Sunday, January 11, 2015

Random Thougths at the Trafic Light




It was cold today. Well, the Sun was out and it was warmer than yesterday, but still cold enough to want to run to the car after a very sweaty Zumba class. While running to the car in the parking lot, all I could think of was to get inside and turn on the heat so my sweaty long hair wouldn't turn into icicles.
  
I pulled out of the parking lot and came to a red light at the traffic light. There has been lot of construction going on for past six months on the road. The city is finally doing much needed widening of the road to accommodate the recent growth.  Waiting for my left turn signal, I saw the newly installed traffic light, all covered with tarp and burlap behind old/still working, existing light. I thought to myself, ''I did not notice that before!'' 

As I drove further up, I started noticing things: Neatly lined up orange cones and cans with couple exceptions which may have been knocked over by some drivers. The cement dividers that had moved a few times and the lane markings have shifted to accommodate the construction crew and to divert the traffic. I could still see the old markings and where the lane used to be but new road is emerging. There are new sidewalks and turn lanes with clean bright concrete along with patched up pot-holes on make-shift lanes. I have gone up and down this road almost every single day. These observations were nothing new, but today there was a parallel  thought pattern that went along during my ten minutes' drive. There was chaos along with harmony. 
Contrast is a beautiful thing!

This same road used to be a one-lane highway about one hundred years ago. It was the only link between the mines up north and nearby highway. As I write, I wonder about numerous layers of tar this road is covered with up until now.

Those who have not witnessed this change as it happening, will never know the past. From them it will be a wide, clean and efficient route connecting them from point A to B.  
Layer is an interesting element. What you see on surface is not the only thing present. Every other layer from the past, may be covered or unknown to the world, remains as crucial as the one on surface, like life itself.


Life is beautiful when all those layers, old and new, combine with new textures and bring peace and calm.  

Speaking of unknowns and layers, I have yet to share many layers of my life with you all.

This might be my last long post for six to seven weeks.Layers I am about to reveal have been building up for few months now.

Do you have my book?
I am leaving for India in couple of days to attend my nephew's wedding. It is time to surround myself with colors and textures not just in the studio or my house but everywhere I turn. I will post pictures on my Instagram (therootconnection) and The Root Connection facebook page (link on the side-bar). I had planned this trip for a while but the news had to take the back seat and let my book bask in all the glory! 

  
After the wedding, I will travel to Rajasthan and Gujarat with few friends from college. In 2012, I traveled to Rajasthan with my family, most of them are engineers. This time it will be with my artist friends and to the cities I missed during my previous visit. That's six sets of eyes and cameras focused on all things arts! Can you imagine that? 

We met when we were 16. It's will be 30 years since we graduated as graphic designers. No matter how long the time between each visit, our friendship is still the same. My visits are hectic yet I have never left Mumbai without spending time with my best friends. Traveling together is going to be a special experience. We all will be adding another layer to our lives. 

I also plan to meet people who make Godharis. My wish is to learn from people who know it first hand. I hope I get to stitch with them. A visit to the Textile Museum in Ahmadabad and meet folk artists in Gujarat is going to be a treat! 

That's all for now! I am taking copies of my book with me. My mom is so eager to see it and I am anxious to see her face when she opens the pages for the very first time.


I will stay connected with pictures and quick posts from the land of peacocks and paisleys, I promise!
 
 

20 comments:

  1. The idea of traveling to view art....what a joy! Have a wonderful time adding that next layer!

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  2. How exciting for you! Have a wonderful trip! I got your book from my sister for Christmas, I cant wait to make the rail fence

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  3. Wishing you the most wonderful visit to your home and magical journeys to new places.

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  4. Have a beautiful trip! Safe travels!

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  5. It sounds like you have an awesome trip planned! I'm looking forward to seeing some of the photos that you take :-)

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  6. Hi Sujata what a fabulous holiday you have in store for you, safe travels. I got your book this week and it is so inspiring I can't wait to start making something from it. I love reading your blog and have always been very inspired by your quilts

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  7. I didn't realize Rajistan was travel with friends. How wonderful. Enjoy to the max!

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  8. It sounds like a wonderful trip! A full-circle kind of experience. Wishing you safe and happy travels!

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  9. Sujata do take care. Life is a beautiful struggle. I saw that quote somewhere. Have a great time re-emercing yourself.

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  10. Have a wonderful time visiting with your family and friends, looking forward to seeing your photos on Instagram. Safe travels.

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  11. Wishing you a happy travel, will be looking forward to your posts from beautiful India.
    Myrto

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  12. Thank you for this post - so fitting as you journey to India to attend a wedding, spend time with friends and family, and to make those connections. Have a wonderful, safe journey. Hurry back as we'll miss you.

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  13. Travel safe. I have enjoyed reading the happiness and joy surrounding the release of your book. I need to take the time and get it ordered.
    Rondi

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  14. Have a fabulous and inspiring trip!

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  15. Have a safe journey and bring home happy memories!

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  16. What a thought provoking and interesting post. It will be wonderful to get a glimpse of what you are experiencing from afar as you post some insights. Have a great journey. I know we will see what inspires you via photos and eventually in quilts.

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  17. When I think of Rajasthan and Gujarat I think of colour and how exciting it must be to be immersed in it. And I make a mental note that one day, I hope, I will visit. I very much look forward to seeing what you see! Have a safe journey and a wonderful time celebrating with family and friends :)

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  18. woohoo, what an exciting, inspirational trip. enjoy and bon voyage!

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  19. Wonderful to hear about the upcoming exciting happenings, what a thrill it is going to be to travel with friends, basking in beautiful colors everywhere you go! Have lots and lots of fun!! Happy and safe travels, Sujata :)

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  20. Happy travels Sujata! I'll be looking forward to reading some inspired posts when you return!

    And I do have your book. I loved it so much I gave it to a friend who fell in love with it and so I had to buy a second copy!

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