31.7.09

Touched by Chagall








Coalesce



Pronunciation: \ˌkō-ə-ˈles\
Function:
verb
Inflected Form(s):
co·a·lesced; co·a·lesc·ing
Etymology:
Latin coalescere, from co- + alescere to grow — more at old
Date:
circa 1656
intransitive verb1: to grow together2 a: to unite into a whole : fuse coalesced into a single, sprawling colony — Donald Gould> b: to unite for a common end :join forces coalesce into opposing factions — I. L. Horowitz>3: to arise from the combination of distinct elements coalesced — C. C. Menges>transitive verb: to cause to unite coalesces a public into a mass market — Walter Meade>

25.7.09

Mehndi


Mehndi means henna, but it is most commonly used in the west as a term for the designs painted on the hands, feet, or other parts of the body, using henna as the stain. This makes what is sometimes called a "temporary tattoo", though by definition, a tattoo is put into the skin using a needle.

Mehndi are widely used throughout southern and western Asia and Africa. Sometimes this is to protect the skin from the sun, sometimes for weddings, and sometimes for simple beautification. It depends on the culture and local area customs.

There are many recipes for henna mehndi, but the most common use some sort of adhesive to hold the henna on the skin long enough to stain it, and acid to set it. Sometimes other ingredients containing tannins or other natural dyes, such as coffee or indigo, are added to the mix to make it darker. A plain, natural henna stain is light orange-brown. Black pekoe tea will make it a little richer brown. Freshly ground coffee will make it a very rich brown. Beet juice will make it red. Indigo will give it a bluish tint, and black walnut hulls will make it dark brown. To make a black stain safely takes indigo and black walnut hulls. If it has anything else in it, be very wary. With any chemical or dye, even if it's natural, take care to do an allergy test before marking larger areas of the body.

21.7.09

Rakhi


A brother's devotion and the sentiments of a Sister's love are reaffirmed by the shared emotion and promises made by siblings, on the Indian festival of Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi. Each year this beautiful festival falls on the full moon day in August also known as Shravan purnima. The day is especially auspicious because it falls in the Hindu month, Shravan.The day starts of early in the morning with the sister tying the sacred thread, Rakhi, around her brother's wrist and anointing his forehead with the customary tilak.

Many Hindus do not eat a morsel before this custom has been completed. Once the rakhi has been tied, the siblings partake some Indian Rakhi sweets in a bid to start of the day on a sweet note. It is only then that they can have their first meal of the day. Along with the tying of the Rakhi the sister also gifts her brother with a box of sweets who in turn bestows her with Rakhi Gifts such as jewelry, clothes and in modern times gadgets such as I-pods etc. He also blesses his sister and vows to look after her forever.

20.7.09

11:11

S: que hora es alla
me: 11:11
S: make a wish

Sent at 11:11 PM on Monday

12.7.09