PHOTO MOMENT: Saal Mubarak (Happy New Year!!)

Vijay Shah Straight after Diwali in some parts of the Hindu world it is the beginning of the New Year at least in Gujarat and among some Mauritians. For those using the Vikram Samvat calendar, the New Year began in April this year (The current year is 2070 VS). Some ethnic groups in India, such as the Bengalis and Tamils have use of their own regional calendars. Regardless of what calendar you prefer to use (and many Hindus also make use of the European Gregorian calendar in secular life), the New Year is a time of new beginnings and ventures, … Continue reading PHOTO MOMENT: Saal Mubarak (Happy New Year!!)

WALLPAPER: Diwali 2013/2070

Vijay Shah (writing/editing/images) Anjali Shah (images/contribution) To celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, this coming November, the Half-Eaten Mind is unveiling not one, but two special created images to celebrate the festive season – one produced by me and the other made by my youngest sister Anjali, who very much initiated me into the hallowed ways of online image design. With just over a week left until the big day to go, we spent last night simultaneously working on these commemorative images using our old favourite, piZap. There was plenty of coordination and correspondence via email and Twitter. Because … Continue reading WALLPAPER: Diwali 2013/2070

ANNOUNCEMENT: HalfEatenMind marks Chinese New Year – wallpaper

By Vijay Shah It is time for another celebratory wallpaper to mark a specially illustrious occasion. This time, the blog is commemorating the Chinese New Year. A major highlight of revelry marked in the calendars of more than a billion people worldwide, both Chinese and non-Chinese, this fun and joyous festival will fall on the Sunday 10th February (just over a week away) with an abundance of spectacular fireworks displays, fine foods, family get-togethers and cheerful tidings of good luck, happiness and prosperity in the year ahead. The best places to witness Chinese New Year as its most spectacular is … Continue reading ANNOUNCEMENT: HalfEatenMind marks Chinese New Year – wallpaper

A FRESH YEAR, A FRESH CHANGE: 7 resolutions to a great 2013

By Vijay Shah As 2012 draws its last breath, people are making plans for what could be a hopefully exciting and wonderful 2013. For many, it will be a chance to learn from the mistakes and missed opportunities of the past twelve months and make a fresh bid in trying new things, making amends and discovering new things. What better time than to take advantage of a perfect moment to pick a new lease on life. Tomorrow will be the day when nearly everyone you know will be drawing up their New Year’s resolutions list. Whether it is going on … Continue reading A FRESH YEAR, A FRESH CHANGE: 7 resolutions to a great 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT: Wallpaper – HalfEatenMind rings in the New Year 2013

By Vijay Shah Here at the Half-Eaten Mind, I hope you have all had a smashing Christmas, enjoyed the Queen’s speech and that hour-long episode of EastEnders where Derek Branning dies from a heart attack (not presumably from eating too much Paxo turkey stuffing). It is a great occasion to spend with family and friends, as I did yesterday. I spent Christmas Day at my sister’s in-laws’ bungalow near Seven Kings enjoying a meal of fresh turkey and chicken with a generous helping of gravy, vegetables and even baked beans. That certainly was a new take on the traditional Xmas … Continue reading ANNOUNCEMENT: Wallpaper – HalfEatenMind rings in the New Year 2013