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Colour in the Thar

  A humble bastion of history, almost victorious in its sparse, dry lands—Shekawati inspires modesty within the realm of its sublime architecture. Each place in India, especially smaller, historic towns, has its own energy throbbing through...

Stillness

The mountains give solace, to nurture the imagination and to explore stillness—everything that is overwhelmed by urban living. In the quietude of cemeteries, churches and gardens—bookmarks of the Raj in India, often one is able to...

natural, interior design, india, vernacular, haveli, shivani dogra, blue walls

Samode Haveli

  On a  recent trip to Jaipur, I made stops at the Rambagh Palace, Sujan Ram Mahal, Bar Palladio, Cafe Palladio and  Samode Palace--each beautiful in their own way, but the one that stood out for...

A Living Repository of the Past

  In the markets of Mussoorie, Uttarakhand are stores and people that still live with an independence of thought. Take for instance this quaint store—an old jewellery shop that has retained most of its original design....

Not Just A Summer Home

  Kilmarnock is not just a summer home. It’s a home that’s  been loved and lived in for decades through Himalayan summers, springs and winters by Shivranjani Singh, a CAM practitioner  and her family, descendants of...

elegant, interior design, india, Rajasthan, lime plaster, Vernacular, Rohida wood, Narain Niwas Palace, Jhunjhunu

Room 01

Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan lies a bastion of heritage and handiwork—the Narain Niwas Palace. The owners, living simply, continue to reside in the sandstone fort--once a beacon of royal tradition and arts, it now ages...

Malkha, Hyderabad, Interior Design, Natural, Vernacular, Organic design, cotton furnishings

Malkha

I  discovered  Malkha, at the Dastkaar Nature Bazaar, in Delhi years ago. Malkha, founded  by Uzramma,  is run and owned by primary producers who are spinners, weavers and  farmers. It aims to empower the small farmer...

mountain arts, himalayas, natural living

Lost Mountain Arts

In the peak of summer, one is always drawn to the cooling, calm embrace of the mountains. Tall pines, grand oak trees lopped by sturdy hill-women and the awe of snow peaks on the horizon....

Orchha- Sunsets & Sandstone

A small town that became the hub of temples, palaces and stone chhatris or cenotaphs—Orchha is a wonder in stone by the humble banks of the Betwa river. It is said that there was a...