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Sounds of Silence

A leisurely rowing through the silence of Kashmir .

January 17, 2023 · Leave a comment

Dhunuchi Dance – Bengal

This dance is performed in honor of Durga in Bengal. This solo dance is performed before the deity and the movement of hands and feet follows the beat of the … Continue reading

November 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

Santhal Folk Dance, Bengal

Seen in Murshidabad during Durga Puja 2022 As usual, tribal culture is inclusive – every individual is invited to participate – irrespective of any segregating parameter of age, marital status … Continue reading

November 13, 2022 · 1 Comment

Terracotta Temples of Murshidabad

The beauty of the architecture, its unique style, the detail of the terracotta plaques on the walls that tell stories from the Hindu epics, the colors.. all fascinate me. The … Continue reading

October 29, 2022 · 3 Comments

Visiting the Past – The Heritage House of a Wealthy Merchant

It is a long 6 hour drive from Kolkata. Knowing that India had advanced so much with its fantastic road network, I knew that it would not be a tedious … Continue reading

October 11, 2022 · 1 Comment

The Use of A Chandarvo Textile

I’ve collected Gujarat Textiles for decades. And have come across many ‘canopy’ textiles for sale – that are used as a cover over the goddess deity during ceremonies. Further my … Continue reading

October 1, 2022 · Leave a comment

Navratri Garba Dances

A little culture from my own life! Navratri is a festival of 9 nights in honor of Durga or Amba that is celebrated with dances in Gujarat. Gujjus love this … Continue reading

October 1, 2022 · Leave a comment

Museum Walk – What is this Garment?

On a recent walk in a very small museum, I came across this: I don’t know how to view stone art. But this one appealed to me aesthetically. More importantly, … Continue reading

September 23, 2022 · Leave a comment

The Meeta Project – The Story

In 2021, inspired by Michael Asher & Wilfred Thesiger’s writings, I made a plan to spend time with camel herders, for a few days. This could only be realised through … Continue reading

September 18, 2022 · 1 Comment

Festival Time – Mumbai Style

This week it’s Janmashtami that the city celebrates – the birth of Lord Krishna. Baby Krishna loved home-made butter and he’d help himself to all the butter pots in the … Continue reading

August 20, 2022 · Leave a comment

The Thanjavur Maratha Palace

Every now and then, I come across interesting people I yearn to meet. No – not Brad Pitt or George Clooney. But people like Dostoevsky. Lee Kuan Yew. Chanakya. The … Continue reading

August 18, 2022 · 1 Comment

The Saraswati Mahal Library at Tanjore

As a collector, I take pride in the things I collect. Through my sources – ebay & shops all over the world, I am proud to note that I have … Continue reading

August 18, 2022 · 1 Comment

Wall Paintings & Murals – Tanjore

The number of visuals vying for the attention of my eyes is mind-boggling. What should I see – what should I stop and stare at, what should I stop and … Continue reading

August 17, 2022 · Leave a comment

Heritage Homes of Tanjore

Life is lived every minute of every day. And so, long ago, we decided to surround ourselves with beautiful things. In the choice between return on investment in financial terms … Continue reading

August 17, 2022 · 1 Comment

Ganga Snaan & Cleansing the Soul

In my opinion, the philosophy held within religions offer very useful supports to manage one’s own mind. Mind control of one’s own mind. And when one is on a downward … Continue reading

April 19, 2022 · 1 Comment

Pollution in the Ganga

They say the Ganga is polluted. Yes. After days of sitting on her banks with my feet in the water I can confirm that. Here are pictures of the pollution: … Continue reading

April 19, 2022 · 1 Comment

Ganga Arti, Haridwar

The city wakes up to attend this pre-dawn arti, in which the Ganga is worshipped with lamps and flowers. The devout take a bath in the chilled waters of the … Continue reading

April 19, 2022 · 1 Comment

Chance Encounters / Haridwar

Just walking around absorbing the culture of Haridwar and I get to witness some important ceremony by Radha worshippers: p.s. the music is original – a little live band led … Continue reading

April 19, 2022 · 1 Comment

Heritage – Genealogical Records in Haridwar

I’d heard about the family-historians or Pandits in Haridwar many years ago. Their sole work in life is to maintain records of families and they have been doing this as … Continue reading

April 13, 2022 · 1 Comment

Ganga Relationships – The Coconut Man gives back

The devoted offer coconuts, fruits & flowers to the Ganga. This man, in doing service to himself & his family, works all day in the sun using his skill to … Continue reading

April 13, 2022 · 1 Comment

The Flow of Ganga – A lesson learnt

When one thinks of the Ganga, one thinks of serenity and calmness and peace. But the form that the river takes in Haridwar is anything but that. She is more … Continue reading

April 13, 2022 · 1 Comment

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