My food odyssey at Suryagarh

Continued from my earlier post on the Suryagrah experience… As George Bernard Shaw famously said, “There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” And at Suryagrah, one of the most prominent ways in which they show their love for their guests is through the food. Every meal here is a ritual, a celebration…

Friday photo: Bikaner

I recently spent a few days in Bikaner as a guest of the lovely team at Narendra Bhawan (more on that soon) – think piping hot kachoris for breakfast, exquisite Jain temples and opulent havelis. This Friday, a vertical shot of the Rampuria haveli, right at the beginning of our heritage trail that provided a…

A morning at Ranakpur

A couple of years ago, I was in Udaipur during winter, staying with an extremely warm and friendly family at their homestay. My host was perplexed when I wanted to see the Ranakpur temple, and suggested other “sightseeing” options around the area, and if I must see temples, then why not these and those Hindu…

Of prints and paisley

Close on the heels of the Anokhi museum story, here is a photoessay I had done for Marwar magazine on traditional Rajasthani prints and the hand block printing process – these images are from Sanganer and the Anokhi factory, both near Jaipur. The next time, will visit Bagru village too, to complete the story in…

Friday photo: Pushkar

From the Pushkar camel fair last year, a portrait… Here’s a photostory I’d written on the fair: Camels, Colour And A Million Gods *** Friday Photo (Nov 23): Cesky Krumlov Friday photo (Nov 16): Chettinadu

Camels, colour and a million gods

The scene at Pushkar is everything I expect from a mela. Not surprising, considering that like many of my generation, urban born and bred, my idea of a mela has been shaped by innumerable Hindi films where young hapless children are forever being separated from their mothers and siblings. Sure enough, the loudspeakers blare out…

Of Kipling and goblins

The petite Indian city of Bundi has played muse to artists – most famously, writer Rudyard Kipling, photographer Virginia Fass and poet Rabindranath Tagore – but it has managed to deflect the prying eyes of the tour groups and backpackers. They have come, seen and conquered the rest of Rajasthan – pink Jaipur, blue Jodhpur…

Celebrating culture

Published in the Hindu Sunday magazine today. Read Celebrating Culture online… *** Who would have thought kitsch could be so charming? The first evening of our stay at Jodhpur, when I venture into Mandore Gardens for the inauguration of the annual Marwar Festival, I do not have very high expectations. Blame it on everything I…