Off-the-wall, functional art can change how art is seen

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Sep 12 (IANS) If artworks tiptoed into people’s lives as a sofa or a table, would the onlooker’s eye view a different picture? An exhibition here showcased functional ‘art furniture’, and took one to an emerging trend in the Indian arts market where furniture pieces mirroring a painting required viewers to see art afresh.

At “Keepsakes”, which was exhibited recently at the Alliance Francaise here, were several examples of functional ‘art furniture’ where art is taken off the wall and re-painted on furniture by artist Manisha Gawade.

This trend could be an “eye-opener” for Indian art practices at large, curator-author Alka Raghuvanshi said.

Juxtaposed together, the furniture pieces may look like copies of artworks but they branch away from decorative arts — primarily a subject for the eye — simply by having a practical use.

But doesn’t this practical rendering of art raise questions about a divine stature art is often accorded?

“If an artist’s painting is adapted as a table exterior, they wouldn’t want someone to spill coffee, or place their wine glass on it, right?

“This contrasts with how a finished painting would be viewed and treated as. Even if something minor happens to a painting while handling it, the concerned gallery or museum may have to pay for it. It is that coveted,” Raghuvanshi told IANS.

The dynamic, however, changes when aesthetic meets everyday utility.

Raghuvanshi recalled an instance during the three-year-long conceptualisation process, when she had suggested spoiling a table Gawade had just finished painting, with boiling water.

“She was taken aback. I told her that she must desensitise herself as putting the painted furniture out there for practical usage would not just mean use but also abuse,” said Raghuvanshi, whose career in art spans over 50 years.

She said that a rough handling of this kind of work is only possible in the realm of contemporary art as there could be hesitance in using traditional, “figurative art” for furniture exteriors.

Used in this setting, the abstraction many contemporary artists utilise in their artworks could work to their advantage as not having traditional reference motifs on a table could translate to freer usage.

“How abstract art would be treated is very different from, say, a Ganesha motif,” the curator said.

Raghuvanshi also claimed that functional Asian art also “democratises” art practice.

It calls for a different kind of interaction with the viewer-user, suggesting a new gaze with which they look at art — something possible only with ‘usable art’.

To take the point further, Gawade said that “art must be anywhere and everywhere”, and added a question that resounds in many pockets of the art world: Why should art be restricted to only the walls?

The practice also holds weight for a burgeoning art market as an appreciating artwork price could also increase it for the furniture born out of it and will also make people hold the pieces dear and pass them down to upcoming generations.

For “Keepsakes”, design studio Wild Ochre stepped in for the design part of things, and its founder Anju Choudhary stressed that it’s a way for people to find artistic expression in regular upholstery in their own living rooms.

“From an interior designer’s perspective, placing art furniture in your homes departs from the usual run-of-the-mill practice of picking a temporary fad,” she added.

According to Raghuvanshi, the exhibited pieces are an eye-opener to what’s really possible in the domain of functional art.

From just a framed work hung on the wall, art is gradually entering people’s daily lives and is something to look out for.



In today’s day and age where usable land has become scarce and the population increasing at a rate like never before, property rates are surely going to go up the ladder. Owning a piece of real estate is like owning a goose which lays golden eggs; you can either earn from the golden eggs that it lays or cut it off and relish on the meat. You can either rent out your property or sell it off in one go. The key here lies in getting the best price out of your property. Before plunging into buying property, ensure that there is a capital appreciation of at least some percentage every year.

One of the secrets of getting better returns from selling property is to sell it off in a better condition than it was when you bought it. You can check out Checklists of Property Documents that you need to hand over to the buyer before you sell your house

Here are a few things that you can easily make up for in order to get a better return from selling your property


It gives a dirty look if the paint is scraping off your ceiling due to a leaking roof or water spurting out of a pipe. Before trying to sell out your property, it is advisable to do a thorough check of all the water fixtures and pipes. Also, getting your ceiling and wall waterproofed by professionals is a thing that you can do before inviting any prospective buyers




Check in for all your electrical fixtures. Hanging wires and switchboards hanging out of the wall are a strict no-no. The fuses are a safety requirement, more of a compulsion; hence this mandatory fitting needs to be put in place before anything else. The insulation of the wires might be causing a problem or may be the pipe through which the wires go through might need replacement. All these small but important things must be checked for beforehand, and all the amendments and repair work must be done. Also, the tube lights and other lighting appliances must be in place and in working condition. This small investment might bring in greater returns in terms of the rate of the property.


You are selling away your space to someone else; he/she might not like your self-portrait hanging up on one of the walls leading to the hallway. De-clutter your property of all your personal paraphernalia. Your aim is to make the prospective buyer feel at ‘his’ display home. The last thing you want is your prospective buyer not liking your property because the things belonging to you are falling all around the property, and that is making him feel uncomfortable. Presenting your property well might get you a better price than the normal property rates.


Dust away all the dirt and wipe away all the stains off the floors and doors and window panes. In the case of an underdeveloped property clear away all the clutter. You might end up making some money out of the waste by selling it off to the local scrap dealer. This will leave a lasting impression and will urge your prospective buyer to buy your property at a price better than you ever expected. One of the many advantages of cleaning up the place before exhibiting it to prospective buyers is that it gives an illusion of having a bigger space and also a clean surrounding and premise reflect good energy.



Putting in a bit of money to buy some subtle colors of paint and painting the faded walls in your property will bring in a lot of benefits. First and foremost it will give your property a new and fresh look and the second point that makes an impact is that the prospective buyer might not like the bright red wall in the middle of the property. Everyone’s tastes are different hence it is best to not mess around with colors and stick to subtle colors. Colours that reflect more light would be the ideal colors to pick. This will lighten up the property and make it look bright and neat. This small investment of time and some money will come back to you multiplied by a good big number. Here are some Top 10 tips for buying your first investment property

How Catering Industry is So Popular in London

How Catering Industry is So Popular in London

There are wide ranges of caterers available in London due to the increasing demand of catering services among corporate people, socialites, household events etc. Catering London industry is becoming popular in London because is is a place where most of the big events are organized which might range from celebrity award ceremonies to corporate success and from celebrity marriage function to premier of any movies and many more. But this does not mean that only big events are taken up by these London caterers. There are other local events wherein London caterers play a vital role such as birthday bash, wedding ceremonies, Christmas events, New Year eve, office events, small get together etc.

So we have seen that every type of events needs professional touch in making the party a grand success. But if one company would take up all the big and small events under its consideration then it will turn into mess. Thus with increasing demand, more and more people entered into this catering business as a result high level of competition came into existence. This is how catering services has become so popular and affordable used catering trailers. If companies would not provide high level of services at a reasonable price then their competitors would grab their customers. So in order to survive in this competition, one has to provide such services which shall fulfill all the needs of their customers so that their loyalty can remain intact towards the service provider.

So far we have framed our own set of images regarding catering services wherein food and drink services were the sole objective such business. But gradually things have changed and wider aspect of catering industry has come into notice. This represents that office catering London not only provide finest food and drink but also take up the entire responsibility of decorating the venue and attending your guests with starters. Each and every arrangement is being taken care of the highly trained and professional staff of the company. Being a host you just need to enjoy with your guests and pamper them. But one thing that you need to be cautious about is the selection of catering company because until and unless best selection is done your event can never turn into a grand success.

Clash Royale Rascals Guide – How To Use

Clash Royale Rascals Guide – How To Use

So finally, the new Clash Royale card, Rascals, is here, coming up with the special Rascals Draft Challenge!

In this page, we are collecting the best tips and tricks for you guys to get 12 wins in the Challenge, and of course, to get that huge pack of the Rascals.

Card Summary

The Rascals card can be unlocked from Arena 9.

This card deploys a group of 3 units: A Rascal boy and 2 Rascal Girls. This can be considered as a discounted Knight + Archers combo.

Rascal Boy is single target melee unit with moderate HP and damage. Clash Royale Gems Generator Rascal Girls are also single-target units with medium attack range, low HP and moderate damage.

The Rascal boy is basically a Mini-Tank wielding a wooden sword while Rascal Girls are squishy ranged support wielding slingshots with Double Trouble Gum as the projectile.

Together, they counter each other weakness and thus, can prove to be very strong, especially when over-levelled on the ladder.

The deployment is always a the boy in the front and the girls behind.

Tips for Rascals Draft Challenge

Here are some cards that will work great with the Rascals in the Challenge. Pick them If you have the chance.

Synergies with Rascals

Hog Rider

Rascals and this bad boy can be dope. With R.Boy’s High HP and R.Girls’ High DPS, it is a perfect combo.


Tank + Support + Graveyard. Classic. Not much to say here. Can be used when opponent is low on elixir or when one tower down.

Siege Buildings

Mortar and X-bow both will be benefitted with Release of Rascals as its gonna be cheaper to protect your buildings.


Play Rascals. Wait for opponent to use The Log. Throw in Goblin Barrel and Goblin Gang. Ah, the feeling.

Defensive Synergies

AoE cards

Neither the R.Boy nor the R.Girl deal splash. So, having AoE cards is necessary for the Rascals to cause menace.

Ice Spirit

Freeze for 1 sec to make the Rascals do their job in an easier way.

Air Swarms

Tank with Rascals and Spank with Bats, Minions and Minion Horde. The Air and Ground combo also makes this hard to counter on your side of the map.

How to counters to Rascals?

General way to counter

The general way to counter Rascals is simply taking out the R.Girls and then focusing on R.Boy. Treat R.Boy as just another melee tank and use just the normal cards you use to kill them.

Here, I will be talking about cards which counter Rascals 1v1 (with the help of Crown Tower) and not card combinations.


These specifically include Minion Horde, Skeleton Army, Barbarians and Goblin Gang.

With high DPS, these can take care of Rascals with ease.

However, beware of Spells or Splash Troops.

Melee Troops

These specifically include Mini P.E.K.K.A, Valkyrie, Prince, Dark Prince, Lumberjack, Night Witch, Knight.

Not sure about the interaction with Bandit and Royal Ghost yet.

Generally, place them behind the R.Girls and kill them (as they are the higher DPS units) and then it’s just a battle between your troop and the R.Boy which rather easy as he can’t dish out much damage and the battle is on your side of the arena.

Splash Troops

These specifically include Bowler, Executioner, Witch, Wizard.

With their Splash Damage they can take simultaneously hit all the 3 units.

Bomb Tower:

Can one shot the R.Girls while the R.Boy would die soon enough.



You can use him first to kill R.Girls by placing him behind them and let R.Boy come close enough for Hunter to be able to do max damage.

Or another tactic, is to use Hunter’s range and splash by placing him at the centre.

Thus, he can be used as a Melee Troop or a Splash Troop.

Barbarian Barrel

The Barrel can itself take care of the R.Girls while the Barbarian can take care of the R.Boy.

However, the R.Boy has high health he may end up killing the Barbarian and get couple of hits off the tower.

8 Beard Grooming Tips you need to know

8 Beard Grooming Tips you need to know

Beard grooming has never been so easy: These eight beard care tricks will keep your facial hair looking resplendent. After scribbling down your notes, head on over to our beard-growing tutorial for the best products to supplement this list.

First and Foremost, Be Patient

A truly epic beard is the product of self-restraint. When you first start growing, resist the urge to trim or style, and leave it untouched for the first 4-6 weeks. This will allow the hairs to grow in evenly (some grow faster than others), and help you pick a style that suits its length and thickness.

Match Your Beard to Your Face Shape

Like any wild animal, a beard should be in-tune with its surrounding environment. Consult this handy chart after the first month of growth, and choose a final style that complements your face shape. Your beard will look better, and so will you.

Know How (and When) to Trim

Pruning is essential to a well-groomed beard—even if you plan on growing it out. Invest in a quality trimmer, and find the right technique to suit your master plan. Here are two tutorials for varying beardsmen: those growing it long, and those keeping it cropped.

Wash It Regularly

This is especially important in the early stages of growth, when trapped food and skin cells can exacerbate the itchiness. Scrub your beard several times each week with a specialized cleanser, like Billy Jealousy Beard Wash, then gently pat it dry: An overzealous toweling can lead to frizz and split ends.

Love Thy Beard Oil

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Nothing tames a beard like regular use of beard oil. There are many varieties to choose from, in a range of manly scents, but all of them will condition hairs to make them softer and shinier. If you want to smell like a woodsman, Mr. Natty Frank’s Beard Elixir is a tried-and-true favorite.

Learn to Train Your Beard

A regular trim will maintain your chosen shape, but it’s not the only way to keep your beard in line. A daily rubdown with a comb or beard brush will wrangle stubborn hairs, training them to grow in a downward direction. You can even up the ante with a soft-hold styler, like Jao Bomade Beardscent, which lends some extra sculpting power while taming any flyways.

Don’t Forget the Mustache

Unless you’ve chosen a chinstrap—and we really hope you didn’t—growing an epic beard also means growing a mustache. To keep it looking neat, trim the area around your philtrum (the area under your nose) with a pair of grooming scissors, and keep it naturally sculpted with a medium-hold wax, like Beardbrand Mustache Wax.

Fuel Up

You can’t build a house without bricks, and the same applies to facial hair. Your beard is made from protein and fat, but it’s also heavily reliant on Vitamins B5, B3, and B9. That means lean meats, nuts, egg yolks, milk, and plenty of leafy greens. If you’re seriously committed, you can also round out your diet with a supplement like Vitabeard.

How to Clean/Couch Sofa?

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My grandmother lined all of her furniture with plastic. During the summer, it was the easily the worst thing in the world to sit on (or stick to), and it was just as uncomfortably cold and stiff during the winter months. It was so bad that I used to sit on the floor. To this day, even though I have two perfectly comfortable cloth couches in my home, I prefer to sit on the floor.

What I realize now is that Grandma did that to minimize the amount of time she needed to spend cleaning her couches. I don’t know exactly how well it worked, but since that very same couch and loveseat set are now in the family room at my parents’ house (sans horrific freak plastic) some 20 years later, and still very comfortable and pristine, I’d say it worked fairly well. So, while plastic is a viable way to keep a couch clean and safe, you may want to rethink that option, unless you want your guests sitting on your floor.

Cleaning Different Types of Couches

    1. Cleaning couches made of cloth or microfiber. If you have an immediate need to spot clean your sofa, check out the article How to Clean Upholstery for cloth couches orHow to Clean Microfiber for microfiber couches. If all you’re wanting is a routine cleaning, keep reading. Start by removing any pillows or decorative blankets from your couch.
    2. Steps for cleaning a cloth couch. Sprinkle a healthy dusting of a fresh container of baking soda over your couch. Let that sit for an hour or two to absorb any smells. Once the baking soda has had a chance to do its job, use the hose attachment of your vacuum to get the baking soda off the couch. If you have a particularly smelly region, such as where a pet may have marked his territory, pour baking soda directly onto the spot. Lay down a layer thick enough that you can’t see the couch beneath. Cover it with a cotton cloth so it won’t be disturbed, and let it sit overnight. The next morning, vacuum it up. That should take care of the problem. If not, check out How to Clean Urine.
    3. Cleaning couches made of leather. This process is a little trickier, but it’s not rocket science. In depth coverage is handled in the article How to Clean Leather, but I’ll give you an abbreviated version here. Before you go whole hog on the cleaning, you’ll want to test on a patch of leather that’s out of view to see if there is any damage or discoloration. Start by gathering a mild dish detergent or hand soap, olive oil, room temperature tap water, and a few clean cloths.
  1. Steps for cleaning a leather couch. Take one of your rags, soak it completely, and squeeze it out so that it’s merely damp. Add a few drops of a very mild soap of your choice (I recommend using Seventh Generation hand wash) to the rag, and work it into the rag. You’ll also want to prep another damp cloth for wiping up the soapy residue. Proceed to scrub the couch clean, and then wipe the soapy residue away with your fresh, damp cloth. Use a third, dry cloth to wipe up any remaining water or soap. It’s a good idea to treat your leather couch with a few drops of olive oil on a dry rag, and rubbing it into the couch. I said a few drops. Too much oil will cause your leather to become greasy and slick.
  2. Cleaning couches made of suede. Suede is the mother of all couch cleaning problems. They are expensive enough to begin with, and getting a suede couch professionally cleaned is very costly. My best advice is to not panic if something soils your suede couch. Take a deep breath before you begin. For a more in depth article, please read How to Clean Suede. I will describe a shortened version of the method here.
  3. Steps for cleaning a suede couch. This is going to be a long process, so stick with me. Deodorize use the baking soda method I describe in the cloth couch section above. For straight up cleaning, you’re going to need a suede brush and suede eraser. If you don’t have these items and you own a suede couch, you’ll want to go out right now and purchase them. These two things will be invaluable for the life of your couch. First, use the suede brush to get nap nice and fuzzy. Once that is done, use the suede eraser on the affected area. For spills, blot the excess liquid with a towel, taking care not to press too hard otherwise you will set the stain, and let it dry. Follow that with the suede brush and eraser process. For deep set stains, you can use a fine grain sandpaper to buff it out, but be very cautious or risk damaging your couch.