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Sunday, May 26, 2013

DIM: Fingerprint painting on bowls

I am bored. And when I am bored, I am restless. I need to do things. I would have loved to make more jewelry, or pimp a tee shirt by adding some sequins to it. However I have not found a place where I could go and find all the materials I need for that. So in the meantime, I am doing things with materials that is easy to find.
I saw a nice little project on Pinterest a while back. A woman painted on some glasses using her fingertips. I have been dying to recreate it. So yesterday, I went to the supermarket and picked up some paint and a set of ice cream bowls. The truth is I wanted to pick those items up a while back and even did put them on my basket just to back out at the last moment. Anyway, this time, I bought them and what do you know, the set of 6 ice cream bowls was marked downed from 150 rupees to 79 rupees. The entire thing with the paint cost me like 119 rupees (a steal if you ask me).

 This morning, I went on my task. I found a fish plate that I never use to lay out the 6 colors of paints (red, blue, yellow, green, white and black). Then I lay newspapers on the table to protect it against the paint. Then using my index finger, I applied different colors of paints on the bowls. The later already had indented circles on them, so it was easy to paint dots. It does not take too much time to apply the paint on all the bowls, maybe 15 minutes. I had to redo some because the paint I put kind of dripped. I just wiped them with a tissue dipped in water. Now, I am going to dry them outside in the sun. On the label of the paint, it says that once it dries, it cannot be removed. I hope it is the case because I intend to use these bowls for ice creams or snacks.

The set of 6 colors paint

The fish plate where I mix the paint

The final look

In reality, I wished I was inspired to do one project a day, small simple projects like the one above, can keep my mind and body occupied. I can do so many things, or learn new skills. It may not translate into making money but it will stop me from going mad out of boredom.

Next project: sequined or beaded tee or something much easier and less time consuming.

PS: if you have children, it would be great to make them do fingerprint painting. My younger son is obsessed with his hand and foot prints.  I am sure he would have a blast using the paint but maybe on paper instead of glass.

PS 2: After drying the bowls, I used them and washed them. Turns out that the paint washes away with water. So as beautiful as the bowls look on picture, they are back to being glass again. I did my research on the Net, and apparently I need to buy glass paint and probably baked the final project in the oven so that the paint stays. I will do it as soon as I find a place to buy all the materials I need. That is why I hate moving, you have to start all over, in this case find a material supply store.

Item Numbers

Do you know what an item number is? Well if you watch Bollywood movies you may have an idea. If not, let me try and explain. Item numbers are sexy (often raunchy) songs danced by a sexy Bollywood actress in the middle of a Bollywood movie. We all know that in Bollywood movies, actors often break into singing super long songs for no reasons, there is the hero (or heroin) song, the love song and then the item song. Usually the later does not have anything to do with the plot of the movie. It is often a scene from a night club or a gentlemen's club (not to say strip club) where a girl with doubtful reputation sings and dances for the hero or bad guy.  
I have been hooked on item songs recently after watching Dabangg, a funny cop movie. They had a very upbeat item number that got stuck in my head. Now, I enjoy my fair share of Bollywood songs but there is something different about items songs. For one they make the perfect workout song as they are often fast and high tempo. The moves in the song are also very sexy and involve using a lot of hips, thighs, breasts and belly. Think a mixture between belly dance and zumba. Needless to say that after dancing to one of these songs, you get a full workout (they are very long: 5 minutes).
The other thing that I like about the songs is that the video is very colorful. From the outfits to the sets, everything is designed to be appealing to the viewer. Usually the actress who performs the song is wearing a belly bearing tight blouse and a Lehenga or sari in colorful fabric often upgraded with sequins and beads. In one song, she often changes outfit two to three times.  It makes for a rather enjoyable sight.
Finally item songs are sexy, and even though I am not a man, I enjoy watching women swing their hips and show their curves.  It gives me ideas on how to become sexy myself. They give me a goal to go out and try and obtain such a body and the confidence that goes with it. They are an inspiration.
Nevertheless item numbers have been very controversial recently after the wake of the Delhi gang rape. Some say that they incite men to rape women and they want something to be done about it from now on (either censor the lyrics or not have them at all). I think that they are wrong. Men may masturbate after seeing Katrina Kaif perform Sheila Ki Jewani but I doubt they will go on and rape the first woman they see. Watching a raunchy video has never pushed anyone to go rape. If that was the case, we will have millions of rape cases around the world and stars like Beyonce, Rihanna to name a few will be solely responsible. Rape is never about sex (or lust) but rather about power and abuse. Men who rape do not have a strong sexual urge, but rather want to dominate a woman by forcing themselves on her. I may be wrong because I am no expert but I think that censoring item numbers is not the solution to the problem. Educating people about sex, about what is right and wrong and implementing strong punishments for the perpetrators is key.
Now how this post turn from item numbers to giving solutions for rapes in India, I have no idea, but here I leave you with my favorite item number at the moment:
Munni Badnaam Hui. Tell me what you think?
If you want to take a look at more Item numbers, here is a list of my fave:
Fevicol se
Chikni Chameli
Are Pritam Pyare (loooooovvve the outfits)
Chamak Challo
All can be found on Youtube. Enjoy!

My new shopping experience : Fairs

I have been in India for almost 5 months now. I am finding my footing although recent events had plunged me into a small depression. I was feeling powerless and kept asking GOD the power to let me accept things I could not change. Now, before you worry, it was nothing major but still I felt frustrated. I am not sure I am there yet but I hope that the worse is behind me. Letting go is never easy but sometimes it helps you reached peace of mind.
Now there are things I have power over here like shopping. Although, I have to say that I am not really satisfied. Pune is a small city but it has many malls that have name brands that can satisfy shopping addicts like myself. However there is no rapport between quality and price. I find that the finer things are often overpriced, and the not so fine things are cheap. It is almost hard to find something nice for a reasonable price. I am cheap shopper and although Japan was expensive I could find great deals at places like Gap, Zara and H&M or at thrift shops. But here, I hesitate to enter Zara because it seems so overpriced. And there are no Gap or H&M in my city. 
Another problem I experience is that I cannot find my style here. For example, right now I am craving for a maxi dress but I looked everywhere without success. It is not that they are not (I found a cute flowery one at Next) any around, but it is just that they are way too expensive for me. 

Maybe I am looking at the wrong places. I am sure things maybe cheaper at markets and such. I have to go explore places like MG road, Laxmi and FC road. The problem I have with markets is that they are often messy. You cannot find a decent place to park and there is no air conditioning or cover to protect you under the heat. You may look for hours for something you want without finding it. And what are the chances of finding a fitting room. Nevertheless, I am willing to give them a try because I cannot stay in this shopping rut for long (although my hubby may enjoy it). It is not that bad as I found alternative in shops like Max, Central or Reliance trends. The products although for a younger market, are trendy and very affordable. I can see myself wearing many tops and some shorts dresses from those shops. The Indian wear is also very diversified. 

The thing that I enjoy the most about Pune when it comes to shopping is fairs. Once a month (or more) a fair will open somewhere in the city, whether on college ground or at a hotel. Vendors selling arts, crafts, jewelry, furniture, clothes will come from all India to gather in Pune. The fairs usually last a week or two. The week ends are packed but there are almost nobody during the week. We have been to three fairs already and bought good stuff like my bed cover from Gujarat or garden lounging chairs. I enjoy those fairs because they allow me to travel without moving. I get to discover new things and let me tell you that people in India are talented and creative. If you are into Indian arts and crafts, those fairs are a good place to start. First of all they are not that expensive (compared to shops around town like the Bombay store), plus you get to bargain (I am sure being a Firangi, a foreigner, I will always pay a bit higher than Indians but it does not hurt to bargain). The sellers are also very friendly and like to start a conversation about their art. 
If you are around town this week, there is a fair on handicrafts going on at B.J. medical college ground in Camp. 

Scarf- random 100 yen store in AEon Honmoku
Lacy top - random shop in Ishikawacho (now closed)
Dress- Ross
Bag - Daiso
Shoes - Sahara Fair in Pune

My new sandal bought at a random shop during the Sahara fair in Camp Pune. They were only 100 rupees (around $2) 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Mixing it up!

Hello everyone
How are you all doing? Me I am fine considering that I drowning here. India is tougher that I thought but I am not going to let her drown me. I will fight back. It is just that right now, I may have lost a battle or two. I will regroup and come back with better strategies.
Anyway, another struggle for me is to find something that fit in my closet after gaining so much weight. I have to say that although I love all my clothes, I have a strong urge to just ditch them and find some new ones that fit. Anyway, today was a good day as I found something I liked and fit (kind of) in my closet. 
Here is what I wore:

Scarf - gift from my Dad
Shirt - H&M men
Tank top - can't remember
Skirt - Tailor made back home
Shoes - Ross
Bag - Random store in Harajuku
Accessories - somewhere in Japan

I have been dying to recreate this mixed print look ever since I saw it on the Stella Jean collection. Well, I did not go the crazy way and mixed prints of different colors. I am not that fashionable. I just mixed two prints that have the same color palette. It is easier on the eye and less scary. 

Mixing prints seems to be very common in here. Women wear from two to three different prints in one Kurta. It is very edgy and cute at the same time. I am not really sure that it is for me but I am willing to try it out.

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