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Ladakh - Planning The Trip

Over 2000 Km by road, in around 10 days. Stunning landscapes, wonderful people. That sums up our Ladakh trip. But how did it actually work? How did we make it happen? Read on to find out!  Leh, the capital of Ladakh , is accessible by air and road. Flying into Leh is the easiest, and time-saving option, while the road is the time consuming one, but with the added advantage of driving past some of the most beautiful landscapes in our country. Each option has much to recommend it, and we chose the road for just one reason – altitude sickness. Altitude sickness was one of my biggest concerns, since I suffer from motion-sickness. Yes, I do travel a lot, but that is despite my condition, and, over the years, have learnt how to handle it. I struggled with it when we visited Nathu-La in Sikkim, and wondered if I would be able to manage a week at the even higher altitudes that we would encounter in Ladakh. This was the reason we stuck to a basic plan, of only 9 days in Ladakh, though we

Yet another creative Kolu..

Some of you have been wondering where we get all the ideas for our kolus. The answer is actually quite simple - from each other! We keep looking out for ideas, and happily pick up others's ideas for our own kolu! Why else do you think Samhith is so eager to go and visit others' kolus? Besides, creativity does run in the family! Growing up, I kept hearing about the fantastic and innovative arrangements my uncles made when they were younger, and Shankar's uncles and aunts have a very creative streak too! No wonder Samhith is so enthusiastic about this!



My mom and aunt's kolus are among the best that I have ever seen. Having been deprived from keeping elaborate arrangements for so many years, they are making up with a vengeance, thinking up some beautiful ideas year after year. The house is filled with dolls, and at every corner you can see something interesting. This year, my mom is stuck in Delhi, and my aunt and uncle have been left to their own, and they have come up with some really wonderful ideas... So here we go on a photo-tour of their Kolu....

Here is a broad view of the main arrangement...



and here is a closer look at the steps....



These two dolls on the top step are special. They belonged to my grandmother, and are among the oldest dolls in the house!



There are musical instruments and vehicles galore....



I especially loved this bicycle-cart!



as to vessels, there are too many to count! There are vessels made out of mud, of wood, stone, even brass and silver (not in this pic, but in the main Kolu on the steps)...



There is a small park with a sandpit.... only, the sandpit is filled, not with sand, but with sawdust!!



But here is the piece de resistance....... Shivaji's fort!!!!!



And there is so much more to see.... like this Krishna and Meera.... and note the crochet doily with the swans!



Krishna is, of course a clay idol.... but Meera????



Meera has been made at home by my aunt!!

Then there are these Chennapatna toys....



Now for the decorations....



and this kolam..... is not made on the floor......



Can you guess what it is made on??? Old X-ray sheet!! Looks fantastic, doesn't it?

Now, that was a treat, wasn't it? That completes all the kolus I have seen so far. Hope to see a couple more in the last few days of the festival so that I can add something more to this series!

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  1. Anu, who made the last one on x-ray sheet? And what all materials were used?
    Looks very interesting.

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  2. my aunt made it, Nisha.. its actually quite simple.. just draw a pattern on the sheet, cut it out, and then decorate with glitter, gold and silver beads and sequins..

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  3. wow!!!!!!!!!!!!! awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You made the golu even more beautiful by your writeups :)

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  4. Sivakumar JayaramanOctober 4, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    Hi Manni, truly this is one unique and innovative Golu - The fort was very authentic and mom was very happy to see Maharastrian dolls (Sivaji and co) on the fort. The saw dust simulated sand very well and the art out of the X-Ray film topped my admiration chart. Kudos in putting together one heck of a package!!!

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  5. Oh yes, there is a small train here too!

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  6. Wonderful doily. I have seen a few such swan doilies in the net before and even wanted to try one but I am not so sure that I would be able to do it.

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  7. Thanks Pradeepa! I actually asked my aunt if she could provide instructions,, unfortunately, she learnt this on the train from a fellow crochet enthusiast, so she had nothing written down....

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