My Danish Christmas

''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.


Drawing Parallels: Chettinad and Shekhawati

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?

It Happens Only In Summer!

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…

Thiruchengode Tales

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.

First Week of April

'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.

Jewellery from the Bejewelled Land

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.