Ugadi 2016

Back to India for this Ugadi! ūüôā Having¬†a great time with everyone at home. My sister & sister-in-law are also here to celebrate. Lots of fun! ¬†This time I wanted to experiment with the rangoli stencils instead of flower rangoli. We went to the market and bought few of them. These are some of the stencils I bought.


On the night before Ugadi, we made this rangoli at our place.


The next morning, we went to our grandma’s place. ¬†We three of us tried the rangoli using stencils and some flowers.¬†It’s summer here and we weren’t much comfortable doing it as we were sweating all over. We made Obbattu, Vada & Ugadi pachadi. My mom took this opportunity to add Dill leaves/ Sabakki leaves to¬†the vada to make it healthier. My sister is an expert in making Ugadi pachadi. It’s made of jaggery (sweet-happy), tamarind(sour-disgust), chilli(hot-anger), neem(bitter-sad), salt (fear)& mango(tangy-surprise).


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There was another wonderful¬†moment. My LO was playing with his Great Great Grandmother ūüôā It was very cute!



Flower Rangoli – Ugadi 2012

Another Ugadi Rangoli! This was in 2012. I was in Nagoya and didn’t have many¬†flowers on hand. I used roses¬†from¬†my little balcony garden and bought some¬†chrysanthemums. I like using green leaves in rangoli. Here I’ve used rose leaves.




All these beautiful roses ended up in my rangoli.



Flower Rangoli – Ugadi 2011


I made this flower rangoli for Ugadi in 2011. We celebrated it at my grandma’s place. ¬†My grandma loves gardening and all the flowers were¬†from her¬†garden. I had posted the pictures¬†in my blog¬†Life‚Ķ!!! It goes on‚Ķ

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Two¬†years back, I saw a facebook profile which had this rangoli picture. I used Google Images to search by image and found¬†that this¬†picture is being used by one of the online greeting website ūüėČ

This is one of the link that copied my picture.

Some more close-up pictures..



And that’s me!

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Diwali 2015

We celebrated Diwali yesterday. Diwali is one of my favourite festival. I¬†missed India a lot. The colours, flowers, sweets, diyas…. (and no..¬†not the crackers). Missed all the liveliness. Here it was just another weekday.

My grandma bought me a silver diya/lamp during my last India trip and it was perfect for this Diwali. The lamp has a Ganesh with five diyas.


I used few flowers from our garden for the decoration around the lamp. I had paper garlands of jasmine and crossandra which was perfect for the background.


I also bought some wall stickers and candles from the dollar shop. The wall stickers looked like rangoli. So I used them as fillers/border around the flower arrangement.

We had some sparklers from last year’s Hanabi and thought our¬†little one might¬†be interested. Gk lit them in our garden space and was persuading him to hold it but instead he started yelling Fire! Fire..!! So we had to stop.. ūüôā¬†Although it was a short and quiet Diwali, we enjoyed it.