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A Talk at The International Hajji Baba Society long ago

In a conversation with R. John Howe recently, he reminded me of a talk ‘The Blue Veil’ done in Washington DC many years ago. I have fond memories of that … Continue reading

November 25, 2023 · Leave a comment

Art in Architecture: A Trivandum Nobleman’s House

Am fortunate that I got to stay in this home-hotel on my way to Poovar a few years ago. An amazingly serene place that is in the vicinity of one … Continue reading

November 7, 2023 · Leave a comment

Exhibition: “Confluence — Hindu Art from Indonesia” by Wovensouls

Dates: Oct 24th, 2023 — Nov 25th 2023 Where: Link The historical connection between India and Indonesia is well documented. We have the legend Boeeta Bandaan from Odisha, India that … Continue reading

October 24, 2023 · Leave a comment

Costumes of Tibet

A few decades ago, thousands of Tibetans moved to Himachal Pradesh, India and settled down there along with the Dalai Lama. Dharamshala and the surrounding areas have since assumed a … Continue reading

October 2, 2023 · Leave a comment

Song of a Bhopa

On a recent trip to a small town in Himachal Pradesh I came across this little family far way from their home. The Ravanhatta musical instrument is a signature of … Continue reading

August 28, 2023 · Leave a comment

Wayang Batik – Hindu Influences in the Art of Indonesia

Isn’t that Lord Ganesh bowing? (the elephant’s trunk is the clue…) Lord Ganesha in Asset 1749 This is a scene from a large Wayang Batik textile from Cirebon Indonesia. Surprised … Continue reading

August 26, 2023 · Leave a comment

Nothing Left to Lose

“Nothing left to lose” is a sad statement … it is not a position to be envied – because surely each life must have at least one thing, one relationship, … Continue reading

August 24, 2023 · 1 Comment

Addicted to the Movement

Or I could say addicted to the skies. My sweet mentor Mrs. Wagle once told me of a failed project. She had seen the balloon sellers who set out out … Continue reading

July 12, 2023 · 1 Comment

Art of Egypt

A few gems of art seen in Egypt. From various periods and various styles…a delight for my eyes. ** jaina mishra July 2023

July 2, 2023 · 1 Comment

Costumes from Egypt

Pictures from the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation depicting the dress of he women of the desert. I have great faith in the traditional wisdom that is passed down the … Continue reading

June 26, 2023 · Leave a comment

Learn Geometry through Antiques

So I got sent an “maybe you’ll like this” type of email from an auction house. It featured an old map. I knew that people collected old maps but knew … Continue reading

June 23, 2023 · Leave a comment

A Courtesan Scene in a Kantha Textile

A textile caught my attention for the unique scene it depicted…. Men, women, dancing, musicians… This is clearly set in a ‘Kotha’ in which courtesans and dancing girls welcomed noblemen … Continue reading

June 17, 2023 · Leave a comment

Student Monks at Norbulingka Monastery

Student Monks begin their learning of Buddhist scriptures at a young age. Sitting amongst them as they chant in an atmosphere of scent and vapors of yak butter lamps in … Continue reading

June 9, 2023 · Leave a comment

Folk Music Concert on the Street, Hanoi

Sharing some pictures of a lovely evening at a street concert outside a temple in Hanoi It did not matter that I stood or sat on a rock. All that … Continue reading

June 4, 2023 · Leave a comment

The Joys of Daily Life – in Silk

The scenes in a shawl made a hundred years ago show moments of pleasure and joy. And clearly these scenes give us joy even today. Smoking in the garden, holding … Continue reading

May 24, 2023 · 2 Comments

Portraits from Mizoram

A decade ago I witnessed the amazing culture of Mizoram at a festival and took some photos. Presenting some photos here once again: Chapchar Kut is the harvest festival celebrated … Continue reading

May 11, 2023 · 1 Comment

Indian Art – Paintings in The Kangra Museum

The first floor of the Kangra museum made the trip worthwhile. I am not a student of Indian fine art – so it was easy for me to enjoy these. … Continue reading

May 9, 2023 · 1 Comment

Embroideries in The Kangra Museum

Collectors of Indian textiles will already know of the double-sided Chamba Rumaals made in Himachal Pradesh. These usually have scenes from the Krishnayan – the life of Krishna. The art … Continue reading

May 9, 2023 · Leave a comment

Tibetan Weavings

A little video clip of street photos taken in Dharamshala. And a few warm moments spent with a welcoming elderly Tibetan woman. And in case the video is not visible … Continue reading

May 1, 2023 · Leave a comment

Caving in Vietnam

In one life we can’t do it all. And so I could not do caving. But I certainly did wish to once, like a child that wants it all in … Continue reading

May 1, 2023 · Leave a comment

Meeting Moorcroft / Soulons & Worldlines

Can we actually meet people who lived and died decades before us? Being born a Hindu – I could use the idea of ‘atma’ and soul to support the answer … Continue reading

April 24, 2023 · 2 Comments



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