Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A puzzle to solve - Tick Tock Tick Tock goes the .......

This was the greatest puzzle I ever solved. Can you try and put the pieces together 

1)      if the uncle said you were 1 year old when jallianwala bagh massacare occured
2)     If the mom said you were born 8 to 10 days before Pongal/Sankranti festival
3)     If the grandfather said  you were born on a Sunday. 

Solve the date of  birth. We will discuss this in my tomorrow’s post :-).

In today’s world where accurate time is so readily available and even every modern appliance seems to have its own built in clock, imagine to be in times where there was no standard time being announced every hour. Sun and shadow was their only time sense.  lucky were those who might not have understood the words "rush", "stress" and “lack of time”.  

This marvel at the Jantar Mantar in India gives time to the precision of milli seconds based on the sun’s shadow.

Coming to the times of  the historical and grand church clocks, they were not just simply over sized house clocks adding grace to the building but also served as a link to the community’s past and were the time keepers where the  watches and house clocks could be set and appointments met.  
The Prague Astronomical Clock mounted on the old town hall which in the Old Town Square is a master piece

It had taken the artists and brilliant minds behind these clocks several years or even decades to create these timeless wonders. These clocks work through the complex mechanisms that move the hands exposed to wind, rain and snow and the wires that pull heavy hammers to strike and chime bells. 

The mechanism behind the Salisbury cathedral clock  – the oldest working clock and the sound from its chimes


From the lady who never ceases to amaze us be it with her art work, her DIY’s, her home or her photographs.  

This one made by Kamini from recycled materials like tawa, spoons, Gramphone record plates and so on..... Kamini go ahead and elaborate.

Yes you guessed it right – Clocks have made a big comeback and that too big big clocks. 

I have a large empty wall in my home and I decided to hang a large decorative wall clock in that space. As a first trial I tried to get one for myself by entering this giveaway from Anu at my dream canvas but no I was not lucky :-(.   I am still looking for clocks :-) 
and may be one of these I saw in the Crafts Mela will land on my wall. 

Tick Tock Tick Tock goes the clock and I have to now run for something equally exciting – water aerobics :-).  Stay tuned and we will talk about the date of the birth tomorrow.


  1. ooh loved this post! and all those beautiful clocks...gosh! did Kamini really create that one? Awesome! The puzzle...

    April 13, 1918 for sure...but looks like there is more to the puzzle?
    ..........will think abt it today!

  2. 6th January, 1918

  3. Awesome post, loved the clocks..

  4. 6th January, 1918.
    But when did this conversation took place?

  5. January 6, 1918


    though I must say I cheated by finding the 1918 calendar. I knew 1919 April 13 was Jallianwallah Bagh Massacre, because my older son had done his graduation project on that last year and about 2 years ago we all had been to Punjab just for him to get a feel for what we had been talking about.

  6. Uff! Tell me about 'stress' and lack of time :( Wow! Didn't know Kamini made a clock too- Hats off to her!

  7. What gorgeous looking clocks!! I like Kamini's recycled one for sure! wow!

  8. Sorry Shanthi...FINALLY able to view pics on blogs! Internet seems to be up and running. OK, so here is the scoop on the clock....I made it in design school, circa 1995. Our project was to make a piece of furniture using only recycled products. My free standing clock met the "furniture" requirements, its inspired by industrial designer George Nelson. The base is a skillet, then a bolt supporting a copper plumbing pipe. The hoop is an embroidery hoop on roller tracks (like they use for closet doors, the face of the clock an indoor barbecue skillet, the hands are a chopstick and an aluminum spoon!) The leaves I cut out from a copper sheet using actual grape leaves as a template. Everything was bought at Goodwill or the Boeing Surplus Store in Seattle.
    Funny story here - 3 years later when I was working at an architectural company in Seattle, we had a Show and Tell Day so I took the clock in. It was wrapped in a blanket and a friend of mine and I carried it from the car park to the office. We got hauled over by a cop who thought it was a dead body!!!!

  9. @ all Thanks:-)
    @Kamini - Oh that was a barbecue skillet - I vaguely remembered it as a gramphone plate and was wondering how you made that design :-). I am glad I took it - looks like many haven't seen it already.