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 arts and crafts. I woke up every … More A Small, Big Wedding (Part 7) – Upcycled Wonderland
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
Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve felt both more and less like myself than I have in a long time. Swinging between order and chaos, this period has been like a crash course in self-discovery. One morning, I peeped out of my room at dawn to find ma scribbling secretively on a piece of … More A Small, Big Wedding (Part 5) – The Comfort Folks
I’ve been missing in action for a while, thanks to a bout of Chikangunya and some pretty hectic weeks making up for the slow-waddle time that followed. There’s been no dearth of activity on the small, big wedding front though! So with just about three weeks to go, I’m going to work extra hard to … More A Small, Big Wedding (Part 4) – The Era of Heirloom Silks
Over the past few weeks, things have really picked up on the wedding art front, and the battle cry of “solder, solder, stitch!” can often be heard around here. Our house is well on its way to becoming a doll museum. What used to be a stocked up home library now has dolls of all … More A Small, Big Wedding (Part 3) – Solder, solder, stitch!
If there’s a bigger household de-junking exercise than Diwali cleaning, it’s the one that takes place before a wedding in the family. All hoarders in the house have been busy sending out bags full of things we don’t need, to make space for the new. Ma (a.k.a. chief hoarder) found an old pencil box stuffed … More A Small, Big Wedding (Part 2) – The Gangaur Experiment
I recently moved on from a full-time job to find myself in a household high on wedding planning-induced euphoria. Having decided to keep myself busy with a personal visual documentation project alongside the job hunt, I scrambled to look for some inspiration. I soon realized that there was a massive project brewing right under my … More A Small, Big Wedding (Part 1) – Ma’s Paintings