Name on rice, anybody?

This one is outside the Jehangir Art Gallery at Kala Ghoda, but you can find similar artists who print your name on rice, nearly all over Bombay. Besides names, they write messages, sometimes even letters all over a grain of rice. This work requires great expertise and a firm hand. After the message is written, the rice grain is kept inside a vial filled with a liquid and sealed. The liquid is really some ‘acid’ so the writing does not dissolve into it.

Here is the detailed price chart. Quite fair, I say. The longer your message, the more difficult it is to fit the same on a grain of rice, the higher the price. I find the messages to be very funny. Mumbaiites are very romantic people.

A close up.

Everything comes for a price. Want your vial on a keychain. Pay up Rs 10 more.

Ofcourse, everything is negotiable :-)

2 Comments so far

  1. arZan (unregistered) on June 11th, 2006 @ 10:43 pm

    This was something that so fascinated me as a kid !!

  2. Mitesh (unregistered) on June 12th, 2006 @ 1:54 am

    There was once some news that someone has written the “entire Mahabharat” on a single grain of rice. I was shocked and actually thought that someone wrote that epic. Years later, I realized that it was only the word “Mahabharat” that was written. News reporters sometimes exaggerate and intentionally generate misunderstanding. Or maybe I was a kid.
    btw, did you find out what type pf pen/markers they use to write?

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