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Manjal: handicrafts native, aesthetic and truly attractive

If you are in Chennai and in a mood to shop for something unique yet traditional and classy, head over to Manjal that is a craft store in M R C nagar. It is run by the M. Rm. Rm. Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization that champions the cause of rural crafts, traditions and… Continue reading Manjal: handicrafts native, aesthetic and truly attractive

Tamil Nadu · Travel

Indigenous handloom: Kalakshetra weaving and kalamkari unit

Tucked away in the bylanes of one of Chennai’s most popular neighborhoods Besant nagar is the renowned Kalakshetra foundation. Founded way back in 1936 by Rukmini Devi Arundale, one of pioneers in the field of Bharatanatyam dance, this is a centre for true connoisseurs of art. The sprawling campus that is spread across 100 acres, houses… Continue reading Indigenous handloom: Kalakshetra weaving and kalamkari unit

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Dampness: “Fix it” now and enjoy freedom of a life time

With rains lashing most parts of the country now, it is that time of the year where the initial euphoria and excitement associated with the rains has worn off and many of us want the downpours to ease a bit to allow for freedom from all the seepage and dampness all around. And what best… Continue reading Dampness: “Fix it” now and enjoy freedom of a life time

Karnataka · Travel

Tarakeshwara temple, Hangal – an architectural marvel

Beautiful stone pillars, exquisite architecture, elaborate ceilings and remarkable sculptures were just some of the things that had me totally awe inspired when I visited the Tarakeshwara temple in Hangal. The town ruled by the Kadamba dynasty till the 11th century was later controlled by the Hoysalas and then the Chalukayas in the 12th century.… Continue reading Tarakeshwara temple, Hangal – an architectural marvel

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Book Review: The Story of a Suicide by Sriram Ayer

Review “The Story of a Suicide” by Sriram Ayer is one that perhaps reflects the state of society and how youth relate to and deal with different aspects of life – ranging from social media to substance abuse to sexuality. The book is centered around four characters – Hari, Mani, Sam and Charu. Starting innocuously… Continue reading Book Review: The Story of a Suicide by Sriram Ayer

Miscellaneous · Travel

The state of many colors: Rajasthan, on my wishlist

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning: Gloria Steinem As the above quote conveys, it is always important to pursue your passions.  Ultimately, having a dream in the first place and working towards making it come true is the essence of life.… Continue reading The state of many colors: Rajasthan, on my wishlist

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Announcement: Change in Domain name

Hello readers, Just wanted to let you know that rashminotes.wordpress.com is now rashminotes.com.  I have a site redirect in place that will automatically take you to the new website. My blogging journey has been great thus far but it would not have been possible without all your support.  Thank you for all the encouragement to… Continue reading Announcement: Change in Domain name

Miscellaneous · Travel

Chennai: The charismatic coastal city of South India – Guest post

I am very excited to share my first guest post that I wrote for the Wild Book Company managed by the wonderful Lois Key.  It is a photo essay on my experience in the multifaceted city of Chennai. True to its thriving cultural, economic and cosmopolitan nature, Chennai is multifarious.  While the city boasts of… Continue reading Chennai: The charismatic coastal city of South India – Guest post

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The courtyard house: top 5 decor inspirations

The classic charm and elegance of courtyard houses is something that never fails to enamor me.  The history and origin of these houses in India date all the way back to the Indus Valley civilization and are found in multiple forms in various parts of India. Whether it is the Nalukettu houses of Kerala, Havelis of… Continue reading The courtyard house: top 5 decor inspirations

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Colgate magical stories: Power of Story Telling

When was the last time your child told you a story? When I was asked this question, it got me thinking. It has been a while indeed and also with new age children, there is a big challenge in keeping their imagination ignited. With limited concentration spans and even limited novelty factor, there is a… Continue reading Colgate magical stories: Power of Story Telling