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…]

Mar 062014
Women Entrepreneurs of India: Some Pictures from my travels

Photographs of Women  Entrepreneurs of India Last year on International women’s day I wrote about some of the women travelers I have been fortunate to know and who inspire other women travelers both by the solo travel they do, as well as some of the tough adventure activities they engage in. You can read that post here. Women who travel and lead We all know about the top women executives of India Inc. the women who have broken the glass ceiling and raised the bar for men also. But there are millions of women across India who are CEOs of [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…]

Mar 072013
The Superhero of Pochampally

   The Superhero Of Pochampally Some time back I was in Bhoodan Pochampally Village, near Hyderabad. the main purpose of the visit was to meet and click pictures of some weavers who make the beautiful Pochampally sareers. While we were moving around the village which is a photographer’s delight and almost every corner offers some photo opportunity. I saw this guy in this wonderful superhero T Shirt as if announcing that he is going to solve the problems of this world. What do you say? Do wee need  a superhero for this world? May be it is a sign of the times when one [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Feb 012013
Rural Tourism Complex Bhoodan Pochampally Village

 Visit to Bhoodan Pochampally Village- Part II In my last post on Pochampally village, the home of world-famous Pochampally Sarees and other dress material,  I focused on the beautiful rangolis that people have made outside their homes and shops for celebrating Sankranthi. In this post, we will visit the Rural Tourism Complex, of Bhoodan Pochampally Village, Nalgonda District, in Telangana. It is about 60 KM from Hitech city in Hyderabad and if you start early you can reach Bhoodan Pochampally in about 1.5 hours.  As Pochampally was the first village where a rich landlord donated his surplus land to [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…]