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Contest @ Lets do Something

Lets do Something (the activity center @ Velachery) is celebrating its 2nd anniversary on 2nd October. There is a Drawing and Painting competition for children 4yrs + between 3 PM to 4 PM. Prizes sponsored by Crossword bookstore, Chennai.

They are also offering discounts on their regular classes. You can call 9042806148.


Pottery Workshop


…at Lets Do Something was even better than what they had organised last time. Last time, the entire workshop was spent on the wheel while this time we had a mix of the wheel and some clay molding. I looked at what the 8 yr olds had done in the morning session and got cold feet but it was too late to back out. I had paid up by then. The teacher must have sensed my apprehension, she was quick to dismiss my fears and I turned out alright.

So, what did we make? Roses, Calla Lily and other assorted flowers, candle holder, a face mask, few pots, an incense holder and couple of murals with all the flowers and leaves that we had made. They are drying now and am waiting to paint it next weekend.

I don’t have the other pictures handy with me…but will surely update….

We had a very good teacher and she apparently runs a center dedicated to clay art, besides having a full time job!! Some people have all the energy (and talent too) *SIGH*. I’m also signing up for terracotta jewelry making workshop next month – there were some on display – Awesome is the word!

Random Jottings…


We visited Mahamudra, the new restaurant attached to a spa at Mylapore. What an ambiance! Food wise, you do get a lot of the routine stuff and some very different (and healthy) dishes – uses some of the native pulses like corn, maize, ragi and the likes. We loved it. I would say, go with an open mind and explore. Only pure vegetarian. There’s a small shop attached, carrying an impressive assortment of jute, cane, palm leaf, stone, metal, fabric and paper stuff. All environment friendly. And then there’s the spa, gym, beauty parlour etc. Indulgence.

We checked out Crimson Chakra – Pattu waddled happily in the water enclosure. Food was good, very good indeed. We were a large group and they had this really nice and convenient concept called the ‘set menu’. It is something like a buffet that’s served to you at the table. You get very good spread, you don’t waste, you don’t waste a lot of time ordering and there’s no confusion either.

Dosa Calling at Adyar – One can’t complain, food is decent. But the taste is easily forgettable. Good place to go if you are looking for something clean, safe and affordable for breakfast or brunch.

Before signing off – some Velachery updates: Sangeetha has its restaurant at Velachery now!
Some more new blocks on the road are:

– Red Carpet – Footwear
– CreMeMore – Ice creams
– Sketch – Clothes
– Baker’s Code – Bakery

All on Bye Pass Road.

Keep them Buzy…


Has anyone checked out the workshop on Chrysalis Busy Bee Fun Factory at Landmark, Apex Plaza? It is on till 25th May. Looks like it is only for kids 5 yrs and above.
Dakshinachitra seems to have lots in offer for children – residential camps, activity camps, Glove Puppetry and Leather Puppet making on 5th and 28th May respectively. There are some workshops for adults as well – more details here
I would like attend the Art Exhibition between 1st and 10th May by Rohini Thotta Tharani.
Let’s do something has a Mocktail workshop tomorrow – just what we want to beat the Chennai heat! The Robotics Workshop is back on popular demand and there’s the summer camp for kids 5+ yrs.

Also noticed that Velachery now has Born Babies on Bye Pass road. With Half Ticket, Niel & Nikki and Cotton City (inside Srishti on Bye Pass Road), Velachery definitely seems to be improving!

Tried the Citrus body wash and Papaya Ginger jam from Fab India and loved them! Highly recommend Papaya Ginger …

Have just got some organic groceries delivered from a new vendor – will check them out and give more details later….

Indian. Chinese. Tandoor


…seems to be the winning combination. Every third restaurant that has opened in the last 5 years claim to serve ‘Indian, Chinese, Tandoor’. Wonder why Tandoor is different from Indian.
I guess this kind of covers pretty much everything that the Indian taste buds would relish especially the Gopi Majoorian and Panneer Fried Rice and the Tom Yum soup suspiciously looking like the rasam from the ‘Indian’ kitchen. Tandoor would have Gopi Parotta and Dhal Makkanni with Chettinad spicing! I’ve always been wary of this combination – I avoid it if I have a choice else just stick to the ‘Indian’ part of the menu.
This somehow reminds me of Bollywood (and the other local ‘Ollywoods we have) – Song & Dance. Sentiment. Stunt. = Winning Combination. Indian. Chinese. Tandoor. = Winning Combination. Maybe its just us, Indians!

Speaking of which, I recently saw a board in our own Velachery (I think it is The Rock…not sure though) that said, ‘Indian. Chinese. Tandoor. Thai’ – something in me switched on the red alert. Guys, Watch out!

Btw, has anyone tried ‘Ugadi’ the Andhra joint that has recently opened at Velachery?

Meet Ms Potter


Ah, I’d been getting my hands dirty at the potter’s wheel for a good 2 hours (or probably more…time just flew..)today. What fun mucking around…I don’t quite blame Pattu for her indulgence.

Lets do Something
is a new place that has opened just a week back at Velachery. Its a hobby center and an activity center for both children and adults. Apart from the regular dance, music, yoga, painting routine, this place also offers slightly niche and interesting things like workshops in Pottery, Photography and the likes (they are adding to the list and some ideas and insights would be welcome). The best thing from my point of view is – this place lets you try out things if you don’t want to commit yourself and invest for an entire course. So, you can pay per session, try it out and enroll once you are sure you are hooked to it.

I tried the pottery workshop and made quite a few pots – maybe around 10 of them…and nearly 4 – 5 with my own dirty hands(OK, the potter set up the wheel and the base clay and I took over from there). They all are drying now – will post pics of my creation in a couple of days. I tried out some fancy things like making dents to the pots I made (trying to make it look arty) and it broke my teacher’s heart – he was training me to get the symmetry right and I insisted on asymmetrical patterns (a bit too early I guess).

Pattu found it funny that amma was playing with clay and water and creating a lot of mess. She had her share of fun on the other side of the wall with games, books, play doh, paint etc. In fact, she got a chance to do a hand imprint on their wall – the first happy customer 🙂 – a tiny green hand… she was all smiles…
So, for Rs.300, I got to muck around for more than 2 hrs, I got 10 pots that I’m sure to flaunt(5 good ones and 5 teda hai but mera hai samples), I figured out that I have a freak chance at the potter’s wheel if I worked hard… and we had two beaming kids at the end of it all (the Amma became a kid for a while) – totally worth it!

There’s also a 3 weeks’ free trial for Western Dance for children in the age group of 4 yrs to 9 yrs. Anyone?

Incidentally, my friends have started this place and they are still evolving the concept – people in Chennai, please do visit and give your feedback. The Phone No: 044-45014350