''No one should be alone on Christmas!'' my colleague Pernille declared when I told her that I wasn't going home for Christmas. She spoke to her family and a couple of days later invited me to her mother's place for Christmas. And I ended up discovering the true meaning of Christmas.
Isn’t it remarkable how two contemporary communities engaged in the same profession, living in regions with similar climate built mansions which are so similar to each other in purpose, plan and decoration?
Just 200 km north of Jaipur is one of the best kept secrets of Rajasthan, the Shekhawati region which is dotted with grand mansions (called havelis) covered profusely with murals giving it the name ‘open air art gallery’.
The mansions of Chettinad tell tales of entrepreneurial success and creative genius. Sadly, there seems to be no one willing to listen. Do take a weekend off and spend it amongst these magnificent monuments.
Inspired by the European paintings of Roman and Greek mythology, Ravi Varma painted scenes from Indian mythology and classic Sanskrit plays in addition to portraits of his patrons and scenes from everyday life.
Summer is here and brings with it a variety of delights. The fruits are one of the best delights The fruits which were once loyal to summer are nowadays available even in winter with the help of science and technology, but the joy of eating them in summer is unmatched. Wherever you go, the air…
There are many deities worshipped on the Thiruchengode Hill and one of them is the Ardhanareeshwara, a form of Shiva in which the left part of his body is his consort, Parvathi. This form of Shiva is also known as Madhorubagan and Ammayappan. It is probably the only place where Shiva is worshipped as Ardhanareeshwara.
'A for Ajrakh - The A to Z of Block Printing' is actually a book written for children to introduce them to the alphabet and to the arts but it makes a great read for anyone who has some interest in arts and culture. Written by Nina Sabnani who is an illustrator, animator and filmmaker, the book is aesthetically pleasing and informative.
Lambanis have one of the richest and most vibrant cultures in Karnataka. Their intricate art work and artisan skills are unmatched.
Manipur literally translates to ‘the land of beads’ or ‘bejewelled land’ and it is no surprise that the traditional tribal outfit is always worn with earrings, neck-pieces, arm bands and headgear, all made of colourful beads. I have a fascination for jewellery that has a story to tell and I learnt from my friends that Manipuri bead jewellery has its roots in their complex culture.