Monthly Archives: January 2015

A sip of coffeeness.. and the 52-week photography challenge


I would like to highlight a blog that I like a lot. It’s a photoblog titled A sip of coffeeness, by one of my students. This photoblog reflects his personality – thoughtful and reflective 🙂

This year he is participating in a 52-week photography challenge. Each Wednesday, he posts one image depicting the concept/word for the week on his blog page. Each week, if you feel like visiting his blog, let him know if you would like a free photo print. He will choose one of his captures, do a draw (if required), and post a 5×7 postcard print of the capture to you. It will be accompanied by a 52 words or less short story which will only be shared exclusively with you. If you would like to take a snap of it and share with others, that’s a different story. However, you cannot win more than three times.

I’ve already won my print so decided to share the perks by promoting the blog to other people in my network. Feel free to contact Raheel through his photoblog. Wish you all the best! Next week’s theme: Mirrored Image.

Jan 29, 2015: Shubhaarambh


Another mandala that is dear to me for more than one reason.

Firstly, because I started coloring it on my flight to USA. I completed it on Jan 29th after returning from USA.

Secondly, because I decided to use the browns and grays once again, to end with an unexpected mandala that I like a lot.

Thirdly, because when I thought about naming it, the word shubhaarambh came to my mind. It is one of my favorite words – full of meaning! My first encounter with this word was in the Cadbury’s ad campaign titled ShubhAarambh. The font and the ad campaign was perfect, with their tag line: Cadbury ShubhAarambh. Kuch meetha ho jai. One of those tag lines that become part of everyday vocabulary. Shubhaarambh is a Sanskrit word, with its root words Shubh and Aarambh. Shubh in Hindi/Sanskrit is holy, or good, as per the customs, rituals; aarambh means a beginning. So shubharambh would mean a good or auspicious beginning. Come to think of it, our annual volunteer planning meeting (my first ever) proved to be an auspicious beginning to, hopefully, an exciting journey of learning and volunteering. Talking of Shubhaarambh, another good memory associated with this word is the song titled Shubhaarambh from the Bollywood movie Kai Po Che. I love this song (note: haven’t watched the movie or the song video).

Jan 20, 2015: 2000 Watts


This mandala is quite special to me. I had started it before leaving for USA. This time around, I kept my pencil color set and coloring book with me during the long journey to USA. While everybody on the plane was sleeping, I turned on my iPod, put on Michael Jackson‘s song 2000 Watts, and started coloring the remaining parts of this mandala. As the cabin lights were switched off, and because I didn’t want to bug anyone with the overhead seat light, I used my iPod’s background light to see as I colored. Finished it thousands of feet up in the air! 🙂