Tuesday, February 26

Zha" / "ழ" CAFE REVIEW

      Chennai bloggers club meet is always special.The thought of meeting all the fun filled, like minded,blogger friends makes me to skip even the important meetings,and other commitments so that i could have my presence in the crowd with zeal and zest.After the Veeks and Thomas meet This time the Meet was organized in "Zha" cafe or "ழ" cafe for the CBC books exchange mela.

credits: Bragadeesh
      Well  when i first herd the name i thought it was "jha" cafe. And was not expecting it to be anything great or different from the usual cafe, where one thinks anything can happen over a cup of coffee.

     It looks quite normal from the road and one will have to check the cafe board twice to confirm if its a coffee shop, as it is a heritage home that has been converted to a cafe. But once you step in ,the huge aiyanar statue welcomes you with a sword in one hand and a shield in the other.The first tamizh cafe in chennai may be.It has a strong cultural presence.


As you enter this cafe what draws your attention is the fact that lot of creativity has gone into designing the interiors - it is very charming indeed.The entrance with its traditional doors and the ceilings with its wooden frames adds to the cultural touch.


And like any nice tea joint it offers the right amount of privacy and openness.There are rooms where in the table is in the format of a snakes and ladders game, and yet another like a boat.Each room has its own unique decor,like the pots hanging from the ceilings,.Different themed rooms, like Cinema, Snake and Ladder room, very beautiful interiors for the Hall-kinda room, and u also have seating in the Backyard (Which we used for the book exchange mela).There is also a letter box along with personalized post cards where you can drop in snail mails to your loved ones.

Gives you an "at home" and a peaceful atmosphere.A perfect place for a group meet as they even took the chairs and made us all to be seated on the floor comfortably. One room represents Kerala with seat made as a boat house, another gives an office atmosphere, another with cushions layed down where you can sit and chat with your friends and also watch TV which is present in almost all the rooms.

 The games present in one room like Pallanguzhi, paramapadam, marappachi bommais, the music - everything has a strong Thamizh stamp.

The cbc meet in zha cafe with delicious pastries,yummy chocolates(brought by sanjeeta and prashanth resp), along with loads of love and warmth from the blogger friends made the day wonderful and memorable.:)


Sunday, February 17


           Every time I go to a musical concert(classical) i wonder how this beautiful art-form was formed.
How were so many Ragas formed of just the seven basic notes?? And what are SA RI GA MA PA DA NI ??? and how were they formed???
          I got all these questions answered by my grandmother who explained me how everything was formed. So here is the piece of information that i am sharing here.

      During Pralaya,the great deluge,the Vedas flowed out of Brahma's mouth and fell into the sea.Brahma panicked.How could he create without the Vedas?? He went to lord Vishnu seeking for help. So,Vishnu took the form of fish(Matsya avatar,the first avatar of lord Vishnu  because he had to dive into the ocean to find the Vedas.
      After the Vedas were retrieved Brahma began working on creation again.The Vedas were four in number,RIG,YAJUR ,SAMA ,ATHARVANA. Out of these SAMA Veda was and is still being sung.The story of music all began with the Sama veda. But it was totally different from what we sing now. There were oly 3 notes in the beginning.

      There were only RI- Rishabha,NI- Nishadha,SA-Shadja. Gradually the other notes arrived.First was GA and DA and then Ma and PA.

       The seven had now joined to form a musical scale,perhaps the first in the musical history of mankind.First there was SA,NI,RI, then GA and DA and finally MA and PA. This is known as SARGAM, which is singing the notes instead of the words.

Monday, February 11

DIY-Make you old shoe new again

No matter how much you love heels, everyone needs a great pair of flats now and then.I’m so excited about how these  Ballerina Flats turned out. This was one of those DIY’s that just came together, as I was making them. The rich deep blue is just dreamy!.
Do not throw away your old flats, let your creativity flow in and make them shine like new ones.


1.Your old ballerina shoes(i almost threw away my old ones)
2.spray paint or ordinary paints
3.paint brush

 In case you want to make it more decorative make a bow from satin ribbon and hot glue  it to your ballerinas..!

1.Take your old ballerina and paint it in your desirable color.(I choose blue). Make sure you cover the sole of the shoe with paper. You can also spray paint it.

2.let this dry for a day completely before you add in a satin bow or even make it a peep colored ballerina.

3.To make peep colored shoes follow the step 1 and 2 and paint the toe are in a contrast color.

4.Here i made it simple with just adding polka dots to the shoe,and this is how it looks after adding the polka dots.

Now is it not super easy!???? try your shoe remake today!..:)

Monday, February 4

DIY-Glass painting.

  Arts and crafts has always been one of my favorite hobbies, and when you do it all by yourself it gives you such a pleasure. :) Doing your own stuffs from scrap,or torn cloths or even waste materials turns out to be such beautiful items that you can proudly display in your living room or your balcony or literally anywhere..:)

2013 has started with a crafty note for me!! So i thought,you not put up a post on all these simple DIY items that can be used as give away or even as personalized gifts..:).

My first post here in DIY series is the simple glass painting.

This may seem tough but i must say its really easy and worth making it.:)

Things needed: paint
2.Tracing sheet
3.A picture of your choice

How to do?

1. Take the transparent glass  (size-your wish) and make sure it is clean.(as i used the glass that was in my loft not used for years,i had to clean it) 

2.With the help of the tracing sheet,trace a picture of your choice and keep it ready.

3.Now, keep the tracing sheet on one side of the glass,and turn the glass so that you can see the image on the other side.

4.With the help of the glass out liner(which will be available in the glass painting kit) start tracing the image on the glass.

5.Once you are done with tracing the image,let it dry for few hours(i let it dry for a day)

6.Now you have a glass with the outline of your favorite image,all that is left is just filling in the glass colours.

7.once you have filled in the colours,let it dry for few hours and then give a quote of varnish over the paint.
lord Ganesha

8.Now your beautiful glass painting is all ready to be framed :)