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Silk Kurta with hand embroidery motifs

It all started when my best friend gifted me that soft tie and dye chunni. I had a few meters of off-white pure silk material. When I rummaged in my left over-fabric carry bags (any given time, I have atleast two bags full), I found this brocade Benaras silk piece in shades of green and blue. It was less than half a meter and in odd shape. I put them all together and felt they will look good, and here is my semi-formal silk kurta with chunni! Silk kurta with hand embroidery motifs
Materials used:
Blue / green yoke – less than half meter Embroidery Silk threads – blue & green, part of spool each Gold beads – 5 per motif Gold bead lace – 1.25 m. I used the green / blue silk for the yoke and as a band on the short sleeve. First I finished stitching the kurta. 
Green / Blue brocade silk yoke and band on sleeves
It had been a while since I did any embroidery work and my fingers were itching for some hand embroidery. To make it a well-put-together dress, I picked the colours from the chunni and …

Cotton apron

I needed to send a few gifts to some friends. What better than to make something with my own hands and give!  I had 1.5 m. of Pochampally handloom fabric for a few years now. The fabric is thick but smooth. Perfect for an apron! There was some pure silk Pochampally material in shades of brown which added some colour. 
Apron with ties and pocket
I had stitched several aprons long time back. But now, I was short of time, so decided on a simple pattern. Since I did not have the body measurements, I wanted the apron to fit any size. Ribbons of silk material were attached to tie around the neck and also around the waist. A good sized pocket is very useful on an apron. So, an edging of silk fabric was put on the pocket to high light it.
Apron when worn looks like this
The whole piece took about 3 hrs. from cutting, stitching to pressing.

Anjuna Flee Market, Goa

I love flee markets; infact any kind of markets! And I love Anjuna flee market more than others! Here is why:
Anjuna flee market is open every Wednesday, whole day till sunset, during the tourist season. You get to see people of different nationalities in one place.

A Street View
Since it is a day long market, you can shop till you drop!It is huge! Sprawling across fields and the beach, housing Hundreds of stalls! There is something for everyone:

Decorative Items

Decorative and gift items like statues and figurines;

Costume Jewellery
Different varieties of costume jewellery;
Wall hangings
There are hand crafted items like wall hangings;
Summer clothes
If you are not prepared for lounging on the beach, you will find lovely summer clothes and beachwear in all possible sizes;

Reis Margos Fort, Goa

Located in Verem, Goa, Reis Margos fort is a small and unpretentious fort. It is neither grand nor awe inspiring, but a piece of interesting history has been restored and preserved for posterity.
Ramp up to the fort
View of Mondovi river from the ramp
The fort is strategically placed on top on the hill, having a clear view of Mandovi River, Arabian sea and the hills behind. For us tourists and visitors, we get spectacular views from the top, of the river, the sea, boats, and the quaint towns all round. 
Main entrance to fort
Main door There is an armory, couple of solitary confinement cells, a craft centre, a central courtyard, 2 halls showcasing Mario Miranda’s cartoons and paintings, and several cannons. In the craft centre, the photos of ‘before’ and ‘after’ renovation and restoration of the fort are displayed. They did a fantastic job with the restoration. The fort was totally dilapidated, plants growing on the walls, and the roofs caved in. 
Craft Centre
Green wall behind the craft centr…


I do a lot of dress making; all of my clothes and sometimes those of others too. Because of which a lot of left over bits and pieces of fabric is remains. Sometimes they are large pieces, and I use them as part of another dress if not or as a trim etc. Over a period of time, I will have a few carry bags full of pieces of fabric.  When it happened the first time, the bags were occupying every shelf and cupboard. I had to either throw them out or give them away. I decided to use them myself and that is how my first patchwork bedspread / wall hanging / curtain came into being. Oh, it was very painstaking and laborious! Took a long time to finish it! From time to time, I used the bedspread as a curtain or a wall hanging. After nearly 20 years, I still could not throw it out, so, I cut it up into smaller pieces and made bath mats! You can imagine how much I loved it! Since that first experiment, I convert the extra pieces of fabric (as and when a couple of carry bags are full) into bedspreads…

Rasam Powder - 1

Rasam / Chaaru / Saaru is a South Indian dish. Rasam is a thin, watery, soupy liquid. It is prepared most days and is eaten with rice. Some like to drink it like soup too. It is considered good for digestion (especially very effective, if one is suffering from constipation!). Bewate, it is spicy too! It is also one of my favourite dishes! I can have it any day of the week. There is no specific recipe for rasam; though different people make it differently. The one main ingredient in rasam is the ‘Rasam powder’. Following is one variety of rasam powder; again my favourite! I got the basic recipe from an ex-colleague of mine, and adjusted it to suit my taste buds. I passed it on to several friends, and they all swear by it. Even if the proportion of the ingredients varies slightly, the taste and flavor will still be good. So, make this version of rasam powder and enjoy! Here goes –
Ingredients: Dhania (Coriander seeds) – 4 tbsp. Chana dal (Bengal gram) – 2 tbsp. Dry red chillies – 6 – 8 nos. Dr…

Assorted veggies chutney

Found small quantities of assorted vegetables in the refrigerator, like a piece if bottle gourd, one ribbed gourd and a bunch of radish leaves.The leaves of radish are considered very good for health. Couldnot use the vegetables by themselves because of small portions and I did not know any recipe to use them together. Decided to use them in the old chutney format and see what comes out. It turned out to be a tasty chutney which can be eaten with Rice, Roti, or Phulka.

Ingredients: Ribbed gourd / Ridge gourd –200 gms. (approxi.) Bottle gourd –50 gms. (approxi.) Leaves of Raddish – 8 – 10 nos. Green chillies – 6 nos. Rayi (Mustard seeds) & Jeera (cumin seeds) – 1 tsp. each Urad dal (Black gram without skin) – 1 tsp. Curry leaves - a few Salt – to taste Oil – 3 tbs. Garlic pods – 4 -6 nos. Tamarind – 1 small lemon size Method: Chop bottle gourd, raddish leaves. Skin the ribbed gourd and clean and save the skin, and green chillies. Clean and soak the tamarind in half a cup of water. Heat 1 tbs. oil…