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Home Improvement: Get Your Kitchen Diwali Ready

It is that time of the year again, when all of India and a large population abroad gets ready to welcome the festival of lights aka Diwali.  Also called Deepawali, it is arguably the most popular festival in the Hindu calendar and one that celebrates the victory of good over evil.  Observed for a period… Continue reading Home Improvement: Get Your Kitchen Diwali Ready

Miscellaneous · Travel

Streetscapes of Benaras: Heritage Buildings, Vintage Structures, Visual Art and more

It is not an understatement to say that Benaras aka Kashi is one city that gives you an experience that is quintessentially India. Bustling, chaotic and super hurried, Varanasi, as the city is also called, is one quite like none other. Home to the renowned Kashi Vishwanath temple, the soul of the city is the… Continue reading Streetscapes of Benaras: Heritage Buildings, Vintage Structures, Visual Art and more

Karnataka · Travel

Commemorating the Majesty of the Royal Dasara – Exhibition at IIWC, Bangalore

It is that time of the year when the fervour of Dasara is upon us and there is celebration all around. From museum visits and gollu hopping to Navratri feasting and bombe shopping, there is a lot to look forward to during Dasara in Karnataka. However, no celebration of Dasara is complete without the mention… Continue reading Commemorating the Majesty of the Royal Dasara – Exhibition at IIWC, Bangalore

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The World of Dasara Bombe – Ramsons Bombe Mane

Come October and it is time to welcome one of the most important festivals of the Hindu calendar, Dasara aka Dusheera. Celebrated over a period of ten days, Dasara in many parts of south India like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh is intrinsically associated with the display of dolls which is known as Gollu… Continue reading The World of Dasara Bombe – Ramsons Bombe Mane

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Smart Homes: Innovative Technologies adding a Savvy Twist to Home Interiors

As homes become futuristic, there are several technologies that are being used to make homes savvy and smart. Using next-gen Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, voice-based intelligence, wireless network protocols such as Zigbee and more, homes are becoming connected and controllable. Companies like Amazon and Apple have helped unify the fragmented smart devices market… Continue reading Smart Homes: Innovative Technologies adding a Savvy Twist to Home Interiors

Switzerland · Travel

Photoessay: Iseltwald – an Idyllic Paradise on the edge of Lake Brienz 

With mesmerizing mountains, azure blue lakes, verdant valleys, fairy tale like villages and breathtaking landscapes, Switzerland, at the risk of sounding cliched, is the epitome of enchanting beauty.  Located in the heart of Europe, this landlocked country offers the perfect blend of natural beauty, bucolic charm coupled with contemporary urban luxury.  The recently released U.S. News… Continue reading Photoessay: Iseltwald – an Idyllic Paradise on the edge of Lake Brienz 

Karnataka · Travel

The Allure of the Udupi Mallige (Udupi Jasmine)

It is close to 9.30 am on a sultry Sunday morning and the roads of Shankerpura (also spelt Shankarpura), known for its famous mallige (jasmine) bear a deserted look. I was looking for the famous “mallige katte” or mallige trading centre which I was given to understand was where the rate of the famous Udupi mallige… Continue reading The Allure of the Udupi Mallige (Udupi Jasmine)

Food

Ganesh Chaturthi: a Sumptuous Offering for the Lord of Beginnings

It is that time of the year again, when we celebrate one of the most popular Gods of the Hindu calendar, Lord Ganesha. Also called the Lord of beginnings, His birthday is celebrated each year on Ganesh Chaturthi. A festival that is all about rituals, traditions and prasadam, Ganesha habba falls on the fourth day… Continue reading Ganesh Chaturthi: a Sumptuous Offering for the Lord of Beginnings

Switzerland · Travel

On an Art Trail in Basel: A Haven for Art Lovers

Often dubbed as the cultural capital of Switzerland, Basel is a city that offers a kaleidoscope of sights spanning history, art, architecture and culture.  Known for its innumerable museums, heritage architecture and an engaging old town, Basel forms for a truly compelling visit.  Located about an hour’s drive from Zurich, Basel is also home to… Continue reading On an Art Trail in Basel: A Haven for Art Lovers

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Velvet in Home Decor: A Touch of Luxury and Style

Think velvet and the mind immediately conjures images of all things luxurious and regal.  A plush fabric known for its soft and smooth texture and often vibrant colours, velvet is a great idea to add colour, grace and texture to any space.  “It is a fabric with a subtle sheen and can be effectively used… Continue reading Velvet in Home Decor: A Touch of Luxury and Style