COVER by B .G. Sharma
Mother Yashoda and Child. B.G. Sharma is internationally recognized for his mastery of the traditional Indian painting styles of Kangra, Kishangarh, and Mughal. He uses pigments derived from natural ingredients: colored minerals, semi-precious stones, plants, leaves, and cows urine. For the miniature paintings, he can be found painting with the hairs of a squirrels tail!
Born in 1924 to the descendants of court artisans, Sharma began painting at the age of five. He is a recipient of the prestigious National Art Award for Master Craftsman and has been commissioned to paint portraits of several heads of state, including former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
In Hinduism, Yashoda embodies the highest
devotional ideals and is revered for her selfless service as the "Mother
of God." "Mother Yashoda and Child" is featured
in Beauty, Power and Grace: The Many Faces of the Goddess by Mandala
Publishing (www.mandala.org). This and other titles featuring Sharmas
original illustrations are available in bookstores or direct from the
publisher by calling (800) 668-2218 or visiting www.mandala.org.
May Issue: Table of Contents
F E A T U R E :
Seaworthy by Andy Isaacson
Freighters offer the anti-cruise set a chance to sail the worlds oceans without shuffleboard, bar tabs, and floor shows. Though its cargo comes first, passenger-carrying freighters provide basic amenities and meals as well as ample time for reflection and leisurely lounging. From nearby Port of Oakland, you can set sail for exotic shores.
REAL FOOD Hot to Chaat by Laurel Miller
If the word snack brings Cheetos and Snickers to mind, get thee to a chaat house. Like an appetizer, but eaten as an informal and wholesome meal, Indian chaat is salty, crispy, spicy, tangy, and creamy. Our chaat guide can help you find these flavorful bites.
AROUND Measuring Up
Unscramble the mystery of eggs, learn what al dente really means, and discover great grilling techniques. Whether youre after the basics or elaborate ethnic flavors, a cooking class can spice up your life.
Claire Burch has never been homeless. But shes trained her camera on the lives of squatters, street people, and the mentally illgetting closer to street life than most documentarians. Who is this Berkeley woman whos spent a quarter-century chronicling life on the fringe?
Critics Choice for May: The Monthlys picks for visual and performing arts: Hot new plays at Magic Theatre Alluring, imaginative flicks you wont find at the multiplex Will Bernard at Yoshis The Trocks ballet parody gets the pointe Legal Showartistic drama in the courthouse.
DINING GUIDE The Monthlys menu of local restaurants.
MARKETPLACE The Monthlys catalog of goods and services.