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Rediscovering Kargil – Treasure Hunt Style

Coins issued by East India Company bearing the figure of Emperor George V Who doesn’t like a good treasure hunt fable? There is an element of intrigue to the idea of digging the ground to find a precious chest of gleaming jewels or gold coins lurking within. Only in the case of Munshi Aziz Bhat’s family, it turned out to be a true story. The story starts nearly hundred years back in the scenic town of Kargil in the Indian state

Don’t Just Waft Away: Like Smoke by Paro Anand

Paro Anand has been one of my favourite authors. It is largely to do with her insight into the mind of a growing child and her ability to express the curiosity, angst, imagination and aspiration with such disarming simplicity. And yet, her work is profound. This is true for her collection of short stories, "Like Smoke" that won the Sahitya Akademi Bal Puraskar in 2017. While it was previously published as 'Wild Child and Other Stories', I am quite surprised why

British Polo Day celebrates its eighth visit to India

Eighth (8th) is a charm when it comes to polo, and celebrating its 8th edition in India was this year’s British Polo, presented by Chelsea Barracks in association with VistaJet. With the royal families of Rajasthan – Jaipur and Jodhpur – at the helm of the affair, the India edition concluded with two exciting days of polo and grandeur evenings hosted by His Highness The Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Marwar-Jodhpur where the world’s business, cultural and lifestyle leaders came together

Mesmerising Landwehr Orchestra in Jaipur

To celebrate the 150th Birth Anniversary of the Father of our Nation Mahatma Gandhi, 70 years of Friendship treaty between Switzerland and India (signed on August 14, 1948) and the 70th Foundation year of Clarks Group of Hotels, the troupe performed immersive and enriching pieces in Hotel Clarks Amer on October 19 in the presence of the prominent citizens of Jaipur and the President & Financial Minister of the State of Freiburg - Georges Godel. Landwehr of Fribourg is the certified

Rendezvous with a record-breaking Ravana

The Tallest Ravana in Panchkula

For all of us, Dussehra is all about the triumph of the victory of good over evil. But for Tejinder Singh Chauhan of Barara village in Ambala, it is mostly about setting records. This 51-year-old has just built the tallest Ravana effigy in the world! The Vital statistics The 215-feet high effigy of the demon king stands tall in the grounds of Sector 5 in Panchkula. The creator of the giant, Tejinder Singh Chauhan, says, “We have braved rain, heat, mosquitoes and

Alluring Amber in Poland

Ever since Jurassic Park made it famous (the dinos were created using blood from a mosquito trapped in an ancient piece of Amber), Amber has intrigued people. Strictly speaking, it is not a stone at all but is a fossilised resin - exuded from an unnamed pine tree millions of years ago. Though Baltic ones are thought to be fossil resins from sciadopityaceae family trees that were abundant in north Europe. And as I recently learnt, from a trip to

Safeguarding indigenous horses, living heritage of India

It is said that horse is the most sensitive and the most sensible creature of the animal world. Seeing these beautiful creatures in different stud farms of Gujarat, I was left spellbound. What was more surprising was the passion and love of the stud farm owners have for the horses. Having already attended the launch event of in New Delhi, I had the preliminary information of the initiative, but it was on ground zero that I felt the intensity

Create a timeless trousseau with these heritage sarees

Embroidery and needlework is a craft that instantly works as an identifier for a particular region or nation, whether it is the chikankari of Lucknow, zari work of Banaras or the bright and geometric Cossack stitches of the Russian region. In India, we are blessed to have a multitude of regional influences on sarees that have often given their place of origin a distinct identity. With time and the coming in of industrialisation, most of these woven pieces of art are

Bandhani – the Royal Colours of the Desert

Bandhani, or tie-and-dye, is a craft that is popularly practised all over India. There are Bandhani centres in Gujarat, Punjab and Tamil Nadu (where the craft is known as Sungudi), but for all practical purposes, Rajasthan is most popular as the region for the best Bandhani in India. Binds of Bandhani Bandhani is a way of decorating fabric by plucking the cloth with the fingernails into many tiny bindings and dyeing the cloth after that to form motifs using the tied dots. With

Rajasthan’s Virasat Gets its Own Museum in Jaipur

Rajasthan is one of India's most visited states–by international as well as domestic tourists. This is not only because of the state's colourful traditions and places, but also its rich cultural heritage. One of the hidden gems of Jaipur is the not very well-known (unfortunately) and recently opened Museum of Legacies or Virasat Museum. I discovered this vast space on a recent visit to the city. With nearly 64 big and small rooms with two large halls and is four-storied on the