Lamps are objects that have always fascinated me… This picture is of an arrangement of my favourite lamps that I lit on Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, this year. The taller lamps are typically South Indian brass lamps called Nilavillakku…the smaller ones are the traditional earthen ones.
It was a stormy night and so I could not light them outside the house..
You get to choose one gift — no price restrictions — for any person you want. The caveat? You have to give it anonymously. What gift would you give, and to whom?
I love giving gifts and so being a Secret Santa is something I would really enjoy… In fact one of my friends once said he had never known someone who loved giving gifts, as much as, if not more, than receiving gifts! Giving it anonymously spoils the fun in a way, because the joy of gifting is best rewarded by the smile of delight on the receivers face or at least in knowing that you made him /her /them happy.
We’re entering the final days of 2014 — how did you do on your New Year’s resolutions these past 11.75 months? Is there any leftover item to be carried over to 2015?
Let me at the outset confess I don’t really make New Year resolutions that resolutely. So there wasn’t much “stocktaking” to be done right now. Oh I do make a few resolutions all through the year with deadlines of the following week , month and so on. But I have forgotten the time I last made a New Year resolution in all earnestness for the New Year per se.