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Eating, the Ayurvedic way

Eating, the Ayurvedic way

“Because we cannot scrub our inner body we need to learn a few skills to help cleanse our tissues, organs, and mind. This is the art of Ayurveda.” ― Sebastian Pole , The ‘Pukka’ man  Ayurveda, a science (some may disagree) has been around for thousands of

The India Quilt Festival

The India Quilt Festival

 “Every quilt tells a story. You write it with your needle and you read it with your heart”, reads a line in the book, ‘The Elephant Quilt’, by Susan Lowell. Quilts to most of the world are simply layers of fabrics, put together with a

Channapatna, can it be saved?

Channapatna, can it be saved?

Channapatna craft has been around since the 18th century. While it has had some glorious years, it seems to be losing its sparkle. It’s not just the glory of Channapatna that is fading! Several other crafts, embroideries and traditional skills appear to be on their

‘Drawn from Heritage’ at Liberty, London

‘Drawn from Heritage’ at Liberty, London

‘What exactly does the word ‘Heritage’ refer to?’, I hear you ask.  Well, I understand it to be an amalgamation of our traditions, our values, customs, our celebrations, our phenomenal crafts as well as our literature and culture. Every region of India has its very

Lai – Walk in the alleyways of Old Delhi

Lai – Walk in the alleyways of Old Delhi

If you like me carry a little bit of Old Delhi within you, then you will love Lai’s latest collection of jewellery.   Old Delhi to me is synonymous with history, food, cacophony, tradition, culture, jewellery, fabric, books…what I could simply refer to as ‘life’. Have

Namaste – My understanding of this widely used word!

Namaste – My understanding of this widely used word!

Growing up in India, most of us have greeted others with chants of ‘namaste Aunty, namaste Uncle’ . Well, who doesn’t remember being prodded and poked by parents and grandparents, to greet friends around you with a loud ‘namaste’? It was part of our growing up;