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Oh my God!! Its an Earthquake!!!!

Well, it happened yesterday night. The time must have been just before 1 a.m. I was slowly drifting off to sleep when suddenly there was a rumbling noise and the bed started shaking! The mirror on the wall rattled and there were sounds of alarms going off in the streets. I jumped up and was absolutely scared stiff. Then it was over. Then I kind of wondered if I had imagined the whole thing…You see, I was half asleep and perhaps I was just having a nightmare!

Hmm… No. It was an earthquake alright. I read today morning that there had been an earthquake of magnitude 5.2 in the Richter scale with the epicentre at Lincolnshire, UK (which is about 150 km from our place). This is supposed to be the largest earthquake to hit Britain since a 5.4 magnitude earthquake in 1984.

Yikes!! An earthquake!! This is the first time I had an earth trembling experience. And I tell you it was scary. Things like this make us think how vulnerable and helpless we are actually. I thank God that I am alive to see …

Free Backing Papers to Download- Check it out!

Here is the new set of free backing papers for making greeting cards or for other crafting purposes. As you can see I have chosen blue as the theme for these backing papers. Hope you would let me know if you liked them.

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Attukal Pongala- A festival for women

I can imagine how Trivandrum (Capital city of Kerala, India) will be like today. There will be an overwhelming number of women, everyone equipped with earthen pots and waiting patiently on footpaths, railway stations, open grounds and wherever they could find a bit of space. They will also be ready with all the stuff needed to start a small fire for cooking!

So what am I talking about? It is today that the festival of Attukal Pongala will be celebrated at one of the most famous temples in Kerala, Attukal. You might have heard of Sabarimala - a temple where only men are allowed to enter (and small girls and elderly women). Attukal temple is ‘Women’s Sabarimala’ (though men are allowed to enter the temple). Attukal Pongala is a unique festival since only women take part in it.

Attukal Pongala is celebrated to please Attukal Bhagavathi (Goddess). The main ritual involves the preparation of payasam (rice pudding) in earthen pots using ingredients like rice, jaggery, spices, coconut etc. and…

The best Miss Marple Mystery?

Agatha Christie’s famous creation Hercule Poirot is definitely everybody’s favourite. But what about Jane Marple? I gather that most people do not like Miss Marple. But I like her mystery novels very much. In fact at the beginning I used to read only Miss Marple stories… Anyway this is the result of another poll in a forum- which (sadly) indicates the state of Miss Marple’s popularity.

Choose the best Miss Marple Mystery
1. The Murder at the Vicarage
2. The Body in the Library
3. They do it with mirrors
4. 4.50 from Paddington
5. Haven’t read any

132 Agatha Christie fans took part
1. The Murder at the Vicarage- 18 votes
2. The Body in the Library- 23 votes
3. They do it with mirrors- 19 votes
4.4.50 from Paddington- 40 votes
5. Haven’t read any- 32 votes (?) 4.50 from Paddington is the most popular. Other favourite Miss Marple mysteries in their opinion are- A Murder is Announced, Sleeping Murder, A Caribbean Mystery and Nemesis.Hmm my personal favourite? The Body in the Library I should say.. No…

Review of Malayalam Movie Nadodikkattu (1987)

Nadodikkattu is another one of my favourite Malayalam movie. This is indeed an all time classic comedy movie.

Movie: Nadodikkattu
Language: Malayalam
Genre: Comedy Written by: Srinivasan
Director: Sathyan Anthikadu
Cast: Mohanlal, Srinivasan, Shobana, Thilakan, Innocent
Sequels: Pattanapravesham, Akkare Akkare Akkare

Nadodikkattu is the story of Dasan and Vijayan, two simpletons who unknowingly (and knowingly) falls into one mess after another in their struggle to become something in their lives.

Dasan: (Played by Mohanlal) His catchphrase is ‘I am B.Com. First Class!’ He is so proud of being a graduate that he repeats it whenever there is an opportunity. You might think that he has a great job, but alas he is a peon in a private company which pays just enough salary to evade starvation.

Vijayan: (Played by Srinivasan) He is a very funny guy and more idiotic than Dasan. Dasan takes advantage of him a lot- like making him cook, do household chores and constantly reminding him that he is not a g…

A Digital Painting Adventure!

This is what I got after I tried to paint a mug using GIMP. What do you think?? Is it any good??

More Valentine's day Backing Papers for free

Here are some more free valentine's day backing papers for you(except for the last one). Hope you would like it:-) It would be great if you drop in your comments and ideas. That would help me improve:-)

See what 8 year old Kayleigh created using one of these backing papers.. Isn't it great? She is the daughter of Frances, one of my friends in Card Making and Papercraft forum... Keep up the good work Kayleigh!

Review of the Malayalam Movie Manichithrathazhu

Wait!! Don't run away seeing this rather long title!! I promise this won't be boring (hopefully!:-D) What comes to your mind when you think of Indian cinema? Of course- Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Aishwarya Rai etc. etc. But there are other film industries in India and a number of great actors as well. Kerala, a small State adorning the western edge of the Indian Peninsula has a number of superb movies to its credit. Let me elaborate with an example :-)

Manichithrathazhu is one of my most favourite Malayalam(regional language of Kerala) movies. In my opinion it has all the elements of a good movie- a great story, nice cast, excellent music and good photography.

Movie: Manichithrathazhu (1993) (Manichithrathazhu is a type of lock)
Director: Fazil
Cast: Shobana, Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi, Nedumudi Venu The story revolves around the happenings in a haunted mansion called Madampalli. The legend behind the haunting is something like this…

The vampire of Madampalli
A long tim…

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Book: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (also published as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
Author: J.K. Rowling
What is special about the book? This is the first of the Harry Potter series. There are six books following it. Yes, this is the one that started it all:-)
(I am sure most of you who are reading this are ‘encyclopaedias’ of Harry Potter searching for any new scrap of information. Sorry to disappoint you but this is yet another review of the first Harry Potter book specially for those who haven’t read the book yet, but curious about it.)

What is the story?
The Dursleys were an ordinary family. There was Mr. Dursley who was the director of a drill making company. Mrs. Dursley managed the home with equal interest in household chores as well as other people's business. Dudley, their only son was nothing but an angel (only for them, that is). And there was the ten year old Harry Potter, Mrs. Dursley’s sister’s son.
Harry Potter was an orphan; his father and mother ha…

Backing papers for Greeting Cards- Part 4

Six more backing papers for you! Click on the image to get a full view(opens in a new window). Then you may download and use it. Don't forget to leave a comment if you liked it..

Oh, and special thanks to all my Card Making and Papercraft friends for all the love and inspiration!:-)

Chand Sifarish- A song from Hindi movie Fanaa

This song is from the Hindi movie Fanaa (2006). It is one of my favourites :-)
Singers: Kailash Kher, Shaan
Music Director: Jatin-Lalit
Starring: Kajol and Aamir Khan

Chaand sifarish jo karta hamari deta woh tumko bata
Sharm-o-haya pe parde gira ke karni hain hamko khata
Zidd hain ab toh hain khud ko mitana hona hain tujhmein fanaa

Chaand sifarish jo karta hamari deta woh tumko bata
sharm-o-haya pe parde gira ke karni hain hamko khata

Teri adaa bhi hain jhonke wali chhu ke gujar jaane de
Teri lachak hain ke jaise daali dil mein utar jaane de
Aaja baahon mein karke bahana hona hain tujhmein fanaa

Chaand sifarish jo karta hamari deta woh tumko bata
Sharm-o-haya pe parde gira ke karni hain hamko khata

Main jo iraaden bata doon tumko sharma hi jaaogi tum
Dhadakanen jo suna doon tumko ghabraa hi jaaogi tum
Hamko aata nahi hain chhupana hona hain tujhmein fanaa

Chaand sifarish jo karta hamari deta woh tumko bata
Sharm-o-haya pe parde gira ke karni hain hamko khata
Zidd hain ab toh hain khud ko mitana ho…