Handmade in Oaxaca

Thousands of tall cacti stood erect on the hills like goosebumps, welcoming us to the state of Oaxaca. In places, there were thick blankets of pale, fluffy grass, almost as if the hills were sporting fur jackets. As we drove into the historic centre of Oaxaca city, the vibe resembled that of both, a beach … More Handmade in Oaxaca

Share Bazaar ki Chai – My Tryst with Calcutta’s Tea Theatre

There are Calcutta sounds I itch to hear as soon as I set foot in the city. The fervent mixing of jhaal muri in a metal donga, the crunch of a puchka, the waft of Rabindra Sangeet from an old radio, and an occasional tinkle of the somewhat forgotten tram bell. On my most recent visit, … More Share Bazaar ki Chai – My Tryst with Calcutta’s Tea Theatre

A Small, Big Wedding (Part 7) – Upcycled Wonderland

Ranjit bhaiya arrived a month before the wedding. His job was to ensure that things ran smoothly around the house. His arrival coincided with Ma resolving to decorate our balcony herself. What followed over the next 30 days was a jugalbandi of Ma’s upcycling ideas and bhaiya’s unbelievable execution skills. I woke up every morning … More A Small, Big Wedding (Part 7) – Upcycled Wonderland

A Small, Big Wedding (Part 6) – Strokes of Tribal Folk-Fusion

I’ve always been a big admirer of folk art from different parts of the country. I love the colorful, simplistic renditions of elements of nature, all so distinct in their style. Our Jaya auntie has been extending elements of nature onto the walls of her home for many, many years. When Jaya auntie, Amit uncle, … More A Small, Big Wedding (Part 6) – Strokes of Tribal Folk-Fusion