Light up your home

‘A million conversations in my mind, some nutty, some silly, about the lights I hope to find…‘ This search extended to the virtual space on the internet, where I explored the…

Home Styling: 5 ways to add the Rajasthani razzmatazz

Living in Delhi has huge benefits, being close to Rajasthan is one of them. A long weekend off is all you need to drive off to Jaipur (one of my…

The Ganjifa Cards: Craft Revival

Who doesn’t like a good card game? Remember the long summer afternoons that were spent playing card games while guzzling down large amounts of  ‘neebu-pani’ and ‘Rasna’ with your cousins and…

Tête-à-tête with blown glass

It’s Diwali in less than two weeks and the project I have undertaken, well, the one I take on every year around this time, about giving my home a new look is…

Patachitra: Not just another folk art

A couple of years back, on one of my visits to Kolkata, I happened to walk past Elgin Road on a sunday evening and stopped to hear some extremely melodious music….

Moradabad: Lighting up the world

‘When I received my first paycheck from my now known day job, I spent it on a period craftsman chair and a Frank Lloyd Wright-wannabe lamp. With my second paycheck,…

Bhadohi carpets: hand crafted luxury

Like a lot of other people, I truly believe in the power of furnishings to transform a space. I have been scouting for home furnishings, visiting some of my favourite stores, browsing through…

Bedcovers and Quilts, anyone?

I was told today that a lot of us (including me) take a lot of things for granted, which isn’t very far from the truth, to be fair; we do,…

Beauty in simplicity – Toda Embroidery

Embroidery of a region often tells a tale about the history, culture and day-to-day lives of a group of people. The same is the story for Toda Embroidery, with essentially just…

Home Linen carnival

It’s time to get your hands dirty and get scrubbing…Clean your home, all the nooks and corners…Oh! it is so satisfying and if you can trust others to clean as…

Reading, learning with Indian Folk Art

A book can be a child’s best friend! Encouraging a child to choose a book over a digital gadget isn’t always easy for some parents and when you are trying…

Travel finds for the global traveller – Part I: Bali and Down Under

Like many other people I know, one of the things on my ‘bucket list’ is to ‘see‘ the world or as they say in my mother-tongue, ‘duniya dekhni hai‘! People like…

The Charm of Jaipur Blue Pottery

The ‘holiday-hangover’ bug seems to bite me every time I am back from one. I guess I am not an exception but getting back to reality sometimes takes longer than expected….

The Scottish Food Journey

A very happy new year to all you lovely people out there! We, at notjustashopper, wish you moments packed with laughter, good health, food and happiness. What better way to…

Goa-escape – The Goa Diary – Part II

This is in continuation of my last post. The evening was beautiful. I absolutely love Cavala – retro music and delicious food. With a perfect start to the day with a picturesque…

Goa-escape! The Goa Diary – Part I

I had an incredible holiday last week in the very beautiful Goa! The weather was just perfect – slightly warm, yet windy and very pleasant in the evenings. The drive to the…

Face Yoga; Goodbye ‘lines and creases’

Have you ever spared a thought for those thirty-three muscles present on your face that are typically ignored? And what happens when they are ignored? Well, they sag, creating lines and creases…

The ‘No Nasties’ therapy

It’s friday again and it’s time to talk to you all about being healthy, living a holistic lifestyle and of course, being happy! Eating well, exercising moderately certainly helps but…

Drink Water. Stay healthy

The discovery of water on Mars got most of the world really excited; I quizzed my son on why he thought it was such an amazing find, and his quick response was ‘where…

Yoga – Breathing Right

‘I am a big fan of Yoga’, I hear myself say often but it was only recently that I realised that there is so much more to Yoga than what…

Some Tea please…

Yoga done, meditation done, one litre of water drunk, followed by that leisurely morning cup of tea, sitting in the balcony (or you perhaps, once sat leisurely in your garden), surrounded…

Turmeric – It’s magical!

You can’t really cook an Indian curry without this key spice; it adds to the beautiful yellow colour of the curry dish on the outside and on the inside, it…

Kerala on a plate

Mention the beautiful state of Kerala to anyone, and more often than not, conversation will move speedily on to Kerala’s exotic quotient, it’s ‘lushness factor‘; to how everyone these days seem to be travelling to…

Bihar ka khana

I have been on a break for sometime now and have enjoyed my time off thoroughly – travelling, reading and spending time with my sister and family. When we both…

The Karnataka Food Trail

Many years ago, while I was in school, my family and I moved to Bangalore. It was a big change for us – the language, the culture, the people and…

Ramadan Kareem – Sweet Iftar Recipes

Ramadan (in Arabic: رمضان, Ramadān) is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. This month is about fasting, being kind and giving to the less fortunate. Fasting from food is practiced…

Mangoes and the Indian Kitchen

People in this part of the world (read, the UK) really look forward to the summer months…this is the time to discard off the layers, eat the most delicious, sweet…

Himachali Food

Food from Himachal is highly influenced by that of its neighbouring states. Though a lot of it is animal based cuisine, there thankfully are a lot of vegetable and fruit based…

Scotch Eggs, anyone?

Is there anyone out there (discounting vegans, of course!), who doesn’t love eggs? There are probably as many ways to cook eggs as there are different cultures.  Having grown up…

Street food of Allahabad

Last week was celebratory with Lohri, Makar Sankranti, and special anniversaries. This also means that I gorged on a lot of delicious food that essentially did not contribute to my health and wellness…

Street Food: The Indore Diaries

As we continue our love for street food – exploring the new while revisiting the old, I chanced upon some old photographs of some of us at Vijay Chaat enjoying ‘çoconut patties’….

My heart beats for Street food: In Cambridge today – Part I

Cambridge, is a gorgeous little place, tucked away in the East of England, known the world over for its amazing University, of course! But, what people don’t know is that…