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Gemstones, shells, pearls beads for sale @ Dwarka beach. Price was very reasonable.

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Rajasthan Bangles

These pictures of bangles I captured at Mount Abu. The happy shopkeeper allowed me to take a few snaps ūüôā

 

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Rain in train:)

A ¬†heavy shower while travelling from Bangalore to Chennai in double decker express made us sing the rhyme rain rain go away… The water was falling from the AC vent and it created a pool inside the cabin. Will Indian railways take some initiative to make travel trouble free for commuters?

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We made our trip to Amritsar from Delhi  by  Swarna Shatabdi express.  I loved my visit to this place. Weather was just right as it was not too cold or not too hot.First we  visited Amritsar Golden temple; the details can be found here in My Pilgrimage blog.

We also visited Jalian Wala bagh ,  Wagah Border , Durgayani temple and also enjoyed the ride on cycle rickshaw . I will take you to each place through my posts and I am sure you will not be disappointed.

We enjoyed the Punjabi cuisine in a dhabha, the food was excellent , fresh and¬†we¬†tasted sarsson ka saag, Methi malai curry with tandoori and makkhi ki roti¬†and some sweets . Finally washed it down with cool Lassi . Still drooling…

Please join me in a virtual tour of this place through my lens.

Colorful, vibrant, lively place.:)

I have thousands of photographs. I never gave rest to my camera. Will come back with more and more.

till then…:)

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Motherhood Rally

Motherhood Rally

Janani Janma bhoomischa swargath api gariyasi. This means Mother and motherland are superior even to heaven.This verse is taken from Hindu epic Ramayana.

Mother is a wonderful creation of God and I would say it is reincarnation of God himself to take care of yet another creation of His- the beautiful babies.  Like God, Mother is   epitome of love, she spends whole of her life taking care of her child. She guides,  instills strong values in her child. makes him responsible as a good citizen . She enjoys each and every moment with her child giving her unconditional love. The role played by a mother in moulding her child is quite great and there are no parallels to this.

Three cheers for all the moms there!!

Some are ¬†waiting for their turn to receive their bundle of joy to enjoy motherhood and I send my¬†Baby Dust wishes¬†¬†to them that their wishes come true soon…pretty soon.

This post is made in support of Motherhood Rally being conducted by Indusladies.com for Mother’s day for all TTC women . I appreciate the initiative and I wish tons of best wishes.

See you!!

manchitra

 

New Lessons

It was December 2011 and I was on a trip to a South Indian city. While on a stroll, I just picked up a few strands of beads out of fancy from a stall. A friend of mine who is a designer offered to design necklaces for me. Having  sketched many intricate designs which I had kept under wraps, I decided to try my hands at beading. The web, my friends and my intuition   helped me to take baby steps into the world of designing and creating my own designs in the physical world. I also learnt a few lessons during my journey.

I had started this as a hobby.  Social networking sites were helpful in spreading the word around and there started a demand for my designs. I remember just traveling 500 Kilometers every month to get my supply of beading materials . Beading energized me .  I got totally involved into a world of creating some unique stuff. I got appreciation and I also learnt how virtual world can do wonders for one.

My work is a single woman enterprise and all works  A-Z is taken care of by me alone. Spending time in the world of colors is rejuvenating and the  hobby of mine has started yielding returns. I operate from home and it is entirely an online business..

I have been stressing to students during my training period as “Nothing is impossible if one is focused , and willing to walk that extra mile and is committed”. I¬† just put that into practice.

My customers are more like my friends. Though I¬† haven’t met¬† many ,I feel the pulse of the customer and they are happy with what they receive.

 I have learnt lot of business related techniques. I took months studying a lot before I spread my wings across the border and I went international.

I also came across some not so good experiences . When there was a spurt in online business  in India, more players started coming into business they turned to me for guidance and I happily complied.  But they felt I am withholding some secrets which I am not willing to share and they expressed their unpleasantness. There is no short cuts to success and many fail to understand. .

Plagiarism was another malady I had to face. Designs which were painstakingly  created were stolen and lifted by a few to display on their pages.  This was the price I was paying for going solely online as there were no other avenues in front of me. It was a tough period to deal with people with no ethics. I never paid to boost my fan following. I  feel have I have a decent fan following and I am satisfied and happy with what I am doing . I think that is what one looks at the end of the day. Not exactly  seeing how much the cash counters tick  though that is also important.

I am going to apportion some of my time for training students which had taken a back seat. I think that would be  something good I will doing for the younger generation.

I am also going to devote some time to write my thoughts so that I remain connected with my blogging world and friends.

Last few months were hectic but there is really a pleasure in writing blogs. Hoping to see you all soon I shall starting my blog hopping soon :))

Some of my collections are here.http://www.indianroots.in/brands/a-d/chitra-manohar

Facebook page-https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chitras-Jewel-Art/173975342647201

See you!!

Chitra

The Old Thoppumpady bridge, Kochi, Kerala

The bridge you see in the photo is an old structure in Kochi connecting Mattancherry and Wellington island, built by British during the pre independence period. This structure is an engineering marvel. The center of the bridge can be raised to allow small ships to pass by. A parallel bridge is constructed for connecting both islands.and only 2 wheelers are allowed to ply on this old bridge these days. The bridge has lot of stories to tell and it makes me nostalgic as I had to cross this bridge everyday to reach my college.
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Welcome 2013

Dear Friends, here is my Greetings .

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My Woes

Hi my friends.

I think, I am going to become an extinct species in the world of blogging. I am slowly getting disconnected. There is no denial that my work is keeping me busy but certain other factors prevent me from sitting at the computer. However much I wish to spend time here, I cannot.The reason is simple but grave.We have erractic power cuts ¬†stretching up to 8-10 hours per day which drains ¬†my computer UPS . My batteries are also drained because I am unable to work , I laze more and lethargy sets in. I want to share the power cuts ¬†scheduled in a day for us here. Apart from the scheduled ones, we have unscheduled powercuts too. That, one cannot say when it will appear and it loves us so much and stays for long…..Apart from these ,we have maintenance of our substations on a regular basis that means ,the power is off from morning 9-6 .I wonder what ¬†is the meaning of¬†maintenance ¬†here. I have stayed in many cities but shutting down for the whole day is a new and different experience here. Is it an excuse to impose power cuts? Our scheduled power cuts start early morning 5 am – 5.45 am. Then there is a breather , just to show that there is power in our state.. ūüôā

Now I understand why staying in smaller towns are disadvantageous. When people in  big cities enjoy power, people in small towns bear the brunt of power deficit and are discriminated.Why it cannot be shared equally by all.  I am ashamed to say we are staying in a developing ? country which is boasting of getting a super power symbol soon.

I run around to complete my laundry and  running the mixer, checking my mails etc whenever there is power.We were going to have A Golden Rule and everything was hunky dory for 2 months , but honeymoon soon ended and the grind has started. Power cut schedules, work with clock like precision . we live today by not looking at the clock but by looking at the  fans and lights when they turn on and off. Power again is switched off between 9-12 , then between 3-6 pm   7.30 Р8.15 pm  . We cannot relax because there are 2 more cuts scheduled during  9.30 pm and 10.30 pm and 12-12.45. After that we drift off to sleep and only  God and the supply fellow  knows when the power is cut. Night schedules are only for smaller duration so that people in deep sleep are unaware of it.

I haven’t seen any one protesting. ¬†I also do not know if ¬†any ¬†protest is happening .

I am just wondering about the poor farmers, the small industries whose businesses run into losses when their scheduled work does not happen in a day. I am also worried about students whose exams are scheduled for March- April. We are facing this problem for the last 3 years. Now it has become severe and¬†erratic. I am not understanding why adequate steps have not been taken to solve the ¬†woes of¬†people. We are ¬†suffering in a Free India for our basic necessities of life. My hobby keeps me sane, otherwise I don’t know how I would have survived. I think India is the best place to learn tolerance , May be we would soon move back to stone age:)

I am unable to visit any blogs , make posts and miss you all. Let the Power God shine, I will be back…for sure..

Even before I press the publish button I will be eaten by the demon Power Cut. God save our state.

Adieu!!!

2011 in review

Happy 2012

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thanks to my dear friends Bikram, KP, Asha, Bhagyareema, Mahesh Prabhu ,Renu, and all others who have been a constant support and encouragement throughout my blogging journey.

Love you all.