Two is better than one

My blog needs some everyday posts very badly. For one, its becoming like Discovery Travel & Living with travelogues and food, and secondly it’s challenging to synchronize sights information, history and my personal take on them. Also the thought of finding nothing interesting to write after finishing the travelogue, is scary.

Last night was as memorable as the first time I read Hindi words, or the first time I rode bicycle without anyone’s help. Last night I finished one complete lap in swimming pool without break (I am learning). Although it's a breath-wise lap, the satisfaction and happiness I felt after completing it was worthless. I am yet to learn prefect swimming, but this would remain as first time ever ;)

One of the side effects of being in love is it takes most of your time. Even 2 hours of talking (which involves from the food we had to global warming) over phone wont suffice the daily quota of sufficient talking. More so when such “important” conversation had to end abruptly because either one of us had to attend to necessities like taking bath, or the calling-card needs a top-up. I am competing with myself, outdoing every month on telephone bill; I get a wicked grin as I type this.

I might need to work on it again, on the shades.
Another side effect of it is I hardly get mood to paint or read. Our Savi gifted me an oil-pastel and poster color during the bloggers meet. It was on my table for so long and I had to force myself to use it yesterday. My painting habit needs some time and effort; I realized it when I painted the hibiscus.

what goes inside that center frame is up to reader’s imagination. Click to enlarge.
This is the first time I am using Oil-pastel and it’s quite unlike a pencil or crayon. Creating a fine thin line is bit challenging but I love the smudge effect they create when rubbed. It’s very interesting though. Thanks a ton for the thoughtful gift Savi. It’s such an encouragement to draw more.

This morning I found some left over rice in kitchen. I added buttermilk and salt and had it for breakfast. I listen to this beautiful song while I had it. A feeling of gratefulness came upon as the food and guitar filled me. I guess that's what life is, it may not be a perfect painting but sure it’s simple and fulfilling like buttermilk rice and a hearty chat.

Comments

athivas said…
The hibiscus is awesome!! Looks so real!!

And, hey,what a coincidence?I began my swimming classes yesterday,too! Was about to post on it. It was a great experience, was telling the tutor, "It's fun,it's fun", much to her cheer!!
athivas said…
haiya!Me first again!! :)
Srivats said…
yes u are first :) have buttermilk rice! Good luck with ur swimming :)
lovely hibiscus painting and very nice post.. i might as well been talking to u, sitting across u.. thaz how i felt when i read this post.. no frills but very warm.. thanks
I love your hibiscus painting.
When I was a kid, we'd pick those in the garden, then we'd crush it and mix it with detergent soap and a little bit of water to make a goo and make bubbles from blowing it.

Thanks for reminding me of my childhood!
Srivats said…
@ AJCL

Thanks, haha I thought it was very ordinary one , as I said I badly needed a everyday post :)

@Mybittersweetkoreanlife

Yes I too love hibiscus, that was interesting to know the "bubble" effect of it :) yes its quite sticky when crushed. We use it for keeping in god idols and also the pulp for hair treatment, its a damm good conditionar you see :)
TheUncanny said…
//A feeling of gratefulness came upon as the food and guitar filled me//

I liked the way u put that...
BTW, heard the song, a very soothing one.. :) Listening to it in loops..
Srivats said…
@ Theuncanny

haha its very soul filling strings :) isnt ?
gils said…
//ts becoming like Discovery Travel & Living with travelogues and food, /

stole my words..mavanay intha postum travelloguea iruntha athaan comenta vanthirukum :D

// the first time I read Hindi words/

??unaku hindia teriatha?? thot u went for those hindi classes
gils said…
poo sooper..thot it was a foto at first..
Pixie said…
sigh... the painting is gorgeous!
But, me, I am hopeless that way - am no artist and I admire people who can draw, paint, sing :)

buttermilk with rice is a brilliant combination!

Which song is that? You tube is blocked at work and I'm curious! :P

And yes, Phone bills are the most effected when one falls in love! :P :P
Prats said…
Beautiful paintings....

And Swimming, seems like you really having loads of fun out of life...
Aaarti said…
Adorable post actually... :))
had me smiling thru- 1st word to last... now, thats one mushy track, never heard it before, but quite like it..

"Its becoming like Discovery Travel & Living with travelogues and food" = hahaha...

And Wowww, u can paint!!.. i keep telling mom the painting gene skipped me and went to my sis.. i can only doodle..but i like wot i doodle..hehe.. :D

I too have taken a vow to write a post a day, and keep all my blogs alive.. lets see how long i keep it up.. main blog gets action everyday, others every now n then.. :)
Aaarti said…
Ahem,phone bills you wrote somewhere... dont even remind me of those days.. Sigh...:( [anyways, no regrets :)]
Preeti Shenoy said…
Loved both the pictures!
It is amazing indeed to discover a new medium isn't it?

And yeah I know what you mean by this compulsive need to talk and talk and tell EVERYTHING :-)

lovely song too and congrats for learning to swim!

Cheers
preeti
Thamizhmaangani said…
//Last night I finished one complete lap in swimming pool without break (I am learning)//

i know how it feels cos i just learnt it 2 years ago.

//during the bloggers meet//

HELLO, how come i wasn't informed?? hehehe...
R-ambam said…
//One of the side effects of being in love is it takes most of your time.//

paravaalaiye .. ivlo thelivaa irukeengale athu poathaathaa ?
R-ambam said…
swimming, painting, sontha cooking , youtube video.. high phone bill.. vaazhvuthaan.


Eagerly awaiting the "Before marriage and after marriage" post from you..
J said…
You are so in love with love and life that reading your posts always puts a smile on my face. Very nice hibiscus.
Ramesh said…
Wishing you getting broke because of the telephone calls :-) Lost of talking, lots of joy, lots of fun .....
Srivats said…
@Gils

haha apaadin nee solradhukku munnadi naaney sollikitten :)

enakku Hindi teriyum da, first dhadava padaikkum podhu supera erundha maari first time swimmingummnu solla vandhen

//poo sooper..thot it was a foto at first..

//

vashitar vaayala brahma rishi pattam dhaan po
Srivats said…
@ Pixie

oh come on you write better than my painting LOL :)

I guess u had time to listen to the song I commented in ur blog :)

Phone bills! huh tell me about it

@Prats
Thanks bro, Thats the point of it isnt ? :)
Srivats said…
@ Aarti

thats a good song isnt :) haha u doodle please let me see it hehe , I love doodle :)

Same with me aarti, maintain a post a day is tough indeed, edhula pora koraikku rendu moonu blog a vachukittu, aal vachu dhaan ezudhananum :)

I am sorry if that phone thing has kindled your not so good emotions. back to happy mood heeeyyyy! :)
Srivats said…
@ Preeti Shenoy

Long time! I am surprised by your visit, so finally the painting invited you haha :) glad that you came :) Your sketches are awesome and i see loads of improvisation in them.

@Tamil Mango
yes , unga postla pathrukken, its a pleasure la! :)
The blogger meet was between savi, AJCL and me. I guess they both dont know you ;P

@Rambam
haha ayioo adha pathi ezudhina veetla sooru kedaikaadhu hehe
adhukku dhaan ezhudha solreengalo :)
Srivats said…
hello J

I could trace your email or blog :)
I wish to reach out and say thanks for the lovely comments. I am glad you are enjoying it.

@ Ramesh

Enna aasai ungalukku hehe :) Yes lots of everything :)
Srivats said…
@ Ramesh

Thanks for the wishes ramesh, I can count on it :) but hell no on the broke part, knock on the wood hehe
athivas said…
I wish you keep painting more and more, Sri! It does not come to everyone! :)
Aaarti said…
:) naama rendu perum orre boatu thaan.. i want someone to read my mind and translate into posts... :) oru 100kku mela irukku ulla..

nah, no sweat[sorry ellam vendam].. just a sec, and then back to normal wacko me :D
Swaram said…
Lovely post!

/* it may not be a perfect painting but sure it’s simple and fulfilling */ That ws so sweet! Most of the times, we miss out on the simple, sweet things in life!

Lovely paintings! Want 2 c more Sri! Pls share them!

The hibiscus looks so real and the one with the centre frame - too gud!
Srivats said…
@ Aarti

Good to see the wacko you back LOL, yes manasukulla evlo matter erukku ana kaathu dhaan varudhu hehe

@ Savi

:) humbled would try my best! :)

@Swaram

Thanks a lot for ur words of encouragement, It gives me the hope that someday I would be there painting some beautiful ones. Will try to paint and post more :)
Thamizhmaangani said…
//The blogger meet was between savi, AJCL and me. I guess they both dont know you ;P//

haha...தெரியலன்னா, தெரிய வைக்குறது தானே நம்ம தமிழ் பண்பாடு!:) just kidding.. hope u had a gr8 time:)
Annam said…
கும்மி அடிக்கலாம்னு வந்தேன்:)
Annam said…
ஆனா போட்டோவ பூ
பார்த்தவுடனே:)
Annam said…
எனக்கு ஒரு நிமிசம் கண்ணு கலங்கிடுச்சு :)))))))))))))))))
Annam said…
நெசமாவே ஒரு பூ இருக்குற மாதிரி தத்ரூபமா இருக்கு

sooperu vatsu ungalukkulla neraya thiramai iruku pola
Annam said…
life is, it may not be a perfect painting but sure it’s simple and fulfilling like buttermilk rice ////////////////////


இத இத தான் எதிர்ப்பார்த்தேன்:)life kitchenuku kooda thookittu pogalana eppudiii:)))
Annam said…
I might need to work on it again, on the shades.
//////////////////

இன்னுமா !!!!!!!!யாராவது பூவ பரிச்சுற போறாங்க:)
Annam said…
what goes inside that center frame is up to reader’s imagination. //////////////////////


outside the centre frame VATSU IMAGINATION POWER S RUNNING ON ....i cud c dat:)
Annam said…
gils said...
poo sooper..thot it was a foto at first..
///////////////////////////
athey athey ....me too thot at first

"WISE PEOPLE THINK ALIKE"
:)
Annam said…
வந்து கும்முறேன்:)
40 40 40 40 40:)
Srivats said…
40 comments nuu kattum podhey nenachen Annama dhaan erukkumnu hehe, adhu enna sandhadi saakula " Wise people" nnu Gilsyum sethukittu ada adha vidunga ungalyum sethukittu.. avvvvvvv

Kannu kalangidicha :) romba nanni Annam, I am humbled :)
Srivats said…
//kitchenuku kooda thookittu pogalana eppudiii:)))
//

Good food good life ellaya ?
Srivats said…
@ Tamil Mango

Next time kandippa, thappu ennodadhu dhaan :)
Annam said…
Good food good life ellaya ?///////////////

neenga sonna kareetta thaan irukkum boss:)
Annam said…
" Wise people" nnu Gilsyum sethukittu ada adha vidunga ungalyum sethukittu.. avvvvvvv
//////////////

Grrr............
poramai:)
So many things done at one go!!!That's the spirit!
Butter milk and rice with pickles.!!My favourite!No match to any of the pizzas!!!!
Srivats said…
@ Aruna

haha I am thinking that I am not doing enough seriously have become very lazy lately, need to kick my own butt :)

@ Annam

aama romba poramai unga ariva paathu hehe
Sakhi said…
Boy.. you are SOME artist!! Gald i came over! :)
Sakhi said…
Boy.. you are SOME artist!! Gald i came over! :)
Srivats said…
Thanks Sakhi, glad you came :)

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