Archive for November, 2010

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Vegan Baking Musings

Elephant cookie cutters

Elephant cookie cutters

I’m so in the mood for baking right now! Having way more ideas, creativity and inspiration than ingredients/money and energy; the most difficult part is actually choosing the one or two recipes to try out…

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Cookies, anyone?

Heart-shaped cookie cutter

This is my new cookie cutter :) Can’t wait to use it..!

What kind of cookies do you think I should bake first?

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Give Me Naked Wonder

Krishna

Krishna

Give me ecstasy, give me naked wonder, O my Creator!
Give birth to the Beloved in me, and let this lover die.
Let a thousand wrangling desires become one Love.

~ Rumi

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Laughing At the Word Two

Radha Krishna

Radha Krishna

Only that Illumined One
who keeps seducing the formless into form
had the charm to win my Heart.

Only a Perfect One
who is always laughing at the word Two
can make you know of Love.

~ Hafiz

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Mounam Pesiyadhe

Suriya in Mounam Pesiyadhe

Suriya in Mounam Pesiyadhe

I watched the Tamil film Mounam Pesiyadhe today. I don’t really have much positive to say about it, except that Surya was in it, so I’ll just post a few random screenshots. Enjoy :)

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Indian Deities and Heroes

Surya in Aaru

Surya in Aaru

The picture above is a screenshot from the Tamil film Aaru, starring Suriya. In this scene Suriya’s character Aaru is at a Vinayaka (also known as Ganesh) temple, taking a ritual bath.

I started watching this film yesterday – which was my birthday – so when the subtitles were a few seconds out of sync in the first few scenes this gave me a really good, delighted laugh :)

It also made me think of Indian street stalls, the kind where they sell postcards, stickers, posters etc. They always have an interesting and colourful variety of pictures on display, and you’ll find that paintings of deities and photos of movie stars (“heroes”) are often sitting next to each other. This was one of the first signs that I noticed during my first visit to India some years ago, when I was only beginning to explore Indian cinema; and it’s one of the things that quickly made me realise just how deeply revered and respected movie stars are among Indian people, and how incredibly important cinema is as an invaluable part of Indian culture.

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Surya in Nandhaa

Suriya in Nandhaa

Suriya in Nandhaa

I took some random screenshots of Surya in the Tamil film Nandhaa, after watching it the other day. It’s a good film, quite sad too. The ending however, I didn’t like at all… :( It sort of left the story off balance, somehow. Suriya is such an amazing actor, I always thoroughly enjoy watching him… :)

Enjoy!

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Undeniably Delicious Chocolatey Cookies

Vegan chocolate cookies with hazelnuts

Mmm... vegan cookies with chocolate and hazelnuts

These chocolatey, vegan cookies are deliciously chewy, very yummy and super easy to make – trust me! There’s so much to like about them, I don’t even know where to start… how about mesmerizingly intense chocolate flavour, crisp edges and soft, chewy center..? I love mine generously filled with crunchy pecans and hazelnuts, served slightly warm with a big mug of steaming hot masala chai… Mmm… How would you like yours? :)

Recipe below, enjoy!

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A Determined Free Fall

Unfolding

Free as life itself...

If you truly fall in love – not with any particular object or appearance, but with ‘living’ itself, as a whole – then it is not a falling, but a determined free fall that takes flight well before you crash into the ground of suffering. Love an appearance, and it cuts your wings; Love the eternal aspect in all appearances, and you are free as life itself.

~ Bentinho Massaro (free-awareness.com)

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Happy Diwali!

Photo by Ram Solanki

Photo by Ram Solanki

Happy Diwali, friends!

Wishing you all much love, warmth & peace :) Let this festival of lights be an invitation for you to recognise your inner light, that which never fades or flickers… also known as the light of Consciousness; shining through all that is, illuminating our Hearts and expressing itself as the very spark of Life.

Shine on, beautiful One!  .¸¸.•*¨*•♥

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