Feb 142016
 
A Visit To Mughal Garden Rashtrapati Bhawan Delhi

 desi Traveler Visits Mughal Gardens Delhi Loverboy Shahzada Salim had just taken over from Zille Subhani, the throne of Mughal Empire when the British were setting foot on Indian Soil. The poor British were in the awe of the great Mughal Empire but slowly set up their foot in India, nibbling bits and pieces of India till the last of the Mughal Bahadur Shah Zafar was sent to Rangoon, in an exchange scheme with the ruler of Burma who was exiled in Ratnagiri in Maharashtra in India. Even after the hostile takeover of the Delhi throne, the British continued [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jun 102015
 
Rangoli Frescoes in Rajasthan: A tradition lost & found

Rangoli Frescoes Found in Rajasthan I was watching Hitch the nth time and like every time Will Smith’s character Hitch says Hitch: Heard of Michelangelo? Heard of the Sistine Chapel? Albert: Yeah? [Points at himself] Hitch: Michelangelo. [Points at Albert] Hitch: Sistine Chapel. Albert: So you’re saying you can make this work? Hitch: My name is Alex Hitchens. Let’s go paint that ceiling. Now please look at the picture below it is a rangoli design right? But it is not painted on the floor it is painted on the ceiling!  The central sphere that you see is actually the [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Mar 162015
 
Beautiful Rangoli Designs that will steal your heart

Beautiful Ethnic  Rangoli Designs With Modern Innovative Touch So I love colors of India and my love has only grown and as time passes I continue to drench myself in the colors of India from the Rang Rangeelo Rajasthan to psychedelic sunsets in Kerala and everywhere in between. We Indians express our joy with colors, Red, green, blue, yellow, white blue every color  has a significance a reason and a place in the Rangolis we make in front of our homes. Yes this post is about Rangoli but very different kind of rangolis that I had never seen before. May I [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Apr 292014
 
Travel Tuesday Picture: Village Life in Art of India

Life and Art of Rural India in Batik Print They say beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, so what is beauty to me, may not be good for you and vice versa. So browsing through some old pictures I found this simple bed sheet, that I find beautiful both for its art as well as for what it depicts in the print. For today’s picture I have chosen a picture of a bed sheet from one of the hotels I stayed in Pondicherry to attend an international marriage in a resort. Now on the face of it this bed [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jan 282014
 
Colors of India: The Homes In Indian Villages & Small Towns

Beautiful Colors of India in Villages and Small Towns Whenever I travel, one of my aims is to click pictures of homes, not houses but homes.  You cannot just walk into anybody’s home and click pictures; you would need to be invisible for that. As I am yet to find my invisibility cloak ala Mr. India, I am just happy clicking pictures of homes from outside.  You see for last many years we have lived in apartment complex, where you do not have much choice on the color of exterior, but one can play with decorating interiors with many [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

May 302013
 
The A to Z  Story OF Making Of A Pochampally Ikat Sari in Pictures

How  A Pochampally Ikat Sari is made step by step I hope you have read my post on the Pochampally Saris and my visit to the Bhoodan Pochampally Village on the Sankranthi festival when the whole village was decorated with beautiful Rangolis. Some time back my friend and an excellent photographer Pravin Dwivedi also visited Bhoodan Pochampally village and studied the complete process of making of a Pochampally Ikat or Ikkat Sari. He personally visited the homes and workshops of weavers in the Pochampally Village and photographed them making the Pochampally Ikat sari. Every step from making the thread to dyeing, [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Apr 102013
 
Making Rangoli Designs in India

Rangoli Making From Wiki: Rangoli, also known as kolam, is a folk design art from India. Rangoli are decorative designs made on living room and courtyard floors during Hindu festivals typically consisting of bright colors. They are meant to be sacred welcoming areas for the Hindu deities.The ancient symbols have been passed down through the ages, from each generation to the next, keeping both the art form and the tradition alive. The patterns are typically created with materials including colored rice, dry flour, (colored) sand or even flower petals. Similar practices are followed in different Indian states: in Tamil [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jan 142013
 
Rangoli Making For Sankranti Celebrations in Bhoodan Pochampally Village

Traditional Rural Rangoli Designs from Pochampally Village Telangana Bhoodan Pochampally has its place in history as the birthplace of Bhoodan movement (donating land). It was here in 1951 during the visit of Acharya Vinoba Bhave, a rich Zamindar (landlord), pledged to donate 250 acres of his land to landless people. Thus starting the Bhoodan movement in India, hard to believe that this happened in the very country where everybody from ex-Presidents to son and son in laws of those in Power is regularly involved in land grabbing. But in this post, we will focus on Rangoli pictures taken on [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]