Colours of India

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So many sights that we take for granted – but when seen through the lens, tells you not to treat them like everyday occurrences. I wish we did not need the camera to teach you to be appreciative, but nevertheless a good lesson taught is a good lesson learned. Enjoying the vibrant colours!

A simple arrangement in an Uruli filled with water - such a calming effect to see them.

An Uruli as shown above is a large circular vessel usually made out of bronze (sometimes you get it as earthernware too). Earlier it was used to cook large quantities of food, but with families becoming smaller these days – these Urulis are now used for flower decorations. Fill an Uruli with water, arrange the flowers according to your creativity and let the flowers float peacefully.

Many women prefer to wear glass bangles along with their gold bangles, but bangles made out of glass, plastic, lac, and even wood are recently finding their way to popularity. The ones that you see above are a typical tourist’s delight. Easy on the pocket and extremely colourful.

This is a rather 'small' Giant wheel, but the bright colour painted to attract children is a sure winner.

The ‘small’ Giant wheels are quite mobile, sometimes you can see the frail owner pushing his giant wheel alongside your house and asking if there are children who would like to use them. This was a more common happening a few years earlier – when there were more joint families, or more children in the same compound. The children are happy , the man gets a good deal – and all is well. But nowadays children in the city are exposed to tennis clubs and swimming camps at very tender ages – would a giant wheel spark enthusiasm in them? I really do not know.

See the ordinary pots at the base row. They are painted to become this wonderful combination of colours.

Flower pots are usually similar to terracota, and the ‘special’ flower pots would have some traditional patterns in white drawn on them. But out with the sober colours, add a dash of heady colours to your garden – we say!

Subtle shades but surely colourful

Moving to some less ‘brighter’ options, I got this picture at some of the shops that were selling artifacts. The row of elephants from biggest to the smallest cub was actually what caught my eye, but now all I can focus on is the Buddha!

More than souvenirs

This shop had loads of souvenirs to offer. Elephants, a variety of deities, tortoises, showpiece items, – but the dark green statue of the reclining Buddha is my pick of the lot!

Masks galore

Moving from the elegance of spirituality to these grotesque albeit brightly coloured masks – I did wonder if it appealed to children. I was proved wrong time and again – each time I witnessed a child sulk,cry and pout when his/her parent denied him/her a mask.

The potter's work sees the light of the day

This was captured just next to a potter at a heritage centre. He had already made these items which were set up for sale, but had the visitors enthralled with his fast and interactive pottery lessons.

Traditional rajasthani puppets / dolls

These puppets are special to rajasthan, with their bright bandhini attire. They are usually sold as a pair (a man and woman doll). These string puppets are usually made out of wood. wire and cloth.

These decorative string mobiles that doubled up as curtains did tug hard at my heart and wallet. Thankfully common sense prevailed...

I wind up with a picture I took at a craft shop. These decorative mobiles did tempt me to buy the whole range, but then I succumbed to just buying a short one – one pretty pink elephant that hangs today on my table, gracefully whisking my laptop now and then…


9 thoughts on “Colours of India

    Sukanya Ramanujan said:
    April 1, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Nice post and Nice work you have done with the blog!

    uthamz said:
    April 6, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Poetry, Prose, Photography – the variety of your talents is amazing , Mathangi !
    You are doing great blogging work !
    Congratulations from a fellow Indian !


      Mathangi Jeypal responded:
      April 7, 2012 at 6:50 am

      Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words Utham.
      Do keep the visits coming! πŸ™‚

        uthamz said:
        April 7, 2012 at 9:42 am

        Sure ! πŸ™‚

    2me4art said:
    April 7, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Beautiful photography!!!

      Mathangi Jeypal responded:
      April 7, 2012 at 6:47 am

      Thank you so much ! Do visit again πŸ™‚

        2me4art said:
        April 7, 2012 at 6:48 am

        I will, I am following you!

        Mathangi Jeypal responded:
        April 7, 2012 at 6:51 am

        That was a fast reply. Thank you πŸ™‚

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