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

Bundi – where walls speak

I am standing at the edge of a road overlooking a sea of blue buildings. The sight unfolding in front of me is ethereal. Beautiful blue painted buildings, an old temple complex and so many architectural details makes me stop my journey and get trigger happy with my camera. I am at Bundi, a small town in Rajasthan known for its miniature paintings and the 14th century Taragarh Fort that houses what can easily be called the best example of

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Dhanteras

If there was one festival that is universally loved and most looked forward to it has to be Diwali. The festival of lights is symbolic in more ways than one and most importantly signifies the importance of light, wellbeing and happiness. The five day festivities see many celebrations and traditions and one of the most important days is Dhanteras also called Dhantrayodashi or Dhanvantri Jayanti (the God of Ayurveda). Dhana means wealth and Teras means thirteenth day and this festival

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Festive Makeover for your home

Come October and you know it is the start of a brand new festive season. And being the season of makeovers, your home is a space that must not be forgotten. Also you can just make additions and think out-of-the-box to add that touch of festive fervour to your home decor. Celebratory Cues The festive season is the perfect time to make your house look impressive and give it a lap of luxury. The house should look warm, welcoming and

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Natural Dye Artist – Ruby Jagrut

Did you know that UNESCO has announced ‘Natural Dyes’ as one of the intangible heritage properties in the cultural ecosystem? Well neither did I to be honest till I spoke to Ruby Jagrut. She is one of rare few natural dye artists with close to two decades of experience in painting with only natural dyes on canvas. Rewind Hailing from a traditional Gujarati family that gave a lot of importance to disciplined lifestyle, Ruby loved painting as a child. However

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Storage Ideas For Your Home

Your home is the place where you keep everything important that matters to you. Naturally it is important that each item has a designated place so that you can organise what matters right. This is where storage solutions can help by being both effective and efficient. Store right Increasing urbanization has led to serious space crunch be it residential units or working space. With decreasing size of residential spaces, organizing all those bits and bobs lying around the house, including

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Home Balcony Decor

If there is one space in a home that brings the outdoors inside it is your balcony. Naturally, this is the one space that can be a retreat from the humdrum of urban life. Apart from plants, the balcony is a space that can be so much more. If you are wondering how, read on as we tell you how you can do up your balcony to create a space that is your own. A Cosy Nook Even if your

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Interview with actor Vivek Dahiya

For someone who started acting in 2013, he has made a name for himself on the small screen. After debuting in Yeh Hai Aashiqui, he also starred in Ek Veer Ki Ardaas…Veera. He is currently acting in two shows Ye Hai Mohabbatein and Kavach…Kaali Shaktiyon Se. Meet Vivek Dahiya, who is the toast of the small screen. Looking Back Vivek admits that although he liked to act, it was always at the back burner. “I went to UK and did

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Art – Investment and Home Decor

Homes are intrinsically personal spaces and are a reflection of who you are. One way in which you can reflect your personality is to use art in home decor. And wait, art has another dimension – of investment. Yes, art is a great way to make your money work and your home dazzle. Being Arty So how does one choose art for a home?  Well simply speaking, colour is the key. Pick artwork that contains some of your room design’s

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Gujarat Cuisine

A thin yellow pancake in front of me is covered with a banana leaf and the bright yellow and green combination attracts me instantly. I am at the newly re-launched Grand Mercure Vadodara Surya Palace and the Chef tells me he is making Panki, a traditional Gujarati dish made with rice flour, besan, curds and salt with an assortment of spices and cooked inside a banana leaf. Once done, the pancake is carefully removed from the banana leaves and the

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Banana Fiber Workshop in Aanegundi

Women’s empowerment is a word that is often used and more often abused in today’s times. However a recent visit to Anegundi village near Hampi, gave me a real perspective to the term and one I hope I will be able to see more of. Walking through the heritage village of Anegundi, I am fascinated with the way it is maintained and soon enough I am at The Kishkinda Trust (TKT) Banana Fiber Cottage Industry. What I see here is

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