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Ladakh Diaries Part 9: Lamayuru

Lamayuru is one of the most ancient monasteries in Ladakh, the oldest surviving structure dating to the 11 th century CE. What makes this monastery particularly fascinating, is its location, amidst what is today called the “moonscape”, for the spectacular natural rock formations, which truly are “out of the world”! As per legend , there once existed a huge lake in this area, populated only by the Nagas (serpents). It was prophesized that there would be a great monastery built here. This prophecy came true when the great acharya Naropa (756-1041 CE) arrived. He emptied the lake, meditated for many years inside a cave, and built the first monastery here. The present structure is a new one, built around the cave where Acharya Naropa is said to have meditated. This legend seems to fit well with the geological formations seen in the area, which suggest this was a paleo-lake, which disappeared around 1000 years ago. Lamayuru is about 130 km from Leh , and the Indus River flows along th

A Little Land

As a single child, and the only grandson in both my and Shankar's side of the family, Samhith gets all sorts of toys to play with. Being the finicky kind of mom I am, I keep searching for 'something different'. The only toys both Samhith and I have agreed to like are his Thomas the Tank Engine train track sets and all the building blocks we have collected over the years... Of course, for Samhith, his favourites remain the 200 odd plastic animals we have been accumulating since he was born!

My search for toys has, however, not stopped yet, and I was thrilled to see this interesting set developed by a budding toy designer, Nalisha. She is a Visual Communication student and is part of an interactive toy design Lab at Srishti school of design, Bangalore. She writes a blog named 'Little Land' at http://averylittleland.blogspot.com/

Her blog is named after the set of toys designed by her - 'Little Land', and it offers ample scope for kids to showcase their creativity....

Here is what the toy looks like....

This is the base....


and here are the pieces which fit on it.... There are all sorts of shapes based on the set...


These pieces themselves offer a lot of scope for play... you can dress them up like this....


you can choose a set like this.....


or like this....



Here is the base in the form of a box... which you can use to store the pieces...


And here is the creator with the set as part of an exhibition....


Interesting, wouldn't you say? Now, I wish this set would come in the market soon, so that I could get hold of one for Samhith!

Comments

  1. interesting..as a kid and even now, my favourite toys are the little rubber and plastic animals we used to get with binaca..what great branding it used to be..shd do a post on it sometimes

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  2. If I gave this to Chhavi she will promptly start chewing at the pieces.

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  3. If I gave this to Chhavi she will promptly start chewing at the pieces.

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  4. @Lakshmi: there's nothing to compare with those small things we get free... and the fun is in not knowing what exactly we will get!

    @Mridula: i guess she will, but just for a while.... once she gets over it, I am sure she will come up with interesting things... Samhith did the same...

    @Aarti: i thought u would like it, being a designer yourself!

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  5. The set looks interesting..Liked the box underneath to store them too. Very neat idea.

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  6. @Chitra: yes, it is... which is why i decided to post this...

    @Jayasree: absolutely!!!

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  7. My children have outgrown these, but never the less a great posy and a great link given. Love the shots.

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  8. Very creative, I can see lots of European kids playing with little land too! Many thanks for posting. All the Best from Rome, Italy.

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  9. Wow that was a very interesting toy, You are so creative. 


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  10. Thanks! Hope the creator reads this too!

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