Alice lusts funky flash drives

The other day, my friend Coop posted this link on my facebook timeline. No prizes for guessing why. Of course the world’s most expensive flash drive had to be a magic mushroom inspired from Alice In Wonderland. After a serious consideration and good laugh, I started looking for funky flash drives in my budget. Not that I need to add to a collection that includes a pink flash drive, an engraved silver one, one that looks like a camera and some regular ones but I looked anyway.

Alice in Wonderland inspired USB drives | via etsy.com/shop/AlicesCuriousities

Alice in Wonderland inspired USB drives | via etsy.com/shop/AlicesCuriousities

How cute are these Alice In Wonderland USB drives I came across on Etsy? Added to my lust list.

Flash drives Its Our Studio offers

Flash drives Its Our Studio offers

So I spoke to my friends over at Its Our Studio for a fix of funky pen drives. I was really pleased with what they had to offer. The tea-pot pen drive, the mix tape USB drive and the beer bottle pen drive were my favourites.

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Poster making | Fascinating thing

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I had the good fortune of meeting poster makers from 3 different eras while researching for my article (Now Showing). One of the most moving facts was this:

When hoardings are disposed, people off the street use them as roofs for their chawls. The irony and visual imagery of the thought always stirs mixed emotions.

It’s pouring cats and dogs today. I guess the thought is befitting.

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Moving on to happier thoughts.

Poster making is being revived in a big way today. While you can obviously frame old movie posters and hang them on walls, they have now found a way on to all things of daily use imaginable.

Speaking of which, one of my friends was extremely kind to do this for me.

Dabangg | Before & After

Aren’t I going to have fun with this image? Watch out for my custom-made Dabangg merchandise coming your way. :)

If you could put your face on a movie poster, which would it be and why?
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Raksha Bandhan Celebrations | Of timeless art forms

So, there is always this confusion regarding my caste and religion.
Because in India, so many distinctions exist, they are bound to merge.

By caste, I would be Kutchi (i.e. hailing from the Kutch district of Gujarat).
My family follows the religion of Jainism.
On both counts, I belong to a minority.
Except when you consider the larger region I come from, i.e. Gujarat.
We have an abundant population all over the world. ;)

Raksha Bandhan is a festival celebrated throughout India,
popularized primarily by the North.
Essentially, it is a day of celebration for brothers and sisters.

Sisters tie rakhis (a holy thread if you may) on their brothers’ wrists.
They do so in exchange for a lifetime of protection.
The exchange is sweetened with both feeding one another mithais
(traditional Indian sweets).

The brothers unite

In the city of Mumbai, everything can be made commercial.
We like to have fun with our rakhis.
As our brothers seem to enjoy toys and animals more than traditonal symbols.

While scrambling for something different is always a task.
We came across these paper quilled rakhis at an exhibiton.

Greeting card

A little bit of research on paper quilling will tell you all about its origin,
historical transition and popularity, even in today’s day and time.

What I find most interesting though is how modern rakhi-makers integrate all these art forms into making rakhis. The mere transference of the art form generates interest in the user and receiver.

Another art form I am extremely fond of is greeting card creation.

Hence, in a matter of minutes, I whipped up a greeting card
to be sent to my cousin brother residing abroad (picture above).

This excerpt from Vikram Seth’s ‘A Suitable Boy’ [edited] , you might enjoy:

Mrs Rupa Mehra glanced in a cursory manner over her piles of old … cards before returning to the birthday roses. She took out a small pair of scissors from the recesses of her great black handbag. … Eight years of the deprivation of small luxuries could not reduce her for the sanctity of the … greeting. In fact she enjoyed the challenge of making … cards. Scraps of cardboard, shreds of ribbon, lengths of coloured paper, little silver stars and adhesive golden numerals lay in a variegated trove at the bottom of the largest of her three suitcases, and these were now pressed into service. …

“It’s not a standard greeting | For just one joyful day | But a wish that’s meant to cover | Life’s bright and shining way – “

Greeting cards today are extremely fancy sitting pretty in large air-conditioned shops. The only element, they miss perhaps, is a personal touch. Nothing speaks better in a greeting than your own voice.

Speaking of such nice traditions, the rakhi tying is accompanied by a ritual.

The sister paints a tikka/tilak on the brother’s forehead,
and consequently decoartes it with chokha.
They exchange blessings and good wishes. Of course, gifts are included.

Thali/Tray preparation for Raksha Bandhan

If all these aspects had an important role to play in the celebration.
How could the ensemble not be important?

In keeping with the spirit of tradition and cultural roots,
I picked an ensemble dad brought from Kutch especially for me.
The embroidery on the kurta is perhaps
the work of a local Muslim ‘karigar’,
Although it has the remnants of the handicraft so popular in the region.
The brocade border on the hem is popular even now.

My traditional ensemble

I’m extremely fond of costume jewellery as I find it more dynamic, innovative and less heavy on the pocket as compared to real jewellery.

Earring

Like all things I like, create and have fun with, everything featured in the post was custom-made.
I always come across various people who have a creative bent of mind.
For more details, please leave your feedback and queries in the comments section. You also know how to reach me via email (alicewandering25@gmail.com)

Do you celebrate Raksha Bandhan? How do you celebrate it? Would you like to know more? Are you interested in the traditions and festivals of India?