Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Enjoy your Tea...:):)

    
 Sharing a Tea scape here with the mix of aqua blue mugs and a white kettle.The weather was wonderful to sip tea sitting by the bay window.Plucked the beautiful flowers on a chilly morning  from the garden and i loved putting the white and golden yellow blooms  inside a cute little bottle with a bow tied around that looked so pretty.
Thanks for your visit and enjoy your tea....:):)
















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Thursday, 16 January 2014

Happy Pongal..:):)

Pongal the harvest festival is the thanks giving festival celebrated at this time of the month every year. It is the celebration of prosperity and new beginnings. Farmers reap rewards for their job well done and cattle's (Cow, Ox, Bull) are acknowledged for their contribution. Pongal is observed as a day for special worship of the Sun. Everything sweet is supposed to please the Sun God & therefore several sweet dishes are prepared on this special day. It is a festival that bounds people together in one harmonious endeavor.

The word Pongal in South Indian state Of Tamil Nadu literally means boiling. When the pot of milk is full and boils over, it symbolizes a good harvest, prosperity and happiness. As we celebrate the three day festival, we reach back into the granary of our past and revive the moments of a time, when rhythm of our lives was dictated by seasons.
  
I am pleased to present here a Pongal breakfast tablescape by spreading my coffee brown with red border traditional Kanchipuram silk saree as table linen.

We use our traditional silver wear on this day and food served on a banana leaf with a elaborate preparations of sweet and non sweet dishes. I have placed two antique bronze bulls for the center piece as a mark of the festival for bulls that are worshiped on this day.




















Facts about Kanchipuram Silk Sarees:

Kanchipuram silk sarees are always considered the ceremonial  wear at religious rituals and weddings. It derives its name from the place where it is originally woven, Kanchipuram, a town in Tamil Nadu. A Kanchipuram silk saree has amongst the most superior silks in the world thanks to their double wrap and double weft.

They are the most elegant, desirable and luxurious of all sarees. They are world famous & one can even say that they are the queen of all sarees. They are rich in texture, shine, durability and refinement.

The gold in the motifs is incorporated by dipping the silk thread into a liquid of gold and silver. This enhances the value of the silk. The skilled artisans weave these sarees on hand looms, and each saree becomes a unique hand made work of art.

These sarees are long lasting and expensive with their dazzling colors, designs (Peacocks, Lotus, Swan, Mangoes, leaves, Chariots, Crescent Moon) and variety.

Would you like to wrap yourself in a Kanchipuram Silk Saree???? :)



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Friday, 10 January 2014

Tea or Chai --- The delight...:):)

China teapots, sugar bowls and salvers are the beloved of the tea table that blossomed during late 17th century in England. Their popularity was accelerated by Queen Catherine of Braganza who brought the tea drinking habit from the Portuguese court. Tea drinking became an epidemic in polite society and tea shops were opened for ladies in London where women could meet and gossip as their husbands did in the exclusively male coffee houses. Love and scandals are the best sweeteners of tea commented the novelist Hendry Fielding.

India is a tea drinking nation, where tea or "chai" drinking is enjoyed by the rich and the poor. Tea stalls and shops are a common sight in India. They are there everywhere, from Railway stations to Bus stations, Airports & even on a remote high way at the corner of  hairpin bend in a mountainous region would you get tea to pep you up, at any time of the day.

Sipping tea from hand-enameled glasses or from a simple glass tea is undeniably refreshing and has become a global tradition.

Happy to present here a simple tea scape for the week. Hope you like it.













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