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Invitation for “Chaitra Gauri Haldi Kunku”

Whenever we think of celebrating something with our near and dear ones, we spend lot of time on arrangements. We rarely emphasize on the invite that we send. I personally believe that invitation is an first impression of the event you plan to organize and equal attention should be paid to the same. It should not be a template. I insist you take help from people who are good at words.

Make it more personal and as clear as possible. Lot of people appreciate me for the creative invites I use. Here is me sharing the best of the invitations i have wrote for “Chaitra Gauri” haldi kunku.

Here is the one in Marathi which I used in 2018:

 

 

I generally send reminders after sending invitations.. that helps.

Here is the one for Chaitra Gauri 2019.

Please feel free to copy/use the content and give credit whenever possible.

Some fun with #खण!!!

 I always prefer local fabric and food!!  I have been in love with  खण(khan)!! 

 The fabric is mostly used for stitching blouse on top of a navar(9 yards) saree!!! However, with changing trends the use is not restricted to just that!!!! 

While designing cushion covers we thought of using multiple colored bright pieces!!

The results were more than what we expected… making the corner simply #rustic and beautiful 
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Diwali2015-Padwa(New year)-12th November

Diwali Padwa is celebrated by the business men as that it is the new year for them.

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As well it is a day specially meant for couples. In maharashtrains, padwa is celebrated in  a very romantic way.

IMG_0644The wife gives the husband a very nice aromatic oil massage followed by “abhyang snan“.

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Evenings see the husband luring their wife by gifting.

IMG_06251We too had some similar celebrations but not all of it 😉 you understand what I mean..

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Happy new year and Diwali!!!

 

 

Ganesh Utsav-2015

Ganapati festival is one of my favorites for the reason that it has begun in Pune and every year it is celebrated with great fervor everywhere. It is a different atmosphere everywhere.

Atmosphere of faith, belief and religious activities.IMG_0267Ganesh utsav means all the markets are flooded with different items used for decoration, be it for mandals or “gharcha ganpati”.IMG_0252

Lot of creative ideas are seen which definitely shows the presence of Lord of creativity-Ganesha.IMG_0266

At my home, we celebrate the festival with the same zeal as a normal Punekar would.IMG_0286Every year we have a different theme. This year it was “Red-The color Red”.IMG_0315The flowers, the decoration and food, almost everything in red.IMG_0291We have Ganesha for 1 and half day generally called as “deed(1&1/2) divas). Some people have it for 5, some 7 and some all the 11 daysIMG_0326At my mother’s place we have it for all days.. We also have Gauri!!!!IMG_0322Faral for gauri includes sweets and food items, atleast 28 in number.IMG_0327Previously I used to create makhar/temples from thermacoal , but nowadays I prefer the ecofriendly way.IMG_0320

Bappa comes, conquers our heart and leaves with a promise to come back. Ganpati Bappa morya, pudchya  varshi lavakar ya!!

 

Eco-friendly Ganesha Idol making workshop @LikeArt Gallery

Thanks to Rashmi Tapadia of “LikeArt gallery”for inviting the “Rotary inspira” members for the workshop. Being a member I could join the gang for a creative evening in a beautifully located Art gallery.

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Rashmi’s art gallery is located on Baner-Pashan link road and is surrounded by hills. She has been hosting these workshops for years now with Mr. Thakkar.

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Mr. Dilip Thakkar is an advocate by profession and a pottery artist by passion. He has given up his professional career and is now following his passion full time.Making Ganesh idol from eco-friendly clay is one of his favorite and that is what he is known for. He is known for his simplicity.

He uses very simple and easily available tools for his work like a pen, pencil and pointer for features. Extremely modest Mr. Thakkar said he has learnt pottery by himself.

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While making the Ganesh idol he explained that the clay used in market for making eco-friendly is not productive, as in it dissolve but nothing can be grown on the same.

The clay he uses is productive. If used in pots, seeds can germinate through the same.

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The way he makes the idol seems to be very easy and for a moment we think “yes we can do it”. But I bet it is not that easy. It needs skill and experience to create that artifact.

Consistency of the clay, right amount of water and correct temperature for drying the idol are factors of prime importance.IMG_0244Overall it was a fantastic learning experience with a bunch of beautiful and enthusiastic inspiras and the modest Mr. Thakkar.

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May God Ganesh bless him and we have more and more people using the eco-friendly Ganesh.

IMG_0230Ganpati Bappa Morya!!!

Incase anybody wishes to attend this workshop and learn there is one more planned. Following are the details:

12th September 2015, 3-6  PM @LetArtGallery, 301, 18 high street,Baner-Pashan link road, Baner, Pune.

 

 

Tricolor@home-Independence day-2015

Today on our  Independence day I wish everybody  a “Happy Independence day”.

I had decided  this time I am going to celebrate August 15th in each and everything I do.

DSC_3315.NEFBe it the décor.

DSC_3312.NEFRangoli..IMG_3037Breakfast..I really like this idea of coloring the food. I see so many photos uploaded on FB of colored idlis. this one is my attempt…

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Hope to see a really progressed India in years to come..in all aspects!!!

 

International women’s day celebration to Umbilical Connections..

Being in IT for 12+ years, participating in every activity held or organizing events for colleagues made me realize that managing events makes me happy. To take it to next level I seeked advises from 100s of known, few unknown and few who had done the same before. On thought over for 7 years finally I felt that it has to start and perhaps the early the better it is. How to Register an event company is going to be another blog, but here I m putting down my thoughts, my experiences while managing  my first event and  very important  “attitude of people” towards me while taking these steps!

I always wanted to begin events with something either for children or women. Considering that in mind and talking with few other like minded we thought of celebrating 8th march which is international women’s day. Initially it was something using Rangoli, but then lot of art galleries denied putting up Rangoli.

Completely demotivated, I dropped the idea thinking it is not possible. I did not think about it until I met few very respectable personalities and who are very experienced in their own businesses. They motivated me to rethink the idea. By that time February was half passed.

Rethinking got me a clearer and doable plan. The first thing I did was booked a venue. Luckily, I got a fantastic venue location wise, facility wise and perfect for the intended event. The idea was to get renowned women from different walks of life. I started calling people I knew, started asking friends for their connections and so on. Lot of them encouraged and  so many  of them cautioned. Some of them accompanied me  and some ignored.

Challenges:

Inviting people to come down for the event is toughest job. And when you are beginner it is all the more difficult. Being optimistic using all the possible ways I could invited about 100-120 people in person.


Simultaneously, I looked for sponsorer . As difficult it is to convince people to come for a program it is equally difficult to convince sponsorer to give money. Few of the people who knew me reverted. I knew that I had to invest some capital from my side so just went ahead with whatever plan I had in my mind.

What worked well!!

For talk session and performances i invited my friends who were already into communications/ counselling/NGOs and they really liked the idea. They were very excited to be part of the event. With some ads on social media and through word of mouth we did whatever we could to brand.

Execution:

finally the day arrived, and my stomach had butterflies. I could feel the anxiety.


We begin on time as we were fortunate to have guest before time.  Right from felicitation to panel discussion the sessions went well.


We had a scrumptious meal break and we started the sessions for parenting.


That was the most interactive session and then we had some emotional role plays. At the end we created a group called “umbilical connections” for creating a stroner network. Overall it was amazing time spent.

Best part:

The guest Pinal Wankhede( Dr. silver utopian pvt. Ltd, Zareen  Cheema(inspires to be astronaut), Ubhe Maushi and Laigude maushi(from NGO), Panchalli Thatte(athlete) and Indira were extremely modest and true inspiration. The presenters Bhinoy, Reena, Rajani and Ankita kept the crowd engrossed. Vinod and Suhas took memorable pictures.  Overall a decent put up.


Lessons learnt:

I felt sad for people  who said yes and did not turn up. I personally feel that we need to be a little-courteous. How difficult it is for one to drop an SMS / note? There are efforts behind a public event and it is matter of credibility “my-credibility” in front of sponsorers/chief guest.  As a friend I would never do this to any one.

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Never mind there is always another event to make  up for. :d having said that please do not ignore me next time I walk to you thinking  I am inviting you for some event :d it would be just for  a hi..

For a friend’s wedding

Weddings are always exciting for various reasons. IMG_2949

To me it is exciting because there is so much of décor, so many rituals, and so many people involved with so much of energy.. the + energy!!

I was invited to do  décor for a friend’s wedding, something that could be done @ their home.

IMG_2952They have a beautiful bungalow located @Kothrud, Pune. IMG_2953

Which gave me opportunity to draw a nice big Rangoli at the entrance. IMG_2951

Another one with Samai as an Artifact at the landing, IMG_2945

 

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And one more in the living area.IMG_2940

They had nice brass artifact, which we decorated further.

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And this lovely Diya in the staircase.. said it all. WELCOME ALL!!

 

Rangoli..

Rangoli to me not just an art but an stress buster. No matter how tired I am, the moment I start drawing Rangoli I feel relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated.

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This was the first one which I drew with my friend Gayatri for a contest in one of my organization.

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After this I kept drawing it at various events in the same organization.smita3

 

I am not an expert and do not draw the way professionals would. But I wish to same day.

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at home for Diwali…Picture 245

My first attempt with flowers. P1030200

For Ganesh festival in our society

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For Rangoli workshop, and

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Rangoli Workshops

10641004_723766054366010_8083662943528046423_nRangoli has been my passion ever since i learnt it the sanskar-bharti style.Sanskar-bharti Rangoli is known for its largeness, color combinations and carpet like feel.  While in sansk
ar bharti I did attend several classes and had learnt some. 10408083_882144561796911_8443472841191696484_nStarted drawing wherever and whenever i could get an chance 🙂 my own familiy functions or society programs or college functions or office functions.

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While drawing for a society function someone asked me if I could conduct classes? I knew that i was not an Pro to do the same, so thought that may be i can conduct Workshops. 10410399_879712445373456_6109553480875177342_nSome basic workshop which would than atleast  give some idea about Sanskar-bharti and how to begin.With help of some friends advertised about the workshop and got an amazing response.

Knowledge improves on sharing…is what i learnt from this experience.  10420310_889518567726177_5123738294441060518_nThe audience included small girls..to elderly ladies ..everyone full of enthusiam and in zeal to learn something new.

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Wow..we took about 6-7 workshops in different societies belonging to different areas of pune. The feeling of sharing knowledge and doing something you love is invaluable.Looking forward for some more and for a large audience.

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