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Voila our homemade Ganesha this year.

It’s that time of the year, when I put on my ‘artist’ cap and have some fun. Honestly, this is something I started in 2010 right after I got married, for no particular reason but to be able to create something from clay. Earlier I was hooked to Tanjore painting and was frustrated because of the lack of materials out here. More on that later.

Toying with the idea, I got myself some clay from Michael’s and well a lot of other stuff that wasn’t really part of the original plan(you know how one can get lost at Michael’s). I played with it, watched a video on you-tube and made the first one. It was simplistic(still is) and the end result made me immensely happy. I got a lot of compliments(read facebook comments) and some emails asking me for the procedure I followed. I want to thank you for that encouragement. Although it was as crude and rough as it was, it made me happy to see that people appreciated it.

I remember the first time, trying to make the left ear look like the right one and wondering if I’d ever be able to get it. On that note I still can’t get both ears to look alike.


The year after that, (R)oomie insisted that I make one. That year I didn’t have the right colors and I was slightly disappointed with the end result but I decided to not try to change too much. After all an elephant IS grey in color! And blue doesn’t necessarily mean jeans.

So well this year I created Ganesha from memory, no videos, no references, nothing. I used 2 boxes of clay instead of one so that I didn’t need to restrict myself.Maybe next year I will use 3 or 4 or more. Oh, the possibilities!

Happy Ganesh Chathurthi in advance peepal! Have a safe and peaceful year. Keeping near and dear ones in my prayers for now.

P.S: More on this festival on or after 19th Sep!