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Getting nostalgic over India’s everyday design

“In India, to understand objects in terms of design one has to re-imagine design itself. Design here is not entirely determined by the aesthetic appeal of the object, but by its significance in our everyday lives (often influenced by its users)” is an understanding of the author Jahnvi Lakhota Nandan of Pukka Indian-100 Objects that Define India published by Roli Books.

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Born in Lucknow, she now lives as a perfumer in Paris and confesses “Their composition has given me a privileged viewpoint to design with  senses. ………..Design captures space and moods where the invisible becoming visible, which is the core of my book, with notions of home.”

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Think food think happiness

This post is a tribute to the thousands of people who have lost their lives during the inevitable Himalayan tsunami- an environmental catastrophe accelerated by human greed? How unpredictable life is…. all this reminds me to live life to the fullest, taking each day as it comes.

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Saris of India: Tradition and Beyond

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In a tailored world, no one size fits all, unless of course we are talking about the Sari.

SARI– a simple garment, yet so versatile and often comes in interesting variations. With Indian women getting over-obsessed with their size, it’s the only garment (in a standard size), that fits women of all shapes, heights and weights. It is actually the ULTIMATE CHEAT CODE. This is exactly what The Sari School, a workshop taken by Rta Kapur Chishti, a sari expert, and her team of assistants teach- how to drape traditional weaves in a contemporary manner.

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