Decor

Stop and smell the roses: Fresh flowers in home decor

Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul – Luther Burbank Few décor elements are more powerful and invigorating than a bunch of fresh flowers.  An ideal ‘accessory’ that can instantly add life, colour and panache to any space, fresh flowers can do wonders to… Continue reading Stop and smell the roses: Fresh flowers in home decor

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Home Interiors: Diwali decor with muted hues and a pastel palette

The countdown to one of the most important and popular Indian festivals, Deepavali aka Diwali, is here and it is a time for celebration, hope and an ode to new beginnings.  It is also that time of the year when you dress up your entire house.  No mention of Diwali is complete without the customary… Continue reading Home Interiors: Diwali decor with muted hues and a pastel palette

Switzerland · Travel

Montreux, Switzerland: of Château de Chillon, postcard landscapes and much more

A land of picture perfect beauty and utterly bewitching landscapes, Switzerland is home to several towns which epitomize ethereal beauty.  Montreux which lies at the foothills of the Alps and on the shore of Lake Geneva is one such pretty town. Located in the canton of Vaud, Montreux is a traditional resort town that is known not only… Continue reading Montreux, Switzerland: of Château de Chillon, postcard landscapes and much more

Karnataka · Travel

Photo essay: Aprameya Swamy Temple, Doddamallur, Channapatna

Driving through the busy Bangalore Mysore highway, it is common for one to encounter several interesting sights spanning history, architecture, craft, culture and religion.  The region is famous for several ancient temples dedicated to forms of Lord Vishnu as well as Lord Hanuman.  The Aprameya Swamy Temple located in the little village of Doddamallur in Channapatna taluk… Continue reading Photo essay: Aprameya Swamy Temple, Doddamallur, Channapatna

Karnataka · Travel

Kinnal craft: a heritage of wooden toys near Hampi

It is the time of the year when festivities have begun and there are celebratory vibes all around.  Markets abound in colour and cheer.  It is also a time when you find little stores in nooks and corners all around Bangalore retailing clay and wooden toys.  Yes. it is the season of Navratri and “Gombe… Continue reading Kinnal craft: a heritage of wooden toys near Hampi

Andhra Pradesh & Telengana · Travel

Vijayawada diaries: Kondapalli Fort – a treasure house of medieval history

During my recent visit to Vijayawada, I had a chance to visit Kondapalli town which is synonymous with the manufacture of wooden toys.  But beyond toys, the town also houses an ancient medieval fort.  Located about 25 km from Vijayawada to the west of the city, the fort is located atop of a hill.  The… Continue reading Vijayawada diaries: Kondapalli Fort – a treasure house of medieval history

Decor

Breathe Life into your homes: Indoor plants in home décor

“One who plants a garden plants happiness” – Chinese proverb, at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Given the current situation we live in today, there is no denying the fact that fresh, pure air is the greatest asset we can have.  While most of us associate air pollution with outdoors, it is surprising to note that… Continue reading Breathe Life into your homes: Indoor plants in home décor

Miscellaneous · Travel

Of bobbins and beautiful patterns: Fashion and Lace museum, Brussels

Dating back all the way to the 15th and 16th century, lace making in Belgium is intrinsic and integral to the cultural heritage of the country.  Intricate, graceful and sophisticated, the unique feature of authentic Belgium lace is that it is totally handmade and made largely with bobbins, needle pins and other techniques.    Known earlier… Continue reading Of bobbins and beautiful patterns: Fashion and Lace museum, Brussels

Arunachal Pradesh · Travel

Arunachal Pradesh: on a tribal trail

Landing in Guwahati and hitting the road for Itanagar was a perfect prelude to the land of surreal natural beauty and diverse landscapes, Arunachal Pradesh.  It is a state of unparalleled biodiversity as well as ethnic and cultural multiplicity with 26 major tribes and a mind boggling 100 subtribes, each of whom have their own… Continue reading Arunachal Pradesh: on a tribal trail