time I started collecting miniatures rather seriously, I began observing the time, effort and energy every artist puts into creating the art they feel so passionately about. I picked up these tiny pots from a small stall on the side of a narrow yet busy by lanes in Pune. The hand pump and…

Where art thou?

Have you been in a spot where you are in a splitting hurry, the open store but the store keeper has decided to take a break exactly when he reaches your order? Well, several times you say? Then welcome to the club!

Ring in The Rains

Coming from Mumbai, I am not a huge fan of the rains. For people like me, who have lived in coastal cities in India, rains are followed by heat and more humidity. What acts as a bigger turn off is the post-rain muck. As the southwest monsoon winds set in, here’s a last shout out…

Old Meets New

This has been, by far, my most satisfying project to date. I wanted to recreate a Gothic style setting, with a modern twist. While I created the tables, chairs and the lamp stool, the candelabra, plates, spoons, forks and knives, bowls, pastry stand, lamp shade and food all are purchased accessories. Special thanks to suenosouvenir…

Spark Your Flame

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. ~Buddha

Fork Off

Along with the Simpsons, I am also a major Seinfeld fan. When I set up this scene, I so badly wished I had Snickers on the plate instead. If you remember the episode titled The Plegde Drum, Elaine’s boss Mr. Pitt eats a Snickers bar with a knife and fork, starting a trend that seems…

Chaating Time

I am a huge chaat lover, but anything with curd is not something I prefer. Sev Puri in Pune, as I discovered, is not served on flat puris like in Bombay; it’s more like dahi puri sans the sweetened curd. So in a way, this lovely piece of work from Shilpa (AKA Suenosouvenir) is a…

I ‘Donut’ Know

Donuts. Is there anything they can’t do? God often gives nuts to toothless people. ~Matt Groening I love the Simpsons, so when Shilpa (AKA Sueno souvenir) was selling a donuts magnet, I secretly hopped there was one with pink topping and sprinkles. Since I couldn’t ask for customizations, I held my tongue. But if you…