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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Ayurveda Therapy Center - Kerala

We visited an Ayurveda Therapy Center in Kerala about a year ago. The place is set in serene & sylvan surrounding with a salubrious climate which is so essential for this ancient form of treatment. This Center is located on the Coimbatore - Tattamangalam/Chittur road. I present some of the pictures taken there. The Center offers both remedial as well as relaxation therapies & is headed by a qualified & reputed Ayurvedic physician(personally known to me).
The elephant below belongs to a temple & we found it tethered under the shade of a tree en route to the Center.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Love Is............

Hi ! This is my 200 th post - a landmark of sorts. Pics below are of my Periamma 97 yrs (mothers elder sister in green sari) & my mom (blue sari) 86 years. This post is dedicated to them.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Magic Weaves 2

This is a continuation of the earlier post. Here are some more magical designs. The first seven are kurti designs- part of the Gopika Collections. The supplier is based in Banguluru. Have a great weekend & Merry Christmas.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Magic Weaves at Coimbatore

We recently visited an exhibition titled "Weaves" in Coimbatore. There was a dazzling & colorful array of cotton & silk fabrics, dresses, sarees & accessories on display. Participants were from very many different States of India Like Bengal, UP, Karnataka, Jammu & Kashmir & Andhra Pradesh. While wifey was busy shopping I was busy clicking. I was mistaken for a press photographer and in anticipation that some of these photos may find place in the next days newspapers I was allowed special privileges by the stall managers :)
Here is wishing you all a Merry Christmas & a Happy & Prosperous New Year 2012. Please make the festive season more meaningful - Try and weave some colorful magic into the fabric your own lives as well the lives of those around you.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Versatile Blogger Award

I wish to thank Versatile Blogger Delete
Blogger Ashok for his kindness in sending me a Versatile Blogger Award. I must say this was quite unexpected & I am deeply honored by this gesture. I wish to assure him as well as all my ardent readers that I shall endeavor to keep up the spirit of versatility. You have mentioned that there is a tradition to pass on similar Awards to other bloggers that I follow and find are enthusiastic,vibrant,creative, interesting & informative. I am working on this and after careful study & analysis shall present the Awards in due course to deserving bloggers. Please bear with me for the delay:)
Meanwhile I take this opportunity to wish all readers/followers and their families Merry Christmas and a Very Happy & Prosperous New Year 2012. May all your dreams take wings and all your desires be fulfilled.

Best Wishes & Warmest Regards
Ram

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wonders in Wood

His name is Shanmugham and he is popularly known as "Antique Shanmugham". He lives in Coimbatore. He has plenty of "wonders in wood" to show you: Center Tables, Mirror frames,Pillars, Diwans, Wooden Chests, Swings, Sofa sets, Cradles, Cots, Dressing tables, Chest of Drawers, Cupboards, Key Holders, Book shelves. You name he has it or he can create it for you.
Shanmugham's is an interesting story. He initially took up hard ware business. but it sunk. Next he tried his hand at textile marketing but that too collapsed. During one of his business trips to Bangalore he chanced upon an Antique shop & there he discovered a passion that was to change his life forever.

Antique Shanmugham at his factory & workers
Wooden Pillars
Photo Frames for Tanjore painting
Another photo frame
Other creations
Low level Diwan & Mirror Frame
Door Frame
Wooden Pillars
Wooden Chests
Shanmugham has also converted his house into an antique musueum: See pics below:

Entrance Door Gate & Balcony
Side Balcony
Grandfather Clock & Puja(prayer) Corner
Drawing room corner