How I learnt the Warli art from strangers
Child at Dahanu

“Madam, yeh ek choota sa gaon hai, aap yahan adjust nahi ho paaogi.  Aakhir Aap sheher se hain, said a person on the other end of the phone.”(Madam, this is a small village. You won’t be able to adjust here. You are from a city.) I smiled and said, do not worry, I like to […]

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Bursting stereotypes in a city already stereotyped : Varanasi
Varanasi post

“In the city of chaos, there are pockets of saneness. They are right in front of you. You must know where to look for it”,  said my walking tour  guide Aayush Rathi , co-founder of Roobaroo walks in Varanasi. This was my fifth trip to Varanasi and in my head, I laughed at this statement. Here […]

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My fifth visit to Varanasi: On a mission to find meaning to the chaos
The rising sun at the Ghats  in Varanasi

Why people prefer travelling to Varanasi Varanasi, the 3000 -old -city is one of the oldest city in the world. It is known to be the cultural and spiritual  hub of the India with its traditional music, Sanskrit, Ayurveda, Indian astrology, poetry and stories. The ancient city has the ghats, the river Ganges, the mesmerising […]

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When doors of Varanasi have a story waiting to be captured
When the doorways in Varanasi have a story to say

Varanasi,the 3000-year-old ancient city of India has many stories waiting to be heard. The essence of the city can be best captured through it’s doorways and narrow bylanes. For the first time, I participated in a walking tour that helped me see a different side of the city. I was fascinated to experience what I saw. […]

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What I saw as a traveller at the Kalaghoda festival in Mumbai

Perhaps, the best way to explore a city is to observe it through the lens of art, theater and culture and the social movements deeply rooted in the history. One such event which is synonymous to the city where I am born and brought up- Mumbai is the Kalaghoda Arts  Festival which takes place every year in the […]

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One festival. Different legends. Different states. Diwali.

One festival. One country. Different legends. Different states. Diwali. The festival of lights. While elsewhere in the country, Diwali is celebrated by welcoming the goddess of wealth and celebrating Lord’s Rama’s home coming  after winning the battle in Lanka, Diwali has many legends attached to it. I have my reservations attached to some of the […]

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