I went to Saarang Village for the Kalaripattayu (traditional form of Martial Art) demo. Unfortunately, it had been postponed. Instead of going back to hostel, I decided to stroll around the festival area. The fine arts stall had a new notice put up, regarding a calligraphy competition. Entries had to be submitted by 4 pm the same day and the topic was “Saarang in 30 words.”
I had a set of bamboo calligraphy pens, made by a friend. I had tried to learn the art from her in the past, but the session was over in an hour, and few strokes were all I had learnt. This time I thought of finally using those pens.
I returned to my room, borrowed ink from Moli, and started. 30 words. Halfway, I realized that if I continued in the same size, I won’t be able to accommodate more than 15 words on the sheet! I called the coordinator of the event and he assured me that it’s perfectly fine. Hours of work saved!
In the process, I spilled quite a lot of ink on my table-cloth, spoilt my handkerchief trying to wipe it out, almost finished the ink (Moli: “It was Parker ink dude! You are getting me another one.”) and missed the Kalaripattayu demo 😦 . This was the end result:
And for this one, I won first prize!
Historical novels are latest on my list, for quite some time now. About a month ago, I finished Helen of Troy by Margaret George. Fantastic book! A must read if history/mythology fascinates you. I had decided to buy more of the writer. But last week in Landmark, I saw many books by someone called Valerio Massimo Manfredi – most of them as bestsellers (I later found out that he is a famous Italian historian). So I wanted to try this writer now. I shortlisted two books – The Last Legion (about King Arthur; also made into a movie, starring Aishwarya Rai) and Alexander – Child of a Dream (first of a trilogy). Bought Alexander finally.
I have read 60 pages of the book. But I find it missing in detail when I compare it to Helen of Troy. The story is good. So I think I will anyway enjoy reading it. But no plans to complete the trilogy. After this, I will be back to Margaret George (Cleopatra is a very good book by her, I have come to know).