Thursday, April 28, 2011

Easter fun @ Express Avenue mall

Thats periodical yet they made this Easter more colorful with a special Easter arrangement with bunnies and eggs which attracted everyone who visits the mall and so me...caught this from Chennai's heart-throb "Express Avenue(EA) mall" which leans in the heart of the city...hope it enhances your festive mood too...

 
the gorgeous cute arrangement...salute to the designer...



are these bunnies chatting!!!!!!!!



for the first time egg grows in a plant!!!!!







for a change dogs coming out from eggs...









bunnies playing egg football i guess...what about you??






wow lucky bunnies got swing and slide too...



the full view of arrangement...





Friday, April 22, 2011

My visit to PADMANABHAPURAM Palace


              The next experience im sharing here after returning from my native is my visit to "Padmanabhapuram palace" with my parents...several times i ve visited there before but this trip, happend after my marriage was a nice experience to enjoy with family...the palace is eco-friendly and even the floor and cot are madeup of some herbs..

                The Padmanabhapuram palace is located in at Padmanabhapuram Fort, close to the town of Thuckalay(my native) in Kanyakumari Dist, TamilNadu...The palace was constructed around 1601 AD by Iravipillai Iravivarma Kulasekhara Perumal who ruled Travancore between 1592 AD and 1609 AD.
  
               In the late 18th century, the capital of Travancore was shifted from here to Thiruvananthapuram, and the place lost its former glory..... However, the palace complex continues to be one of the best examples of traditional Kerala architecture, and some portions of the sprawling complex are also the hallmark of traditional Kerala style architecture....The Padmanabhapuram Palace complex consists of several structures...


the palace front view...








the palace verandah...


another view of verandah...



the wood carvings on the roof...



the wooden swing in the Queen's dressing room...



the palace stone toilet...



single wood pillar made of Jackfruit Tree...






the palace dining hall...



Ambari Mukhappu - Built for King to view chariot races...The structure built in the shape of Ambari, the seat put on the elephant back for safaris...


 







the palace's secret passage...



                                         Polished stone cot, meant for cooling effect...


the padmanabhapuram palace king painting...



                              Cot made up of 64 wooden pieces of a variety of medicinal tree trunks...


the amazing work in the cot...



palace stone weight...the men's strength is checked here by lifting this stone for army selection...



Nataksala (Hall of performance)-This is a relatively new building, constructed at the behest of Maharaja Swathi Thirunal, who reigned in Travancore from 1829 to 1846...There is a wooden enclosure, with peepholes, where the women of the royal household used to sit and watch the performancethe dance hall where the Raja will sit there and watch dance performances...wish i dance there and my hubby watches it :-)



                                                  Thooku-vilakku - Hanging Lamp...




 
 

the wooden carved window...







Mantrasala (Council chamber)-King’s Council chamber is the most beautiful part of the entire palace complex.... It has windows, with coloured mica, which keep the heat and the dust away....The floor is dark and is made of a mixture of varied substances, including burnt coconut shells, egg white and so on.... The remarkable aspect is that this particular floor finish and texture could not be duplicated in any other construction...



the stone sculptures...



Wood-carving in the roof over the Medicinal Cot....



the more weighd door...



the royal pond at the back side of the palace...

Thursday, April 21, 2011

My mom's Greenary


My mom, a small town lady is so fascinated in decorating the house and gardening...my interest in decor is just because of her..she just cooks at home and watch tv with no exposure outside,no reading magazines etc yet she has got amazing talent in home decor...i astonished to see her handcolor at home in my recent visit and happy to be shared with you....



moneyplant in ceramic vase...



two varieties of moneyplants in old copper vessels...



moneyplant in a marble vase, such a cool idea...



water jug as a vase...



cool crotens in a liquor bottle...



array of recycled bottles in her kitchen...



perfectly placed...



a rarely avail plant which grows like moneyplant...







a grass variety placed in a array of coconut husk near the fish tank...her ideas are gr8...











huge leaf moneyplant in the verandah...



array of palm family plant near the car shed...



here comes another moneyplant family...



lovely colorful flowers...







bonsai and huge leaf moneyplant...