Why this blog is called "Gallimaufry".

gal-uh-MAW-free\, noun.

Originally meaning "a hash of various kinds of meats," "gallimaufry" comes from French galimafrée; in Old French, from the word galer, "to rejoice, to make merry"; in old English: gala + mafrer: "to eat much," and from Medieval Dutch maffelen: "to open one's mouth wide."

It's also a dish made by hashing up odds and ends of food; a heterogeneous mixture; a hodge-podge; a ragout; a confused jumble; a ridiculous medley; a promiscuous (!) assemblage of persons.

Those of you who know me, will, I’m sure, understand how well some of these phrases (barring the "promiscuous" bit!) fit me.

More importantly, this blog is an ode to my love for Shimla. I hope to show you this little town through my eyes. If you don't see too many people in it, forgive me, because I'm a little chary of turning this into a human zoo.

Stop by for a spell, look at my pictures, ask me questions about Shimla, if you wish. I shall try and answer them as best as I can. Let's be friends for a while....

19 July 2007

Still life with flowers and fruit.

A still life is a work of art depicting inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either man-made or natural. The props ans settings are supposed to disguise a wealth of symbolism.

Famous examples of still life: Van Gogh's "sunflowers", Cezanne's "Still Life with Fruit Basket", Picasso's "Still Life with Chair Caning" and as Andy Warhol's "Campbell's Soup Cans".

I'm in good company, I think, even if miles behind the masters.

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