My niece in law Ranjani has made me an offer that I could not refuse to accept.

She has agreed to use the walls of her lovely home/s in Chennai to hang some of the wooden carvings that have adorned our home for the past many decades and which now need to find new homes in the process of my simplifying my life.

Many decorative frame wooden pieces have already been given away by my son Ranjan to another enthusiastic antique collector and only these five pieces were left to be given away.


The large frame in the background is a panel depicting Dashavatara, the two rather tall lean carvings are tribal art form from the jungles of Central India, the carving of a bird image is of Hamsa and the last piece to the front right corner is one of Ganesha.

These five pieces will leave our home later this evening to be packed and despatched by road transport to Chennai.

I hope to see them livening up Ranjani’s home when I visit later this month.

25 thoughts on “Simplifying.”

  1. This is what I love about technology (and makes me laugh): There is good old Ramana trying to SIMPLIFY his life only to be bombarded with complaints that the (non existing) link isn’t working.

    Like you I like nothing better than to declutter and simplifying my life. Mind you: I have now reached a stage where I am beginning to wonder how I’ll be replacing the pleasure once I am so decluttered and simplified that all my possession will fit into a match box. Maybe I could become a ‘clutter consultant’ and help other people out of their dithering misery. There was a TV series some years ago which I watched with the same morbid fascination as some people do cock or dog fights. How people rather drown in possessions of a life time than blitzing it.

    What is, of course, lovely to know – like in the case of your woodwork – that what once was precious to you will go to a ‘good’ home.

    Please do satisfy my curiosity: Will you extend your attention to your vast book collection?

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  2. Ah yes. Simplifying. You have pictures of these beautiful carvings that is all one needs. That and good cooking and baking and maybe growing. And of course storytelling. All of this knowledge taken around lightly in a back pocket of one’s brain. Yes, I should do my own blogpost on this.

    Love the carving, Ramana, I could stare at the many intricacies of it for hours and hours.

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    1. Where I intend moving to next will not have enough place for extravagance. Walls are likely to be taken up by shelves for books. At least with Ranjani, these carvings will live through to at least two more generations.

  3. first – i like this header so much better! it seems more rummy to me.
    it makes me feel good just to look at it. and it suits your ongoing simplification of your home and life. how exciting!
    i so enjoy getting rid of things. and you know these are going to a good home where they will be valued. though really ~ they are in your mind ~ and that will always be enough. kudos rummy!
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    1. Ranajani like all new brides is excited about her own home and wants to make it as attractive as she can and I would like these carvings to stay within the family for a few more generations.

  4. That is so beautiful. How can you bear to give it away? You must be seriously concerned about the surfeit of possessions you have accumulated over the years.

    1. I am and yes, it did break my heart to see them loaded into the truck last night. But I have to move on and where I intend moving to the walls will be covered with shelves for books.

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