for rachna :')

6

Happy Diwali! *:・゚✧ The yearly festival of lights symbolizing the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and new beginnings. I went to a Diwali festival today to aid in writing Rachna’s character since she is Indian, and took some extra notes on some things to incorporate into Raising Home!

Also pictured here is my beautiful friend Isha (in the glasses), and her sister Rachna (who inspired the name)! I met with her and her parents this summer to interview them about what it’s like to be an Indian family living in the US, and learn some first hand info about customs, food, clothing, holidays, etc. With their help we pinpointed that Rachna’s profession as a nurse would weave back to the state of Kerala, where medical professions are prominent, and thus how that effects her meals, language, traditions, and more.

Keep an eye out for a scene where John and Ferdinand join Rachna and Samil for Diwali one night :)

Solah Shringar - The 16 adornments of the Hindu bride

Why 16?

According to traditional Hindu beliefs, the 16 phases of the moon have a negative effect on a woman’s menstrual cycle, that is why the 16 adornments, considered to correspond to the 16 phases of moon, are believed to nullify such negative effects.

The word shringar can be translated as adornment/jewel, and even make-up; it contains the particle “shri/shree”, from Shri/Shree/Shriya/Shreya, another name of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune and success. Every bride is considered to be a ‘Lakshmi’, bringing prosperity to her new family and home.

1. The wedding dress

Be it a sari/saree, or a lehenga-choli (skirt-blouse ensemble), the bride’s outfit depends on her ethnic heritage. Red is considered to be the most auspicious color, the color of purity in Hinduism, however, the attire may be of other colors, as well, such as golden, green, and even white (Kerala). Embroideries and patterns differ, as well.

2. Hair-style (kesha-pash-rachna)

Be it a bun, or a braid, a bride’s hair is adorned with flowers (gajra) and even jewelry. If braided, the 3 parts of the hair are considered to represent Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati - the three holy rivers of Hinduism; Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva - the Hindu trimurti; the groom’s family, the bride’s family, and the new family now created.

3. Hair accessories (maang-tika, maang-patti, borla, etc.) 

Made of precious stones, gold, or silver, it is worn in the center parting of the hair, the area where the most important chakra resides;

4. Bindi

Donned on the center of the forehead, the bindi represents a circular red dot made of vermilion powder; its name literally means ‘ornament’; brides may chose more elaborate designs and also different colors to decorate their forehead.

5. Kohl

Traditional kohl was obtained from earthen lamps (diyas); this make-up element is applied on the upper and lower rims of the eyelids and, besides being a tool of beautification, it is also considered to protect the bride and ward off the evil eye on such an important day; 

6. Nose ring(s)

Worn, generally, in the left nostril (may be in both nostrils, as well); some nose rings are extended till the ear by a chain that is hooked across the cheek and tucked to the hair;

7. Ear-rings

Consisting of different designs, patterns, gems, their form may vary from region to region, etc.

8. Armbands

Worn on the upper part of the arm, even on the sleeves, they are considered to protect the bride from evil;

9. Bangles

Worn on the wrists, bangles are another sign of marriage; these may be made of glass, iron, metal, ivory, ceramic, gold. Punjabi brides add kalira to their bangles.

10. Rings

Rings come in different shapes, sizes, having different precious stones; in many regions, the thumb ring is the most important, and has small mirrors incorporated;

11. Waistband 

A type of belt, tied around the waist, embellished by gems; besides helping to keep the dress in place, people connect it with the idea of fertility.

12. Anklets and toe rings

In many regions, rings placed on the second toes is a sign of a married woman; many people make these adornments of other metals except gold, since they consider that wearing gold on an area lower from the waist is disrespectful.

13. Henna (mehndi) designs applied on the hands and feet; 

Usually, the day before the marriage, henna paste is applied in various intricate designs; It is said that the darker the color of mehndi, the deeper the love of your soul mate will be; brides chose to add the first letter of their future husband’s name in their mehndi, as well. In some regions, a red-colored ink-like paste (aalta) is applied.

14. Perfume

A natural sweet floral fragrance has always been considered to be auspicious and add further charm to the bride;

15. Sindoor/sindooram/kumkum 

During the wedding rituals, this sign of wedlock, a red powder, is applied by the groom to the bride’s central parting of the hair. It is believed that if a woman wears sindoor, goddess Parvati wards off evil spirits and safeguards her husband, bestowing on him a longer life.

16. Necklaces and the mangal sutra

Besides various necklaces worn by the bride, after the wedding rituals, a necklace of black beads is given to her by the groom (or his mother). This necklace is called mangal sutra and symbolizes the sanctity of marriage; a bride wears it all her married life;

4

Wow, it’s sure been a while since I worked on a character redesign for Golden Bat!  Thank you guys SUPER for hanging out during the stream – it turned out to be a bit of a challenge, didn’t it?

Here’s Nazo 2.1!  Roughly the same as my previous redesign, with a few tweaks to streamline his look and make it more cohesive.

Head under the cut for a breakdown!

Keep reading

slutindianwife  asked:

I don't have any ask really but just say you have a nice blog and nice pics :). I hope my hubby will share me someday too, i have a feeling he wants to, but neither of us have ever discussed or talked to each other about it! How did you start with this lifestyle? Also, please follow my blog, if you like. Yours, Rachna

Thankx a lot dear

Its very rare dat Indian wife wants to enjoy dis lifestyle but its great thinking by u……following u come n reply in messenger dear

Regards

Archu

hello all my best friend is back and even tho i cant see her irl for at least a month i still want to say EVERY BREATH I TAKE IS BECAUSE OF HER… rachna ily

anonymous asked:

How different is the novel going to be from the fic?

A lot will be different, but most will be the same.

  • All werewolf aspects will be removed, which changes things around a little. For example, the scene where Derek turns into a wolf will need to be replaced with something else, as will every other supernatural event.
  • Fic!RH is kept intact in novel!RH - I’m hardly changing anything there, and John, Robert, Peter, and OC names are the same.
  • Since I wrote the first chapters of the fic a couple years ago, the writing will be cleaned up and much better.
  • All plot holes in fic!Home will be filled in and made accurate. For example: the technicalities with the badge/department, legal stuff, why Richard is still a police officer 27 years later…
  • Major plot points like the deaths are drastically different, some nationalities are changed, and Melissa’s character (Rachna) and Lydia’s character (Summer) have bigger roles.

But the story and theme is still there, and the personalities of the novel!characters mirror the fic!characters exactly. In a nutshell, Raising Home will combine the fics and polish them :)

3

Who’s That Vans Girl: Rachna Soun

We found Rachna from our #vansgirls tag, loving an illustration she drew of our Sk8-Hi Platforms. We were itching to see more, so we asked her to work on some pieces exclusively for us.  Coming from northern Virginia, Rachna mixes anime and manga influences with the irony of the Internet to get her uniquely relatable and feminine voice.

Keep reading

2

“It’s not about you, okay? This time, it’s about me. Not you. All my life, Lissa… all my life, it’s been the same. They come first. I’ve lived my life for you. I’ve trained to be your shadow, but you know what? I want to come first. I need to take care of myself for once. I’m tired of looking out for everyone else and having to put aside what I want.“