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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Lovable Bear, Making Ganesha Idol and Quiz

A Lovable Bear

Winnie-the-Pooh is a fictional bear created by A. A. Milne. The first collection of stories about the character was the book Winnie-the-Pooh (1926), and this was followed by The House at Pooh Corner (1928). Milne also included a poem about the bear in the children’s verse book When We Were Very Young (1924) and many more in Now We Are Six (1927). All four volumes were illustrated by E. H. Shepard.

Milne named the character Winnie-the-Pooh after a teddy bear owned by his son, Christopher Robin Milne, who was the basis for the character Christopher Robin. His toys also lent their names to most of the other characters, except for Owl and Rabbit, as well as the Gopher character, who was added in the Disney version. Christopher Robin's toy bear is now on display at the Main Branch of the New York Public Library in New York.

Christopher Milne had named his toy bear after Winnie, a Canadian black bear which he often saw at London Zoo, and "Pooh", a swan they had met while on holiday. The bear cub was purchased from a hunter for $20 by Canadian Lieutenant Harry Colebourn in White River, Ontario, Canada, while en route to England during the First World War. He named the bear "Winnie" after his hometown in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Colebourne left Winnie at the London Zoo while he and his unit were in France; after the war she was officially donated to the zoo, as she had become a much loved attraction there.

The first time Pooh and his friends appeared in colour was 1932, when he was drawn by Slesinger in his now-familiar red shirt and featured on an RCA Victor picture record. The Pooh stories have been translated into many languages


History Quiz

Lokmanya Tilak is credited with starting Ganeshotsav from Pune. When did he start the festival?

This Ganesh temple was revitalised by Jijabai and Shivaji when they first appeared in Pune. Today it is the village (city) deity of Pune. Name this Ganpati?

This famous personality is known for his work towards downtrodden. He started first school for girls in India. Who is he?

The first bridge of Pune was built in 1763 on river Mutha? What was it called?

Sassoon hospital reminds us of David Sassoon, a rich Jew trader who donated money for the hospital. Which other monument in Pune reminds us of the Jew tradition in city?

City Blog Quiz

The measurement of rainfall is done in ….....

Which sports personality won a Gold Medal at the recently held shooting tournament in Munich?

Which team won the recently held triangular Cricket one day series in Sri Lanka?

Traces of which city associated with Sri Krishna are found under sea near Gujarat?

In whose memory is Sept 5 is celebrated as the Teacher Day in India?

Making Ganesha Idol
If you are looking to be creative and eco-friendly this Ganesh Chaturthi, then you can make Ganesh idols at home. Ganesh idols can be made at home using clay, paper, wood, flowers and vegetables. If you are buying a Ganesh idol, please opt for an envoirnment Friendly Ganesha.

How to make clay Ganesha?

Materials needed: Clay, paints, coil, aluminum foil, paint brushes, sandpaper, putty or glue and clothes.

Mix the clay. You can get clay from riverbeds or buy it from stationary stores. While mixing the clay and using it, make sure that your hand is slightly wet. Make a skeleton – round face, hands, body and leg – using the coil or copper wire. Then create Ganesha by adding clay to each body part on the coil skeleton.

First create the body and large stomach by filling that part of the coil with clay. Then create the head and create the trunk and stick it at the center of the head. Then fill the coil ears with clay. Create small balls of clay and flatten them like ears. After the ears fill the coil hands with clay, flatten the clay near palm. Next fill the coil legs with clay. Flatten the clay near feet or create separate feet.

Now you will have a figure of Ganesha. If you want to be more creative, you can opt for four hands and other additions found in Ganesh Pictures. (Never expect your Ganesh to match those available in markets as they are created by professionals. But with trial and error you mind even end up creating better ones).

Using a brush smoothen the exterior. Make sure that you don’t damage the structure. Now leave the Ganesha to dry but not in direct sunlight as cracks may appear. When the idol is dry, use sandpaper or brush to smoothen the exterior. If there are cracks use glue or putty. Use putty or glue at joints and brush it make it smooth. You can draw eyes and other aspects like ‘tilak’, eyebrows etc. Make the idol dust free and smooth before painting. You can use chemical acrylic paints to beauty Ganesha but please don’t immerse such Ganesha’s in rivers, seas and ponds. You can also try out other natural methods to color but this is a difficult task as it is hard to prepare natural colors. But still you can look around for readymade natural colors.

Now you can make crown and other items found on Ganesh idol using aluminum foil. You can also stitch small dress for Ganesha and decorate the idol with flowers. In city you will get Ganesha mould in the market or from idol makers. Using this you can create Ganesha from paper.

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