Interior Design – Raj Mandir

2 weeks ago I saw this incredible interior design at the Raj Mandir, in Jaipur. Raj Mandir is an icon of the city, a very famous cinema that opened in 1976. After walking inside, it’s easy to understand why it’s so popular.

Check out this amazing lobby area!

Beautiful shapes and colors!

Beautiful shapes and colors!

The lobby

The lobby

The lobby 2

The lobby 2

The lobby 3

The lobby 3

A short story about India – in Portuguese

For my fellow Brazilians, this is a post I made for the blog 360 meridianos, which tells a bit about what it’s like to live in India. This text is in Portuguese, but works fine in English with Google Translator. Otherwise, the version in English will be posted soon. ;)

http://www.360meridianos.com/2013/10/intercambio-em-jaipur-india.html

My testimonial on 360 meridianos blog.

My testimonial on 360 meridianos blog.

Fun Facts About India: On the Road

Today’s episode – “on the road”.
Last week I asked Mr Bobby to take me to a fruit market that was on the opposite side of the road. “No problem maam, in India each and everything is possible” ;) . Bobby improvised and just drove his rickshaw on the wrong way of the road until we reached the market – this is super normal. Wonders of everyday life

Taking a rickshaw with Mr. Bobby. Watch on YouTube!

Taking a rickshaw with Mr. Bobby. Watch on YouTube!

Diwali Photos!

As I just mentioned, I spent Diwali day with dear friends, Indian traditions and lights. Here are some photos of this amazing weekend. We went to MI Road and Pink City to see the Diwali lights and Nahargarh Fort, where you have an amazing view of Jaipur in the evening, specially with the lights. On …

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Cultural Tolerance

These past few days in India we’ve been celebrating Diwali. It’s the biggest holiday in India, where people decorate their homes with lights, make celebrations in family, wear new clothes, give each other gifts, light up the sky with fireworks, and the employees get financial bonuses as well. Looks like Christmas, doesn’t it? However, Diwali …

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Chand Baori

Today we went on a day trip to Chand Baori, in the village of Abhaneri. From Jaipur it’s less than a 2 hour drive on the road to Agra. Chand Baori is a stepwell built in the 800s AD, and it’s purpose was to keep water from the rain, because Rajasthan is a very arid …

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Fun Facts about India: Bollywood

Bollywood musicals, with cool songs and dance moves. It’s amazing how Bollywood songs do not stay only in movies itself, as they become very pop hits in radios and also TV, even before its release in movie theatres. :D So far, this one is my favorite:

Badtameez Dil – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Check out the video on You Tube!

Check out the video on You Tube!

 

Thank you India!

Isn’t it amazing the journey that is life?

Today, coming back from lunch, walking at an empty sandy road in industrial Jaipur, I started to think of everything that has happened to me since I arrived in “Incredible India”. In only 2 months and a half so much has happened, so many happy but also difficult moments. In the end, it turns out that it really are those hard moments that make me grow the most. For this I am forever thankful. I am thankful for this entire experience, for overcoming challenges, for not losing faith, for all those difficult moments that make me become a stronger person each day. Just as I was thinking about this, my ipod starts playing “Thank You”, by Alanis Morissette, which happens to have an almost too perfect chorus for my thoughts:

“Thank you India
Thank you terror
Thank you disillusionment
Thank you frailty
Thank you consequence
Thank you thank you silence”
“Thank you India
Thank you providence
Thank you disillusionment
Thank you nothingness
Thank you clarity
Thank you thank you silence”

Life is just such a beautiful journey, even with all its imperfections.

 

Journeys

Journeys

Unkown Artists

I have always admired artists and people with good drawing skills. So imagine what a lovely surprise when I arrived in India to find out the amazing drawings that people do with henna, also called mehndi. Anonymous faceless artists, who do hundreds or thousands of temporary artworks that will fade forever in a matter of days.

Lady giving me a henna tattoo (mehndi) at Choki Dani, in Jaipur.

Lady giving me a henna tattoo (mehndi) at Choki Dani, in Jaipur.

To some people, drawing is almost impossible, to them it’s easily done in a matter of a few minutes. Every time I get a henna tattoo done, everyone just loves it, which makes me feel better and happy…and the people who did the tattoo will probably never know the good they caused.
Today’s post is a tribute to them, all of these amazingly skilled people who probably will never be famous artists, but who still bring more beauty and joy to other people and into this world. 
Simple people who create beauty.