When Our Eyes Met

I dressed myself up to go see my lover, but hen I saw him, I forgot myself. You robbed me of everything when our eyes met. You made me drink love’s elixir and I got drunk when our eyes met. I was left staring – you made me an ascetic when our eyes met. Fair…

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Bidri

Bidri gets its name from Bidar, Karnataka where it originated when the fort was under construction. It is a metal handicraft that originated in the 14th century, during the rule of the Bahamani Sultans. Bidri in Republic day parade Bidri Craft has a common ancestry with an older art of inlaying practiced in Arabian countries and Persia – of inlaying…

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The Indian Craftsman

Dr. Coomaraswamy’s study of the Indian craftsman raises questions of the widest and deepest interest, questions that will not only give consciousness to modern Eastern thought, but help us with some of the most advanced of our Western problems. It was a week ago when I was reading about the books written on Indian Craft.…

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Sanjhi Art

‘Sanjhi’ is a word derived from words like ‘Sajja’, ‘Shringar’ and ‘Sajavat’ which all means ‘decoration’. Sanjhi art is rooted in the folk culture of Uttar Pradesh (Mathura). It was taken to its glory by the Vaishnava temples in the 15th and 16th century. Sanjhi came to be regarded as a highly refined art form…

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On a day off

One of my dear friend ‘Nevine’ was in town last week. She is a great craft lover. We travel all around the city every time she comes here. This time our target was Connaught Place. There is a small lane on Janpath where you get some really beautiful handcrafted stuff. Here’s a small glimpse on…

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Winter Melody

Long Festive season break is over. It was a great time with family on Diwali and I hope the same for all of you 🙂 Delhi is once again looking beautiful with the cold breeze coming to the city. In 1289, Amir Khusrau wrote : Delhi : Refuge of religion! Refuge and paradise of justice!…

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Feedback time

In the beginning of October, I released my series of notebook : Inked in 19s. I am so very happy to see the feedback. I got emails regarding their interest in old postcard and for buying the Notebook. I love cherishing memories. I feel memories makes us what we are today. I don’t live in…

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Thread-bound

Presenting the Handbound Notebooks I have made recently: Paisley -Cotton Net fabric Cover with block print -Size : 11X 15 cms -Off-white 100 GSM paper -150 pages – Best for Doodling and writing Fern – Cotton fabric Cover – Size : 11X 15 cms – Off-white 100 GSM paper – 200 pages – Best for Doodling…

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Chanderiyaan

Chanderi is a small town with a lot to offer – 300 monuments within a 6 km radius to beautiful hand woven sarees and apparel. But the weavers lives aren’t as becoming. Of the 3,500 weaving families in Chanderi, many don’t own a loom and live a hand-to-mouth existence through daily wages. Even  though the…

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‘Red Pages’

When we talk about Photo Album/Book, mostly, we see the albums having heavy paper with an abrasive surface covered with clear plastic sheets,in which photos can be put. Personally, I don’t like them at all. The cranky sound of plastic is disturbing. I always liked the idea of a photobook with thick pages on which the…

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