My articles published in Deccan Herald – www.deccanherald.com

Varanasi – A Travelogue

“Varanasi” is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together” ~ Mark Twain Varanasi also called Beneras and Kashi (the city of lights) has a spiritual history connected with Hinduism that dates back over 3000 years and is rightly referred to one of the oldest cities in the world. An eclectic mix of spirituality, tradition, culture and more, there is something that will appeal to everyone irrespective

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The Slow Life

Anu, a 35 year old HR professional and mother of two is the perfect mother. She runs a home, manages a career and is basically a super woman who can do everything. But wait. Why is her blood pressure alarming high? Well the metro superwoman syndrome of wanting to be a perfect mother, wife and career woman had her hassled at all time and continually anxious about doing everything perfectly. Chronic rushing through a never ending to-do list built anxiety

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Vaibhav Arekar and Sushant Jadhav – The Dancing Duo

Love – a four lettered word that has so many meanings and interpretations that it can be mind boggling. And when expressed through a dance musical, it can take things to a new dimension all together. Urvashi, a dance drama is a unique interpretation and celebration of Love and Womanhood through the eyes of Vaibhav Arekar and Sushant Jadhav, Directors/Choreographers is an introspective journey to uncover the meaning of true love. Named after the celestial nymph who is caught in

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Pantone Ultra Violet in Homes

It’s a spanking new year and we have a brand new pantone colour of the year – Ultraviolet, inspired by richness and vibrancy of space. And what is a home that does not morph with changing times. So here are some ways in which you can incorporate this royal shade in your home. Blend it in There are numerous ways to add ultraviolet color in the interiors of your homes to make your home trendy and classy. Ultraviolet is a

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Shankranti Home Decor Ideas

The dawn of the New Year always coincides with Shankranti, the first major festival of the year which celebrates the beauty and love of nature, being a harvest festival. The ‘back to roots’ connect that this occasion invokes is a sort of thanksgiving to nature’s bounty and is the perfect time to give your home a spanking new look inspired by the festival. And we tell you exactly how you can do just that. Tradition Beckons When it comes to

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Thogalu Bombe – the art of shadow puppetry

An art form that merges music, performance and puppets, Thogalu Bombeyata is a unique shadow puppet show that is practiced in Karnataka. This folk art has several variations as Sutrada Gombeyata and Yakshagana Bayalata. Basically thogalu means hide of the animal skin and this art form uses special leather puppets to play out scenes from the epics – the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and mythology. In Sutrada Gombeyata, practiced in Southern Mysore, puppets are made from light wood that is rot

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Home decor trends that ruled 2017

As curtains fall on 2017, it is time to look back at the interior trends that the year. From geometric prints, to jewel tones to going artisanal, the year had so many trends that it inspiration was everywhere. Here are some trends that made waves this year. Going Artisanal The craftsmanship and materials with a high level of skill was seen to achieve details. When a piece of furniture is made with so much detail and precision, it instantly adds

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Winter Home Decor Ideas

Do you need an excuse to do up your home? The nip in the air is a clear indication that there is a new season upon us. So why not use this to give your home a winter makeover? If you are wondering how, we tell you how to do it right. Décor Mantras Winters are all about adding that dash of warmth to your homes and carpets do that beautifully. Also using lighting intelligently is a great way to

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Tableware in Homes

A well laid table can be a visual delight – there is certainly no denying that. Very often it is rightly said that you first eat with your eyes and tableware can enhance your dining experience. Tableware trends are changing and it is now becoming an integral part of the dining room décor. Table It Just like you, your home and space has its own personality. While picking table tops, keeping the space in mind becomes essential. For tableware, it

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Kaginele, the birthplace of Kanakadasa

On a recent trip to Haveri district, I was intrigued by a beautiful yellow and pink double arch with a sculpture of Saint Kanaka Dasa and decided to explore more. I was in Kaginele in the Byadagi taluk of Haveri in Karnataka, the birthplace of Kanaka Dasa, a renowned and revered saint belonging to the Kuruba Gowda community. As Kanaka Dasa lived and also and wrote most of his works at Kaginele, the Kaginele Development Authority (KDA) has decided to

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