Tết is here!

Saigon wears her yellow garb during Tết (Tết Nguyên Đán) or the Vietnamese lunar new year. Every nook and cranny is filled with pots and planters full of Chrysanthemums, sunflowers, Hoa Mai ( Ochna integerrima/ yellow apricot flowers) and marigolds. The colour of prosperity and cheer fills the town. Local markets and flower markets areContinue reading “Tết is here!”

Lanterns and Magic!

The ancient town of Hoi An turns into a kaleidoscope as the sun sets. The streets shimmer and sparkle with myriad silk lanterns of different sizes and colours hanging all over. As Toru Dutt says “One might swoon drunken with beauty then, or gaze and gaze in amaze”. The variety of the vibrant lanterns isContinue reading “Lanterns and Magic!”

The iconic Non La, the conical hat of Vietnam

Áo dài (the long silk dress), the conical hat nón lá, and don ganh tre/quang ganh (the bamboo shoulder pole with baskets on either side) are the symbols of quintessential Vietnam. Non la is an integral part of the daily life of Vietnamese people, especially the hard working women. It is most commonly used by farmers,vendors,Continue reading “The iconic Non La, the conical hat of Vietnam”

I’ll tell you how the Sun rose…

Whenever the sky is all set for a gorgeous sunrise or a show of similar grandeur, an inner voice whispers and I absolutely trust my intuition. So when I woke up in the wee hours of the morning for reasons unknown to see the orange-pink streamers scattered over the sky, I knew that it isContinue reading “I’ll tell you how the Sun rose…”

“I’m out with lanterns looking for myself”

This October has been a disappointment as far as sunsets are concerned…Almost everyday the glory of the setting sun was smothered by dull clouds. Today was a different day. An old Malayalam song came to me as I kept a lantern on the window sill  and clicked the Sun ”ശരറാന്തൽ തിരി താണു മുകിലിൻ കുടിലിൽ, മൂവന്തിContinue reading ““I’m out with lanterns looking for myself””

‘I dream my painting and then I paint my dream”

Remembering Vincent Van Gogh, the genius… Recently watched the animated film on Vincent Van Gogh. Loving Vincent is the world’s first fully painted feature film. More than 60,000 oil paintings were painted by hundreds of artists to make the genius’ biopic. A remarkable task indeed! Starry Nights, caffe terrace, blazing corn fields, wheat fields inContinue reading “‘I dream my painting and then I paint my dream””

The Moon festival,moon cakes and the man in the moon

Tet Trung Thu or Mid Autumn Festival or Moon Festival is a significant festival among the many festivals in Vietnam. It is a harvest festival and also a festival for children. 15th day of the 8th lunar month is celebrated as the Moon festival. Worshipping the god of Earth for bountiful harvest and increase inContinue reading “The Moon festival,moon cakes and the man in the moon”

My heart leaps up…

    As on the driving cloud the shiny Bow, That gracious thing, made up of tears and light ~Coleridge   It was a night of thunderstorm and the morning looked bleak. I did bear a grudge, though not longstanding, against Lady Nature for spoiling my Harvest Moon experience. Yesterday the western skies were busyContinue reading “My heart leaps up…”

An Emily a day keeps my gloom away!

The air was crisp and clean on the 1st of October and the sky was a joyful galore of cirrus patches! An uplifting sight that promised cheery sky days ahead. Cheers to the October sky! Weather is unpredictable just like human state of mind. 2nd October opened his eyes to a dreary, dull, rainy morning.Continue reading “An Emily a day keeps my gloom away!”

A door just opened on a street…

A Door just opened on a street — I — lost — was passing by — An instant’s Width of Warmth disclosed — And Wealth — and Company. The Door as instant shut — And I — I — lost — was passing by — Lost doubly — but by contrast — most — InformingContinue reading “A door just opened on a street…”