Hordes of visitors thronged the garish stalls with all kinds of colours done up in artificial dyes. However, few notice the natural dye palette that adorns a modest corner of Lavanya, a garment exhibition held at Hotel Sayaji.
`Roliana’ is an organisation unique to India since it owns the Geographical Indication (GI) of `Banarasi Saris’. The intricate details on the saris and shawls prove that all the garments are made using handloom silk and natural dyes.
The owner, Vikas Mehra, is the adviser to the Ministry of Textile but he is saddened by the lackadaisical support offered by the Central Government. “Though Varanasi is the prime ministerial constituency and Banarasi silk products are a part of the Indian heritage, the assistance from the government remains insufficient,” he says.
Continue reading “A Sanguine Plea of the Holy Waters”
It was my last day in Mumbai.
As I walked across Crosswords at Kemps Corner, it tempted me to reenter the bookstore that had introduced me to the world of Archies and Harry Potter a decade ago. However, I ended up asking the guard, “Ye 29 kidhar hai?” (Where is 29?)
29 is a restaurant at Kemps Corner where I had invited my friends for my farewell lunch. Without a clue about the theme of the place I was heading to, I followed the guidelines of the guard and found a fine dining air-conditioned restaurant, contrary to my expectations. I had expected it to be a rather average restaurant after looking at the price for two on Zomato. Continue reading “29”
Amidst the hustle-bustle of congested Mumbai lanes, an artist attempts to make the passers-bys’ lives a little more colourful by transporting them to a world which they have loved and which has been the very essence of the city that screams creativity…
Continue reading “The B.A.P. of All Murals!”
“Student logo se kyaa zyada paisa lena?” (Why should I charge students so
The auto driver`s statement sums up the essence of Manipal – a university city
in Karnataka. A suburb within Udupi, 65 km to the north of Mangalore, this
campus town was conceived by Dr. T.M.A. Pai in the 1950s. The university
started with a medical college and went on to include engineering, hotel
management, mass communication and other courses. Since then, it has
produced successful professionals like Satya Nadella and Rajeev
Chandrashekhar . Continue reading “A Hum amidst the Head Banging”
December 9 2015
I am just a guide
who loves to tell stories.
Putting up in a rental atop Premchand & Sons shop no. 43
Still adapting to the new world
of the Walled City.
I go back down memory lane,
Continue reading “The Guide’s Diary”
As you enter Diggi Palace, you are handed a newspaper, greeted with warm smiles from young volunteers and welcomed warmly (pun intended) with the aroma of the Diggipuri chai. These are signs of the day in store for you. A day abundant of interesting anecdotes, catchy couplets and healthy discussions – a day at the world’s largest free festival, the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) 2016.
Litocalypse flips through the pages of this experience, spread over five days (21st-25th January):
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April 30 2015. The date when I travelled via air for the first time. But it took me a bit long to recall the date, perhaps because the event wasn`t as thrilling as I had assumed it to be. Since my journey was from Jaipur to Bangalore, the only view I could relish was that of the barren land. Also, the speed of the plane seemed so excruciatingly slow that it reminded me of those good ol` cycle rickshaw days – Bani Park to C-Scheme in just 20 bucks! But unlike the flight experience, it was neither exorbitant nor claustrophobic. Continue reading “AERIAL BLUES”