Miscellaneous · Travel

Chennai: The charismatic coastal city of South India – Guest post

I am very excited to share my first guest post that I wrote for the Wild Book Company managed by the wonderful Lois Key.  It is a photo essay on my experience in the multifaceted city of Chennai. True to its thriving cultural, economic and cosmopolitan nature, Chennai is multifarious.  While the city boasts of… Continue reading Chennai: The charismatic coastal city of South India – Guest post

Decor

The courtyard house: top 5 decor inspirations

The classic charm and elegance of courtyard houses is something that never fails to enamor me.  The history and origin of these houses in India date all the way back to the Indus Valley civilization and are found in multiple forms in various parts of India. Whether it is the Nalukettu houses of Kerala, Havelis of… Continue reading The courtyard house: top 5 decor inspirations

Everything else

Colgate magical stories: Power of Story Telling

When was the last time your child told you a story? When I was asked this question, it got me thinking. It has been a while indeed and also with new age children, there is a big challenge in keeping their imagination ignited. With limited concentration spans and even limited novelty factor, there is a… Continue reading Colgate magical stories: Power of Story Telling

Karnataka · Travel

Devaraja Market, Mysore: a potpourri of color, customs and culture

With a penchant for exploring the native spirit and culture of a place, I stepped into the renowned Devaraja market of Mysore on my recent visit to the city.  Over 100 years old, the market is the epitome of vibrancy, activity and vivacity.  A prominent landmark of the heritage city, this market is literally the… Continue reading Devaraja Market, Mysore: a potpourri of color, customs and culture

Miscellaneous · Travel

DakshinaChitra: a slice of South Indian culture and heritage

If you are a lover of heritage houses, ancient culture, folklore and traditional arts and crafts, DakshinaChitra is the place for you.  Located about 25 km from the metro city of Chennai, this centre has been open since 1996 and is managed by the Madras Craft Foundation (MCF).  Modeled on the lines of a cultural village, the… Continue reading DakshinaChitra: a slice of South Indian culture and heritage

Travel · West Bengal

Hooghly Imambara: grandeur of the yesteryears

An architectural masterpiece of the 19th century is the magnificent Hooghly Imbabara in the town of Hooghly situated in the state of West Bengal. Hooghly or Hooghly-Chinsura as it also known lies about 30 k from the metro city of Kolkata.   Built by Hazi Mohammad Mohsin between 1841 and 1861, this historical structure doubles up… Continue reading Hooghly Imambara: grandeur of the yesteryears

Karnataka · Travel

Mysore: along a heritage trail

Easily one of the most popular tourist destinations in India, the heritage city of Mysore (recently renamed Mysuru) is synonomous with resplendent royalty, its larger than life Dasara festival, gorgeous silk saris and exquisite Mysore paintings.  Known as the city of palaces, this famous South Indian city lies in the state of Karnataka about 150… Continue reading Mysore: along a heritage trail