A different kind of Indian wedding

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So many brides in India get married in a system that still follows the appalling practice of dowry. After the ‘kanyadaan’, there is a ‘vidai/bidai’ ceremony where the bride leaves behind her maternal home to take the husband’s home as her own. But there is no ritual where the groom does the same. The bride’s family also supports the wedding … Read More

Happy Holi!

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Every year, I’m fascinated by the riot of colours that spring brings. As Holi celebrates harvest, colour, and the beginning of this beautiful season, let’s leave behind some long-lasting colour for the world to enjoy!

Magical Monsoon: The Rains in India

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It’s the season that brings a whole upheaval of emotions. Great big drops fall from the saturated sky, at that breaking point beyond which the earth can’t hold back anymore. These are tears of happiness, of sadness, of anger, of release. Some of us run into the streets with abandon – they say the first rain of the monsoon washes … Read More

A childhood made of dreams

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I don’t know where my parents procured the Magic Toothbrush from, but it remains, to this day, the single most fascinating thing I have ever seen in my life. My brother and I woke up one day to find that we had just willed the ‘changing colour’ toothbrush to jump straight out of the TV ad into our hands. We … Read More

Wedding Card #16

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It’s that beautiful time of the year again… when I get to hear so many love stories! 😛 There’s nothing more I love than making personalised wedding invites! Here’s a recent one I did for a couple who met in Hyderabad, lived in London and the US.. and are now getting married on a boat in Kerala  🙂    

Swachh Bharat #2

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The second in the Swachh Bharat series, prompted by the frothing lakes of Bangalore and Hyderabad. Choke the earth with toxins, and she will eventually throw up!

Swachh Bharat #1

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Appalled by the overflowing garbage and frothing lakes everywhere, I’m starting a #SwachhBharat series. Here’s the first, my take on this mass murder we call Ganesh Visarjan or Immersion. We kill fish, birds, the rivers that we supposedly worships, lakes, ponds, plants, animals, and ultimately, humans. Chunks and bits of shattered, broken Ganeshas, heavy metals, paper, bottles, plastic, cement. It’s … Read More

Karnataka, Tamil Nadu

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Surprising to see that the Cauvery waters issue has reached such a peak, and there’s violence in otherwise peaceful places like Bangalore and Chennai. They’re two of my favourite cities. Here they are, getting some breakfast and sharing some coffee.

The sound of home

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Just one of the sounds of home… the ‘mixie’! Others being pressure cooker whistles, the familiar doorbell.. and something that I’ve really missed abroad.. the white noise of a ceiling fan 🙂 What’s your ‘home’ sound?