Finally

May 30, 2008

this went.

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May I

May 27, 2008

enter!

The monochrome boy returns.

Try

May 26, 2008

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An AD for Down to Earth, to be published on World Environment Day. The text is a first draft and has undergone substantial changes, but I still love this version the best.

very addy picture/layout, ‘nyaka’ in bangla. I know, but couldn’t resist the stereotype

Monochrome boy

May 25, 2008

smile please

“Yesterday I came across a slightly mysterious website — a collection of Polaroids, one per day, from March 31, 1979 through October 25, 1997. There’s no author listed, no contact info, and no other indication as to where these came from. So, naturally, I started looking through the photos. I was stunned by what I found.”

says mental_floss in this engrossing post

the subject of the post, is now down, presumably because of the massive number of hits after it got discovered.

Come pot with me

May 22, 2008

Beautiful little hamlet called Andretta in the Kangra valley, known for a little work shed called Andretta Pottery. Found sweet Indian and European women (no men!) learning how to create pots. I believe its a very sensual experience to caress a mound of mud, no really.

Anyone can go and join up for a workshop, so if you are in the mood for a break, and want to do something really down to earth, go there.

Here’s the info I found on the net:

Mansimran Singh or Minni, as he is affectionately called, is an artist – potter of significant merit. His English wife, Mary, is also a professional potter.
Andretta Pottery came to be because a woman called Norah Richards came to live in Andretta (Himachal Pradesh), in the 1920’s. She was a theatre lady and several artists visited her. Painter Sobha Singh moved here after partition; and Gurcharan Singh who started Delhi Blue Art Pottery would often visit Sobha Singh at Andretta.

In the early 1980’s there were still 120 out of nearly 270 potter families still existing in this area. Mansimran and Mary Singh were anxious to get them interested in pottery to suit modern day demands in an effort to stop the youngsters from leaving to look for jobs elsewhere.
Apart from setting up their own studio pottery workshop, they also established there a pottery and rural marketing centre in 1984, with a view to promoting and preserving the rich but dying crafts of the region.

The Singhs involved the Development Commission, Handicrafts in the Ministry of Textiles, and then the Rural Marketing Centre, which gave them a subsidy of Rs. 85,000 for land building and furniture. Then came a seed capital of Rs. 50,000 against which funds could be raised.Andretta Pottery and Crafts Society was set up in 1983. The Singhs worked in glaze and slips on terracotta, encouraging the village craftsmen to experiment. Since then Andretta Pottery has taken part in many exhibitions all over the country. The traditional potters have also accompanied the Singhs on many of these exhibitions.
Presently Mansimran Singh teaches students and also holds workshops at Andretta. In June 99 five Japanese potters held a workshop for the local potters of Andretta.

Andretta is about 540 kilometers from Delhi. One can go by road. The car journey takes 11 or 12 hours with a few stops on the way. The bus goes overnight as well. An overnight train will take you to Pathankot from where it is a three-hour drive to Andretta.

May rain, absolutely

May 21, 2008

A nice break from monotonous mornings, not so for the bird