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Bubble up your nails…

Oops….. A new trend has bubbled up to the surface. And its gonna be a controversial trend in the nail industry..

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‘Bubble nails’ had already bubbled up in US a few years ago, but they are getting serious Instagram attention in the last few weeks..

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It’s more like a ‘hump nails’. According go an article in ‘Nails Magazine’, in order to get the look, you start with sculpting acrylic gel onto the nail to create a dome shape which is then filed down to create a short, square and very arched shape.

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Bows, studs and plastic flowers are added to the already weighty-looking extentions.

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Anyway, personally I wouldn’t wear them any time soon, but I think it looks interesting and unique. And the artist is trying to expand the horizon of nail art and be creative in their work..

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However, I can’t imagine that they are all too practical.
How are we gonna text in mobile!!!!
But I know what will they say. ‘Don’t knock it till you try it!’

So ya!!
Who all are ready for the bubbled nail make over…

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Farewell Radiant Orchid… Hello Marsala!!!

Marsala, Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2015.

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Every year since 1990, the Pantone Color Institute has nominated a Color of the Year, forecasting which specific hue designers and consumers will all supposedly be using, wearing, and buying for the following 12 months. And this year, 2015 Pantone announced that the 2015 Color of the Year is Marsala.

Marsala-Collage

Marsala is a dusky burgundy that draws its name and its shade from the Marsala wines of Italy. Its deep, reddish tones are perfect for the cranberries, cackling fires, and cuddly sweaters of the upcoming winter season, and they’ll guide us all the way to autumn 2015, when leaves the color of Marsala begin to fall.

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In a company press release, Pantone described the color as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red.” While last year’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid, “encouraged creativity and innovation, Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

Marsala, Pantone Color of the Year
Marsala swatch card.

Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.

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The Versatility of Marsala

  • Equally appealing to men and women, Marsala is a stirring and flavorful shade for apparel and accessories, one that encourages color creativity and experimentation
  • Flattering against many skin tones, sultry and subtle Marsala is a great go-to color for beauty, providing enormous highlight for the cheek, and a captivating pop of color for nails, shadows lips and hair.
  • Dramatic and at the same time grounding, the rich and full-bodied red-brown Marsala brings color warmth into home interiors
  • An earthy shade with a bit of sophistication, texture is the story in print and packaging. A matte finish highlights Marsala’s organic nature while adding a sheen conveys a completely different message of glamor and luxury.

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MARSALA COLOR PAIRINGS

Whether in a flat or textured material, or with a matte or gloss finish, this highly varietal shade combines dramatically with neutrals, including warmer taupes and grays. Because of its burnished undertones, sultry Marsala is highly compatible with amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range.

luxurySo, what are you waiting for??

Move on with Marsala…

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The home of tuskers…

Can you think about a place, more like a world of elephants of different sizes and natures??
Some of the elephants gentle and friendly while some others are really aggressive enough to be severely restricted by chains.
Would you like to find you surrounded by the giants, that means almost  66 – 85 elephants kept in a 10 acres plot of coconut grooves??
If you would like to, there is a place in Kerala…
ANAKOTTA (means elephant fort) in Central Kerala. This place will welcome you with a huge army of elephants..
This elephant sanctuary and premises are owned by Guruvayur temple.
Guruvayoor temple is one of the prominent temples in India, receives so many kinds of donations from devotees. They are all for the deity Lord Guruvayoorappan (Sri Krishna).
It is not a sanctuary in the strictest sense of the word. The place is neither a forest area nor do elephants roam around freely. Yet, the place has a charm about it with jumbos all around. The elephants are placed well apart from each other and a nice walk-around has been created for visitors to go around and witness the biggies on either side. Needless to say, the elephants are chained. Although, that is not that the best way to see the elephants, I guess considering the safety of visitors, that is the ideal solution.

elephants in punnathurkotta
As you keep walking along the pathway, you never get a feel, elephant is just an elephant, whether it is one or sixty of them. Each elephant has something unique to offer that you want to capture every little act that each one engages in. There is an old saying that one never gets bored looking at a moon, sea, sky, new born child and elephant. It is said that they continuously keep offering interesting sights for one to remain bespectacled.
Another interesting thing is that each and every elephants have their own name and identity in there.

These elephants are very well taken care of. They are given an elaborate bath, lots of greens to chew on and in most cases enough shade to stand in. And then there are the elephants in heat, which are kind of quarantined from the rest with a Warning signboard cautioning the visitors from getting close to these mammals.

elephants in punnathurkotta

Initially, elephants were kept in Kovilakom compound in close proximity to the temple itself. As their numbers grew, they were relocated to their current locale which used to be the palace grounds of the local ruler.

Punnathurkotta
Punnathurkotta

The local rulers, Punnathur Rajas built a palace which was called Punnathur Kotta (Punnatur Fort). After the demise of the last ruler Goda Varma Valia Raja, the property went to receivership. Soon after purchasing it in 1975, Guruvayoor temple committee relocated their elephants to here.
There were 86 elephants housed there, but currently there are about 66 elephants. The elephants are ritual offerings made by the devotees of Lord Guruvayurappa. This facility is also used to train the elephants to serve Lord Krishna as well as participate in many festivals that occur throughout the year. The oldest elephant is around 82 years of age. The rituals of Gajapooja (Worshipping Elephants) and Anayoottu (Feeding Elephants) are observed here, as an offering to Lord Ganesha. Punnathurkotta has made with traditional Kerala architectural style with the naalu kettu, a traditional rectangular home with a central courtyard, which belonged to the Punnathur Raja. This palace has a heritage of about 400 years. It is poorly maintained and presently houses a training school for Papans (Mahout). This complex also contains a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Bhagavathy.

Once in a life time you have to visit this place..
So, who all are planning a trip??
🙂 🙂

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The snake earring of India

Traditions and cultures in different parts of India have always inspired me, specially those from South India. Each and every villages in South India is having different religious meaning and social significance. In some area we can see a woman wears a particular type of earring as a sign of identity of membership in the defined social group into which she was born, by wearing the specific earring of her community, and by that she continues the tradition of her ancestors.
If we take a look in to different regions of India, we can see man more customs like this.. Actually, a lot.. (there are a lot of history lying over there).. Many of them have extincted or neglected, where some others will follow this fate under the pressure of values of tradition and heritage.
Recently when I was talking to my friend, she told me about this special earring and I really got interested by that.
It is one of the most interesting and conspicuous traditional Indian earring type, which can be found in three far-apart areas of India.
– Orissa in the East
– Tamil Nadu in the South
– Gujarat/Rajasthan in the West.

It is the Snake earring/Pambadam.
It is not certain how long the snake earring have actually been worn by the Indian women, because no antique common jewellery remain due to custom of melting all the ornaments when a person dies. However there are medieval temple sculptures showing earring with cobras, so we can summarize that tribal groups has probably used snake ornaments as long as they have worshiped them.

Sculpture with Pambadam
In Orissa and Gujarat snake earring are called nagulu or nagali from the sanskrit naga – snake. In Tamil Nadu the name pambadam is derived from the Tamil word pamba means snake.
Although the earring name refers to the snake, the shape of the ornament does not resembles the original model much.
Actually now these days the purpose of wearing the snake emblem is forgotten. With different believes, the emblem may stands for snake bite, the wish for fertility and longevity and also indicate  devotion to lord Vishnu.

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Nagali earrings
Bharvad woman wearing nagali earring.
Bharvad woman wearing nagali earring.
Nagalu earring - spirals of thick silver wire end in a flat heart-shaped piece indicating the hood of the cobra
Nagalu earring – spirals of thick silver wire end
in a flat heart-shaped piece indicating the hood of the cobra.
Woman of the Saora tribe wearing a long nagulu in her distended lobe, a habit now almost abandoned due to the change of dressing customs
Woman of the Saora tribe wearing a long nagulu in her distended lobe, a habit
now almost abandoned due to the change of dressing customs

In Tamil Nadu, people carefully avoid speaking disrespectfully of snakes: the cobra is called nalla tambiranthe good lord” or nalla pambu “the good snake”. The snake earrings of South India, pambadam and nagavadura, are the types with the greatest likeness to real cobras. Of the two, nagavadura were mainly worn in the northern parts of the province. They are practically extinct now, while pambadam are still worn and produced in the southern half of Tamil Nadu.

Nagavadura of northern Tamil Nadu
Nagavadura of
northern Tamil Nadu
 Pambadam, the conspicuous earrings of farmers and artisans in southern Tamil Nadu - Gold sheet filled with wax for stability; total weight 20-65 g, gold weight 16 g
Pambadam, the conspicuous earrings of farmers and artisans in southern Tamil
Nadu – Gold sheet filled with wax for stability; total weight 20-65 g, gold weight 16 g

The unique shape of both earring types has caused many attempts at interpretation in the west, from pecking birds to saddles. As goldsmiths in Nagercoil explained to me however, pambadam represent without any doubt a stylised egg-laying cobra, coiled on her nest, her head erect and her hood wide spread.

Cobras are the only snakes known to build a real nest of earth and dead plants for incubating their eggs. The most striking feature of a cobra is the characteristic hood with a distinctive circle pattern which is explained by this story: Kaliya was a poisonous Naga living in the Yamuna River. Once Krishna and the herd-boys were playing together, when their ball fell into the river. Krishna jumped after it while Kaliya rose and attacked him. Krishna at once assumed the weight of the whole universe and, jumping on Kaliya’s head, danced on it defeating the Naga. Kaliya, respecting the greatness of Krishna, surrendered with the promise not to harass anybody in future. So Krishna pardoned him and then let him go free to leave the river.

The circles on the hoods of the cobra are believed to be the footprints left by the divine boy dancing on the heads of the defeated Naga Kaliya. The mark is also supposed to protect the serpent from its archenemy, the bird Garuda. On the “hood” of the pambadam earring, the footprints are always depicted as a large round applique.The cobra wears on its head the mani or precious jewel, which is clearly visible in the earring as a pyramidal knob, while the big balls represent the snake’s eggs.

woman wearing Pambadam.
woman wearing Pambadam.

– Older women in rural ares wear pambadam made of six earrings.
– Ear studs can be kadukkan (single stone)
– Kammal (lotus shaped with rubies or diamonds)
– Jimikki (bell shapped ear drops)
– Lolaakku (eardrops of any design)
– Maattal which is made of gold or pearls and is hooked to the earring and then attach to the hair above the ear.

Nowadays, as part of ‘modernization’ daughters ask their mothers to refain from wearingpambadam, for which distended earlobes are required. Mothers can accordingly sell their earrings and have their distended lobes cut and stitched together for a small hole that can hold a fancy stud only.

Shankarankovil, a small place in South India, pambadam are still regularly made and its possible to watch the process. to have them ready in time, the goldsmith prepares the different elements in advance.

Workshop of a goldsmith making pambadam from thin sheet and pleated gold foil that is molded into ball forms of different size
Workshop of a goldsmith making pambadam from thin sheet and pleated gold foil
that is molded into ball forms of different size

Pleated gold foil is molded in a die of the balls; all flat pieces are cut freehand from the sheet. Even the screws are self-made by twisting wires around a peg. The balls (eggs of the snake) are filled with melting wax through a small opening. Bee’s wax with some chemical additives is used to make long coiled-up threads for filling. Finally, all single parts are assembled and soldered.
Interesting right??
I really wish to watch it..
The demand of pambadam that appear almost like a little cubistic sculpture is reinforced by orders from Europe and America, in a way connecting East and West through the fascination of the mysterious reptiles and their assumed occult power.

See, a simple earring have a lot to tell us.. A lot of history and traditions..
There will be a lot like this which we have never even heard about..
Ya, really a lot.. Let me see, maybe I can help you to know about those…

🙂 🙂 🙂

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That one fear..

Spiders, they creep and crawl all over walls
They have eight legs and eight eyeballs
Hairy, scary, creepy, and freaky
They wander and roam they sure are sneaky

Whenever I see a spider I yelp, shriek, and scream
I see them in my nightmares but not in my dreams
They spin their webs above my head
Spiders are what I dread

Arachnophobia I’ve been told
Is a fear of spiders and a fear that I hold
They disgust, repulse, and absolutely scare me
Spiders are what terrify me I can guarantee

-Isabel Realyvasquez

When I was writing about all my likes and interests, this friend of mine have asked me to write about my fears. And when I hear that, the only thing that came to my mind..
The one thing  I’m scared of from my very childhood, still now..
Without any change..
Its nothing else, but spiders.. I donno from when and why i’m scared of spiders.. But recently my grandma was telling me, ‘poor kid, still how scared she is.. The fear has grown worse with age..’ 😛

Spiders are the worst thing I have ever felt. There is nothing more terrifying to me than a spider and the feeling I get when I see one.

Ya!! I am scared of spiders.. Actually that’s the only thing I’m scared of.. Yes, I am arachnophobic..
I should say its so common among people. Researches show that up to 50% of women and 18% of men suffer from arachnophobia. Severe arachnophobes are so scared of spiders they can’t even bear to look at a picture, and I am one among them.

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“OHMYGOD, there’s a MASSIVE one in the bathroom!” It might not be so massive for others.. I have no clue why the fear of spiders actually causes the spider to appear larger than it really is. Anyway, even if its a small spider it’s scary..

Like many types of phobia, arachnophobia can be triggered by a traumatic incident involving a spider that occurred in the past. In some cases, this can be an event that a sufferer cannot even remember. Anyway, I don’t remember any such incident happen in my live.

My mom always says, ‘its not gonna eat you!’.. I know Yes, I know they are harmless (unless they cause me to have a heart attack!).. Anyway as I am an arachnophobic, I have a lot of spider hunters in the house, because they know if there is a spider somewhere in the house, I wont even get in to the house.. 😛

Anyway, this is all about my fear.. 😀 The only thing I am scared of..
Actually I cant even upload a picture of spider in this, because when I google for the pictures of spiders, its making me so creepy..

So what about you??
What is that one thing that you are scared of??

 

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For those DOPPELGANGERS…

“I’m sorry, you remind me of someone”.. Have you ever told this to anyone???
Its like, you will be having an exact double somewhere in the world. Do you believe that?
Anyway I do..
I do believe in doppelgangers. (I know its crazy)
I know its funny. Actually that word itself sound funny..

Yup!! Doppelganger..

Who all know what it is??
In German, the word Doppelganger means,  “Double Walker”. In fiction and folklore, doppelganger is pictured as one who nearly or completely resembles another- but with no biological relation. Believed to be an omen of death if one was ever to see their Doppelganger.
There are a lot of accounts of doppelgangers in history, but most of it was paranormal.
http://paranormal.about.com/od/humanenigmas/tp/doppelgangers.htm check this link for the records. In literature, doppelgangers describes with sinister, demonic qualities, or more like an evil twin.
But for me, its just simple. Someone that looks the exact same as another person yet not a twin. Or someone just like your clone. Everyone has a twin somewhere out there. And in my life i have came through some like that.. The exact clone of someone.

But still, I have not find my doppelganger..  As I have mentioned above, it is death if we see our doppelganger.. I don’t believe in that..

Anyway, I’m waiting to see my doppelganger and I really do believe we’ll meet one day 😉
What about you??
🙂 🙂 🙂

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The Birthday Candles

When you were a kid, actually not only as a kid, still you must be doing that..
Candles-on-the-cake thing for Birthdays..
All knows how it goes..Someone pots the exact number of little “birthday candles” on the cake which are then lit, and then everyone will sing the jolly “Happy Birthday To You”. At this point, you’ve wracked your brains for the very best wish you can think of (which i always use to forgot during my birthday because of the excitement 😉 )without discussing it with anyone,
you take a deep breath and blow out the candles…
If you blow them all at once, you get your wish..
Simple!!
(Which is a bit difficult now these days because of the magic candles available in the market now)

blowing birthday candles

We all know that candles can hold prayers and the fire is a great energizer and transformer. This made the old birthday candle rituals a little weak, as far as real juju goes, we came up with new ideas. We are no longer using a bunch of candles, instead one big candle.

Like many a good tradition, the burning of birthday candles started with the ancient Greeks who baked moon shaped honey cakes and decorated them with birthday candles to make the moon appear to glow. They ancient Greeks also believed that the smoke from the birthday candles would carry their offering of honey cake up to the sky to please the Greek Moon Goddess Artemis.

The Europeans continued the tradition of lighting birthday candles in celebration. The birthday candles were sometimes kept burning all day, both as a celebration but also as a way to ward off evil for the year to come. In Germany a single large birthday candle would be placed in the middle of the cake to celebrate the birthday holiday of “Kinderfest”. As well as being part of the celebration, the birthday candle was also believed to ward off evil spirits who were particularly active on a child’s birthday. Kinderfest birthday candles are marked with years one to twelve and only burnt as down enough to mark the child’s age.

Across cultures, there has long been the belief that a wish can be granted when the birthday candles are blown out. Some people believe that all of the birthday candles have to been blown out before the wish can be granted. In other cultures, it is considered bad luck to blow out the birthday candles before the evening meal is eaten.

Many cultures share the tradition of putting an equal number of birthday candles on the cake to the number of years of life being celebrated. Bad news for old timers! In some households, an extra birthday candle is added for luck.

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So, it seems we have the ancient Greeks to thank for starting the tradition, the Europeans for carrying it on, and everyone who ever dimmed the lights and started a chorus of “Happy Birthday” with a birthday cake topped with candles in their hands for taking into the new millennium.

So, let me ask you all… Do you ever know that there are this much history with the birthday candle rituals….

Anyway, today for different reasons we put candles on our birthday cakes. There is still a certain amount of superstition involved as well.  It’s not unusual that the birthday girl or boy must make a wish before blowing out the candles but not tell anyone what it is. If they do tell the wish will not come true. (as always, the wish wont come true when we share it with someone).
If all the candles are blown out in one breath, the wish will come true – again, as long as they didn’t tell anyone what they were wishing.  The candles left on the cake not blown out after one try are how many boyfriends or girlfriends you have.
Ya!! That’s so funny..
I guess you can’t have your wish and have a boyfriend or girlfriend too! 😛 (So better don’t blow out the candle)

So that’s all…
Now, for your next birthday don’t forget these..
Have fun..
🙂 🙂