Viveks, yes our own Viveks India is holding a Warehouse sale on 25th, 26th and 27th March2016. It was amazing to see a huge display of televisions, Airconditioners, washing machines, refrigerators, fans, coolers, mixies, grinders, laptops, mobiles and you name it and it is there – latest and at an unbelievable price. This is no simple advertorial since we ourselves checked out various prices and was amazed at what was offered to us in the latest Television and washing machine since we are buying it ourselves.
Interior decor makes a building of mortar and bricks to a living space. What if we get an opportunity to make our contemporary Indian Art part of our home integrated so beautifully into our spaces to enhance the looks and go beyond just framed pieces of it on walls here and there as decorative pieces? Living Canvas is such an initiative by Pallavi Goenka and initially we could not really understand how we can make use of art beyond pieces of art on the wall. Thanks to their sincerity in getting across samples of materials they use and its applications in interior decor, we could appreciate the efforts that have gone into this venture.
Dawn breaks and our home is abuzz with ceremonial traditional Suprabatham so loud yet soothing such that everyone wakes up to it. Our beautiful home is lit with natural light entering through the traditional windows and the sun roof on the terracotta tiles. Our expansive home extends 3 divisions in length and the whole place is filled with pleasant incense. Getting up in the morning is refreshing and triggers a unique feeling of awakening in me. A walk to the backyard reveals the well cared for garden of guava, mango, neem, drumstick, coconut trees dotted with fragrant flower beds of jasmine, hibiscus, rose and many day and night flowers. It is a unique experience to see those buds waiting for the respective breaks to show up their lovely faces.
After a stint of 15 years abroad, I arrived in Chennai to begin my life here. I had a successful career out there and was quite comfortable settling there. My family thought otherwise, they wanted to enjoy the freedom of being in their own country and get to know our rich traditions and culture. They were longing to find their identity back in India and introduce themselves to my friends and relatives.
I studied Engineering way back in the 90s and struggled to find a decent job. I lived with my parents in one of the dinghy streets of Triplicane in Chennai with hardly any place to move around. The place was so constructed that the wall of one house’s kitchen was the wall of the neighbor’s living room. I wanted my own space and privacy and hence worked hard to land in a company which would take me abroad. And there I was in US, enjoying the vast space, richness and cleanliness of the country I longed to live in, right from my college days. I married an Indian girl from a family who settled in the country 2 generations back and we had 2 children. The yearning to get back to our country seemed to be more with her and the children than me. Unable to resist their interest, here I was, back in our country with my family.
Remember the tongue tickling cashew fruit, Cashew apple, which is usually thrown away after taking the nut, can be converted into value added products that can generate good income with minimal investment.
“On an average, 35 tonnes of cashew apple are wasted every year. We can produce about 8 lakh litres of alcohol worth Rs 1,000 crore. The alcohol can be used as substitute for oil imported into the country,” said V.P. Poty, principal scientist, CEPC Laboratory and Technical Division.