70x50cm @ 2 cm. sq. per min

Am talking about this mammoth task that we voluntarily took up last weekend – assembling a 70 x 50, 1,000 pieces Ravensburger puzzle. We bought this glow in the dark version of “Evening in Rome” – amazing architecture, lovely sunset hues, fabulous reflections in the water – lots of identifiable features – easy peasy! We thought with combined effort we could get it done in a day.


“Evening in Rome” – Ravensburger Starline Series

Oh, naive us! We started with the relatively easy part of setting up the borders, and then sorting the colours – which ended up taking most of the first day. Sorting through the colours is when we clued on to the fact that there were a number of areas with identical colours and it was kind of difficult to decide which violet was the sky and which was the water and which blue / black was to the left and which to the right – all of which made comprehensive sorting very difficult.


End of Day 1 – Borders set up and sorting of colours

So, we decided to plunge in and start assembling the the most easily identifiable areas like the bridge, the buildings, the sun and the streaks in the sky AND THAT is when it struck us – 1,000 pieces is A LOT of pieces! Even after assembling what seemed to be the focus of the landscape we had only completed about 40% of the puzzle by the end of the 2nd day. (Of course the hours we spent on it was a lot less – it being the weekend and all)


Assembling of the structures and portions of the sky

On Day 3 began the work of setting up the reflections in the water. This was comparatively easy – somebody had paid enough attention to the puzzle break up to ensure no piece in a reflected vertical line of light matched another reflected vertical line – and so the lines were easy to trace out. The hard part was smaller yellow and black areas under the bridge pillar – all looking very similar.


Still can’t differentiate that one piece from the hues of the sky

The last mile and the most difficult began on Day 4 when we had to do the sky. Gradient areas were the most easily done but, barely varying shades of pink had us resort to trial and error to fit it all together.


Multitude of pinks


Almost there and it still took half hour to figure out the right fit!

At the end of 4 days patience and perseverance won out and we had the fully assembled puzzle!!


The final outcome of hard labour – worth every minute!

Kudos to the designer – that despite all the similar colours and textures each piece was differentiated enough for us to be sure of the correct fit, and the night glow is pretty amazing (very difficult to photograph though). Also, must appreciate the photographer – We didn’t find any other puzzle that had this amazing a landscape in the 1,000 piece puzzle series.

Only wish they had added a pamphlet of the landscape inside the box since all the images on the box  had some text banner or the other hiding areas of the landscape.

And now to figure out how to store this!



That First Time!

The first time we were going for vacation after marriage.

Last minute checks in the house before hurrying to the cab:
A: Have you checked all the switches?
HD: (Mentally busy ticking off the check-list of all lotions and potions to be carried.) Yup!
A: Why don’t we just shut of the mains? Wonder why people don’t do that?
HD: (Dubiously and in a hurry to be off) Hmmm yah sure!
In the Cab:
A: Did you switch of the gas?
HD: Yess!!
A: The iron?
HD: (Exasperated) Yes!  I switched off everything except the fridge! And anyway it doesn’t matter cause you switched off the mains.


P.S.: The vegetation that can flourish in an enclosed humid space, within a week was a study in itself.
P.P.S.: We have considerably improved our house keeping skills since that first time, the latest exploit being as innocuous as the tripping of the electricity mains by leaving the immersion water heater on after taking it out of the water. There was a power cut at the time of taking it out of the water – could have happened to anybody!

Anti-Muggle Prank!

Sis lives in a first floor apartment, which has a grilled (as in enclosed by a metal grill and not as in roasted) balcony adjacent to the kitchen. This space holds her washing machine, and laundry, whenever she decides to ‘use’ the washing machine.

As in all modern apartments, for maximum utilization of the (sparsely) available space the door separating the kitchen and the balcony was a sliding door. The door in sis’s apartment however had a quirk – its latch wouldn’t fall and it was not possible to lock the door. Mother had made several attempts to coerce the door shut – and failed miserably.

The other day sis was having guests at home and decided that her balcony needed cleaning. She walked out into the balcony and nonchalantly slid the door shut.

“Click” – the latch fell in place and the door locked – leaving sis in the balcony with no phone in hand and nobody in the house!

Being full of resourcefulness born from her highly educative experiences, she decided to take the help of the security guard of the building. Yelling at the top of her voice she managed to get his attention, and using the same mode of communication explained her plight. After hatching various plans like breaking down the door, calling family from the other end of town etc. they finally decided and managed to get a lock-smith to come and get the front door and the balcony door open – all with the accompanied background score of the housekeeping staff laughing their heads off.

Sis maintains that somebody jinxed the door on purpose – it still doesn’t shut properly from the inside and she hasn’t dared to try it again from the outside.