Akase +

June 27, 2013 @ MoC


“Akasha” is a Sanskrit word meaning “sky”, “space” or “aether”. Hence the “Akashic Records”, a popular term, which are said to be a collection of wisdom that is stored in the aether (aether being the 5th element, related to the 5th chakra: throat, and the sky).

In Nepali now, akas is the sky, akase is the sky blue.

In Greek there are many terms for the sky blue, “galazio” comes first, then “ourani (literally “sky color”), and also “ciel” (from Italian “cielo” for sky); “cyano” (=>) also implies this same bright blue color.

Kolor Kathmandu

May 6, 2013 @ KolorKathmandu and NepaliTimes


For decades the white washed wall linings of Kathmandu have fought a losing battle against layers and layers of political slogans and posters. Yuki Poudyal, the brains behind Kolor Kathmandu, along with Sattya Media Arts Collective, however, are on a mission to replace the sea of red letters and give the battered walls of this city a much needed facelift. “Kathmandu’s residents have been treated to visual pollution all their lives. I wanted to change this by making our streets more appealing through mural art,” says the 27-year-old project director who was inspired by street art in Philadelphia…

Egdam and Fuser

January 26, 2013 MoC

I was somewhere in the National Park of Bardia (Nepal) hiking into the jungle. My guide was an expert 30-year old jungle man, having spent almost his entire life in the Bardia jungle. He was from the Tharu tribe. So among other interesting things, I learned this from him:

EGDAM BHAIJANGER (Dark Blue) and FUSER BHAIJANGER (Light Blue) are the terms used in the Tharu language.

Egdam means ‘too much” so it applies to “dark” (colors), and fuser means “less” so it applies on “pale/light” colors. Useful entries for our Color Corpus!

Just to teach you some Tharu (a Nepali dialect, unrecorded up to now btw) color terms I learned in the Bardia jungle!