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by Vidya Sury January 7, 2013 27 comments
Inspiration Buddha

So life goes on. And that’s a good thing because there is plenty of inspiration around me to make me want to live a good life, choosing joy.  Yesterday, my friend came home and we had a nice quiet afternoon. As I was sending her off (read: accompanying her to the gate and continuing to talk), I decided I’d walk with her until she found transport to get back to her place.  We were about to cross the street a few yards away, when we noticed a sign board on the corner building.

Now, this board and building have been around ever since we moved to this city in 1999. So I asked my friend if she had ever stepped in. She blinked and said she had sort of noticed the board but never paid attention to it. We decided that since the place was open, we may as well walk in and check it out. As we approached the entrance to the building, we saw a lady standing there, apparently waiting for someone.  We asked her what was in this place and it turned out that they sold designer sarees. My friend loves sarees and off we went, to see what they had.

While she checked out the sarees, I checked out the place. I was fascinated. It was exotically decorated with the sort of antique stuff and folk art I love. I asked the lady if I could take pictures and she said “click away!”  and I couldn’t stop.  I had a blissful hour at the end of which I spent ten minutes choosing a saree for my friend. Then we left. I put her in an autorickshaw and headed back home.

Here are some of the pictures from that lovely place:

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What better way to be welcomed than with this sight? It completely took my breath away. And I resolved to convert my own huge earthenware bowl into a little pond with a Buddha in the middle and flowers floating – in an atmosphere of frankincense. Can you visualize that? Ah, what a scene in serenity!

Inspiration Buddha

Happy, I took my footwear off outside and walked in. To be greeted by none other than the Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi herself. So beautiful

Inspiration Goddess Lakshmi

Smiling, my friend and I looked at each other and continued into the doorway. To our left, was this beautiful arrangement.

Inspiration Brass Art

To the right, was this painting. See closely. The characters in the painting are wearing real clothes made of embroidered silk fabric and sequins.

Inspiration Painting

Next to the painting was a decorative wooden screen on which hung these two puppets in traditional South Indian dress

Inspiration Dolls

Next to them, was this lovely Tanjore doll. Remember mine? Only, this one is far prettier!

Inspiration Tanjore Doll

The counter began with this arrangement of lamps. See the sarees in the shelves behind this and the beautifully framed gold prints

Inspiration Lamps

The wall had a number of Raja Ravi Varma paintings. Just gorgeous. See the strings of dolls? They are stuffed toys, very popular in Gujarat. In front of the cupboard, is another set of  Tanjore dolls, with the dancing lady flanked by fake horse-riders performing a special dance form of Tamil Nadu my home state.

Inspiration Art

I met another resident of the store. His name is Sunny. Isn’t he a sweety? Wonder what he was thinking? At one point as he scratched himself, he accidentally got his head into one of the shelves and the store staff gently eased him out.

Inspiration Sunny

After which Sunny just settled down and decided to watch the world go by

Inspiration Sunny2

Oh, but I love my India!! I hope you enjoyed that trip to my next-door store! By the way – the lady who ushered us in, the owner of the store, can you guess what her name is? Vidya. Yes. Truth.


Now, here’s some Inspiration for the week

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  “The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear.” Brian Tracy


Now, let’s head to Unknown Mami’s place and travel the world together from there.

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Have a wonderful week ahead, my dear friends!

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Elle January 7, 2013 at 11:48 am

Loved your guided tour today Vidya. You give me even more reasons to want to visit. One soon day my friend, one soon day.

And I thank you for the link to my post.

You Vidya, are most definitely my inspiration.

Love Elle
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Sandra / Always Well Within January 7, 2013 at 6:56 am

I love this photo tour of your nearby shop. What a serene setting for the Buddha. And, the women in the painting look so real and alive. I smiled all the way through the tour! Thank you for the inspiration and thank you for including a link to me post.
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Keetha January 7, 2013 at 2:08 pm




I see MY NAME in print in your post!!! Thank you ever so much for the shout out.
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Fran Sorin January 7, 2013 at 2:53 pm


The visit to the store through your eyes is a feast for the eyes. Seeing the first photo with the Buddha gave me pause to think about a similar one that I left at a friend’s house in Philly.

The puppets are wonderful but the painting of the women in the silk embroidered tunics is divine.

As always, thanks for a wonderful Sunday with you. xxoo-Fran
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Joy January 7, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Beautiful…I always love your photos! I also love that your intention was to accompany your friend, but energetically “you stepped outside” and were met with delight and joy! How fun, and what a wonderful reflection. Love to you!
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timethief January 7, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Dear Vidya,
I love this photo tour. It must be colorful and interesting to live where you do. I have always wanted to travel to and through India but that’s only likely to happen in my dreams. … SIGH

I live very close to nature and far from city life on a very small forested island. Aside from my fences, I can’t see any manmade structures or people from my windows. I do love this natural setting but from time to time the notion of traveling to India arises in my mind, especially in winter when it’s rainy, cold and bleak outside.
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Dorothy January 7, 2013 at 12:51 pm

That was excellent! What a find!! I’d love to see pictures of some of the sarees. I bet they’re absolutely beautiful!
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Terri Sonoda January 7, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Lovely post! I can’t even imagine such a store. Would love to visit. Thanks again for sharing, dear Vidya! XOXOs
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Bill Dorman (@bdorman264) January 7, 2013 at 8:11 pm

I want a pic of the autorickshaw….

Sounds like a great afternoon.
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Mayura January 7, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Hi Vidya,

I love to see your wonderful clicks always and they are very attractive and tells about lives and interests in India 🙂

First off I went through images and didn’t notice that painting has real clothes. I thought they are magic of the painter 🙂 Feels like the serenity of the Pond with the Lord Buddha touching me. Can gaze at it and Goddess Lakshmi too.

I’ve seen very colorful paintings of the Goddess Lakshmi with a pot of money (As I remember) 🙂 They are very beautiful. What are the 4 facts or things symbolize by the four hands she has dear? 🙂

So, You coudn’t miss the Sunny 😉 Ha ha… Seems it sounds very cool to you know that her name is Vidya too, no? 😉

Thanks for wonderful snaps and have a GREAT week dear 🙂

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Arvind Devalia January 7, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Vidya, amazing photos!

Shows what’s in and around us, once we make the effort to explore:)

One day, I’ll come and visit this shop…
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Pattu January 7, 2013 at 6:23 pm

A lovely place, It oozes charm and peace!
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Betsy/Zen Mama January 8, 2013 at 12:14 am

Hi Vidya,
Don’t you love those days when you discover something that you had no idea that you’d find! An hour well spent!!

As always, I love spending time with you in your neighborhood on Sundays.

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Glynis Jolly January 8, 2013 at 3:33 pm

What a great place to window shop. This is one of my favorite pass times when I can get out of the house.

Cathy Taughinbaugh January 9, 2013 at 12:01 am

Hi Vidya,

Love the store. Interesting items in there, including the dog. Glad you discovered something new. That is always fun!

Julie @julesmpg January 9, 2013 at 5:25 am

Beautiful pictures. I love your blog layout also. Your joy and peace radiates from the page.
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Pamela January 9, 2013 at 6:16 am

The wonders of the world next door. Lovely!!
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Aileen | Kaizen Vision January 9, 2013 at 7:34 am

Love this photo journey into and through the shop 🙂
Sunny looks adorable! Such a lovely resident to share the shop with.


Judy Martin (@judymartin8) January 9, 2013 at 10:41 am

Beautiful message and photos. The visual is not only pleasing to the eye but the soul and mind as you suggest. These are the types of images that we can carry throughout the day to boost a sense of calm and quell the daily stress we encounter, especially at work.
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My Inner Chick January 9, 2013 at 1:18 pm

—Lovely, Vidya.

Sunny is fabulous :))) What a fixture! Xxx LOVE you more than sun in June.
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Jodi @ Heal Now January 9, 2013 at 2:07 pm

My clients are my source of inspiration! Always!
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Carolyn Hughes January 9, 2013 at 6:53 pm

I love peeking into your life Vidya! It’s so colourful and brimming with interesting finds.
And thank you for the links to other inspirational posts 🙂
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Ben January 10, 2013 at 8:06 am

I really like the look of that shop. And Sunny, dogs are my favourite animal!

It’s amazing how you can find inspiration anywhere, it can even be something simple. I’d love to visit a store like that. 🙂

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Christine (The Brighter Side of Life) January 10, 2013 at 7:26 pm


Thanks for taking us with you on your wonderful, fun discovery! Isn’t it amazing how something can be right in front of us, yet we don’t see it until the “right” time?

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Justin January 10, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Hi Vidya,
Love the photos of the items in the store. You always take amazing photos and share them with us.

Take Care.
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Unknown Mami January 12, 2013 at 6:39 am

What a beautiful store full of so many wonderful surprises! Lots of love in the details.

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