This year couldn’t have been more different from the last one, same time. Last year, we had a house full of guests for 4 months, shrieks of laughter and fun, dashing about madly with monthly trips to Bali.

This year, we’ve had no travel after the Mumbai trip, now we’re in the process of moving house, and the future is one big blank. We have no idea where we’re going, and the move is a month away. What will it be? Back to India? Stay in Indonesia? Move someplace else???

In the midst of all this uncertainty, there was one bright spot – a tour to the Basoeki Abdullah Art Museum. Basoeki has been one of the prominent artists of Indonesia, having painted numerous portraits, particularly of world leaders, which are displayed in this museum.

The museum offered us a short art workshop after the tour. This was my output:

Art workshop


Good or not, it was great to step out of my comfort zone. I feel better already.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

I’ve been fortunate to be able to travel, and see some of the world’s most beautiful artworks. These are my favourites:

Sculptures by Michelangelo

Day 8 - Piazza della Signoria

A replica of David. You can’t photograph the original at the Galleria Accademia, so this one at Piazza della Signoria has to do for the picture


Day 2 - Vaticano

The Pietà. One of Michelangelo’s earliest works, at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.



Paintings by Van Gogh:


Starry Night over the Rhone. It normally hangs at the Musée d’Orsay where you can’t take pictures, but I was allowed to, when it was displayed at the Singapore Art Museum for an exhibition. Van Gogh painted it under a gas lamp directly at the site. The colours are so vibrant, the photo doesn’t do any justice to the original.



Cafe Terrace at Night, with some sneaky add-ons. The painting itself, was a forerunner for the Starry Nights, Van Gogh’s style of painting the night sky without black.



Structures by Gustave Eiffel

Eiffel Tower

The French protested when the Eiffel Tower was first constructed, but now it is often depicted as the ‘A’ in PARIS. Whether in daylight, or sparkling at night, or getting to the summit, the Eiffel Tower is my #1 clichéd, symbolic, fun site to see.



But then, a painting on the wall is worth 25 in the museum, right?


At home  masterpiece

This last year, both Baba & I have been inspired by the underwater world. And when the opportunity presented itself on his last visit, I commissioned, and Baba obliged.

Sea, Air and Land

I’ve been mighty excited after completing my PADI open water diver certification. My Piscean nature has asserted itself, and I can’t wait to get back into the water and explore that fantasy world! So until the next dive I spend my time in the pool or lounging out of it, admiring the rain. Earlier this week there was a huge stormy rain, and a miracle occurred. The sky fell out and the sea emerged to splash itself on our backyard wall. See for yourself.

Baba's painting of our pool

Baba’s painting of our pool







That’s my attempt at spray painting in all its amateur-ness in the art AND the technique. Artist I’m not, but ‘crafty’ is an accurate description ;-). I wonder what Souvik will say, since it’s gonna be a surprise for him. At least we’ll never swim alone!


Spent a perfectly good day in Singapore, working on my work permit. Well actually, the work was done by someone else, I just had to hand over some stuff. But any reason is a good excuse to hop over to Singapore, and catch up with two of my best friends.

Vaishnavi and I had a soul-satisfying morning, admiring an art exhibition called Dreams and Reality at the National Museum, which was a collection normally displayed at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris.

In our own uneducated way, we went around, admiring each painting – Vaish looking for inspiration , me simply looking. Spellbound, awestruck, I run out of words to describe my feelings. Most of the big names were there, and we learnt why they are so big. My photography doesn’t do justice to the beauty of the paintings, blame it on camera shake out of nervousness, standing in the presence of masterpieces!

The quirky pepper display outside the museum

The Knights of the Flowers, Georges Rochegrosse:
The Birth of Venus, Alexandre Cabanel:
The Dubourg Family, Henri Fantin-Latour:
Young woman on the beach, Philip Wilson Steer:
Boats: Regatta at Argenteuil, Claude Monet:
The Cardplayers, Paul Cezanne:
Georges Clemenceau, Eduard Manet:
Rocks near the caves above the Black Castle, Paul Cezanne:
The End of Autumn or The Blind, Eugene Laermans:
Camille Monet on her deathbed, Claude Monet:
The improvised field hospital (portrait of Claude Monet), Frédéric Bazille:
Couldn’t take my eyes off this one – Starry Night, Vincent Van Gogh