Dining with KIKA while celebrating milestones

Well, for me this 70th Independence day celebrations has been about analyzing India’s journey of rapid urbanization, growing awareness of western lifestyles, and higher disposable income. Ironically, certain aspects of global living came to fore, one such being cooking; as an increasing number of cosmopolitans are going back to soirees where exotic foods are paired…

Parked with print makers

Saturday was hectic but whose complaining…… our  WIDEA artisans’ workshop was fantastic, visited a beautiful newly launched home accessories store and viewed this amazing print making art pop-up…….. TOUCH/Parked@Nivasa. There I met Kanika Anand, an independent art writer and the show’s curator. Armed with a Masters in Art History from the National Museum Institute, India and curatorial fellowship from the Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble,…

“Flight of Imagination”

It is intoxicating to be listening to the tales of a perfectionist and his journey, specially when the conversation is laced with famous urdu quotes like “log saath aate gaye aur carvan banta gaya!” by Majrooh Sultanpuri. But, staying true to my roots, I got more clued in our conversation only after he told me that he lived like a proud North-Indian in…

Crossing boundaries

Two days ago, I went for the ongoing Dastkar Mela-Crossing Boundaries, which is being held from 17th-28th Sept’15 at Andheria More, Mehrauli, New Delhi. Over there, were artisans showcasing their merchandise from neighboring countries like Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Ethopia, Vietnam and few Indian states – U.P., Rajasthan, Bihar, Karnataka, Gujarat and Manipur; though complacent with the knowledge of their craft.

Indigenously crafted clothing

A long yet conscious supply chain handcrafts its produts with care……. Indigene– a girl next door label is thriving on its simplicity in separates. It tacitly agrees with my summer essential requirements in khadi and linen; gives more room to experiment with accessories to easily live with a capsule wardrobe. So here I am sharing details of a design and clothing company that mediates…

Kunal’s ode to the Himalayas

-Sharing a verbatim monologue of Kunal Batra- the artist, who puts his art into perspective for novices like me.

2015:thesareefestival

This year, Red Earth’s Saree festival seems to be making a lot of noise about the whole nine yards and its ‘avatars’. As I grow older the drape’s hypnotic spell has me happily dreaming of a whole new wardrobe filled with different styles of sarees for all occasions just like my mother’s; who lived in it 24×7…

‘the shop’

One late night I received an email from Kabir Singh with a crisp introduction and an e-brochure of his family’s creative enterprise the shop. Previously had only heard of this iconic (first) store nestled squarely in Connaught Place, Delhi. Seemed uncanny to have earlier that day read in Perpetual City (a short biography of Delhi) by Malvika Singh, of this area’s transformation from a ridge covered with Kikar…

Donning luxe for their wonderful stories

The scalding Indian summer sun surely gets my goat. So for me, right now its a race against the growing intensity of the sun’s rays; as I look out for conscientious labels like AMBA,  while playing safe with some classics. So here I share a monologue by its creator Hema Shroff Patel .