Small Thing#3 – Memories

I was on a cleaning spree, ruthlessly discarding whatever stuff had not been used since the past six months. I had a huge pile of things around me which others would have found useful. But a useless little plastic bag made me stop. 

Printed on it was the name of my beloved home town and my country (India)….thousands and thousands of miles from here! I tried to put it away but just couldn’t. Finally, I folded it neatly and put it safely in a drawer. 

Why, I still ask myself? Have you felt like this…lately?

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‘The Minstrel’s Bazaar’ – Offering Fresh, Untouched Music!

I heard my husband listening to some fresh,  authentic music. Generally, our music tastes do not match. But the composition of this particular CD made me stop and listen. And inadvertently, I began to absorb and enjoy the breezy, entertaining and enchanting music that flowed through my apartment like a dream.

My husband informed me the composition was a part of the very recently released The Minstrel’s Bazaar by Karl Swartz, Chris Chelgren and their band of finest musicians in our Minneapolis- Saint Paul region of Minnesota, US.


Swartz, a guitarist and instructor, is a popular name in music. He has around 40 years of achievements and performances to his credit. Do check out his website here to know more.

All the compositions in The Minstrel’s Bazaar (guitar, bass, viola, drums, keys, mix) have a delightful feel coupled with old world charm – in my layman’s terms. I am sure aficionados would find layers of nuances in it to talk about. 

The artistic cover of the CD, depicts a world of magic realism. Look closely and you will find caricatures of the musicians as well as ingenious symbols that contribute to the idea of The Minstrel’s Bazaar. Interesting names of the 11 compositions add to the fun! My personal favorite is the immensely spirited ‘Scottish Fair’. I bet you would be forced to dance to this tune!


Therefore, do visit the realms of this bazaar  to experience “World-Flavored” Progressive Rock and Acoustic Style music at its best. An evening filled with entertainment and relaxation is guaranteed! 

(This is my honest opinion not promotional.)

Small Thing#2 – Fidget Spinner, the sensational toy!

When my son told me about mighty Fidget Spinners, I stared at him dumbly. Later, I googled but found nothing great about the toy except that it acts as stress reliever. But kids (nephew, niece, neighbourhood kids… everyone) are raving about it this year! 

This latest toy fad has taken school going kids in US by the storm. And grown ups like me are clueless about these weird flashy things! They are just so ordinary.

We also received a letter from the Principal banning the toy from school premises because kids were acting crazy over it. 

I don’t know how Fidget Spinner people marketed this toy but they have certainly succeeded. After repeated request and good jobs, my son got his Fidget Spinner yesterday! And he was on top of the world. He promised to be the ‘nicest boy ever’ and carried it around like a precious treasure. Didn’t know Fidget Spinners were that effective! LOL!

Bar Girl and More!

A visit to the awe inspiring Marine Art Museum at Winnona, Minnesota charmed the artist in me. Who knew a small wayside museum would hold grand artistic splendors created by masters such as Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet…!!!

 I was fortunate to be the first one to admire some recently added exhibits, informed an assistant curator. I marveled and oohed and aahed over the visual delights all around me. 

The visit filled me with a passion to create, leading me on to paint the bar girl (impressionism, above) using water color for the first time. I also went on to draw two sketches. 


A Marilyn Monroe like beauty!


A girl next door!

The artistic frenzy has still not left me and I guess I will have to create more to get over it.  

The Winona Marine Art Museum, situated along the scenic Mississipi river has left me inspired and wowed! I bought an amazing book on Impressionism. Will write more about it sometime soon. This last one by Morisot is an exhibit at the museum.


I highly recommend a visit if you live around!