Old Meets New

This has been, by far, my most satisfying project to date. I wanted to recreate a Gothic style setting, with a modern twist. While I created the tables, chairs and the lamp stool, the candelabra, plates, spoons, forks and knives, bowls, pastry stand, lamp shade and food all are purchased accessories. Special thanks to suenosouvenir…

Happy Solar New Year

Now several people in a major part of India are oblivious to the fact that south India is made up of five states (Telangana, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala) with distinct languages, cultures and celebrations. While Ugadi marks the new lunisolar year in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the same is celebrated as…

Vishu Kanni

Vishu Kanni is an important part of Vishu celebrations in all Mallu households. Being part Mallu (the one that comes from my father), Kanni is a part of the lunisolar new year celebration in my house too. Kanni literally means first view and is the first thing you open your eyes to on the auspicious…

Let Us Prosper

As I was born and brought up in Maharashtra, the Marathi harvest festival/new year (according to the lunisolar Hindu calendar) known as Gudi Padva is a celebration I look forward to. Padva in general means festival or celebration and the Gudi is a “flag”  of the Hindu god Brahma (Bhramadhvaj), who is believed to have created time and…

Holier Than Thou

Batashe ki Mala (these are just sugar cubes in a garland) is an integral part of the Holika Dahan (the holy fire that is lit before Rangapanchami or Holi festival). These are quite popular in Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. While playing Holi (with Gulaal or Vermilion), batasha-malas are said to ensure cordiality with brother and…

The Feast Is Laid

Golu or Kolu is a display of dolls on odd numbered steps or padis  depicting scenes from Hindu texts, royalty, weddings or everyday scenes. While the practice dates back to centuries, it is still a huge part of Navarathri celebrations in South India. Although I have lived in western India for most part of my…

The Merry Crowd

Pune is considered as the cultural capital of Maharashta. To see the city in its full festive glory you need to be there on the morning of Ananth Chathurdashi, or the tenth day of Ganesh Visarjan. With chants of ‘Ganapathi Bappa Moriya’, you will be greeted with the energetic beats of local bands called Dhol…

Overcome Evil With Good

    Noted as one of the oldest dance forms, Kathakali is an integral part of the Hindu culture in Kerala. Katha means story and Kali is drama in Malayalam. Based on the vedas, the performance brings the Samaveda (lyrical form of the vedas) to life. The intricate facial paint is non-toxic and made using…

Older, Wiser, Stronger

The first few days of the year often take me on the road to memory lane, it is my time to look back and be grateful. I turned 33 in 2017, and it was a year of new beginnings. As I reminisce, I seem to be stuck on this one picture taken on my birthday….

Hallowed Be Thy Name

  The year 2017 was possibly the most beautiful years in my recent past. It was probably just as good or bad as 2016, but what changed was the way I dealt the cards life handed me. I fell in love with all my flaws, my false steps and learned to deal with situations head…