Friday, 18 January 2013

Tip #3 : To be natural, the Indian way

Well, most of us face this problem with butter milk or curds. When you feel like having a cup of buttermilk, its in the refrigerator, so its too cold for you to drink it comfortably. But, if you leave the yogurt or buttermilk outside the refrigerator it becomes sour and again you cannot enjoy your cup of buttermilk. Here is an easy way to help you keep the yogurt or buttermilk outside the refrigerator and yet preventing it from becoming sour. Just put a piece of Banana leaf inside the curd or buttermilk when you wish to keep it out or when there is a power cut for a very long time. Your curd will remain fresh and tasty!!

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Tanjore paintings !!

Tanjore paintings are quite popular and are known for their beauty and their richness. A Tanjore painting on the wall of your house will surely give a very rich look to your home. This art is believed to have originated in the Vijayanagar dynasty, but later nurtured by the rich kings of Tanjore. These paintings can be used for enhancing the looks of your home and also as gifts for your near and dear ones. Trust me, people will never forget you and your gift when you gift them a Tanjore painting.

Coming to the materials used in making a Thanjavur paintings, the main item which adds to its richness and beauty is Gold. Yes, we use 24 ct pure gold in our paintings!! Thus the value of a Tanjore painting appreciates alongwith the increase in gold price. Another important part of a Tanjore painting is the "Teak wood frame in Chettinad style". Though we can get it framed with ordinary frames to reduce the cost of the painting, it is this Chettinad style teak wood frame that adds to the beauty of the painting and also gives that antique look. Apart from this we use many other materials like natural gum, chalk powder, cloth, wooden board etc.

Speaking about the making of a Tanjore painting, all I can say is that it is a laborious process and involves a lot of work and dedication from the artist. From the making of the board which involves a lot of physical work to the painting of the eyes which involves lot of imagination, time and an artistic bent of mind, each step is unique and intersting in its own way.

A good Tanjore painting is always judged by looking at the eyes of the God. In Tanjore painting, lot of importance is given to the eyes and a lote of effort goes into making the eyes and face look very natural.

Only painitngs of Gods and Goddesses are made in this style. That is how it is from many many years, when the king of Tanjore got the paintings of Gods and Goddesses done until now. The original Tanjore paintings can be seen in the meuseum of Tanjore. The price of a Tanjore painting depends on the size of the painting.

Here are some of the Tanjore paintings made by me (Shubha). I can make the painting of any God or Goddess. We can negotiate the price over phone or mail. If you wish to own a Tanjore painting, please feel free to call me or mail me or meet me at the following  :

Flat No. CF-5, Bay breeze Duraiswamy apartments,
New No.119, ECR road, Thiruvanmiyur,


No.63, 6th main, Saraswathipuram,
Mysore - 570009

Email :

Phone: 9677240781

Wednesday, 22 August 2012


Hi All,

Sanaathani proudly presents another range of handicrafts!!! Any guesses?? Well, we are now introducing 'Terracota' items. Since Ganesh chathurthi is coming very soon, we thought of staring with teracotta Ganeshas. These terracotta items are very beautiful and will give an ethnic look to the place where they are placed.

Our Terracotta artist is Mr.Anand Pal from West Bengal. He has learnt this art from his dad. Now, since the income from selling this is insufficient for him, he has shifted to gardening work. We, at Sanaathani did not want his talent to go in vain. So we promised to sell as many creations of his as possible. Hope everypne supports!!

Note: If required, we can provide you with peices which do not have a varnish coating.

Teracotta idols serve as wonderful gift items and also wonderful decorative items. If you want to  buy any of these items, please contact me:

Shubha G
Flat no. CF5, New number 119, East Coast Road,
Tiruvanmiyur, Chennai - 600041

email id :

Mobile : 9677240781

Facebook page :
Please do 'like' my page.

Feel free to contact me anytime. Always there to help you out!!

Product Name: Ganesha with an umbrella
Price: Rs.100
Product name: Ganesha on swan
Price: Rs.200
Product name : Sitting Ganesha
Price : Rs.350

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Tip #2: To be natural the Indian way!

Are you suffering from gas problem? Are you having pain in ur stomach or chest due to accumulation of gas? Then here is an easy home remedy to get rid of this problem!
Take a glass full of butter milk. the butter milk should not be very thick. It should be watery. Add a pinch of Asafoetida (known as 'hing' in Hindi and 'prungaayam' in Tamil). Stir it and drink it! You will get immediate relief!

Instead of going for artificial effervescent fruit salts you can go for this easy home remedy. You can thus get a relief from your problem by avoiding chemicals getting into your body.And buttermilk and Asafoetida are usually present in all homes all the time.

We should all remember one thing " The food which when taken in a state of health helps in enhancing your health level can only act as a good medicine when you are ill. Such a food alone will not have side effects leading to other problems". Hope this tip helps!!

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Tip #1: To be natural the Indian way!

Hi All,

I have tasted Vim bar, Pril etc., Have you? Guess each of us would have, atleast once, when we or our servants dont wash of the soap properly. Here is an idea to overcome this!

You can use Shikha powder instead of these chemical dish washing bars. We have started using this in our home! And it is in no way inferior to the dishwashing bars. Shika powder easily removes the oils from the vessles. Infact, I felt it is far more powerful than the dish washing bars.

The scientific name for shika kai plant is Acacia concinna. The powder is prepared by drying the fruit pods, leaves and bark of the plant and then grinding it into a powder. The bark contains Saponin which is a foaming and cleaning agent.

Shika powder is available in all provisional stores in India. Big brands like 'Meera' have also started selling shika powder packs, which will be available in almost all super markets.

Shika powder has a very low pH, therefore it will not extract the natural oil from your skin, unlike the chemical dish washing bars and solutions. I have seen many ladies complaining that their skin has become rough after using such and such a dish washing bar or soap. Sometimes the skin becomes so dry that it starts peeling off. So, to maintain the beautiful skin of your hands, start using Shika powder!

Even if by chance, you dont wash off the shika powder properly, there is no need to worry. Its totally natural and will not harm your body even when it goes into your body!

And last but not the least, by using Shika powder, you prevent water pollution!

So what are you all waiting for? Just start using shika powder!!

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Black pottery of Manipur

Black pottery is a very rare kind of pottery, made only in Manipur and not easily available everywhere.

Black  pottery has a very old history. It was known as LOREE HAMLEI also called 'Royal pottery' because only rich and dignified noble families could afford to buy them. They used these pots to cook food especially during special occassions like marriages.

If you are of the opinion that these pots are painted black to bring that colour, then I am sorry to say that you are completely wrong. These pots are made from a special type of rock called 'The black serpentine rock' that is naturally black in colour, available only in certain hills of Manipur. The craftsmen collect these rocks, crush them and convert it into a powder. The powder is then mixed with  water to form a paste. The beautifully shaped cooking pots, mugs, kettles and many more beautiful items are made with hands only. The craftsmen do not use even a potter's wheel because this material cannot be shaped using a potter's wheel. Thus it requires lot of skilled labour for its making. The pots are made by the tribes of Manipur.

Note: Cane is used for decorating the item. Items with cane decoration cannot be used in microwave, because cane will get burnt out.
The pots will be hot after microwaving them. So do not remove the pots from microwave with bare hands

Intersting feature of these pots:

These pots can be used in microwave ovens. So I request microwave users to go for these pots rather than using plastic containers. These are natural and chemical free products and hence will not be harmful in any way.

Another interesting  fact about these pots is that, when hot food it kept closed in these pots, they remain hot for a very long time. Also, when something cold is kept in these pots, they remain cold for a long time. Isnt that interesting??

Finally, the items like coffee mugs, tea cups, snacks bowls etc., are aesthetically appealing and attractive. They have a rich look that will surely add more value to you home!!!

These pots are available with me. I have put the pics of the different types of black pottery available with me, along with the price. You can contact me to place orders.

My contact details:
4E, Chand Tower,
No.128, L.B.Road,
Chennai - 600041
Ph: 09677240781

Product name: Soup Bowl or microwave container.
It is available in 2 sizes : Big and small
Price: Soup Bowl Big- Rs.350
             Soup Bowl Small- Rs.250

Product name: Beer Mug
(Can be used as a penstand or as milk mug)
Price: Rs. 590

Product name: Snack Bowl triangle
(Can be used for decorative purposes also)
Price: Rs.400

Product Name: Snack bowl
Price: Rs. 300

Product Name: Milk Pot Oval
Price: Rs.1400

 Product name: Milk mug
(Can be used as decorative mugs or gifting mugs)
Price: Rs.400

 Product Name: Coffee Mug
Price: Rs.300

Product name: Tea pot

Product name: Caserol (Can be used in microwave)
Price: Medium - Rs.1850
                   Small size - Rs. 1600
Product Name: Cooking pot (Can be used in microwave)
Price: Big size - Rs.1800
                 Medium size: Rs. 1500
           Small size: Rs.1400

Product Name : Cooking pot Big
Price: Rs.1800
The product is sold out and not in stock at present

Product Name: Kettle with cane handle
Price: Rs.1200

Product Name: Soup Bowl Square
Price: Rs.250

Product Name: Square Mug
Price: Rs.400
Product name: Sugar pot
Can be used as a pickle pot also
Price: Rs. 250

Product Name: Triangular cup
The cups are smaller than what it looks in the photo. Saucers will be provided with the cup
Price: Rs.250(per piece, which includes a cup and a saucer)
Product Name: Triangular Mug
Price: Rs.400

Product Name: Tumbler
Can be used in microwave
Price: Rs.200