And still I live.

Borne of a lotus sullied

how they sting

sweet poison in their veins

spite in their laughter.

Now the jungle rules

the strong may survive

the weak perish

And still I live.

Brooch. Sterling silver. Ruby.

And still I live

                                                                                        And still I live

And still I live

                                                                                      And still I live

Under the night sky

I was inspired by a couple of lines from Surinder Singh Johar’s book, ‘Guru Tegh Bahadur: A Biography’. The book is about the ninth guru of the Sikhs, Guru Tegh Bahadur, who gave his life for his beliefs.

“The Martyr laid down his life in order to prove the truth he held dear. He was neither afraid of pain nor torture.”

The brooch, ‘Under the night sky’, shows a simplified façade of the Sis Ganj Gurudwara, in Chandni Chowk, Delhi, where the Guru was beheaded under a Banyan tree (back of piece). In the front, is a bird-a lone believer, at the entrance of the gurudwara, aglow with the knowledge of his Guru’s courage and sacrifice, giving him the strength to steadfastly believe in and pursue, what he holds dear.

The piece is made in sterling silver with C.Z.

Under the night sky: front

Under the night sky: front

Under the night sky: back

Under the night sky: back

Sis Ganj Gurudwara, Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi

Sis Ganj Gurudwara, Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi

Dreams of October

October’s Blog-o-sphere Think Tank topic: “Seasonal shifts….Do you enjoy the changing of the seasons?”

The season is changing. Some days, the heat sears through the skin. On other nights, the cold chills the bone. My nights are restless, mostly from unpleasant dreams. I lie awake till exhaustion consumes me. The eyes always feel dull…they haven’t laughed in a long time. Darkness beckons.

He was always big, in stature and in ego. I often thought of him as a large inflated balloon, gaping at works of art with his mouth wide open…at a complete loss of words.
He had unsuccessfully tried setting up his own business. His father had to intervene eventually. That must have humbled him; always so sensitive about not being able to make it on his own.

And then his son was born…not all man would he ever be.

This large man, with his large pride, cowered and cried in the dark till he was limp, not from sorrow but sore from bruised pride. His wife must have rubbed him, and massaged him…and bathed him in oils, prodding him on, all day, everyday, till he was ready to face the world again…with this son, not all man.

Suddenly, he turned to me…this priest of smallness, sermonizing…must have a wife to massage and art that can only be hobby.

It is Diwali. The noise deafens me. I try to run but my leg is wrapped up with fire crackers. My mother’s face is lit with spite. She holds the other end of the rope as she lights the crackers. I break into cold sweat. My heart is pounding madly. It will break through my flesh any moment now.
Is it a dream?…It is a dream! It is a dream!
Then why can’t I wake up?..Wake up. Wake up!

My eyes open. The silence is pitch dark. I lie paralyzed.

And here’s the brooch that was inspired by this month’s blog post…or was it the other way ’round.

The limp of the Royal Buffoon

The limp of the Royal Buffoon

You can read my friends posts on this topic here:

Andes Cruz: http://andescruz.wordpress.com/2014/10/20/seasonal-shifts/

Kathleen Krucoff: http://kathleenkrucoff.wordpress.com

Robyn Hawk: http://flyviewsandreviews.blogspot.com/

Catherine Witherell: http://happydayart.typepad.com

Tosca Teran: http://nanopod.me/2014/10/20/seasonal-shifts/

Shelagh Blatz http://www.designsbyshelagh.com/blog

The vigil of Utka, the expectant heroine

I was inspired by the traditional, miniature style Basohli Painting, that I came across in M.S. Randhawa’s book of the same name.

It is a painting of Utka, the expectant heroine who is waiting at the trysting place. Nearby is a lotus pond. It is a pitch dark night and her anxiety is greatly aroused at her lover’s inability to keep his appointment with her at the promised hour.

The vigil of the expectant heroine

The vigil of the expectant heroine

In the pendant cum brooch, Utka’s anxiety is evident through the restlessness of the parrot and the startled deer (back of piece), both symbols of love. The piece is made of sterling silver and pearls.

The vigil of Utka: front

The vigil of Utka: front

The vigil of Utka: back

The vigil of Utka: back

Shiva emerging from the pillar of fire

‘….a pillar of fire appeared between them. It stretched up beyond the dome of the sky and down below the foundations of the earth. And the fire seemed to be burning without any fuel.

Both Brahma and Vishnu decided to look for the ends of this pillar of fire. Brahma took the form of the swan and flew up to find its top. Vishnu took the form of a boar and dug his way down, determined to find its base.’

‘[....] the pillar of fire burst open and out came another god, who looked like a mendicant, smeared with ash and wrapped in animal skins.

The mendicant identified himself, ‘If the formless can be given a form then I am he. I am God, I am Shiva.’

From the 7 Secrets of Shiva by Devdutt Pattanaik

Shiva emerging from the pillar of fire: pendant cum brooch

sterling silver

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Shiva emerging from the pillar of fire

Blog-o-sphere Think Tank

We are a group of bloggers who come together on the 20th of each month to post on the same topic at the same time.
Some of us are studio jewelers and artists.

You can check out our posts and our work here:

Andes Cruz(moderator & Blog-o-sphere Think Tank idea generator)  : http://www.andescruz.wordpress.com

Beth Cyr: http://bcyrjewelry.blogspot.com/

Kathleen Krucoff: http://mysticalmythicalmetalwork.wordpress.com/

Barbara Donovan: http://barbaradonovan.blogspot.com/

WATTO (Mary Spenser Watson) http://www.wattoonline.com/news

Pallavi Gandhi: http://studioat605.wordpress.com/

Catherine Witherell: http://happydayart.typepad.com

Shelagh Blatz http://www.designsbyshelagh.com/blog

K.Skiles Studio: http://kaskiles.com

Tosca Teran: http://www.nanopod.me

Robyn Hawk: http://flyviewsandreviews.blogspot.com