I completed my giant mandala doily today. It is 5 feet(140 centimeters/ 55 inches) in diameter. Let me give you an idea… Approx 4000 meters/ 2 kilograms of super bulky yarn used up. Yay to stash busting! Pattern is yet to be released.
Here is how my chunky rug looks like:
Here is how it looks in my living room:
A closeup of this round geometric rug:
My hand for reference to show how big this chunky doily really is:
Me & my goofiness with my giant superstar 😛 :
Pattern will be released tomorrow on my birthday. 🙂
There is no power greater than the power of adversity. It empowers me, challenges me. While other people want things the easy way, it tickles my adventurous spirit. I am not afraid of adversities. I challenge it full on.
…..This is just a little piece of my philosophy related to this art fabric.
Here is my story about it…
For those of you who don’t know, I make sari yarn with art silk fabric. I have cut ribbons after ribbons of yarn till date. While I used to make it, a lot of thread strands used to fall out of it. I diligently collected as many as I could. Here is how it looked before I made the fabric.
I sewed it all together and made a fabric. I saw a video once of a similar fabric where the person sandwiched the yarns in between 2 pieces of dis-solvable fabric. I searched for this fabric everywhere here in India. But I couldn’t find it.
I challenged myself to make it without the dis-solvable fabric. It is really possible to make fabric without it. It is just a bit difficult to make but not impossible.
The end result of this fabric is thick and thin. It does not have a stable thickness. But that is the beauty of handmade things, right? I had to be careful and make sure that it didn’t clog the feed of my sewing machine. But Yay! it is finally done. Here is how my beauty looks like.
To make it, just use small amount of threads at a time and start sewing on it like you would when you do patchwork. Then join the small pieces together by putting some more scrap threads over it and sewing around it.
You will need to sew it using the straight stitch. I tried using the zig-zag stitch. But it made the piece kind of pinched up instead of soft and fluffy.
Eventually, you will have an uneven piece. Cut the ends to make it into a square/ rectangle/ rounds/ oval or any other shape of fabric that you desire.
I am feeling totally accomplished after making it. I hope you enjoy it. Cheers!
Bhayander East Chowpatty is a must visit place for all residents of Mira Bhayandar. It is located at Jesal Park in Bhayandar East.
Jesal Park is one of the most posh, planned & premium localities. This state of art location reflects the personality & taste of affluent section of the society.
Bhayander East Chowpatty
Jesal Park chowpatty or khadi is a 10 minutes walk from the railway station. You can also take a rickshaw from Bhayandar East. The fare is Rs.20/-. During the departure, you can avail sharing rickshaw for Rs.8/- per seat. It is a favorite spot for people after a tiring day. The cool breeze of the sea and open air makes you feel refreshed. You can even see the famous Jivdani temple in the distance in a miniature form from the chowpatty!
Residents from all over Mira-Bhayandar area come here mostly on weekends. People who live far off visit only during Ganpati Visarjan or some other big festivals like Durga Puja, etc.
Recently, the seagulls at the Jesal Park beach has become a prime attraction for the visitors and especially children.
Seagulls At Bhayandar East Chowpatty
A short walk from the main entrance of the chowpatty, you will find a small pigeon house (kabutar khana). In the early morning and evening, you will see hundreds of these birds. Some feed them out of love and other give them food for gaining some good karmas. Either ways, you and your children will like to spend your some of your time here.
Bhayandar East Chowpatty
There are also horse rides for children on Sunday evenings which is a 150 meters ride for Rs.30/-.
Horse Riding Bhayander East Chowpatty
Other than that, there are some remote toy cars and bikes for toddlers. The price is Rs.20/- for 50 meters ride.
Toy Car Rides
There is a good park for children which has many swings, slides, rocking ducks, etc. Not many people know that is called, ‘Chacha Nehru Bal Udyan Park’. Mostly local residents come with their young children after school hours in the evening.
It is often seen that sometimes parents, grown-ups or teenagers comes and do the swings. The swings are not meant to carry that much weight and eventually breaks. Although, a security guards comes to open and close the park at the stipulated hours yet they are not present inside the park. It is the responsibility and concern for the grown-ups to understand that the rides in the park are for children only. We have enjoyed our childhood and now it is the time of our young ones to enjoy it. Let us not deprive them of their small pleasures. There are many other places to take selfies and amusement parks for adults where we can enjoy ourselves.
Chacha Nehru Bal Udhyan Park
There is also a joggers park, rose garden, a big football ground, volleyball ground, cricket ground, etc. The football ground has a podium which is basically used by dance groups who practice different kinds of dances and also for different festivities and functions like Dussera, Janmastami. During the festivals, functions and weekends, the chowpatty gets overly crowded.
My daughter, Shaman at Flower Garden/ Joggers Park!
If you are on a picnic with your family for a few hours and looking for good food, then you will be disappointed. There are some roadside hawkers who sell the usual street food like ‘bhel puris’, ‘golas’, etc but if you are health conscious, then it is not recommended. Better bring your own home made snacks or at least buy some packet food from a store. It is always a pleasure to watch sunrise or sunset at Bhayander chowpatty.
Sunrise At Bhayandar East Khadi
Another feature of the chowpatty beach is its gymnasium ground. It has basic gym equipment for the general public who are interested in workouts.
A police chowky is also present in the chowpatty to maintain law and order. Drinking water and washroom facilities are available in the chowpatty.
In the day time, you see many couples and college students around that area taking selfies & having a good and private time together. In the morning time, you will mostly see people who are health conscious either doing yoga, jogging, fast walking or simply taking a morning walk.
Senior citizens have a separate open room where they come and can have a rest for a while on the benches inside it. There is a newsstand which contains daily newspapers.
There is an ample space for sitting like benches and space outside the Jogger’s Park railing. Many also sit on the ground with their family with equal joy.
An upcoming water sports project at chowpatty is in the pipeline. Recently, the road construction project directly from chowpatty, Jesal Park to Ghodbunder Road got approved. The boat/ferry/ jetty services at the beach was in operation until recently. They charged a nominal ticket of Rs.50 for a half an hour ride.
The only pathetic thing is that people still throw dump or their worship materials (pooja samagri) in the sea. Although, more and more people are becoming aware of this kind of pollution, yet complete change in the overall awareness is still a distant goal.
Dump At Chowpatty
A word of warning and caution. Do not go too close to this sea as it is notorious for many unpleasant events in the past. Do not even think about taking a swim in those waters. There are no lifeguards around who are present only during major festivals.
Bird’s View Of Chowpatty From Sea
Overall, if you come with your friends, family, girlfriend/boyfriend or are even a loner, then still this is one of the cool place to chill out. It is better than nothing and all Jesal Park residents are grateful for this chowpatty whether they might say it aloud or not.
The chowpatty itself is well maintained and mostly clean except for the dump that is found here and there. There is no sand per se as you expect when you hear the word, ‘chowpatty’ or ‘khadi’. as it is all concrete. However, Bhayander East Chowpatty is still a place to visit better than nothing.
Welcome to Byculla Zoo, Mumbai. Also Known As Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan. It Is Located In Byculla, Mumbai. The Zoo Timings Are Between 9.30 AM To 6 PM. Every Day Except Wednesdays & Public Holidays. The Entry Fees Is Rs.20/- For Adults & Rs.10 For Minors.
The zoo is about 15 minutes from Byculla railway station. There are various ways to reach the zoo. It is about 20 minutes journey from Kurla station. If you are coming from western railway, then alight at Dadar and then take a central railway train to Kurla. Then, from Kurla, take a train to Byculla. From Byculla, it is at a walking distance. You can also take a taxi cab from Mumbai Central. Please note that the park remains closed on Wednesdays and public holidays. It is one of the oldest zoo in India.
The zoo was originally known as Victoria Gardens during the British period. It was renamed to Rani Bagh and now it is officially called Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan. Although, most citizens of this city prefer to call it as Rani Bagh or Byculla zoo. The zoo was donated to BMC by a jewish businessman named David Sassoon.
Byculla Zoo Mumbai
Review of Byculla Zoo:
They do not have an official website which is a pity. You cannot book tickets online for the zoo. You will have to visit the zoo for the same. The queue for booking tickets is minimum and so you should get it without much waiting.
It is not very pleasant to visit this zoo in the summer season. The best time to visit it is between September to January. But, it is still fun for all grown ups to visit it with kids during any season. If it brings smile to their faces, it will sure make you happy!
I would suggest that you eat at home or out before you visit the park. No eatables are allowed inside the zoo. The security guards will check your bags and if they find any packets of food, etc then they will ask you to consume it or leave it before you go inside the zoo. You can take your water bottles and other belongings with you.
There are no places inside the zoo which sells eatables. Buy mineral water bottles before you enter it. Also, be prepared to walk a lot as there are no transportation inside this huge zoo which is spread about many acres. The drinking water facility is ill maintained and believe me you would not like to drink from the taps which are located inside the zoo.
Remember to take your mobile camera. There are some charges from digital and professional cameras but not for cellphone cameras. Keep your batteries pre-charged. Spare at least two hours for the tour. Weekends are good but weekdays are better to visit the zoo as there is less crowd.
Do not be so engrossed in taking the pictures and videos that you forget to enjoy the moment and time with your children. Sometimes, it is easy to spot an animal while at other times, you will have to wait to even get a glimpse of those exotic animals. Many times, you will realize that the cages or enclosures are actually empty inside and there are no animals living in it! On rare occasions, people have spotted a boa or snakes inside the zoo! That will be your bonus as they are not officially caged.
Spotted Deers In Byculla Zoo
Some of the animals and birds that you will see are crocodiles, hippos, spotted deers, monkeys, emus, porcupine, lions, bear, a hyena and fox in small dark rooms, etc. You will also get a chance to see some elephants but from a distance. Among the birds, you will find African parrots, peahen, white crows (yes, you read it right!), cranes, macau, various species of colorful flamingos, etc.
Peahen In Byculla Zoo
Unfortunately, these wild animals and birds have to live in captivity so that they entertain visitors like you and me. Try not to make unnecessary noise or talk loudly when you are close to them. Some visitors especially kids tease them to get their attention. Parents should ensure that the peace and privacy of these animals and birds is not disturbed.
Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan
You should have patience to see these endangered animals especially crocodiles, hippos and bears. They are not there to please or entertain you even if you like to think so. The living condition of these wild animals and birds are not so great, so do not have any high expectations. It has been reported that the zoo will introduce some penguins, lions, polar bears, etc.
Even a complete makeover of the zoo is planned in the future. I am not sure whether all these plans have been implemented till date or not. Just be content and happy that there is at least something worth being treasured in this concrete city instead of complaining. Shift your focus and concentrate on the positive side.
There is not any proper directions or a mini map of the zoo so that you can plan your tour without wasting your energy. Everything becomes a random choice. Whenever you find a bunch of people looking somewhere, you can be sure that you will find an animal or a bird.
The summary is that your kids see such animals or birds only in the books, television or on youtube. Today, we are entrapped in the virtual world so much that we have almost lost contact with the physical world. It is time to show them these birds and animals in real time. Let them appreciate the nature and the wild life.
Since you will be visiting the zoo, I would also recommend you to visit the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum which is just at the entrance of the zoo. However, you should visit the museum only if you have any spare energy and time left after your tour!
Watch my picture video of Byculla zoo:
Address of Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan:
Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Rd,
Maharashtra, India Phones: 022-23725799/ 022 23742162
I am super excited about this new art yarn I made. This is how my braided art yarn looks like.
I cut strips of this ikat fabric.
Indian Ikat Fabric
Each of these strips were 1/2 inch wide. I then joined each of these short strips together using the zig-zag stitch on my sewing machine. I used 2 strands of this uneven yarn with one strand of nylon yarn from my yarn stash to make this braided yarn.