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Join TRIAL TRIAL TRIAL me in My Journey to Vanishing Cultures


Join me in my experiences

 with beautiful tribal people with lives that are so different from mine and yours and yet so attractive

– their culture and their art

– their motivations and their values.

Join me


my stories

my photography

and their cultural art

collected on my travels

over the past decade.

Experience my experiences in

Ladakh  & Orissa

Kutch, Sarawak, Mewar, Mizoram, Kutch

Sikkim, Ladakh, Lambani Villages & Arunachal Pradesh

Nepal, Nagaland,  Northern Thailand, Angkor Wat, Borobudur


Goa, Mumbai & Singapore


My writings have been grouped into ‘Art’ or ‘Culture’  etc that may be found on the panel to the left.

The complete set of articles may be found in ‘Archives’ at the bottom of this page.

If you wish to receive updates on all new material published, please click ‘Subscribe’ or ‘Follow’ to stay in touch.


All the articles on this site have been written ‘Swantah Sukhayah’ – a word in Sanskrit for ‘self-fulfiment’.  If they also please the reader then that is a real bonus!

Why do I take the trouble to share these stories?  Because these experiences have opened my mind. Because I might forget the details someday. Because one part of my world does not know how fantastic the other part of my world is. And by sharing these stories, I am doing my bit to share the beauty of that vanishing world.


jaina mishra
MENSA member, MBA

writing from singapore, goa, bombay or anywhere in Asia



63 comments on “Join TRIAL TRIAL TRIAL me in My Journey to Vanishing Cultures

  1. Piyush Tank
    January 7, 2012

    Hi Jaina,
    I must say your blog is wonderful. I thoroughly loved it.
    Keep exploring and sharing.


  2. Siddartha Patnaik
    March 16, 2012

    Dear Ms. Jaina,

    Greeting from Odisha!

    Thank you for spreading the light. Iam already in the mode of enlightment. Please do guide me how to seek clearence for using your photographs for academic purpouse only. For commercial use, I rather work with the artisan to give maximum benefits, & yes for you- a creation from the synthesis, so that you feel happy & bliss.

    I would appreciate, if you could make a visit to Odisha ( formerly Orissa) as well. Though tribal areas are under scanner due to Vedanta & Dove Tour ( filimg of Bonda tribesmen in wrong way in Dove Tour website) fiasco.

    I teach at NIFT, Bhubaneswar & belong to this region, here since 2009.

    Lovely work.
    Please keep inking the moments & moments ink.


  3. wovensouls
    March 19, 2012

    Thank you Siddhartha, I will connect with you soon when I plan my visit Kotpad district to Koraput. I have some weaver friends there and hope to visit in 2012.

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  6. Simon Heald
    July 20, 2012

    Hi Jaina,

    My name is Simon and I work for your husband. At a recent meeting he shared with me your passion for both photography and cultures. Interestingly like you I have travelled a lot through this region but sadly not yet to Ladakh so I found your article most enlitening. Thanks for sharing it just inspires me to get there soon.

    The pictures are wonderful.



  7. wovensouls
    July 20, 2012

    Thanks Simon!

  8. wovensouls
    September 9, 2012

    Thank you Nananirauk for your correction.

  9. Anonymous
    November 29, 2012

    Hi Jaina I’m living vicariously through you, I finally have found someone who shares the same passions as I. Please continue your work, your passions show through, and thank you for sharing! Anita Dallas, TX

  10. wovensouls
    November 29, 2012

    Thank you Anita! Its great to know that the work is appreciated!

  11. wovensouls
    November 29, 2012

    And Anita – I live vicariously through the lives of the tribals I meet…

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    December 11, 2012

    Hi Jaina, Your Collection & treasure is wonderful & heart touching. Really I wonder seeing it. Keep it up. Sunil

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  56. Dhruv Patel
    August 8, 2013

    Hi Jaina, do you travel only in Asia or go outside also?

  57. wovensouls
    August 8, 2013

    Unless some other reason takes me outside Asia, I travel only within Asia. Once I “finish” doing the Asia circuit I will travel to other places too. Why?

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    September 6, 2013

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  62. wovensouls
    September 7, 2013

    Thank you Doler for your note.
    Am glad to hear that you are enjoying the blog! And it is wonderful to note that many others share the same feelings about the wealth of cultures.

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    November 25, 2013

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