24 July 2007
Ha ! i sit for hours and watch them work. Last time when i went to the potter's colony, there were only two houses left. i was in a state of shock when i couldn't find the first potter. There stood a two storied house where he lived. Now there is only one house left, with two potters,
they share the small place. Its sad. It is no longer a potter's colony. The last house is crumbling.
This is my all time favourite subject. i am posting this for LORENZO who loves pottery. What a joy to watch ! i tried my hand at the same wheel a couple of years ago. You need a lot of practice. Clay splashed all over, i made a mess of myself, did a pretty bad job of it and gave up. But i loved to make my hands dirty.
The gentle touch and the movement of the fingers is sheer poetry in motion. This time i took pictures of both the remaining potters.
Have to go there again in a couple of days to give them pictures and a picture of the potter's grand child. They have no future. Thankfully mud pots are still in use in villages. Only the very poor use them. i am not rich but there is no mud pot in my house. They are not suitable for gas and electric stoves. Food cooked in mud pots using firewood is very tasty. We have lost that taste without our knowledge.
The wheel is manually rotated with a stick and it keeps spinning for three or four minutes at good speed. Then they have to rotate it again. The timing and rhythm is in their heads, their gentle fingers move according to the slowing speed of the wheel. The speed is not constant.
The wheel is not motorised.
Here are a few pieces of Terracotta. They have a good market. Most of the interior designers love them.
19 July 2007
i promised ZZZ WRITER that i'd post some pictures of streets of old Delhi, but i couldn't find many, have to search, its lot easier for me to go to Delhi and take pictures again than going through my pile of CDs gathering dust, what a mess!!. My life is completely disorganised. This what i am, look at the picture below, i am India, this is where i belong.
Sorry JEE JEE Bitiya, this is all i could find
9 July 2007
Well well well,
Am i proud ?
i don't think so.
am i happy ?
Not much, i voted for it though, now there would be lot more tourists coming in and lot more money. i am happy about that.
Pronounced Taaj Mehl. Crown of all the palaces, Taj is crown, Mehl is a palace. It is not a palace, its a monument. No one lived there.
Two people are living there now.
knock knock, anybody here ? HALLEW !!
ha ! who are you ?
I am a traveler i was passing by and i am tired, can i have a glass of water please ?
Nice house ! , and who are you ?
i am the king of Hindustaan.
Would you like to stay and rest for a while ?
Stay ? You got to be kidding. Nice to meet you sir and thank you for the water.
I posted one picture sometime back in a different context but never had an idea of having a post on it. Its nice, good feeling, but you feel nice watching a sunset or watching clouds too.
Its huge, humongous x 10000,
you would ask why ?
same question about the great wall of China.
These pictures don't give you an idea of the size.
Grand, yes yes yes.
You have to see it to believe it. It is SOMETHING.
Wonder ? yes
it deserves to be a WONDER.
It is the most photographed structure in the world. Highly intricate and inspirational craftsmanship. i have my deep respect for those craftsmen and the architect. But not for the builder. He wanted it. Thats why its here, so you have to be thankful to him as well.
Can you see the people there ? Its huge. Awesome is not the right word.
Except for the camera and water bottle, they don't allow anything else. They don't allow camera batteries too. Please don't carry any bag, the security is very tight. They may spoil your mood.
Its a unique experience. You'll be happy. The beauty and splendour comes very close to that of Nature. Its the most beautiful man made structure in the world.
Included in the wonder list or not, it hardly makes any difference, it stands alone.
i can tell you this much, others are wonders but this is ecstasy.
Its a must.
Please click HERE or BLUNT KNIFE link on the side bar for detailed pictures.