Monday, August 22, 2016

Buddha Decor Ideas


Gautam Buddha, a founder of Buddhism,
 the middle way that is away from the extreme self-indulgence and extreme self-mortification. With his infinite wisdom, Buddha gave to us eightfold path to gradually attain the Nibbana, ultimate peace or the final goal of our life. I find his teachings quite practical for the householders like you and me who can't go and live in the forest in search of peace and to attain enlightenment. I strongly believe that if we follow, his teachings can lead us to the place where there is no more desires, no more distractions and no more unsatisfactoriness. Such is the power of his aura that just by looking at his pleasant smiling face and half-closed eyes one can feel the tranquillity. So why not incorporate Buddha in home decor and find that ultimate peace in your own home.

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There are no hard and fast rules or guidelines to create Buddha vignette or zen spots. What creates the magical effect is Buddha statue itself. Place it anywhere and you can feel the peace and positive energy emanating from it.

It's Not About The Number Of Buddha Statues: 
Trust me you don't need a number of Buddha statues to create zen spots in your home (though the more the merrier). Play with your imaginations and let that creative juices flow to create that perfect Buddha vignettes even with single Buddha statue. I have quite a few Buddha statues and try to make the most out of them. This turquoise Buddha bust in below image is a gift from my younger sister. This Buddha bust itself has so calming effect on me that nothing more is needed to create a zen spot.

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Add Some Flowers:
Though to enhance the beauty of Buddha vignette I placed some fresh flowers close to Buddha. Flowers add cheerfulness and remind us that what we have today may be gone tomorrow. 

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Light The Candles: 
A tealight or candle can be used to make it a heartwarming sight. A light that reminds us that the purpose of human life is to serve and to be a light to enlighten others.

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The Rudraksha rosary or mala is an addition to make the Buddha vignette more serene. Rudraksha beads have the power to absorb negativity and hence make the surrounding pure and positive.  
While shooting for this article I got some really amazing views of setting sun that made the images uncontrived and even more captivating. The image below is one such perfectly shot picture when the timing, angle, exposure and everything else was just perfect. 

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Mind The Colours:
Second Buddha I have is this terracotta Buddha head which I painted in gold to give it an erroneous perception of brass. Gold paired with copper never fails to create the super luxe and happy combination. I love the contrasting qualities of both the metals. Copper gives the rustic feel and gold adds the touch of elegance. Mantra to create the pulled together Buddha vignette is to colour coordinate at least two or three different decor accessories and use one or two decor accents in contrasting colour.
In below image, blue wall is setting a perfect contrasting backdrop for yellow and orange blooms placed in the copper pot which are colour coordinated with cushion. Add some greens to complete the look.

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If you are using too many contrasting colours then try to create a balance by using a decor piece that has either few or all of those contrasting colours in it.
In below image, the artwork in the background is creating a colour cohesive look as it has the green of the stained glass vase, the teal of the bird cage and the fuchsia of the flowers. Balancing act you see!!

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Let The Creative Juices Flow:
I am prone to get bored of the same look and feel of the decor accessories around my home. Solution to this problem is, I change the look of that object by painting it in a different colour. And that's what I did with my terracotta Buddha. I painted it white.
Sometimes absence of all the colours (well I am talking about pigments and not the light) make the purest form of colour, white!! And white creates the most peaceful Buddha vignette. Try to create all white Buddha vignette and it will leave you spellbound. 

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Intoxicating Aroma Is Essential Too:
Pleasant aroma evokes the senses and affects the brain. Surround yourself with some delightful fragrances in any form like aroma candles, reed diffusers, incense sticks or fragrant flowers to be more energetic, relaxed, calm and happy throughout the day and incorporating it in Buddha vignette is even more blissful.

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The addition of fragrant flowers has a relaxing effect on mind and body. It is a natural way to evoke the state of well-being. 
And here is one more Buddha that I have, a brass Buddha head that I often use to create flatlays. 

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Create Flatlays:
Flatlay is a term that is doing the rounds on Instagram for a while now. It is actually a picture taken from a bird's eye view to remove a sense of depth. Choose a beautiful background for the flatlay like a beautiful textile or a painting or a patterned paper or even a tile and place the objects that look eye pleasing from the top along with Buddha head. 

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Here is one more flatlay, a simple one with minimum objects. Natural light is making all the difference here. 

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Change The Look And Change The Spot:
Sometimes moving some stuff around can totally shift the energy in your house. If the Buddha figure was in living room earlier then try to change the spot and move it to foyer or garden or any other place to completely change the look and feel.
The resin Buddha in below image is again a gift from my younger sister. For the first few months, I kept it in my living room and when I wanted to see some change, I shifted this Buddha to beautify my garden.

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When changing the spot doesn't work anymore, it's time to change the look of the Buddha Statue. The Buddha statue below is the same resin Buddha you have seen in above picture. I transformed it and gave it a completely new look. Now it has taken the centre stage in my living room again. 

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With some tealights and my handpainted pot, this Buddha is enhancing the beauty of my living room infinitely. 

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It was wonderful putting together this blog for you all. I hope you liked the simple tips and Buddha vignettes that I love to create around my home quite often. Let me know your views, I am all ears
!!
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Friday, August 5, 2016

Studio Apartment Tour: Kavita Shanbhag

How have you been my favorite people? 
I am back to blogging after a short hiatus. I was in need of a digital detox vacation with my family and my dear parents. And the best thing is, I planned it and executed it. It was quite satisfying and rejuvenating vacation. Now I have the home tours lined up for this month. And today on 3D you will get to learn how you can make use of every inch of space in a tiny apartment. Today's guest is joining us from Mumbai, a city where you can't imagine owning a dwelling with different rooms for everything. Kavita owns a studio apartment in Mumbai and sharing how she turned the house into a home.

Kavita is a special educator trained to teach children with special needs. She is an activist in the Rehabilitation field, founder & managing trustee of ChildRaise Trust empowering children & adults with special needs. She is a creative head of  www.childraise.com, writer on disability related issues.
I would like to share that Kavita has provided a toll-free disability helpline number1800-22-1203 so that you can share it with people who need any such assistance or guidance. 
Now let's take a look at her well organized and beautifully decorated studio apartment in Mumbai.

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Describe your home in just a few words:
Kavita: My Home is my Haven & Heaven!

Whether your house is an apartment or a villa, its area and no. of rooms:

Kavita: We have three apartments in the same society in Matunga, Mumbai. Till my son got married 
we used to stay in 1 BHK flat. Handing over the bigger flat to the young couple, we, the senior 
couple moved to a cozy 225 square feet studio apartment in the adjacent reconstructed building. 


Tell us about yourself, your family and location:
Kavita: Hi!! Kavita Shanbhag here. Our close family consists of me, my husband Devrai (who started Lily Caterers, handed over his flourishing business to his team to manage & now a passionate traveller). His blog Devooswanderings is a place where he shares his travel experiences. My daughter is a veterinary doctor. she is married & resides in downtown Toronto with her engineer husband. My son is a market analyst, recently got married to a Sales Tax officer. 
For all three of us (me, my daughter & DIL), our careers being not from art field, doing handicraft, decorating, reading about art, designing & decorating gives us the creative happiness. We are a close-knit family, live and enjoy life with our extended family & a fantastic bunch of pretty interesting friends. 


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We are fortunate to live in a very central place like Matunga Road (Western Line) in Mumbai. 
You will love it for the sheer fact that it is just 225 square feet at Matunga Road (west), Mumbai . And how we have made the most of every square foot. 
Previously, after returning from US my daughter, Preeti,  who is a veterinary doctor stayed in this cosy flat till her marriage and moving to Toronto. She designed the whole place. The first few snaps are when only she was staying there & used to run a home bakery unit as a hobby & passion.


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Images that you see below are when Kavita with her husband moved into this tiny apartment and decorated it . 

What’s your decorating style:
Kavita: I don’t think mine can be named as any style by any standards. But I think I try to do maximum with minimum!

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Where do you get the inspiration from:

Kavita: My inspiration in life has been my Mother. I admire her for her enthusiasm to do DIY greeting cards, writing small poems etc., giving personal touches to her home at the young age of 91. Since childhood, I have been watching her putting in her best efforts making four walls into a Home! I also like to browse design blogs like yours, design/ interior magazines, websites, sharing ideas with like-minded friends, love to visit people & see how they keep/decorate their homes, decor shops.


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Which is your favorite spot in your home and why:

Kavita: My Mini Grill Garden! Love to have hot chai sitting on the granite bench & read a book with our pet cats Figo & Mia near me. It is just so calming!

When we moved in the studio apartment it was similar to like answering questions like “if you are stranded on an island what are the few things you would like to have”. So it was just the necessities & few aesthetic cute tiny little things around them. Exception- my husband’s dream recliner was on sale & he had to have it despite it being so huge. I didn’t want to oppose because that is the only furniture/décor thing he has ever wanted in the house besides of course his cookware. Secondly, it also serves as an extra couch/bed when fully opened. I think he will be flattered if that is called a statement piece.  Otherwise, mostly plants in different pots, shells, photographs, candle stands, fridge magnets from our various travels, the fabric blinds add the colour to my home.

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What are your hobbies:
Kavita: Music, drama, watching movies, writing, any art form and yes travelling with my hubby.

Please give your valuable advice to décor enthusiast 3D readers:
Kavita: Go on arranging & rearranging till your eyes & heart tell you, “Yes...this is it!”

I hope you enjoyed this tour and got to learned some tips & tricks to decorate small spaces when you don't have the luxury to toss everything into a spare room. Thanks Kavita for sharing images of your beautiful home with us. We wish you love, luck & sunshine!!
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What coming up next!! Stay tuned, it's a post on "Buddha Decor Ideas". Have a lovely weekend ahead!




Friday, July 22, 2016

Home Tour: Chandra Kargupta

Hello world!! 

I know I had disappeared from the blogland for a few weeks but don't worry, I am back again with a promised home tour of the month. Chandra and Siddhartha Kargupta, the proud owners of the home are allowing us to take a peek inside their home which is a true reflection of India in London.

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Let me first introduce Chandra to you. She is north Indian classical and semi-classical vocalist and she also manages Wimbledon Library in London. When she shared a link to her website with me and told me about her passion for music and home decor, I knew that I am getting to know an extraordinary person.
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I clicked the link she shared right away and would you believe that I listened to the Indian classical music for the first time and I am glad that I did. spent a good amount of time listening to Indian classical songs sung by Chandra. Among Dadra-Ghiri ghiri ayee, Bhairavi, Thumari and Pilu, Thumari has become my favorite. I could sense the presence of goddess Saraswati in Chandra's voice. If you dear readers wish to listen to the classical songs sung by Chandra then here is the link for you www.chandrachakraborty.info
Here is a tete-a-tete with Chandra as she shows us thoughtfully curated corner of her home and tells us the stories behind every object and a heart touching story of her marriage. 


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Describe your home in just a few words:
Chandra: "Home is where the art is."
I meditate and practice my music in the morning and you can smell the lovely incense as soon as you enter. Visitors always say that they feel very relaxed at my house. I travel a lot for my concerts and collect items directly from handicraft workers. Rino, Tom and Jerry’s unconditional love takes the whole day’s stress away as soon as we walk in through the door. We love our home. 


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Whether your house is an apartment or a villa:
Chandra: It is a detached house with 4 bedrooms.

Tell us about yourself, your family and location:
Chandra: We are originally from Kolkata. I was like an adopted daughter of great Indian Classical Music maestro Pt A Kanan and Smt. Malabika Kanan and was a research scholar at Kolkata Sangeet Research Academy since I was 12 years old. Guruma arranged my marriage at the early age of 18 with Siddhartha, who was also like their son. When we got married, Sid was only 23. However, Guruma Smt Malabika Kanan was in support of an early marriage and thought if I get married to someone else, then my music may be ruined but because Sid was also a music lover, sings extremely well and considered Guruji and Ma as his second parent, getting married to him would be ideal. I and Siddhartha basically grew up together and supported each other in every stage of life and I don’t regret getting married so early. There is an age difference of 19 years between me and my son so I enjoy being his mother (when required) and being his best friend. After marriage, I continued with my study as well as music and used to go to guruji’s house every morning and come back at night. We moved to Johannesburg in 1996 due to Sid’s work and I also started working there as the principle vocal teacher of the Indian Consulate and later joined Witwatersrand University as a lecturer of music. We moved to London in 2000 and currently British Citizen.  We live in Sutton, Surrey. 20 min drive from Wimbledon. Our son Srimanta has just completed his graduation from the University Of London. He is a British Champion in Kung Fu. We also have 3 four legged children- Rino (Labrador), Tom and Jerry (Cavalapso twins), two large cages of Canaries, budgies and finches, two Degus ( they are a mix of Guinea pigs and rats) and a tank full of gold fishes. Some of the birds are born in the house. They fly around us when we are at home and go back to their cage at night.


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What’s your decorating style:
Chandra: I love artwork and I am really passionate about handicrafts. Whenever I visit India, I travel to rural areas and collect decorative items for my house. I have collected so many items that I change the decoration every now and then and place different items every time. We never feel bored because after every few months the house looks completely different. 
The decorating style is also influenced by Feng Shui. I have been practicing this ancient Chinese Vastu for the last 20 years and according to the natal chart of the year, every year things need to move around from one side to another anyway.


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My house is decorated with inexpensive things, mostly handicrafts from rural parts of India and Africa. I try to find cheap things from the local market and decorate those with my own paintings to give a different look. As an example, the white lampshade in the corner of the dining room is from a local street market (only £4), then I painted Rajasthani style horses and elephants on it. Everyone keeps on asking where did I get that from and this is what my idea about home décor is- “home is where art is”!


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The entrance -  The golden Feng shui Laughing Budda, I collected this from a street market in Mozambique while I was touring for concerts. When we moved from Jo Burg to London, this Buddha was placed in a large cardboard box with several other home décor items. When the container arrived after a month by ship and I opened the boxes, I was actually shocked that the more hardy items placed in the same box were either a little bit broken here and there and some were completely smashed but the Buddha was intact without a single scratch!
This one shows the walls at the entrance hallway. I have done some warli painting and you can see the picture of our traditional Bengali wedding here.


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In the hallway - The picture of us getting married! It has been 25 years but it feels like yesterday! Also the white Ganesha on the wall. This marble Ganesh was presented to me after one of my concerts in Pakistan.


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In the living room- A wall and a table inside the living room with my Ganesha collection. 


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The coffee table is my most favourite. When we moved to Jo Burg, we didn’t have much money as that was a very early stage of our career! We were in a rented apartment and could only buy a small dinner table with a few minimum furniture. The legs of the table broke while shifting our stuff to London but my son loved this table so much that I couldn’t throw the glass top, thought I might use it one day! A year before last, I was visiting my grandparents' house that is far away from Kolkata in a rural area. While walking through the village, I saw a lady cooking rice in a clay pot. I had an idea and collected a few of those pots from a local street market. Placed those pots under the glass top to make my own little centre table. I also love my collection of Ganesha on the table as well as on the wall in this room.
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In the kitchen- Silver 'paan daan' set is my absolute favorite and I also love my wooden spoons from Africa. I love to paint on different materials. I painted Jamini Roy's horses on one of the kitchen walls.  


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This is my favourite spot where I have a brass spoon on the wall, my own painting of horses and a paper pulp Ganesha. While cooking, at times I sit here to relax.

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In the dining room- Love this corner next to the diwan. I make porcelain dolls and you can see one here, some family pictures and this is the place where I spend a lot of time when I am free on Sundays, reading and looking at the garden through the large glass wall. 

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Clay dolls from Bengal, Rajasthani dolls, another of my porcelain dolls, the corner table in the dining room- you can see a red sindoor daan here that is used in Bengal when we get married, my painting of a peacock on the wall and some more clay dolls from Bengal.


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Where do you get the inspiration from:
Chandra: My mother Manju Chakraborty loves to decorate the house. She has always been my inspiration. I also read a lot of books on home decoration and visit the blogs almost every day to get new ideas.


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Which is your favourite spot in your home and why:
Chandra: There are so many! But if I have to mention only one, then it is in front of the bronze Ganesha in the living room, next to the center table. I practice my music here.



What are your hobbies:
Chandra: Although I work full-time as a Manager of Wimbledon Library, my main profession is singing. I paint, make porcelain dolls and statues with marble stone powder too. My husband Dr. Siddhartha Kargupta is a computer scientist turned entrepreneur but he is also an excellent singer. He doesn’t do it professionally, though. Our Son Srimanta is a good painter and a photographer, plays guitar and he is also a good writer. He has won several awards including Mary McPherson award for fiction writing.

Please give your valuable advice to décor enthusiast 3D readers:
Chandra: Do read blogs and books on home décor to get ideas but while decorating your house, have one item in each room that is your own idea and not copied from somewhere else. You will always feel proud. 
Here is an image of Chandra's garden where she entertains guests and enjoys her time with family.

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Chandra's home is a treasure chest of all things Indian and truly reflects her vivacious personality. She had sent me lots of images and I thought I would make a beautiful video tour of her home but due to time constraint I would be doing that later. Thank you Chandra and Siddharth for sharing lovely images of your beautiful abode with 3D readers. We wish you love, luck & sunshine!!

Dear readers hope you all enjoyed this home. For more such lovely home tours click here.
One more home tour is lined up for this month so stay tuned!!



Friday, July 8, 2016

Monsoon Decor Ideas

Monsoon has arrived in my neck of the woods
and I am singing the song of the rain. How stunningly the poet Khalil Gibran has described the beauty of rains. All the fields, hills, trees and flowers feel rejuvenated. Like art washes away the dust of everyday life from the soul, rain washes away all the pain of yesterday and make us rejoice. The weather is so conducive to the feelings of rejuvenation and love that I am in a state of perpetual bliss. I love this season for one more reason, I become lively, active, energetic, happy and it doesn't bother me even if I over exert and do my work day in and day out. 

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Incessant rains have made the world around me look so beautiful and reinvigorated that I couldn't resist beautifying my space too. Here is how I decorated  my home for the monsoon to enjoy the every bit of this beautiful season. I brought the rain lilies indoors that were in full bloom in my balcony garden and the pot has taken the center stage in my living room. Bringing flowers and greens indoors add the charm and liveliness to the space. Either buy them from the florist or get them from your own garden or hunt them in your neighborhood area but you should incorporate flowers into home decor . Flowers can be paired with almost everything and they make the most beautiful vignette.

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Giving company to this beautiful bani-thani pot full of fresh blooms is a Moroccan lantern to create a perfect warm ambiance indoors when the weather outside is so cold. Lamps, lanters and candles never fail to create a warm and romantic aura so rummage through your cabinets or cupboards and bring your treasure of the lamps, lanterns and candles out. It is the right time when these lights create the most beautiful warm glow that is soothing to the eyes and soul.

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How mesmerizing the combination of flowers and the warm glow of light looks. To make the place look divine, I placed Ganesha idol surrounded with flowers and tealights.


My color palette consists of yellow, orange, pink and red this season. Red is powerful, bright and stimulates mind. It lends the touch of elegance hence I added a pop of red in my decor this monsoon.

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But I will advise you to use red in moderation as too much of red can cause aggression and agitation. It's better to tone it down with softer hues like honey, ochre, orange and green but still keeping the color palette warm. Keep some house plants around to highlight certain corners in the room or to create the focal point.

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Don't shy away from putting up some seashells and conch to bring in the monsoon vibes. Place some good books on coffee table to read and you are ready to put your feet up, curl up on the couch and pretend you are on the hills or at the beach :) 

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 Burn some aroma candles and tealights don't save them for a special occasion.  Feel the magic as aroma envelops you and relieves your stress.

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You don't always need urli  to float the flowers whatever you have is just enough to bring about the beauty. My coffee table is all decked up for the monsoon. 

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I love my home office and I spend some good amount of time there so it should be like other rooms in my home, warm and soothing in cold weather. On my desk, I added Kerala mural painting that I painted recently. More about it some other day :) Warm colors here are creating the perfect atmosphere to boost the productivity. 

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View from my balcony becomes so picturesque in the monsoon that I gaze at it in awe and often I can be seen clicking lots of pictures of nature in its purest form. Here are a few such awe-inspiring views from my balcony garden. 


I love watching the sunset from my balcony especially in summers and in monsoon. Nature never ceases to amaze me with its infinite colors and enthralling forms.

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What's monsoon without some scrumptious Indian food on the platter. I have two gourmets at my home and I try my best to tantalize their taste buds. Some days it's lip-smacking baby samosas and pakode...

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and other days healthy soups to fill us up and are pleasure to have in rainy chilly weather. 

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Hungry?? Go make yourself some soup or pakodes and enjoy the weather.
This is all that I have for you this monsoon. Hope you like it. Stay tuned to take a tour of the home that reflects India. Until then check out my Instagram feed (click here). 
Happy Monsoon!!



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