<I wrote this in 2011 and never bothered publishing it. CraftCanvas has come a long way and I was just happy to look back>
It is my birthday week and the time of the year when I usually want to take stock of life. The rest of the year just goes by with the million things that I do and plan to do that the real things really get mixed up.The big things need to be planned and written down somewhere.
2010 was all about exploring life. I’ve always wanted to travel. But apart from places where work took me, it was just too difficult to get away anywhere. This year, I’ve traveled every month (even twice in some months) to places that are sometimes hard to find, even on a map!
Bangalore as a destination was all about friends. But this year, I visited an 100 year old workshop in Ulsoor and discovered the place where the demon gods are made.
Enjoyed some simple pleasures in life by watching a puppet show with handmade leather puppets.
Drove to no man’s land to hear the chisels at work.
Was enchanted by the massive forts in Rajasthan and the intricate weaves of Salawas’ dhurries.
Stepped into the breaktakingly beautiful Thanjuvur temple and stepped onto the simple beauty of handmade Athangudi tiles.
Witnessed devotion at its peak in the Rath yatra at Puri and marvelled at the wonder called Pattachitra.
Was humbled by the living conditions of one of the award winning artisans in our country. Dushasan Behera lives a difficult life in Dhenkanal, Orissa, yet manages to create stunning pieces of art.
Was inspired by a bunch of enterprising women who conquered the tsunami.
A year of exploration, one of learning, one that grounded me and the one that I would live many times over. But it is time to move on, to act on what is learnt, to create a platform to learn more and to prepare for the next year.
A big year is coming my way and I am already looking forward to it!