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Shivarapatna – crafting God

Shivarapatna is a small hamlet where every household is involved in the art of stone sculpting for generations. Driving the 60 km stretch from Bengaluru to Shivarapatna (in Malur, Kolar district, Karnataka) is close to 90 minutes, I am greeted by a well laid road with homes on either side all, of which have large… Read More Shivarapatna – crafting God

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Mysore Pak – the story

The legendary Mysore Pak of Mysore has a royal connection with its origins in the palace kitchen over 100 years ago. A small motley crowd had already gathered at the hole-in-the-wall store in the bustling Devaraja Market in Mysore. Notwithstanding, I reach out my hand to be given a hot piece of Mysore Pak on… Read More Mysore Pak – the story

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Royal Revival of Crafts

Descendants of erstwhile royal families are taking up the mantle of giving dying handicrafts and handlooms a much-needed fillip through their patronage. Aimed at protecting, preserving and promoting the city’s heritage be it tangible and intangible or cultural and natural, royal descendants are doing their bit to ensure dying crafts are revived and here are… Read More Royal Revival of Crafts

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Talakadu Travelogue

The temples of Talakadu a tiny town near Mysore has fascinating stories from the past that are an intricate part of its fabric. “Do you know that Talakadu has many cashew trees?” This was a question my cousin asked me many moons ago explaining that this was a place where the cashew trees were strewn… Read More Talakadu Travelogue

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Reverse Dieting

Reverse Dieting is a trend that is fundamentally all about eating more and doing less and is all about adjusting your metabolism. It’s the dawn of a New Year and the first resolution that most people make is to lose weight. And to implement that, the first option is to go on a diet. What… Read More Reverse Dieting

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Samatvam Pure by Anjali Bhaskar

Samatvam By Anjali Bhaskar, has launched Samatvam Pure, a collection that uses eucalyptus, orange, banana and aloevera plant fibers. Vegan seems a word that has taken the world by storm. And no this is not about food. This is about fashion and clothes with plant based ethically sourced fabrics being used to design garments. Samatvam… Read More Samatvam Pure by Anjali Bhaskar

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Startups enabling Rural Entrepreneurship in Dairy Farming

Technology is empowering dairy farmers who are going the organic route to financial prosperity and a good life. Farmer couple Rangegowda and Nagaveni in Tiptur village in Karnataka were deep in debt and to make matters worse their agricultural loan was not waived off. To make ends meet he was on the verge of selling… Read More Startups enabling Rural Entrepreneurship in Dairy Farming

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Grand Mercure Gandhinagar GIFT City

A visit to Gandhinagar, India’s first operational smart city is all about experiencing the old and the new. Heading to GIFT City Gandhinagar from Ahmedabad’s International Airport is a breeze. The 25-minute drive is all about great roads, a carpet of greenery and a pop of colour courtesy the stunning bougainvillea blooms that dot the… Read More Grand Mercure Gandhinagar GIFT City

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The Rann Utsav

The annual Rann Utsav is currently underway and is your best way to come up close with Gujarat even if it is under the shadow of COVID-19. The Rann of Kutch is the world’s largest salt desert and the winters is when you can stay at the Rann to experience its vivid sights and sounds.… Read More The Rann Utsav

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Pepper Trail in Wayanad

At Pepper Trail in Wayanad, you can reconnect with nature with a twist of health at a one-of-its-kind medicinal plant forest. In 1932, Balaram Kurup bought a 200-acre estate in Wayanad in Kerala. Well, if you are wondering what is unusual here read on. Kurup happens to be the first person in Asia to extract… Read More Pepper Trail in Wayanad