India : the home of boho

Jet black hair flowing down to the waist, paisely prints in all possible shades of a colour adorning graceful bodies , gold or brass jewelry, sea shell beads or tiger tooth on black thread, dusky brown skin glistening in the tropical sun.... the perfect description of free spirited boho-chic and the perfect description of Indian girl .
Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder and maybe what one feels is beautiful may not resonate with others,but if fabrics and accessories were paint what masterpiece would you create?

In India, a wide palette of colours are everywhere,but as we create western ensembles what colours can make our Indian complexion pop?

How can ear rings be style statements against black hair:

And warm red against the brown skin:
or a tunic 
Red could be a good staple to have ,eh ?

Mustard top with accent red jewellery 
or horizontal stripes with design stripes interspersed,black is base,accent colours red,brass,mustard,orange,green
Turquoise only if it's greenish aqua with brown hints and to accent white attire (otherwise it makes for a parched look,no?)
White with brass and brown /gold and black complememnt us too.

White or black is a staple but if not spiced up with accents of colour, it's not so awesome for us tanned girls... so do it like Anjum Anand once again :
ah...also good to have some ; off- white- pearl beads layered necklace!
the collar of this top is good: structured and elongating the neck
Then for real colour celebrations...there's always "global desi"!

And how about some black bead chains for suspending gold/brass/black metal/semi precious /wood pendant

And navy blue is our friend but it should have maroon (I dont like this magenta so much) accents.

gold colour anything is perfect against our skin ,yay!

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Memorials and Sacred Fire

Sacred Fire  is a good book.

 How beautiful to come upon such edifying literature in the public library!

So Ronald Rolheiser says some very interesting things in this book,which got me nodding in agreement and I thought jotting it down here would be good for times when I might forget that I once knew such things to be true,because times of peace and tranquility tend to do that to us,they make us spiritually fat ...

(Here's an interesting fact: when you reach around the age of eighty and you see a new greyish coloured ring around your cornea, that is actually fat deposited deep in the edge of the cornea there!).Similarly,when we get old without too many hitches, our spiritual eyes get fat deposits too... and we begin to forget. Forget how God taught us so many truths through our struggles. When a mother delivers her baby they say she forgets the pains of the preceding labour because of the overwhelming joy of seeing her little baby alive! Forgetting  pains is probably a necessary God given blessing but the down side is that we often forget the associated lessons. Hence the need for memorials. It's all over the bible,it's God's brilliant corollary to the blessing of forgetting,setting up memorials!

To Noah he gave the rainbow* to the Israelites led by Joshua,the 12-stone monuments#...of course there is the Passover and the Lord's Supper...These are a few and I guess,the memorials for me are the posts in this blog :)

So Ronald says that depth of soul is directly proportional to any humiliating suffering undergone by the person.He becomes deep in a generative way if he responds to it empathetically,but deeply destructive if he grows bitter and cynical as a result of it.Ronald says that the anguish of Jesus in Gethsamane was not about whether to die or seek Divine intervention for a way out of dying,rather it was about "how to die".Whether to die in magnanimity of soul or cynical bitterness.We know what Jesus chose,now the question is what will our choice be?

He says that we must at the sunset of life,be prepared to forgive.Forgive everyone including God and ourselves.Forgive God?... But then yeah,we know how we often blame Him for things that are actually beyond our understanding.

Of course the book has more to give,I just remember these points poignantly.
God bless.

*Genesis 9:11,14,15 "I establish My covenant with you; and all flesh shall never again be cut off by the water of the flood, neither shall there again be a flood to destroy the earth." ... It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud,and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh.

 #Joshua3:13 The priests will carry the Ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth. As soon as their feet touch the water, the flow of water will be cut off upstream, and the river will stand up like a wall.”
14 So the people left their camp to cross the Jordan, and the priests who were carrying the Ark of the Covenant went ahead of them. 15 It was the harvest season, and the Jordan was overflowing its banks. But as soon as the feet of the priests who were carrying the Ark touched the water at the river’s edge,16 the water above that point began backing up a great distance away at a town called Adam, which is near Zarethan. And the water below that point flowed on to the Dead Sea[c] until the riverbed was dry. Then all the people crossed over near the town of Jericho.
17 Meanwhile, the priests who were carrying the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant stood on dry ground in the middle of the riverbed as the people passed by. They waited there until the whole nation of Israel had crossed the Jordan on dry ground.
Joshua 4:6
" In the future your children will ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Then you can tell them, ‘They remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the Ark of theLord’s Covenant went across.’ These stones will stand as a memorial among the people of Israel forever.”
So the men did as Joshua had commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan River, one for each tribe, just as the Lord had told Joshua. They carried them to the place where they camped for the night and constructed the memorial there.