2013 India Sketch Journal July 14 by Meera Rao
Road side shrines dot the streets - some are just a small niche in a wall, or a small platform with an idol under the shelter of a tree, and some are little structures built with stones and bricks as proper miniature temples as in the sketch above. These don't have a priest but the neighborhood community members take care of daily cleaning, adorning it with fresh flowers and keeping it spruced up. As always, these shrines are reminders of the spirituality, gratefulness for the benevolence of the Universe. Here is a sketch of another shrine from my 2012 sketchbook if you are curious.
2013 India Sketch Journal July 15 by Meera Rao
Sewing Mends the soul - Author Unknown
There is such heavy demand for electricity that routinely people in India experience power outages. Bigger stores and offices have their own generators for times likes these but the little mom and pop stores like the tailor shop in the neighborhood still operate old fashioned sewing machines etc that don't require electricity to run. They can run their business and earn a livelihood. Check out the tailor using the old fashioned sewing machine here and a sketch of the UPS (universal Power Source) here
2013 India Sketch Journal Page 20 by Meera Rao
Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel ~Anon.