Wednesday, October 31, 2007


It's that time of the year again. Pumpkin carving time. It is pretty easy to figure out which day the carving needs to be done. The residence neighborhood looks black & orangey, the candy availability in the office reaches epic proportions and I am saddled with a pumpkin when I am exhausted and ready to hit the bed. Yeah, it happens every year without fail.

So last night was the night. When I finally found the time to carve, it was already past 10.30pm. I started to debate whether the carving effort was worth it and then realized: who was I kidding? Since I had already bought the pumpkin, I would wind up doing it anyways - else I would feel guilty!

Mercifully, this year I had printed out some stencils (yes, my original Halloween stencil book has disappeared forever - sigh). So I did not have to do any amateur stencil-art myself. Also, after my treasure hunt of last year, I had learnt my lesson and had put the carving tools in safe place I still remembered. All I had to do was carve. I was set!

At the end of a well-breaked hour and a half, this is what I had:

Does this help?

I won second place at the pumpkin-carving contest at work :-D! More than the winning, I was thrilled that I had managed to take the pumpkin to work and back without breaking the carved pattern off (believe me, if there is a way to screw up something, I can manage it).

Then this happened in the evening: I was showing off my pumpkin to my friend K. He looked at the pumpkin and said "Oh, a ghost?" and then, interested in a closer look, touched it. The next moment, there was a loud snapping sound and my poor ghost's legs (do ghosts have legs - what is the bottom portion called?) had broken away from the frame. So much for all my careful handling. K was highly embarrassed and apologized profusely. But I was too busy laughing. Looks like I am not the only one who is adept at messing up :-D!

It's almost gone. Still, Happy Halloween. And here's to a couple more months of uninhibited bingeing :-)!


Anonymous said...

Fantastic carving and congratulations for the 2nd prize. Last year too you were 2nd, right?

rads said...

Very impressive carving Archana :) Nice!

We don't bother at home tho', funnily, never got into that part of Halloween. We are just happy scaring everyone who comes home! :)

vishesh said...

lol pretty and cool :)

i liked last years also...this years its superma! :)

Deeps said...

I loved the carving. I checked out the others too and you seem to have a knack for this :). Keep up the good work..

Archana Bahuguna said...

Really scary :-) and beautifully carved... I liked ur last year's cat also :-).

J said...

wow, nice template :-) and excellent carving work too. nijamavae super :-)

சிங்கம்லே ACE !! said...

WOW.. your carving looks cool.. Congrats!!

comfortably numb said...

Should say, you are a talented ghost carver:)
What did the 1st prize winner carve anyway??

Dushti said...

That was awesome!
You sure have loads of patience and energy :-)

Anita said...

the ghost looks amazing!!

Jeseem said...

beautifully carved. u hav a lot of talent

SK said...

Hey its great!! I liked the first one better than this though. :--)
Congrats on the prize!!!

Archana said...

Aiii - so many super nice responses :-D! All my late-night carving seems so justified now :-D!

Senthil - thank you :-D! No prize for last year :-( - it was the year before that :-)! And, welcome aboard!

Rads - Thank you :-D! Did you dress up this time?

Vishesh - thank you :-D!

Deeps - thank you :-D! How is the would-be mommy doing :-)?

Archana - thank you :-D!

J - thank you :-D and thank you :-D!

Ace - thank you :-D!

Comfortably numb - welcome aboard! thank you :-D! oh, the first prize winner was a totally adorable pumpkin with cats, ghosts and the words "boo" - mine was a diiiiiissssssssstttttant second :-)!

Dushti - thank you :-D!

Sindu - thank you :-D!

Jeseem - long time no see! Thank you :-D!

SK - thank you :-D! Hehehe, believe it or not, the cat took lesser time to carve!

Anonymous said...

Nice - Really think its great you do this every year Its now a tradition for you :)

Archana said...

Anon - thank you :-)! I guess I have made it into a tradition now thanks to my OCD :-D!