Nutana Samvatsara Subhakanshalu

Ugadi pachadi    

                   I wish all my readers a fruitful year filled with riches. Today is Ugadi, it marks the beginning of a new year in the Hindu Lunar calendar, with the change in the moons orbit. It heralds the season of spring, of flame of the forest, jasmine, neem flowers and mangoes spreading their clean and pure fragrances in the sweet air. The entrance of the house is decorated with garlands made of fresh mango leaves. Ugadi pachadi (chutney) is made with raw mango, coconut, banana slices, neem flowers, new jaggery and tamarind. This contains all the 6 tastes (sweet, sour,salty, pungent, astringent and bitter) to remind us that life is a mixture of all rasas, pain and pleasure, failure and success, tears and joy…..  and that all experiences have to be savoured equally and be accepted with good grace. It actually tastes quite delicious, given that the jaggery (sweet) taste is put more than the bitter(neem flowers) and the pungent(chilli) taste is completely omitted these days! 


Flame of forest flowers – Beginning of Realisation

Mango flowers – Nature’s Hope for Realisation

Jasmine – Purity


Realisation is … when something for which you are aspiring becomes real to you; e.g. you have the idea of the Divine in all, but it is only an idea, a belief; when you feel or see the Divine in all, it becomes a realisation.



In a more deep and spiritual sense a concrete realisation is that which makes the thing realised more real, dynamic, intimately present to the consciousness than any physical thing can be.




                   Well, the new year started out with me buying a new camera battery charger…. coming to the conclusion after several days of search that my son put it in the garbage when not looking..

                    This is what I have painted these two days. The orange yellow mango color is my favourite color (blue being my least favourite) its a mix of indian yellow and translucent orange. The indian yellow of the chunni which is actually quite vivid appears pale compared to the orange yellow. The shadow colors are the same as the ones in the previous mixtures.



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