Kya khayal hai aapka?

I discovered a blog couple of days ago. The blog belongs to a person called Madhavi, who is an extremely creative person.  Below is a Ganesha that she had on her blog and I have tried to recreate.  The background for the Ganesha is from this work of hers.  Dear readers, do tell me what you think?  

Signing off with some Janmashtami photos from the Avial household.


Updated in response to MiM’s comment

Shree Krishna was given a light fat free diet at the Avial household. No fancy-schamcy oil bakshanams. Just sada plain aval nevidyams! I made Puli aval(Huli avalakki), thair aval(Avalakki in yogurt) and vella aval(Sweet avalakki).  Apart from this, He was offered Milk, plain yogurt and butter. In case He was interested in them, some panagam and chukku-chakkarai! And the regular fruits.

My dad after seeing the Varalakshmi Nonbu snaps said, “May She bless you with all round prosperity”. Hmm, considering am already blessed with “allround” do you think I can exchange that blessing for something else? 🙂

Dear FIP(friend in Philly), recognize the vennai eating Krishanar bommai?  That was the super hit of yesterday, everyone loved it! Thanks once again for that 🙂

Tata once again!




  1. maidinmalaysia said,

    September 2, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    er. pls. enumerate names of bakshanams
    kolum is perfect

  2. Shruti said,

    September 2, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    beautiful. Love Love the ganesha 🙂

    • Shankari said,

      September 2, 2010 at 4:04 pm

      Thank you madam 🙂 Your’s is the inspiration really, for the background colour.

  3. September 2, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Ganesha looks very cool, hip and Gen-Z !

    Supercool Gokulashtami photos and mouth-watering Bakshanams. Thanks (to MiM for asking and you for obligingly providing) a detailed list of Bakshanams

    Kolams, set up, lamps – Deiveega Manam Veesudhey !

    • Shankari said,

      September 2, 2010 at 6:23 pm

      Thank you Thank you! You are too generous with your compliments 🙂 The bakshanams were pretty watery, too much water while soaking the aval did the trick 🙂

  4. Swaram said,

    September 2, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Luved the Krishna-Balarama idols. So so cute 🙂

    Nice work there 🙂

    • Shankari said,

      September 2, 2010 at 6:24 pm

      Thanks Swaram. Hope you had a good gokulashtami too.

  5. September 2, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Looks divine. kolam super.

  6. A-kay said,

    September 2, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Krish was offered corn on the cob too? That is truly a first 🙂 Loved the Krish w/butter doll. Should hunt around for that in my next trip for my golu collection.

    • Shankari said,

      September 3, 2010 at 12:48 am

      Well, the theory behind that is what ever is Narad’s favourite, hopefully Narayanan will also enjoy 🙂

  7. September 2, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Aaaah the pics almost put me on a flight and got me home! 😀

    Beautiful! 😀

    • Shankari said,

      September 3, 2010 at 12:48 am

      Thanks Divz! Yet to get to your tag, and now you know why! Will do it soon 🙂

  8. Pooh! said,

    September 2, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Love the Ganesh and the food looks yummy. And since it is fat-free I *want* them

    • Shankari said,

      September 3, 2010 at 12:50 am

      Thanks Pooh! You are always welcome to the Avial household Pooh!

  9. Ani said,

    September 2, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    wow the idol looks very nice… the lamp effect is super

  10. artnavy said,

    September 3, 2010 at 4:24 am

    I love aval and all kinds!!

    Anush had a blast making krishna feet with her own and got Aditi to do a couple

    ur kolams are great- u used rice flour?

    • Shankari said,

      September 3, 2010 at 7:58 am

      I love aval too, though I am partial to the savory/spicy kind. Narad had a blast walking on the Krishnan feet that I made 🙂 I used chalk for making the kolams, dip them in water and use and the kolam stays for a long time. What do you think of the painting?

  11. priyaiyer said,

    September 3, 2010 at 7:47 am

    The Ganesha is beautiful. I have a special soft corner for Ganeshas. 🙂

    The Krishna idol also looks lovely..

  12. Priya said,

    September 3, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Love the Ganesha! Lovely background 🙂
    Nice celebration pics…the krishnar idol is so adorable 🙂

    • Shankari said,

      September 3, 2010 at 10:32 am

      Thanks Priya. The orange yellow combination is my favourite and it always lifts my mood 🙂 Krishnar idol is courtesy a dear friend. She always gifts me the best gifts 🙂

  13. September 3, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Love the Ganesha! The Krishna pic looks super cute. Poor Krishna went hungry in our home. 😦

    Glad you loved the gift. 🙂

    • Shankari said,

      September 4, 2010 at 3:58 pm

      Thanks da! I think you don’t have to worry about him going hungry, am sure he was relieved what with everyone feeding him 🙂 Krishna pic is actually a greeting card given to us by an 80 year old thatha on our wedding 🙂

  14. Viji said,

    September 4, 2010 at 1:00 am

    hi Shankari, This is my first visit. It looks very nice your blog and ganesha too.

    ellaavarkum ona assamshakal.
    hereafter one by another festivals is coming.

    I am also keep coming sankari.

    • Shankari said,

      September 4, 2010 at 3:59 pm

      Welcome here Viji and thanks for all your lovely compliments. Do keep coming back here:)

  15. Viji said,

    September 4, 2010 at 1:01 am

    byw if u get time drop in

  16. Uma said,

    September 13, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Ganesha looks beautiful… love the vennai eating krishna too 🙂

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