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Notes on Antique Textiles, Folk Art & Timeless Traditions – Jaina Mishra

2019 – New Year Inspirations

And so another fresh beginning … one more chance to rejuvenate one’s mind…. Because we simply cannot allow ourselves to stagnate. If we are lucky the seeds of refreshing ideas … Continue reading

January 4, 2019 · 2 Comments

Sleeping Under The Stars

My evening on the terrace has often turned into night. Alone with the stars and the sound of the sea and the darkness, I have found myself lying on the … Continue reading

September 30, 2018 · 1 Comment

Connections

Cliff overlooking the fork on the Shyok River Valley. On the way to Yarma village that lay beyond the last mountain in the valley on the right. Sometimes there is … Continue reading

July 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Let’s Spin Some Yarn

Seen in the Himalayas….an activity, a skill, a lifestyle …. People STILL live in this charming way! All through our afternoon conversation in which our minds and mouths engaged, their … Continue reading

June 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Collections! 

On this cloudy rainy morning my morning-tea companion on tbe terrace is Alexander.  And other great minds.  And lest I as a collector get carried away and think of myself … Continue reading

May 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Nomadic Weavings of Chanthang

Seen in the Himalayas in the Chanthang desert in Eastern Ladakh.  Their living spaces Let’s gp in … To see their home & their weavings ​(videa to follow later) Volunteers: … Continue reading

May 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

An Extraordinary Feat

So at the top of Khardungla pass in a small cafe I saw this other solo traveller. Since two of us were the only ones there I asked about his … Continue reading

May 15, 2018 · 1 Comment

The one thing I’d like to abolish… Goodbyes

The one thing I’s like to abolish is the “Good-bye” or its milder form – “Farewell”.  Friends leaving for other cities where their jobs take them and children leaving for … Continue reading

April 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Inspirational People from the Himalayas

When people push themselves beyond the limits of normal human capability, it is always admirable. A few years ago I’d read about the kora or parikrama that Tibetans performed as … Continue reading

April 17, 2018 · 1 Comment

My Ceremonial Textiles

In India we have so many life ceremonies! Every Hindu goes through or is supposed to go through 16 important ones and dozens of lesser ones. So one attends one’s … Continue reading

March 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Material Pleasures

When I was young I desired a million things but had no money to buy them with. Now when I am old, I have more money but very few things … Continue reading

March 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Goa Carnaval 2018

Something to do over the weekend in case you are in Goa!  Delighted to find local culture in the themes of the floats!  Delighted to find people of all ages … Continue reading

February 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Custodians of Antique Art

“We are only the ‘temporary’ custodians of these antique artworks that lived before us and will live on much after we are gone.” A nice quote to remind myself of … Continue reading

September 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Random Thoughts: A New Metric of Success 

The success of scientific research paper is measured in the number of times it is quoted by other subsequeny published research papers. In the same way, the success or wealth … Continue reading

September 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Tales the Phra Malai Thai Manuscripts tell!

It will be years before I will be able to understand all the stories contained in the few Phra Malai manuscripts that I’ve seen! Some are stories from the life … Continue reading

September 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

That Place

That unforgettable place … I cannot seem to get it out of my mind. It had no name. There is no village to note the location. I had no compass … Continue reading

July 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Romance of a Dowry or Trousseau

In primary school one school teacher talked of the ‘bottom drawer’ in which a girl puts in all the things she wants to take with her to her second home. … Continue reading

June 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

I must do more…

Strange how winning an auction of a intensely desired item can make one think! This is the little story of my 4am soul searching..

June 15, 2017 · 3 Comments

Houses & Homes

“The house is the stage set for the drama we hope our lives will be….

May 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Daily Art Fix

Majestic head lama performing Losar ceremonies at a monastery in Sikkim – where Life and Art are inextricably braided into one!!      

May 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Astitva Project – A Report on the Micro Project in Ladakh – Chapter 2

The Story They say that ‘when the weight of the paperwork equals the weight of the plane, the plane will fly’ – stressing the importance of the planning that must … Continue reading

May 12, 2017 · 6 Comments

Games People Play

  This seemingly benign game is played by 2-4 people of all ages. A roll of dice and a little thinking determine the outcome. The boards I have played it … Continue reading

January 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Kashi nu Maran – The Flood of Ganga – 2016

According to a famous saying in Gujarati – my mother tongue –  one can attain Nirvana (bliss) through two simple ways: “Surat nu Jaman ke Kashi nu Maran” i.e. (By … Continue reading

September 3, 2016 · 1 Comment

Homage to Subarnalata

Subarnalata lived a long time ago. Mainly in the imagination of the author – but nevertheless, she did live. Her life was probably borrowed from the author Ashapurna Debi’s own … Continue reading

July 31, 2016 · 1 Comment

I played with the Big Cats

Not art. Not Culture. Just a travel experience. One that has me craving for more. One that will feature on my list of answers when asked Q: “What did I … Continue reading

May 8, 2016 · 2 Comments

To Touch My Hero

Hero worship is a BIG thing for me. To dream about meeting them and listening to them and following their footsteps and imbuing a part of their spirit. But mostly, … Continue reading

January 31, 2016 · 2 Comments

Jewels of Serendipity

When I look at the whole picture of my life, I have no doubt that I am on the right side of the luck line. But in every segment of … Continue reading

December 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

Finding Purpose

Let us pray to the Gods of Probability that the opportunities that come our way, come at the right timing in our lives, and that we have the wisdom to … Continue reading

July 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Fresh Perspective

A Japanese Perspective…

July 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Doubt & Hope | The Saga of Antique Yao Paintings

Ever had the dreaded feeling that some precious thing was lost forever? I’d been living with that feeling for over a year now! After the ‘Vanishing Cultures’ Exhibition [click to … Continue reading

April 9, 2015 · 4 Comments

Beauty will ….

“Is it true, Prince, that you once said ‘beauty’ would save the world?” he cried loudly to them all, “the prince insists that beauty will save the world!” –-from THE … Continue reading

January 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Old, Weary and Gorgeous!

. These are words that I live by. These are words that this gorgeous lady that I photographed years ago also probably lived by: . The experiences & the memories … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Lives of Brahmins

In general there has been a lot of Brahmin-bashing in the media and I myself have had mixed opinions about the subject with a tinge of negativity. In my circles … Continue reading

August 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

An Adventure on the mighty Indus River

The road to the Dard village wound along the Indus river. We saw several bridges along the way. And I was also shown a few hand pulled rope carriages that … Continue reading

October 28, 2013 · 5 Comments

Choodi Waale Baaba – the Bangle Seller

Hindi was a compulsory language to be learned at school. And language is usually taught through written material – stories about this and that from every day life. Sometime in … Continue reading

June 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

Interesting nuggets about Odisha

A series of random interesting nuggets from Odisha: 1. A temple that does not allow non Hindus and foreigners in. So a viewing post has been built outside the compound … Continue reading

June 26, 2013 · 2 Comments

Success

The success of an individual lies in the distance that she has managed to cover between the mindset (and therefore life) of her own grandmother and the life of her … Continue reading

April 4, 2013

And one more reaches the finishing line

A friend died yesterday. Known him for 30 years from the first week at St.Xavier’s college. Everyone was too busy in those days so we hung out together but I … Continue reading

July 16, 2012 · 4 Comments

Alternate Life Models 5 – Mizo culture

Most Eastern life models are patrilineal and the father-son lineage carries forward important life markers such as caste, name, inheritance etc. The rules are clear and common across geographies. But … Continue reading

June 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

New Year Contemplations

I never did see the value of celebrating the completion of an additional revolution of the earth around the sun. I did not see why this was a reason to … Continue reading

January 1, 2012

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 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

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

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