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Sunday In My City – Some DIY

I’ve had a lovely hectic week where I’ve shot way past the #NaNoWriMo word count, but have not finished the draft of my “Health Guide for Women” so I am yet to “validate my book:” The creative juices, I am glad to say, are in full flow, though.

I got a few DIY kits and took time off to put this together:

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And here is the finished product. It is supposed to be a kitchen utility thingy, but I think I like it near in my work area. Yes, I am like that.

VidyaSury DIY4

Vidur turned 14 years and here’s the cake to prove it. No I did not bake it. I got it from the fantastic bakery near our place.

Vidur Sury Cake

And being the dude Vidur is, he wanted to go to a particular temple he visited as a child. We took a lot of pictures. One is usually not allowed to take pictures inside temples, but the priest here seemed in a jolly good mood. Lucky Vidur. Here’s one I loved. And no, she’s not the deity – she’s just one of the statues decorating the place. These statues are specially decorated/dressed/adorned everyday. Imagine.

Vidya Sury temple Deity

This temple has an amazing ritual that has to do with locks and keys. In each of the numerous sanctums in the temple there was a little grill/gate dedicated to this.  There’s a huge idol in front of which people put a lock on the grill and throw the key into a box meant for contributions. This is believed to make your wish come true.

  Vidya Sury lock

Here are some more temple scenes. Outside one of the sanctums: Those horses were massive.

Vidya Sury horse

Wonder what Sury was thinking about, in this one?

Vidya Sury Trishul

Here is a water tank outside the temple – which has a deity painted on it….and worshipped.

Who can say we are not religious? “I love my country and its rich and varied heritage”

Vidya Sury temple

And now, off to the lovely Unknown Mami (so what if we don’t know how she looks, she’s lovely) and thence, to other parts of the world.

Unknown Mami

 

 

 

 

 

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Cheers!

Vidya

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32 Comments

  • Reply
    Terri Sonoda
    November 27, 2011 at 7:05 am

    Oh my friend, I sooo love your Sunday posts! The pictures are a feast for the eyes, and your commentary gives us all a special treat and insight into your world. I am so in love with all the beautiful colors! I LOVE color. When I was stationed in Turkey, there were many trips around the country, visiting all the famous mosques, some amazingly adorned and some in pitiful disrepair. There was so much to see, it filled up my senses. I was in my 20s and not nearly as appreciative of such adventures as I would be now. I do have lots of pictures, though. Sometime I will share some of them on my blog. Have a lovely day. Oh, btw, I put you in for a blog award. You rockin’ Rock.

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    oceangirl
    November 27, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Beautiful and interesting. It is good of your son to want to go to a worshipping place on his birthday.

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    My Inner Chick
    November 27, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    –Vidya,
    You put that table together beautifully…
    The Birthday (CHOCOLATE) Cake looks YUMMMMM.
    The temples, Amazing.

    How old is Vidur?

    XX Happy Sunday, Dearest. x

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    Betsy at Zen-Mama
    November 27, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Beautiful pictures! I need to come and visit your beautiful country some time. I love seeing it through your eyes.
    Thanks Vidya!

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    Tara R.
    November 27, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Happy Birthday to Vidur! The temple is stunning. So many wonderful images.

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    Laurie Matherne
    November 27, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    What a rich heritage you enjoy! Those statues are wondrous, indeed. A bit scary to a Protestant, but beautiful nonetheless. Enjoy your day!

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    Vidya Sury
    November 27, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Oh, You doll, Terri! I’ve been off the air the whole day after I posted this. 🙂 I am so so so excited. Now I can’t wait to read the book. I can’t seem to stop the tears.

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    Vidya Sury
    November 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Thanks, Tara. Your post, as always, was beautiful!

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    Vidya Sury
    November 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    @oceangirl, thanks so much. He enjoys temples and thanks to him, we’ve visited many of them. He likes to sketch them too.

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    Vidya Sury
    November 27, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    @Laurie, yes, I know – some of the deities are portrayed as really scary avatars – but every thing has an interesting story attached to it – with a happy ending. 🙂 I am not overly religious – but I enjoy my background. So nice of you to drop by!

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    Rachel @ Totally Ovar It
    November 27, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    How lovely is it that your son wanted to got back to the temple of his young life. You’ve raised a wonderful man! Your pictures are so interesting and colorful, and very fun to look at. Have a wonderful day!

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    Vidya Sury
    November 27, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Kim, Vidur turned (drumroll!) 14. He’s a ninth grader now. Oh, that birthday cake was superb, oozing dark chocolate 😀

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    qandlequeen
    November 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Congrats on getting your kitchen rack together. Stuff I assemble tend to be wobbly or missing a screw.

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    Vidya Sury
    November 27, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Hi @qandlequeen! Thanks – I loved your fall colors!

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    Vidya Sury
    November 27, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Thanks, Betsy. Do visit. You’ll love it. My home is your home.

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    Unknown Mami
    November 27, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    I love the key and lock ritual. And that cake looks rich and yummy.

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    Vidya Sury
    November 27, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Unknown Mami – each of these temples come up with their own special stuff, it is amazing. I’ll probably get another cake tomorrow. We’re in the mood to continue the enjoyment 😀

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    Life with Kaishon
    November 27, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    I love the birthday cake. Was it delicious? : )

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    ceodraiocht
    November 27, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Wow – dressing the statues everyday and if they’re each as lovely and ornate as the one you posted, that’s quite an effort. Love your temple shots, as always. Thanks for sharing.

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    Someone is Special
    November 27, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday Vidur, and congrats for completing 50k words.. Beautiful pics too 🙂

    Someone is Special

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    Mrs4444
    November 27, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    I’ve met Unknown Mami, so allow me to confirm; she is lovely, and so is your home. This was an interesting tour. Thanks! 🙂

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    Angela Artemis/Powered by Intuition
    November 28, 2011 at 1:20 am

    Hi Vidya,
    I loved the photos you posted. Just fascinating to see your country. The cake looked delicious also. Happy B’day to you son!

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    Vidya Sury
    November 28, 2011 at 3:22 am

    Thanks @ceodraiocht – I once sat through one of those, watching – and they took about two hours. They bathe the statue and then dress them up 😀

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    Vidya Sury
    November 28, 2011 at 3:25 am

    @Rachel – Vidur’s crazy about temples and mythology and enjoys sketching them all the time. Thanks for coming by. Loveya.

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    Vidya Sury
    November 28, 2011 at 3:26 am

    @Angela, Thanks so much for visiting, and the birthday wishes. Feels great!

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    Vidya Sury
    November 28, 2011 at 3:31 am

    Thanks, Mrs.4444 (just had to write that – I love it!). Yes, Unknown Mami is lovely in my eyes :-D.So nice of you to come over!

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    Vidya Sury
    November 28, 2011 at 3:37 am

    Hi Saravana, Thanks! 🙂 Feels great.

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    Vidya Sury
    November 28, 2011 at 3:39 am

    @Life with Kaishon – Oh yes, that cake was fantastic. So yummy, I plan to get another today to take care of our cake-hangover 🙂 Thank you for visiting.

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    AutismWonderland
    November 28, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    What great photos – looks like a fun filled Sunday! Hope your son enjoyed his birthday!

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    Vidya Sury
    November 29, 2011 at 4:23 am

    Thanks, Lisa! Yes, he did.

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    BLOGitse
    November 30, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    We have similar lock walls here in Finland. 🙂
    You’re right, your country is rich of culture!

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    Vidya Sury
    November 30, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    The stories fascinate me the most, Blogitse. My favorite fantasy is to travel the world. 🙂

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