Thursday, August 28

English Tamil Slang - m, n, o, p


m, n, o, and p in the English Tamil slang book which I'm creating for A Letter a Week.

m - matter - shady secretive topic of conversation. Could be something underhand or of a sexual nature.

n - non-veg - short form of non vegetarian but also carries the implication of something shady and sexual. So jokes with sexual overtones are termed non-veg jokes!

o - over - excessive, over the top.

p - peter - someone who speaks in English and feigns no knowledge of any Indian language.

If you would like to know the English Tamil slang words associated with the alphabets from a to l click here, here and here.



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Thursday, August 21

Pink - Roy G Biv 2014

                
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Sweet Sakura tea was served to me by a friend who visited Japan. What a fantastic sensory treat. The delicate sakura petals which unfurl when hot water is poured into the cup are such a pretty sight.
                 
Letter boxes on a door in Hong Kong.
Trishuls at a wayside shrine in the Nilgiris decorated with lemons and pink flowers. 
Pink thread and nails make a creative sign board at Soul Sunday Sante.
Fruit for sale on a fruit cart in Coimbatore.The blackish purple fruit arranged in the basket with shiny pink foil is Jamun. Its available for a short time once the monsoon showers begin in India in the month of June. 
 A rose in full bloom. Love the fact I managed to capture the bee.

You can begin discovering pink on some of the blogs in my side bar but to discover the entire trail check out  Jennifer and Julie's blogs.
Maybe you'd like to join in next month.
Here's a list of what we'll be looking for in the months to come.
September 18: Black
October 16: White
November 20: Brown
December 18: Blogger's Choice

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Sunday, August 10

Applique on the Cycle rickshaws of Vijayawada


Cycle rickshaws still ply on the streets of Vijayawada and the tarpaulin canopy of the rickshaw has colourful machine appliqued motifs.   
Rickshaws lined up on the side of the road under the shade of trees during the hot afternoon.
 Worn and weathered applique.

Detail of the applique done with coloured and gold plastic pieces which are stitched onto the tarpaulin with a sewing machine.  
 Brand new applique work on a rickshaw in One Town in Vijayawada. One Town is the old town in Vijayawada which has the wholesale market. Narrow lanes filled with jostling pedestrians and smaller vehicles like rickshaws,cycles, motorbikes and handcarts.It's the throbbing heart of the city.
The horse and helicopter are popular motifs along with flowers, initials and names.
Detail of the helicopter.
It's wonderful to discover that folk art is alive and well in smaller towns and cities like Vijayawada. The noodle carts of Vijayawada are another example of charming folk art. Click here to view them.

It's been quiet here for two long weeks but I'm back now, life just got hectic.
Wishing everyone a great week ahead.

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Thursday, July 24

Look what came in the mail

 I won this beautiful little bag with a little wire closure made by Jackie in the giveaway she had to celebrate 300 posts on her blog.
Detail of the upholstery fabric and embroidery.
The giveaway came about in an interesting manner. Read how events and people have a way of getting linked here.

Thursday, July 17

Violet - Roy G Biv 2014

 St. Anthony's Church, Coonoor all lit up for the feast of St.Anthony I think.
A Jacaranda tree in bloom in Coonoor.
Fruit seller on the street in Bangalore.          
Morning Glory.
A purple house in my neighbourhood. Purple houses dot the landscape and you can read more about this trend here
Lacquered bangles from Chennapatna.  

Violet was discovered in both the natural and manmade world this month. 
Julie and Jennifer will have a list of participants this month and you can go on a blog hop to discover the violets each participant has discovered.
Roy G Biv doesn't end with Violet, Julie and Jennifer has extended the fun until the end of the year
August 21: Pink
September 18: Black
October 16: White
November 20: Brown
December 18: Blogger's Choice 
So here's your chance to join in the fun and keep a look out for Pink, Black, White and Brown in the coming months.

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Wednesday, July 9

English Tamil Slang - i, j, k, l

i, j, k and l make up the next instalment of the Tamil English slang.

i - item number - a song and dance sequence in a tamil movie done by a voluptuous young woman who is dressed provocatively. All movies include an item number its part of the formula.    

j- jacket - the blouse worn with a saree. All women go to a tailor to have their blouses ( jackets!) stitched.

k - I haven't found a word for the letter k as yet.

l - leg pees -  The most coveted piece of chicken is the leg pees known to the rest of us as the drumstick.

If you missed out on the English Tamil slang words associated with  a, b, c, d, e, f, g,and h click here and here.
 Have a good week.

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Monday, June 23

Yarn bombing of a religious sort

Yarn bombing is not a new phenomena in India I've discovered.
There's a Banyan tree in the apartment complex where I live and on its prop roots are wound threads dyed yellow and red. The tree itself is smeared with turmeric and kum kum both have significant roles to play in Hindu religious rituals.
 My curiosity and some preliminary research on the net reveals that  childless women worship the banyan tree but I haven't been able to find out if this wrapping of thread around the banyan tree is part of the ritual.
Another story from the Mahabharath tells the story of Savitri who lost her husband one year after their wedding near a banyan tree. She followed the god of death Yama to the land of the dead and managed to get her husband his life.In memory of this event hindu women go around the banyan tree and tie seven threads or strings around it.By doing this the women are trying to bind immortality to their married life and protecting themselves from widowhood which is probably the worst fate imaginable for a large proportion of Indian women.
I like this thread which has these fluffy bead like bits. Never seen it before or come across trees wrapped with thread and decorated with turmeric, kum kum and marigold flowers.

While searching for information on the net I came across this inspiring story.

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