Hand made with love

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As you grow older you realize the importance of handmade goods. They’re the ones made with love and passion. You start to look for the quality of few things rather than quantity of stuff you’ll just dispose of in some time. I’m starting to see my Mum’s point of “investment pieces”. I didn’t break the bank for this scarf but the quality of the silk is admirable, handblocked and dyed in one of my favorite colours. And my BFF gave me those amazing handmade journals made from handmade paper :) Love you M. |FR. Ce n’est qu’en grandissant qu’on se rend compte de la valeur de l’artisanat. Ce sont ces objets qui sont faits avec l’amour et la passion. On commence à chercher pour la qualité dans peu de choses plutôt que la quantité des objets d’une courte durée. Je commence à comprendre le point de vue de ma mère qui dit mieux investir qu’acheter. Cet écharpe ne coûte pas chère mais la qualité de soie est formidable, les dessins sont faits par une technique d’impression ancestrale de l’Inde (l’impression par bloc de bois/hand blocking) et elle est teintée en bleu (avec un côté fané que j’aime). Les 3 carnets sont un cadeau de ma meilleure amie, aussi fait mains avec du papier fait mains :D

M O O D B O A R D : Jean Giraudoux

My Giraudoux Day. This excellent French Playwright deserves to be in the limelight | Ma journée Giraudoux. Ce dramaturge français exceptionnel mérite d’être plus considéré!

J U D I T H~Éditions Émile-Paul Frères, 1932

C A N T I Q U E D E S C A N T I Q U E S~Éditions Grasset, 1939

É L E C T R E~Éditions Grasset, 1937

M O O D B O A R D : Fruits

“Let today be the day…You pay attention to what you feed your mind, your body, and your life. Create a nourishing environment conducive to your growth and well-being today.” | “Faites qu’aujourd’hui soit le jour … Apportez de l’attention à la manière dont vous nourrissez votre corps, votre esprit et votre vie. Créez un environnement enrichissant propice à votre croissance et le bien-être aujourd’hui.”.

Anne Brontë and marriage

It’s 3am and I’m reading a striking text, written nearly 2 centuries ago. I’ve even highlighted it. Please read Anne Brontë’s code for women considering marriage or if you’re already married, keep this in mind for your next marriage. Moreover, if this text has existed for the past 200 years, why have so many women been doing exactly the opposite of what’s written here?! Anne must be livid!

R.I.P Steve Jobs

 

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

 

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Return of the prodigal blogger

I know I’ve been ignoring my blog for the past five months now. I have no excuses except that I have been so lazy. So let’s recap all the amazing and not so amazing things that happened.


1. My contract came to an end with the lovely Collège in Saint Valéry. It broke my heart to leave my amazing students and the staff members who were really kind to me. I had the most amazing experience in this tiny little French town and my last day was spent smiling and teary eyed! My kiddos threw me a little surprise party, I myself had prepared tons of muffins for the staff and my favourite students, my mentors gifted me a beautiful book on Normandy and my students wrote me tiny little thank you notes. 

I miss Saint Valéry en Caux, that charming little village along the breathtaking alabaster coastline. sigh.
2. I moved into a cute little appartment not far from la ville magnifique de Paris! Though it can never replace my actual soul home in Goa, it will have to suffice for now. 
3. Monsieur S. came to visit my family and me in Goa and my family really loved him and he loved them and Goa too! pictures coming soon..
4. I went through another year of visa ordeals, work contracts, rent deposits payments, etc and things are only now falling into place.
5. My first real job starts on Monday the 26th. You know that place where you have to wear a well ironed shirt and no jeans? yup, I will work there. 
6. Among the not so amazing things to happen was me dropping my macbook at the airport. Tip: never travel by Royal Jordanian airlines because they are neurotic about their rules with extra baggage. I was too stubborn to throw away my precious English paperbacks and decided to stuff them into my sling laptop bag. And while walking through the Queen Alia International Airport, just as my luck would want, the strap gave way! 
7. I completely forgot to renew the Apple protection plan and hence have to pay for all the repair work myself. I haven’t yet had the courage to take it to the apple store since I know the repairs will cost me a kidney. So when I have my first salary, I have decided to treat my self to Apple post-sales services.
8. Other things, I have been doing are 
  • ignoring my blog
  • collecting paper bags
  • eating lots of French food, 
  • learning how to make world cuisine
  • missing Indian and home food
  • buying tons of rings (my new fetish) 
  • missing my family, my cat, and the dogs
  • planning my classes  
  • wondering if I should start learning Italian 
  • falling in love over and over again with the same man
  • and the usual trying to get my bohemian self to start facing reality.
  • and deciding that if that doesn’t happen, I’m still happy amongst my amusing musings :)