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A Palace of Dreams

This forgotten photo taken years ago while looking a palace on the other and exhibited in “Journeys of the Soul” came alive today. Dreams & Memories …. the pillars of … Continue reading

May 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Museums or Online?

I was writing a little description for one of my beloved pieces – doting on various aspects, discovering new elements that I had not noticed before and in general giving … Continue reading

May 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Treasure Hunting

Excerpts from an article seen on the internet*: Forrest Fenn, an art dealer and a former Air Force fighter pilot, announced in a self-published 2010 memoir, “The Thrill of the … Continue reading

August 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

An Enchanted afternoon with a Master Kamasan Artist

A gift of serendipity – an enchanted afternoon with a master artist in Bali:

‘…..I saw framed artworks , some that were old, some not so old, all over the walls…..’

December 31, 2015 · 2 Comments

The honor of meeting Padma Shri Award Winner – Shri Shreelal Joshi

A trip to Bhilwara Rajasthan. Singapore – Mumbai by air. Mumbai to Udaipur by air. Udaipur to Bhilwara by road.  Cabs to the airport, airport waits, security checks, luggage hassles … Continue reading

October 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

People: Edward Gerber

As I roam the auctions galleries, one name has been appearing consistently associated with the auction lots that strike me. Edward Gerber. It is with sadness that I read the … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

Dealing with Addiction

How does one do it? How does one wean oneself off? How to stop obsessing? How to break free of the hypnotic spell? How to stop wallowing in the semi-conscious … Continue reading

May 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

Extraordinary People – The Girl Next Door goes on a 100 km Walk!

She is literally the girl who lived next door! About a decade younger than me, she has a spirit that needs to be congratulated and celebrated! After all how many … Continue reading

May 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

A delightful day with a Textile Connoisseur

Textile collectors are few. And so when there is an opportunity to meet up, it is always a pleasure. And when the other collector is a connoisseur and a Guru, … Continue reading

February 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

An evening of learning with a Guru : Shri Jagdish Mittal

A few years ago, when I acquired some old paintings that I knew nothing about but loved enough to acquire, I was directed to speak with Shri Jagdish Mittal from … Continue reading

January 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

LIST OF ARTICLES ABOUT PEOPLE

Interactions that have left a mark on me with people who were connected to my life either through art or travel have been detailed in this set of posts. There … Continue reading

June 22, 2013

The Man with 39 Wives

A remote village in Mizoram. Returning from Lunglei to Aizawl I took a detour via Sirchip in order to meet this man with a new idea of life. Communication with … Continue reading

March 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

Street Dwellers in Bombay

Everyone has heard about the much romanticised and much media-exploited slums of Bombay. There are even organised tours through the slums! Most outsiders think that slum life is the rock … Continue reading

March 17, 2012

Travelling between two eras – an encounter with Pushpa the maid servant

Pushpa used to work for the previous owners of our portugese villa before the family dissipated in numbers and before the house fell to ruin As per Goa laws, she … Continue reading

August 27, 2011

The Teachings of Al-Leh, Bal-Leh and Che

At 46 I am still being taught life lessons! I’d thought that as a bright human I  already knew it ALL – and so I am shocked and surprised when … Continue reading

August 20, 2011

Lives of Others – The Beggar-Toddler

A hot summer noon. Sometime in the year 2008. A crowded traffic junction in a suburb in Mumbai. ‘Crowded’ as defined by Bombay peak hour standards. Me in an autorickshaw … Continue reading

August 14, 2011 · 1 Comment

Lives of Others – the Kurdish Photographer

An excerpt from a fellow photographer’s biography – I do not know him and he does not know me. While searching for some data I stumbled upon his description of … Continue reading

August 9, 2011 · 1 Comment

A journey on a state transport bus in Satara district, Maharashtra

That India is a land of diversity is an often repeated cliche. The spectrum found on any parameter – wealth, lifestyle, mentality, cultural beliefs to name a few – covers … Continue reading

February 28, 2011 · Leave a comment

Tears in Kohima

My friend who had fought several wars as part of the infantry brought me to look at this landmark site. It probably held some significance to him, but I had … Continue reading

December 12, 2010 · 1 Comment

Noel

(Sept 2005) Two days ago, I made a new friend. 31 years older than me. Will probably never see him again in my life – as he lives in a … Continue reading

August 19, 2010 · Leave a comment

Lives of Others – Soul Rainbows

One soul – many emotions. To see the soul of a another is a privilege. And we get to see it when raw emotion exposes itself on the face as … Continue reading

August 18, 2010 · Leave a comment

Lives of Others – Only 4 at a Funeral

This morning, as I went to pay some bills, I sat in a rickshaw watching the world outside. At a crowded road in santacruz, I noticed a hearse that barely … Continue reading

August 16, 2010 · Leave a comment

Lives of Others – The story of Kashi Neembu

Sept 2009 in my city – mumbai – there is a home for the dying destitute run by the nuns of ‘missionaries of charity’ – mother theresa’s organisation. these are … Continue reading

August 15, 2010 · Leave a comment

Collectors of Art – 2

Surendrabhai is a senior gentleman – who runs one of the most successful and well-known restaurants in India. Spread over a few thousand square feet, food is served in thatched … Continue reading

August 12, 2010 · Leave a comment

Sister Maria Zita

My first role model. She was my school principal. A nun. With personal power that, I believe was unique. She stands beside other people that I have met – people … Continue reading

August 7, 2010 · 3 Comments

Lives of Others – The Love Letter

This story has nothing to do with culture or art. Nor is it a pretty story. But it has left a soul coin and enriched my life with empathy for … Continue reading

July 19, 2010 · Leave a comment

The Ajrakh Artists

2006 – my first solo trip. To Bhuj and the surrounding villages in Kutch. Among the many splendours of the area is the village of Ajrakh – known for its … Continue reading

July 19, 2010 · Leave a comment

Collectors of Art – 1

In my short journey in collecting that does not span even a decade, I have interacted with several collectors, through forums and personal meetings. The most inspiring person I have … Continue reading

July 14, 2010 · Leave a comment

And then there was the Naabob…

The Naabob – the completely mispronounced mutilation of the word Navwaab …a word that represents a fine old gentleman, I met in Lucknow in 2005. Lucknow they say is an … Continue reading

July 8, 2010 · Leave a comment

Lives of Others – The Bicycle Tourists

2007. Tibet – at a location just outside Lhasa. A short climb up a hill to a monastery. Quiet place – left alone by tourists. After many stops along the … Continue reading

July 7, 2010 · Leave a comment

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