Tag: India

Back to the blog

Yes, I know. We’re a good few months past Valentine’s Day. But I thought I’d share with you some of the stories I’ve been working on since the start of this year. This article, published in the Feb 2016 issue of Spice Route—the inflight travel magazine of Spice Jet airlines—covered some fab restaurants across India to help readers enjoy the world’s ‘most romantic’ day of the year. You’ll find an interesting mix of restaurants in this piece — some that are perfect for dinners in a serene setting far removed from urban environs, and another that’s known for its dishes that trace the migratory routes of Indians to faraway lands.

That said, it’s time to address the elephant in the room. I’ve been a bit inactive on the blogging front and a tad too caught up with deadlines. But it’s safe to say that this year began on a busy note, filled with days and nights of penning down lifestyle features for magazines. Four months into 2016 and I’m still enjoying writing at this frenetic pace and, thankfully, there are no signs in the offing of things slowing down. I am trying to get a bit more active on the blog. So you’ll be seeing a lot more interesting reads in the near future.

*You can click on the image below for better clarity, or to download the story in a higher resolution. Hope you enjoy this piece.

 

 

 

Fresh and luminous — Makeup trends for the season

Sorbet-hued lips and sun-kissed skin are trending big right now. Brush up on these beauty trends and more, gleaned from the freshest looks of the season

M.A.C Eyes x 15 Eye Shadow Palette in Cool Neutral (Image courtesy M.A.C)
M.A.C Eyes x 15 Eye Shadow Palette in Cool Neutral (Image courtesy M.A.C)

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A feature on makeup trends for the monsoons, published in Promenade (for DLF Promenade, New Delhi)
A feature on makeup trends for the monsoons, published in Promenade (for DLF Promenade, New Delhi)

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The queen of diamonds: Varuna D Jani

Varuna D Jani at work

Bedazzling jewellery, a big heart and flamboyance best sum up the queen of diamonds, Varuna D Jani

Varuna D Jani’s life seems to have unfolded exactly as she might have envisioned it. Part of her life philosophy is the belief that every woman is born with a Midas touch that allows her to move mountains and to fly high. The Mumbai-based jewellery designer is, undoubtedly one of India’s best, having transformed what was once a passion into a career.

Jani, who was born into a family of jewellers of Popley Eternal Fame, remembers designing jewellery for fun when she was just eight. But it was only when she returned from Dubai in 2006 to take care of the family business that the Mumbai-based designer realised that jewellery was her passion. It was also around this time that she started to design her own line of wearable wedding jewellery based on the sheer lack of it at the time. Since then, there was no looking back.

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Bringing the divine down to earth

Google the term ‘Chief Belief Officer’ and the only references you’ll see are those that point to an Indian man. The man in question, Devdutt Pattanaik, is still known as a Chief Belief Officer well after his tenure at Future Group as consultant on matters relating to belief and culture. A trained medical doctor, Pattanaik worked in the healthcare industry for 14 years before he became business advisor at Ernst & Young. But his passion for mythology soon turned into a profession in 2008, landing him the post of Chief Belief Officer—a designation that has evidently failed to be disassociated from him till date.

At the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2004 (UWRF 2014), Pattanaik hosted art workshops like “Drawing the Gods”, but it was at the festival’s main programme, “The Chief Belief Officer” that I was truly enthralled by this man’s thoughts and simple ways of deconstructing myths in a contemporary context. Simply put, he uses mythology to approach questions in a creative way. Pattanaik is also an author, columnist, illustrator and author, but he most aptly sums up his skills saying, “I have this unique ability to articulate and communicate extremely complex ideas across structures. I discovered I have a patterned way of thinking, which is part intuition, part logic. It’s an ability that many people have, but I also have the ability to communicate and articulate.”

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Snapshot Saturdays—A traditional Kinnauri home

A carved wooden house in Sangla, Kinnaur

This photo, of a traditional Kinnauri home, was shot during the first leg of my trip to Kinnaur in the eastern part of Himachal Pradesh a few years ago. We first stopped at Sangla and then moved on to Chitkul and Kalpa (more on those towns in future posts!). While Sangla is a small town, its main market road can get very busy. So we didn’t really spend too much time there except for the few meals we devoured at the tiny restaurants serving local vegetable preparations and momos.

We prefered to walk further down the mountain that houses a tiny hamlet made up of charming houses and plum trees. Most of the houses in Sangla and other districts in lower Kinnaur are two-storeyed wooden houses with stone roofs. This technique, also known as the Kath-Kuni style, alternates layers of wood and stone for better longevity of the home.

This particular house, with its conical gabled stone roof, intricately carved walls, decorative ram skulls and a carved wooden dragon, stood out among the others. It looked much like many of the temples (Buddhism and Hinduism are practiced in tandem here) I had seen across Kinnaur. Woodwork is largely practiced in Kinnaur and the dragon motif seems to be a favourite among the locals. It’s also interesting to note that the houses here, this one included, incorporate Tibetan elements due to the proximity of Kinnaur to the Indo-Tibet border.