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Eastern market DC

Eastern market DC

When we were done sight seeing the monuments, memorials and museums we decided to visit the Eastern Market. It is DC’s oldest  market. Not only does it sell fresh, locally grown produce but also hand made arts and crafts. Such markets are my favorites as they offer a lot of art, culture, music and food and I can spend hours clicking pictures and do some shopping!  

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Washington D.C

Washington D.C

We went to the east coast this past long weekend. Although, we planned on going to New York, we just toured in Washington DC and spent time with family and friends in North Carolina, Raleigh!  Washington DC, the capital of US has many monuments and memorials and museums. I liked all of the museums and spent a lot of time reading about the past, current and future! I feel museums is a great way to learn!! What surprised me the most was that the admissions to most museums were free and yet they were very well maintained! The monuments and memorials were magnificent and fascinating! We also got to see the White House, President Obama’s residence! Apart from the sightseeing, I think DC had a different feel due to the metro trains, lot of red brick construction and great architecture of the monuments! Thomas Jefferson Memorial- He was the third president of the United States. This was a great memorial and park space facing a lake where people can boat during the summers…   Smithsonian, information center. Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum and research complex, with 19 museums, 9 research centers and more than 140 affiliate museums around the world. Loved loved loved spending time in the...

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Rock painting

Rock painting

I am almost done with this semester. I am saying almost because I still have a couple research papers to work on, analyze my research data , write my MS project, and apply for DI which a long and a time consuming process. Anyway, since I am done with finals, I decided to paint. This time it was not on a canvas for a change. I painted some rocks, I picked from Mendocino coast. I wasn’t sure what I was going to with those rocks, but had picked them up anyways. It has been a ritual for me, as a child whenever my parents took me outdoors like beaches, waterfalls, farm tours, I picked various stones, rocks, shells, dried flowers, barks etc. and made something out of it! I am so fascinated by nature, and I love both rocks and paints so I went ahead and painted them..   I absolutely enjoyed the time I spent creating these beautiful rocks...

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Dinner with Maiko: Part- 2

Dinner with Maiko: Part- 2

While Maiko played some music , danced and made our evening fun by playing a traditional Japanese game. We enjoyed our vegetarian, seven course French menu. I was so amazed at the variety the chef cooked for us! The meal was so presentable, appetizing and colorful!       I felt like the musical evening , good food and our long conversations with dear friends should never have ended! But like they say “All good things come to an end” and so did our Japan trip!...

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Dinner with Maiko: Part-1

Dinner with Maiko: Part-1

The highlight of our Japan trip was dinning with Maiko( trainee geishas). Maiko are young Japanese girls who are highly trained in Japanese art, culture and traditions. In olden days, Maiko would only serve green tea but gradually they began performing music, songs and dances for the customers only at high-class Japanese restaurants. Initially Maiko’s were to be seen all around in Japan but now only a few thousands are to be found in Kyoto. Since we were visiting Kyoto, our friend Itagakisan suggested we must experience this tradition of Japan. I wasn’t sure in the beginning if I will enjoy it, but surprisingly I thoroughly enjoyed the night.   The nape of neck is painted white and has a red collar, it is presented in a way so as to expose some skin which is considered very...

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Close to art, Close to God!

Last weekend I was at the Jain Temple in Milpitas celebrating its 12th anniversary. I got an opportunity to volunteer for ‘aangi’ ceremony which means decorating the marble idol of God. I instantly agreed as it was something do with art and I was excited to learn something new. Normally the idols are worshipped as they are,but on special occasions they are adorned with sandalwood, flowers, ‘resham’ (high quaIity silk) saffron, glitter etc. I wasn’t carrying my camera that day but managed to click  a picture, thanks to my mobile phone! Using sandalwood and resham to begin the decoration, felt totally at peace while at work.It took me 5 hours to finish… And the final look, couldn’t take my eyes off as they looked mesmerizing with the dhoti and safa!...

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