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Thought for today september 14th 2013

The man who makes everything
that leads to happiness depends upon himself,
and not upon other men,
has adopted the very best plan for living happily.
This is the man of moderation,
the man of manly character and of wisdom.


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The man who makes everything
that leads to happiness depends upon himself,
and not upon other men,
has adopted the very best plan for living happily.
This is the man of moderation,
the man of manly character and of wisdom.


Photography Credit artfreelance.me Link: http://wp.me/p2Ag2U-5Zi

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Friday’s Seven Favorite Pins ♥


buddhachic and buttercream

This week my favorites include a variety of Pins detailing different elements in Fashion.  Long skirts, short skirts, bright colors, a mixture in patterns, and a great denim and corduroy look.  When it comes to legends in fashion, Audrey Hepburn will always epitomize amazing style in my view and continues to inspire me, and Grace Coddington of Vogue gave me food for thought this week that I can completely relate to.  What elements in fashion inspire you?  Thank you so much for your comments!

Have a great weekend!

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click pics for sources (Flickr & Tumblr )

woodendreams:(by Iggy63)

theoceanrolls:Salar de Surire - Chile (by lostin4tune)



Fav flavors from Flavorwire , over the past week

The 10 Best Sites for Culture-Savvy Women    Jezebel ,Bitch ,  The Toast  , xoJane  , The Hairpin  ,  XX Factor  ,  The Cut   , The Beheld ,   The Gloss ,  Rookie 

The 10 Grumpiest Authors in Literary History Norman Mailer . Maurice Sendak ,Gore Vidal ,Gertrude Stein .Christopher Hitchens ,Charles Bukowski ,Patricia Highsmith .Vladimir Nabokov

The Writing Tools of 20 Famous Authors

8 of the World’s Most Idyllic Creative Retreats

10 Famous Artists’ Stunning Studios

Charming Paintings of Contemplative Girls Doing Crafts

Pics :-

Pablo Picasso’s atelier – Cannes, France


Dorset, Dorchester, Max Gate - home of the late Thomas Hardy,  by the time of his death in 1928 was England's most renowned writer - old photo early 1930's

Max Gate was where Thomas Hardy lived after the age of 34.


Dove Cottage

Dove Cottage is in the beautiful Lake District of England, and is where William Wordsworth lived with his sister Dorothy and wrote much of his famous poetry in the early 19th century.

Georgia O’Keefe’s studio – Abiquiu, New Mexico

Georgia O’Keefe’s studio – Abiquiu, New Mexico


Fashion meets art Vogue Korea August 2013 : Fashion into CraftsVogue Korea August 2013 : Fashion into Crafts


Vogue Korea August 2013 17th Anniversary issue :

Editorial: Fashion into Crafts

Photographer : Kang Hyea-Won

Models : Lee Hyun-Yi, Lee Hye-Jung,Song Kyung-Ah, Park Sera


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Art Quotes

“Painting is the silence of thought and the music of sight.”

Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red

Art is made by those who consider themselves to have failed at whatever isn’t art. And of course it is loved as consolation, or a call to arms, by those who feel the same. One of the reasons there seem to be fewer readers for literature today than there were yesterday is that the concept of failure has been outlawed. If we are all beautiful, all clever, all happy, all successes in our way, what do we want with the language of the dispossessed? But the nature of failure ensures that writers will go on writing no matter how many readers they have.You have to master the embarrassments and ignominies of life.”

In his beautiful meditation on failure, writer Howard Jacobson adds to history’s finest definitions of art. (via explore-blog)

   explore-blog:In his fantastic SVA commencement address on the false division between “high” and “low” culture, critic Greil Marcus adds to history’s finest definitions of art.

 Contemporising the past – The HinduExcerpt

Darkened dervishes. Skeletal and vegetal motifs. Sexual frissons. Ranvir Shah spends a scintillating evening at the Paris Opera.

The Paris Opera is a grand institution. One enters to a welcome by tuxedoed staff who gently usher you in. The beautiful people of the dance world — artistic directors, choreographers and dancers, critics and the cultural cognoscenti — are all here in their finest. It’s a special evening at the Opera in this year’s Ballet Season. Its director of dance, Brigitte Lefevre, has commissioned a brand new work on Ravel’s Boléro, but it is preceded by three earlier pieces.

L’oiseau de Feu (the Bird of Fire), by Igor Stravinsky, which was commissioned by Serge Diaghilev in 1910 and reinterpreted by Maurice Béjart in 1970, is the first piece. The romance of the phoenix’s rising is fore-grounded by the heady times of the revolution and resistance, and carry just the hint of the original. Dancers in fatigues create patterns — assembling and disassembling with the interjections of the bird of fire.

Then came L’après midi d’un faune — the classic piece of ballet performed by the all-time great Vaslav Nijinsky. The faun in all his animal sensuousness is re-invoked in a wonderful revival by the dancers of the Paris Opera. The charm and delight of watching the nymphs, dressed in Greco-Roman costumes literally lifted off a Greek vase, come alive in the lilting music and gentle dance moves. There is an incredible sexual frisson between the faun and the grand nymph that must have scandalised the audiences of the early 20th century. The rocky landscape set is recreated authentically and we are transported back in time, revelling in the poetics of attraction created by Claude Debussy’s score. Immediately following this was Afternoon of a Faun — an interpretation of the earlier piece by American choreographer Jerome Robbins.

Finally the treat of the evening — Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet’s reworking of Ravel’s Boléro. Collaborating with the international performance artist Marina Abramovic, who also worked on the scenography, the work was a revelation of the wonders artistic synergy can produce.

The Boléro has meant many things to many people. It is a piece of music that moves you deeply as you are pulled into its ever-swirling vortex. On the stage the dancers are slowly spinning — darkened dervishes who, after a while, start collapsing on the floor. It is a constant; falling down and being revived by the pull of the music — like magnetised puppets

Slowly the capes come off to reveal gauze-like white gowns embroidered with skeletal and vegetal motifs — all white on white. The dancers’ tempo of entering a centrifugal energy on stage is further heightened by the spirals of grey electronic static, which falls on the floor with incandescent, sharp points of light. Circles from the floor intersect, reflected by doubling on a large mirror, angled diagonally above them, and create patterns. The spectacle lasts 20 minutes and the standing ovation is half that!

I come out enriched and am sneaked backstage to meet the team. Everyone is gushing. I tell them it reminded me of the worship trances of the goddesses of the Malabar, Bhadrakali and her sisters, their incredible tantric energy. Animist, primal, seductive and magnetic — the work is hauntingly embedded in one’s memory despite the simplicity. It is a true work of art.

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui says, “I come from a Sufi tradition and found this material primordial and forceful; it allowed us to interpret many things through the spiral. The costumes were trying to evoke Mexico’s festival of the Dead.”

Damien Jalet, who has worked with him for over a decade now, says “It is the movement of ascending and descending and a certain magnetic force that is important to me in this piece.”

They are both thrilled to have collaborated on the conception and set with Marina Abramovic — who is known most famously for her performance piece at the Museum of Modern Art in New York The Artist is Present, where she engaged with the audience for over 700 hours. “I knew their work and always wanted to do something creative with them,” she says. “Even though I have worked with dancers, this was a first for working with choreographers. This collective work has opened up many questions — what about the Boléro do we like? I think the repetition and the obsessive quality of the music provokes many sentiments. I find it electric; it evokes life, death, jealousy, love, hate, the erotic — all the extreme emotions. It’s like a shamanic ritual mixed with elevated spirituality.”

Three pieces of music — Stravinsky, Debussy and Ravel. Four choreographers and their interpretations to contemporise those works in their times. What does an evening like this evoke? As the programme notes say, “Creations, reinterpretations, transpositions: the history of dance is built around this incessant back and forth between past and present, giving rise to a unique sense of time that goes beyond the human context.”

Finally, it is about contextualising in the contemporary. What was daring, subversive, exciting, revolutionary and shocking becomes over time dated, museumised and fossilised; yet it is celebrated in our collective memory. Think of the work of Uday Shankar in the last century, the work of Mrinalini Sarabhai, and finally that of the iconic Chandralekha, 30 years ago. They are all moments in the history of contemporary dance expression in India. Yet, the interpretation of Ravel’s Boléro showed me that the markers of modernity, the gate keepers of critical reinterpretations, will always show us ways to see things anew — recreating and reimagining — finally rejoicing in a contemporary relevance. That is, we could say after all, one of the purposes of all art.

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  Loss and loneliness – The HinduExcerpt

The poetry of cinema can teach one to care deeply.

  …………..Some of those Indian films which best spoke on those eternal themes of enduring art: love, loss, loneliness and longing.

It is more than 30 years since I first watched Aparna Sen’s sensitive and observant 36 Chowringhee Lane , but I still feel a twinge of grief at the thoughtless betrayal of the lonely, ageing Anglo-Indian school teacher, played to perfection by Jennifer Kendal. Unmarried, her brother is senile and confined to a nursing home, and her friends are slowly dying around her. Her secluded life lights up after a chance encounter with her old student and her boyfriend. They visit her often and fill her home with youth and laughter, and she believes they are her friends. But their only interest in the old teacher is to use her flat for lovemaking when she is away at work. Her eventual discovery of how they used her, her heartbreak and dignity long haunt the viewer.

One of the most aesthetically accomplished Hindi films of all times is Abrar Alvi’s Sahib, Bibi aur Ghulam (Master, Wife and Servant). Set at the turn of the last century, it maps the hopeless and ultimately tragic rebellion of a woman, memorably played by Meena Kumari, married into a decadent feudal household. Unwilling to accept the traditional station of a landlord’s wife, she feels humiliated by her husband’s drunken nights spent in the company of courtesans. She demands respect. In a desperate bid to attract him, she even takes to drinking alcohol like the dancing girls. But he scorns and spurns her, and she ultimately slips into a melancholy alcoholism. As the years pass, and the fortunes of the decaying feudal household crumble, she cannot shed her craving for liquor, and the family ultimately has her killed. In her tortured discontent, we observe the incipient stirrings of feminism, even though her revolt is not against men’s domination as much as their disrespect; and her defeat in achieving a measure of dignity in her marriage destroys her.

(Clockwise from top) Stills from ‘Sahib, Bibi aur Ghulam’, ‘Mathilukal’ and ‘Apur Sansar’. (Below) Nutan in ‘Bandini’.

A similar lingering melancholy pervades Ritwick Ghatak’s Meghe Dhaka Tara (A Star Covered by a Cloud). Sombre and poetic, it describes the fortunes of a young woman in a refugee family in Kolkata from East Pakistan impoverished by the Partition. She supports her family in their penury and hardship, but is cynically used by each of them, unmindful even as she sacrifices her own happiness and dreams. The protagonist’s aching longing is denied by her own goodness and her exploitation by those she most loved. In the haunting final sequence, as she lies dying of tuberculosis, she cries out to her brother: “I want to live”, words that became embedded in the hearts of a whole generation in Bengal to symbolise our doomed yearning for all that we have lost.

……………………..A much lesser known film, but one close to my heart, is Jahnu Barua’s Konikar Ramdhenu (Ride on The Rainbow). It depicts stolen childhoods in a juvenile home for children in conflict with law. A young boy escapes the violence of his alcoholic stepfather to work in a garage in Guwahati. But the garage owner tries to sexually assault him, and the boy hits him with a rod on his head which kills him instantly. The cold, loveless abuse of the juvenile home in which he is incarcerated is powerfully recreated, relieved only by the kindness of the superintendent.

These themes of loss and loneliness are most exquisitely evoked in Satyajit Ray’s Apur Sansar (Apu’s World).

Bimal Roy’s lyrical last film Bandini (Imprisoned

………………..The wistful longing, the pain and humanity of many of these films became part of my own growing years. I learned from them the poetry of cinema; I suffered with their protagonists; but maybe they also taught me to care more deeply.

More @ http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-sundaymagazine/loss-and-loneliness/article4818915.ece



Zen Flash





In modern society
most of us don’t want to be in touch with ourselves;
we want to be in touch with other things
like religion, sports, politics, a book –
we want to forget ourselves.

Anytime we have leisure,
we want to invite something else to enter us,
opening ourselves to the television
and telling the television to come and colonize us.
~~ Thich Nhat Hanh – Being Peace

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Cushions inspired by Fornasetti



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