• Poetry in Stone: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

    Walking through the ruins of the fifth city of Delhi, Firuzabad, one is drawn in by the unique scents and silver smoke emanating from incense sticks. We have found our way to the stone walls of Firuz Shah Kotla, built on the bank of the river Yamuna in 1354 by Sultan Feroz Shah Tughlaq. What was once the grand […]

  • 10 Natural Ingredients to Nourish Your Daily Diet

    They say, you are what you eat. Then why not make each meal count? We bring you a list of 10 natural ingredients that can do your body a whole lot of good if included in your daily diet. ~ Panchphoran, literally, ‘five spices’, is a whole spice blend used mostly in Bangladesh and Eastern […]

  • Embroidered Elegance: The delicate art of Chikankari

    There is a subtle understated elegance of intricate white thread embroidery on delicate white muslin.  So uniquely exquisite is this fine creation that it has been applauded and desired for centuries. While the true origins of Chikan are shrouded in mystery and legend, it is clear that Chikankari has its roots in the Mughal reign. Although Chikankari […]

  • Summer in Calcutta

    What is this drink but The April sun, squeezed Like an orange in My glass? I sip the Fire, I drink and drink Again, I am drunk Yes, but on the gold of suns, What noble venom now flows through my veins and fills my mind with unhurried laughter? My worries doze. Wee bubblesring my […]

  • Un-veiling the story of the Ghunghat

    India is a land that worships goddesses such as Saraswati, Durga, Laxmi. Ever seen them wear a ghungat, or the veil? Never. Then where did this culture of covering a woman’s head and face come from? The ghungat, yet another symbol of Indian history, in a way retells the story of the various invasions of India. It is yet another custom […]

  • Festive Ripples: Romancing the waves of a Leheriya

    The colors of spring rarely come alive the way they do on a leheriya fabric, where vibrant hues shine through and celebrate the uniqueness of each shade blended together. Leheriya is a traditional style of tie-dye practiced in Rajasthan. Deriving its name from the Rajasthani word for ‘wave’, this technique is often used to produce […]

  • Ajrakh Legends

    Ajrakh is believed to be a symbolic representation of the universe, the blue representing the night sky, the red denoting twilight and the white geometric motifs signifying the stars in the dark sky. Their fingernails are the color of the midnight sky, and their eyes gleam like diamonds when they talk with passion about the […]

  • Stream of Life

    The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers. It is the same […]

  • Gathering Steam: Down Memory Lane with the Locomotive Wonder

    Images of steam engines whisper tales of a bygone era, billowing clouds of smoke that is now lost within the annals of time, except when it streams at us through television and films. Children in urban parks continue to make imaginary trains where the human-engine goes chhukh-chhukh-chhukh with the customary –cooo at the end. But […]

  • Planting Trees, Planting New Traditions

    Coming from a land overburdened with age old customs and traditions that are fighting for survival and relevance in a constantly changing world, it is heartening to see a community sowing seeds of new traditions to fight issues that are plaguing the human society in the 21st century. Piplantri, a village in south Rajasthan, has been […]