Friends, I'm back after the hiatus. The 15-day trip has revitalized our spirits and body. The trip happened all too suddenly that I could not update you all about the blogging break. Actually, one other reason why I did not muster up the confidence to write about the trip before hand is the vulnerability of it all. Don't we know about the cyber punks and their hideous ways. Gosh! So, better be safe than sorry.
But, one thing I am profusely sorry about is the delay in announcing the winners of the Mother's Day Giveaway. I tried posting the results while we were on holiday but the internet connectivity was so erratic that I could not publish that post. Late it is, but I am delighted to share the names of the three wonderful winners of the gorgeous bead necklaces. Please see the announcement at the end of this post.
Over the next few posts, I'll share pictures and brief write-ups about our experience in Coorg or Madikeri – the gorgeous little hill town, in South India, nestled amidst dense coffee plantations that paint the landscape with the richest and most lustrous shade of green! I'll also share some unique peeps from Mysore – the royal city, also nicknamed the city of palaces. The palaces apart, it was the ubiquitous greenery of Mysore and its romantic weather that was the highlight of the place, as far as we are concerned.
In Coorg/Madikeri, we stayed at the Club Mahindra Kodagu Valley resort, which, in my view is the greenest and most beautiful resorts in the country. We had taken membership with Club Mahindra some three years back. And, I can bet, it has turned out to be one of the best investments we have made toward our short-term and long-term traveling goals and dreams.
I truly believe, what a child can learn by traveling, seeing and experiencing, she/he cannot learn with even years of formal education or schooling. With this realization, we try as much as possible to travel and see our own country as well as strive to visit other countries and cultures. Not surprising then that our bank balance never looks promising enough but our souls are always brimming with delight and wonder…(smiles!)
So, second day into our stay at Coorg/Madikeri, when we got the opportunity at the potter's wheel, I knew it instinctively that Pari would be thrilled to try her hand on it. And, I don't think I should get any prizes for guessing this. Should I?
After all, just like water, there's a magic to the mould-able softness and textures of wet clay that is so enticing for small hands. And when the kid gets to not just play with clay but also is able to move it, mould it and watch the sheer messiness turn into a tangible form, it is mesmerizing, to say the least.
So, I'll let this post be a photo essay as the pictures speak for themselves. Do come back here to check out more on Coorg and Mysore.
Enjoy the photo essay canvassing a kid's love with clay and potter's wheel!
(At the end of this post, I share the 3 lucky winners of the Mother's Day Giveaway!)
The skilled potter was helping the kids make their own vase/pot as remembrance. But, I politely told him that making a perfectly shaped vessel was not my intention for Pari. I wanted her to just experience the fun and the thrill of moving the clay, shaping it whichever way and basically relishing the whole experience.
She came to do it another day and this time, she was showing more confidence – pulling it up, applying pressure etc.
She made small round balls with the clay for the potter to shape it into coffee beans and stick them up on the vase.
She thoroughly enjoyed the process; was even able to give 'some' shape to the clay. But, ultimately she wanted the potter to shape her vase and adorn it so she could take the vase home!
The third time around when she went to that place, the potters was pretty amused. He just let her be and allowed her to do what she wanted, only reminding her from time to time to wet her hands and helping keep the clay wet by pouring drops of water on edges.
Considering how much she enjoyed the whole experience, I plan to get some clay and may be even a potter's wheel for her to play with at home. Who knows, this may well become a passion for her. Even if it doesn't, it'll be truly therapeutic for a young soul…
And now, for the three lucky winners of the Mother's Day Giveaway!
Congratulations to all three of you and thank you for participating and heartily sharing what you like to do as part of your "me time".
I will contact you individually to take your shipping details and will ship the prizes within the next couple of days.
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