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Month: May, 2010

‘The Hole in the Wall’ – a café in Bangalore

 

Recently a cute little café, ‘The Hole in the Wall’, opened up close to our house. Owned and managed by Lynn d’Costa,with generous help from her large family the café serves the tastiest American and Continental breakfast and short eats. I have been there a number of times and I have tried most of the stuff that they like to be known for, waffles, pancakes, pies, cheesecakes among others. 

Lynn has made sure that everything she serves is homemade including the mayonnaise and dips.  Step in later in the afternoon and you can sip a glass of chilled seasonal fruit juice, grab a sandwich and hang around talking to Lynn’s friends and also strangers who seem to lose their reserve in the homely atmosphere of the café.

The café also has a wall dedicated to artwork of local artists.  I am planning to bring out more information on these artists right here on this blog.

The Hole in the Wall’  is located at Ist main, S.T.bd Layout, Koramangala. 

Ph. no. 40949490.

‘Linnea in Monet’s garden’

I ransacked the arts section of Hippocampus (a library and activity centre for children) and discovered two wonderful books. 

The first,  ‘Linnea in Monet’s garden’  is written by Christina Bjork,  illustrated by Lena Anderson and published by R & S books.  

 

This book with its beautiful illustrations tells the story of a little girl named Linnea who is introduced to the work of French artist Claude Monet, through her friend and upstairs neighbour Mr. Bloom.  

Linnea is enthralled by the book that Mr. Bloom owns with its reproductions of Monet’s paintings, old photographs of the artist and his family, the pink house that they lived in and its garden, which Monet painted. 

 

They travel to Paris to see Monet’s paintings at the museum Marmottan

  and visit the artist’s house and garden.

Linnea photographs and sketches the garden and the water lilies in the pond and collects a Wisteria leaf to press in her travel diary… I love this part.

Back home she saves a roll of pink satin ribbon, a kaleidoscope and a red book of maps along with other things she found on her travel, in a little wooden box.

 

Linnea’s peg board with tickets, postcards and photos of the trip. 

The best thing about the book is that the educational information about the artist, his family, his life and the impressionist style of painting is woven in so well with the fictional story of Linnea, making it easy for young children to understand and enjoy.

Paper Swap, what I sent…

And here’s what I sent on the Paper Swap Project through http://wovenletters.blogspot.com/

Paper Swap

I signed up for the fun paper swap project on http://wovenletters.blogspot.com/ last month, and the theme was ‘mad for colours’.   I was thrilled to receive these lovely patterned paper from my swap partner Kim who lives in Colorado. 

Here’s a  closer look at my favourites especially the print at the top right and the textured paper in the middle.

She also added in a little handmade book which I loved- the covers are playing cards.

‘Purple Hibiscus’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

 

I read this wonderful book written by the Nigerian author, in a single day- I just couldn’t put it down.  15 year old Kambili, her brother Jaja and her mother live in constant fear of their father who is hugely respected in the community but is violent, repressive and a religious fanatic at home, indoctrinated on the western concepts of religion and living, and against everything that is traditional. The family lives under his rules with set times for praying and daily schedules which have to be strictly followed.  Throughout the story, you feel the 15 year old’s confused state of mind constantly looking for approval from her father, while being terrified of him and loving him intensely.  There are certain incidents which are horrifyingly violent but the family never talks about them and everything is hidden away until the children learn to look at life in a new perspective at the home of their larger-than-life aunt and their bold, outspoken cousins.  In her cousins’ home she also meets Father Amadi and the love between them is soul-stirringly described.

 I particularly liked cousin Amaka’s relationship with her grandfather and how Kambili longed to have a similar bond.  I furiously waited for the family to escape the tyranny of the father and they do in the end.

 Although the background of the story is set in Nigeria, politically turbulent at the time, the evocative writing makes the story universal.  You feel everything that Kambili does, the terror, confusion, the love for her father and her religion, the loyalty to her family and the sweetest love for Father Amadi.