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Mandala Magic

Bring out the artist in you by approaching art with a practical – almost mathematical twist. Smita Swamy shares a stepwise guide. ‘Mandala’ means circle in Sanskrit. It’s a symbol that denotes spirituality in Hinduism and Buddhism – and it is a word that represents the universe. The art form of ‘Mandala’ is like ‘Rangoli’ – or like any other drawing that gives you satisfaction and happiness. The symmetrical designs and the combination of colours bring a visual treat, which, to me, is no less that meditation. It de-stresses the mind. Simply defined, Mandalas are usually symmetrical designs formed inside...

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Stone Art – A Memorable Keepsake

Create your own personalised Christmas decor and gifts. Deepty Mundhra tells us how. Recently, Deepty along with her 4 and 6-year-old children walked through a park in Zug and found some interesting rocks in various shapes and sizes. They took a few interesting shaped ones home and one day, Deepty decided to paint them. That’s how she came about her stone art – a simple idea of painting rocks and stones for the festive season to decorate your mantle or table, or to gift them to your loved ones. MATERIALS NEEDED: Stones – preferably the size of a paperweight...

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Have you been to a restaurant and ordered salads or starters and noticed mini colourful leaves mixed in or used as garnishes? They are microgreens. I came across this term earlier this year and started reading about it and then tried growing them in my home. Wikipedia defines Microgreens as ‘young vegetable green’ or more like tender shoots of plants before the first set of proper leaves have developed. Microgreens are nutrient rich and flavour-packed mini versions of full grown vegetables/salads. Microgreens have a wide amount of flavour profile. Some are fruity, sweet, earthy and spicy. This depends upon...

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Dress up your string lights this Diwali!

String lights are part of most of our festive decorations. Make them look more colourful and unique with some super easy DIYs that you can create with things lying around at home. Here are three easy ways to add colour and design to your lights and make them all the more festive. Materials needed Ribbons – I used yellow and pink Scissors Craft glue for ribbons   Method Step 1: Take a thin ribbon and cut it into 6 strips of approximately 7 cm each. Step 2: Cut two more strips of 4 cm each and glue the long...

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DIY ‘Diya’ and ‘Agarbatti’ Holder for Diwali

Make your own ‘diya’ and ‘agarbatti’ holder this Diwali. Sriprabha Kasthuri tells you how. With Diwali around the corner, it’s time to decorate the house with flowers, ‘diyas’ and ‘rangolis’. The excitement of Diwali has set in and so it’s time to start work on handmade clay ‘diyas’ and ‘agarbatti’ (incense stick) holders. Time required: 2-3 hours Materials required: Clay –  Air-dry clay that is easily available at Migros Do it Garden / Coop Bau und Hobby or any other craft shop. The air-dry clay is available in white or terracotta colours. Instead of air-dry clay, polymer clay can...

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  • Matter-of-Fact of the week #41:

    Darjeeling Tea

    In 2003, Darjeeling tea became the first Indian product to receive a GI tag. GI stands for Geographical Indication, used on products or goods corresponding to a specific geographical location.

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