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Influences

Chettinad

Written by Sugandha Das and Shivani Dogra The Chettiars, ousted from their lands due to a tsunami, chose a dry place to call home. A merchant community, they were  eager to build life in a...

Lessons in simplicity: Sohra

Quietly he lives, quietly he dies, Amidst the wilderness -The Green Grass, U Soso Tham WRITTEN BY SUGANDHA DAS AND SHIVANI DOGRA. Smaller places with slower paces seem to disappear into the rural fog that occupies them in India....

Days in Cherapunjee

It was early evening as we stopped by Rityngkai, one of the few remaining colonial homes in Cherapunjee. A friend and I relaxed  with cups of  red tea after a day long hike, listening to tribal...

A Wedding In Chettinad

A sweeping path leads up to the sandstone laid front porch, called thinnai. For a brief moment, the guests’ murmurs abruptly change into whispers of delight. The aroma of freshly ground spices, the unmistakable scent...

Pen to paper- rediscovering letters

There is a nostalgic satisfaction in pressing flowers into personal journals and books. A sense of memory mixed with wonder strikes on finding a dried botanical, almost perfect even in death, made timeless within the...

Market Finds

A jostling crowd intertwined with smells, sounds and sights of  fruit, flowers, vegetables, meat, hawking limericks, the excited chatter of women, irritable children, familiar bargaining ploys and a consistent stream of colour - these are...

Ziro

It takes five hours to reach Ziro from Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh. The calm, stillness of the valley after being shaken in a loud, reverberating diesel vehicle was particularly striking as we descended...

Rain

4 days to go until the monsoon arrives in Delhi. It's been a long summer and there's only so much air conditioning one can take. In anticipation of the first showers, we're putting together...