Saturday, October 23, 2010
These blankets are made from collected scraps of material by migrant construction workers. They are usually quite a common sight around a building under construction where they hang colourfully on grey cement. The dash dash dash of the stitches adds to the pattern made by the squares of coloured material.
Look at the stitches on the green underside of the blanket in the second picture. Isn't it fascinating how the women have layered the most mundane scraps of material to make something beautiful? The printed bedsheets sold at big stores don't look half this good.
Remember that the women who make these blankets are also part of the invisible workforce that is building Namma Metro.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
It is difficult to know what to do with so much happiness.
With sadness there is something to rub against,
a wound to tend with lotion and cloth.
When the world falls in around you, you have pieces to pick up,
something to hold in your hands, like ticket stubs or change.
But happiness floats.
It doesn’t need you to hold it down.
It doesn’t need anything.
Happiness lands on the roof of the next house, singing,
and disappears when it wants to.
You are happy either way.
~excerpt from So Much Happiness by Naomi Shihab Nye
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Skinned cat - the remnants of Cindy
Her reincarnation as a Trumpet flower
Yes, I was just kidding about the first picture. Those are the seeds of a Baobab plant according to my gardener. He's planted them just now, so let's see what happens.
But you have to admit, it does look like the remnants of a Cat.