Shoe Shine

Mojris are handcrafted footwear that the Mugal rulers to Jaipur city and India. These leather sandals are intricately embroidered with cotton threads and look very pretty because they are very colorful. They go best with traditional Indian attires.

Tangy Memories

  Chana jor garam is a ‘fast-food’ made from cooked chick-peas that are flattened, fried, and seasoned with rich and tangy spices. It is served with chopped onions, tomatoes, fresh coriander, chaat masala and topped with lemon juice. It was on my must-have list when ever we took a trip to the beach. Being a…

The Shy Bride

“My feelings are too loud for words and too shy for the world.” ~ Dejan Stojanovic If you have ever been to Jaipur, these lovely Kathputlis (string puppets), are everywhere. The most popular kind of puppetry in India, the word kath means wooden, putla is a lifeless doll. These single-string marionette based shows are a…

Colourful Rajasthan

Rajasthan as a state has the most colourful cities in all of India. Jaipur is known as the pink city, Udaipur is the white city, Jodhpur is blue, and Jaisalmer is golden hued. Houses in the old days used to have uniform hues, which is what earned these cities colour-coded names. Can you guess which…

Bobbling Around

Bobblehead dolls have been a part of our household now since I can remember. Fondly called “Thanjavur Thalayatti Bommai” (meaning “Tanjore Head-Shaking Doll” in Tamil), we’ve had ones who dance and ones who just bobble their heads. But when I found some at Jodhpur, it took me by surprise. We found these made using paper-mache (the…

Music Mania

You cannot go to Rajasthan and come back unmoved after getting a taste of the local Folk art. Jodhpur is considered as an integral part of Indian Folk Music, and the place lived up to its reputation. While we’ve been quite exposed to such art through films and television, seeing the musicians live, and more importantly enjoying and appreciation their own art is…

Paying Respect To The Dead

We “discovered” Bada Bagh (Barabagh, meaning Big Garden) when on our Jaisalmer trip, when we where heading over to the Sam Sand Dunes back from Thanot. Its halfway between Jaisalmer and Lodhruva, the latter being a Jain pilgrim spot. The “garden” houses royal cenotaphs (colloquially called as chhatris) of the Maharajas of Jaisalmer, beginning with…

A New Year With A New Promise

It has been so long that I have shared my pictures on the space which I consider close to my heart. And then I read a post that helped me stare the stark reality of my virtual existence: Something that a lot of my peers have been suggesting for the past few months. And then…

Rise and Fall of the Meenas

If you ever visit the Amer Fort or Amer Palace, you cannot miss this stunning temple ruins standing awkwardly yet with pride in a seemingly modern setting. The temple has an amazing story too. Originally created by Raja Alan Singh Chanda, the Meena king belonging to the Matsya clan, the temple is erected for Goddess Amba whom they…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sunset 2

I got this shot on our visit back from the Ranthambore National Park, off a moving jeep. The picture is a bit hazy,  but it was too amazing a shot to throw away. I love the tree silhouette that blocks the setting sun, accentuating it further, making the picture looks magical. What do you think?