Friday, January 16, 2015

Capture your Dreams!

Hello my lovely friends!
How have you been?

I am absolutely delighted to announce that my "Chai Tamaasha" ...the tea tantrums
is on Little Majlis!!
Little Majlis is a specialist online market for handmade
 and artisan products, 
marketed by Gulf–based artists, designers, cooks and crafters.
Little Majlis encourages buying handmade 

and in doing so, supporting local talent 
and the region’s growing arts scene, 
as well as promoting small business. 
Little Majlis offers something unique to consumers.

 It gives them the opportunity to find that special thing 
that is not available in the shopping malls.

Whether you are a consumer from the UAE 

or somewhere else in the world, 
you will be able to shop 
at Little Majlis!



So how is January being to you?
I am sure each one of you must be enjoying each and every moment and loving what you do!
Yess this to me is really really important
and I am absolutely loving what I do every day!
I am surrounded by people
 who stimulate my creativity
 and make me look within
and think deeper!
This beautiful, authentic and positive energy
 is what keeps
 the artist in me keep exploring more,
 connect with newness
learn more,
begin afresh,
transform ,
create
and in the whole process
expand my horizons!

Sharing my poem "Dreams"

  Oh ! How I wish
to make
a leap...
on the back 
of the crazy wind...

take a deep dive
and then soar again...
dip my glorious
budding
wings
in the orange sun rays...

soak ...
in the cool
breeze,
dare ...
to claim 
the sky!

In my little eye
the globe...
I wish to
carry!
And in my heart
symphony!

Oh ! How I wish 
to reach out...
to the end 
of the map

and with my beak
leave a mark
 there
and everywhere !!




Thursday, January 8, 2015

Tear Off that Mask...Your face is glorious!



I only speak of the Sun
because the Sun is my Beloved 
I worship even the dust at His feet.

I am not a night-lover and do not praise sleep
I am the messenger of the Sun !
Secretly I will ask Him and pass the answers to you.

Like the Sun I shine on those who are forsaken
I may look drunk and disheveled but I speak the Truth.

Tear off the mask, your face is glorious,
your heart may be cold as stone but
I will warm it with my raging fire.

No longer will I speak of sunsets or rising Moons,
I will bring you love's wine
for I am born of the Sun
I am a King !

~ Rumi
Ghazal (Ode) 1621
Translated by Azima Melita Kolin
and Maryam Mafi

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Budding Wings!


Training myself daily
to taste the deliciousness
of each moment
slowly...very slowly!


Like allowing the chocolate 
to melt gently 
in my mouth
slowly...actually slowly!



And then I deliberately
take ages to swallow
...that elixir...
it reaches my heart and I follow!

Then a small line
a little stroke
a brush and some colour
and I am mine.




My budding wings
spread a little...everyday
...desire to touch the sky
with heart...one day!

I am sure I have the magic
I am meant to rise!
My love for the sky
will make me fly!




Leaving everything 
that weighs me down
I will fly beyond the rainbows
and up above the clouds!

And on my way
I will taste the deliciousness
of that moment 
slowly... very slowly!


Hi everyone :)
On the last day of this year 2014
 I sincerely would like to wish
 all my beautiful readers
 a sparkling year ahead!
 May 2015 bring new hopes, 
new joys, new colours,
more creativity
loads of love,
more hugs,
 calmness 
and lots and lots of laughter
 in our lives!!




Thanks thanks thanks and many thanks 
for visiting me here on my blog,
 inspiring me with your lovely words
 and forever encouraging me.
I am so lucky to have you all!
I am sure you would continue to shower 
your love upon me
in the year ahead!
























Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Chai tamaasha !

My passion has taken another turn!
Ideyna in Arabic stands for "our hands"
It is an absolutely beautiful venture that is bringing incredibly gifted local handicrafters, artists and makers together.

Living in the UAE for many years 
Nafisa and Ekta 
found themselves bumping into astonishingly talented
 and creative people constantly 
So they decided to create a platform
 to help them showcase 
and sell 
their awesomely handmade products to the world.
 Their idea was also to build a community
 where knowledge, resources,
 inspiration and imagination
 runs wild while being shared generously. 


I am happy to announce
 that my "Chai Tamaasha"...the tea tantrums
 is on Ideyna now!!

I am feeling super excited on this new journey. 
To those who are visiting me 
for the first time here on my blog my "Chai Tamaasha" may sound new.
 So I must tell you that
 "Chai Tamaasha...the tea tantrums"
is a story of dramatic transformation 
of this tiny little tea bag 
which always meets its end in rubbish,
 into a piece of art
 which is a treat to the eyes 
and makes hearts smile.
Each piece has a distinctive character.
 It is eco-friendly.
It may feel vintage to some and modern to others.
 It can be a perfect gift
 for your loved ones
 and the best part is 
it can be customized as per the taste!!





"Behind My Eyes"
(...I can see the dreams that I inhaled last night )
available at Ideyna!



"Magic"
("No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle." Winston Churchil) 
available at Ideyna!

I am lurrving each mark and every stroke :)

So what are you waiting for
grab a cuppa and join me on this delightful journey with Ideyna :)
I am sure it's going to be classy and fabulous !!






Saturday, December 20, 2014

Year Of Me!








Hope all of you are busy making
your December a one to remember...always!
I am sure many of you 
must have already set your goals
 for the coming new year 2015
In this season of giving...and believing
of sparkles ...and carols
  of dreams....and treats
of joys ...and cheers
I wish all of you the very Best!!
Follow your obsessions...mercilessly!

My goal for 2015 
has been favorited by Good Housekeeping Middle East 
and they have featured me in their December 2014 issue. 
I am sure you all would like to know about it too! 
So here I tell how I aim to make 2015 a Year Of Me!
I aim to publish a book of my Illustrated Recipes for kids with special needs.

This is what I told them and they published...

"Children learn a lot more from graphic sources now than in the past.
Art is undoubtedly a way to encourage the process
 and the experience of thinking and making things better. 
While the child sees the bright, 
colourful illustrations, touches the pages ,
 listens to the words spoken by his parents or siblings about it
...he would be working on his multi-sensory learning.
 And the experience will get even more enhanced 
when he actually touches the ingredients 
and starts the process of making/ assembling/ plating a dish for himself!

I firmly believe that my recipe illustrations
 will not only be a visual feast for these kids
 but also encourage them
 to definitely try out a small snack for themselves 
and be a "Special Chef" in their own special way.
Since everything right from the ingredients to the directions is painted,
 I am sure they would be delighted to follow and try the recipes.
Though some of them would need help 
to accomplish this
 but I am still confident that they will be really happy at heart!
I hope and sincerely wish my illustrated recipes
 would engage their attention, 
make them experience the whole process and help them to be an achiever in the end.

The recipes are going to be eye candy even for the other kids and moms too !!

Each mark of my pencil and every stroke of my brush
 would connect me to my true self
 and open me up to grace… 
and the same kind of magical feeling 
should be experienced by those who get to see,
 touch and feel my book.
 I don’t want it to be “just another book” tossed aside
 after a quick glance through
 and so it is a big challenge that I have given to myself. 
The creativity, the colours, the details all need to be worked upon. 
It demands a lot of hard work…and I am all set to jump in!
 I am making a thorough research on the special areas 
so as to make my book substantial, effective, impressive and lovable.
 In short a “delicious delight”! 

Finding a publisher who understands 
the sentiment behind my book is important too. 
I will keep going with the flow
 and let my intuitive sense guide me through.
So I am going to look each challenge dead in the eye and give a wink!

 “Just Be”.
 You are different and believe me 
your different is different than my different. 
Whatever you have been blessed with 
and can do,
 no one else has and can do in the way you can
and that instantly makes it unique and precious. 
Pop out, 
unravel that YOU within…
 for you are blissfully amazing.
 In your eyes is heaven, in your heart...love and compassion. 
Feel the dance in your steps and magic on your fingertips…
 every moment of the day.
Did you know that 'glitter' is a color too? 
Go love it! 
“Sparkle” does ignite a spark...
heart it!                                   
Celebrate being a woman…
evolve…
bloom and bloom in abundance!"


I would love to know what are you aiming at in 2015!!





















Friday, December 5, 2014

Rehlatna..."Our Journey"


On the occasion of celebrations
 of 43rd National Day of UAE 
the Crown Prince of Dubai
 introduced Rehlatna ...meaning "Our Journey".


Now I will you take you 
on this journey
 which is 2245.5 metres long Graffiti scroll
 along the famous Jumeirah Beach Park in Dubai.

Over 150 Graffiti artists
 from all over the world
 joined together to set a world record.
The work took the form of the map of the UAE
 showing various aspects of the nation’s 
culture and traditions 
and other areas of development.
The art mural broke the Guinness World Record
 for longest panel of Graffiti in the world.

The public could also participate in painting on this monumental work of art.






































And here is my Certificate pf Participation!!
Yes I am so  so very happy
 to be a part of the making of this world record!!




Hope you enjoyed "Our Journey" :)











Saturday, November 22, 2014

Out Of a Box


Another "Out of a box" event...
another chance to let my creative juices flow...
another chance to witness what others thought about it
another chance to experience variety of mediums, textures, colours, styles....etc. etc.
Lucky me :)
Don't be disheartened for I will take you to the journey
and through my lens
show you all the beautiful things I saw !
During "Al Quoz Festival" here in Dubai
"Artry" told us to create art 
"Out of a Box"...
and the theme was MIGRATION

So excited as always  I also created this














DELHI TO DUBAI

Migration to Dubai from my home Delhi
 was not easy but then adaptability to change is the key. 
Instead of dwelling on the negatives
 I took it as an adventure.
 So began the journey of new dreams,
 new wishes and new hopes…
 after all change is absolutely essential to creativity!
 And here I am …
 with sky above me,
 earth below me and fire within me
 I am all set to see…
to explore… 
to do…
and to create myself!

Now I show you the boxes as they looked after installation!!

 























I hope you enjoyed :)