Goan Rhapsody

Here is a glimpse of the immeasurable beauty of Goa.

The beautiful Portuguese houses..

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Mapusa
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Campal

..and churches.

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Lady of Immaculate Conception Church, Panjim

Delicious Goan food such as aloo bhaji poori..

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Cafe Tato, Panjim

..and ros omlette

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Mapusa Junction

The quaint cafes

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Bardez

And the endless sunshine!

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Morjim
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La Plage, Ashwem

Travel Treasures

I leave a piece of my heart in all the places I visit, and in return I bring back mementos to help me cherish all the beautiful memories.

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The kind weavers at the Mysore Silk Factory gave me this beautiful gold thread.

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This treasure I now keep in a wooden box from Jaipur.

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A print of ‘The Portrait of Madame Recaimer’, that I found whilst rummaging through an antique store in Mapusa, Goa.

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Coral washed ashore by the crystal-clear waters of Sri Lanka’s Ahangama beach.

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A delicious ginger drink that I sipped at Villa Halia, while taking in the verdant beauty of the Botanic Gardens, Singapore.

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The beautiful glass bottle now sits atop my desk and takes me back to that wonderful, balmy, November afternoon.

Road Trip to Mysore

My dear friend was visiting India for a short while and to make the most of her time here we embarked on a road trip to Mysore.

#1 Stopped for breakfast at Shivalli and was thrilled to find beautiful
bonsai at their nursery.

#2 Mesmerised by the art of making Mysore Silk Sarees, embellished with
pure gold at the KSIC factory.

#3 Delicious pizzas and great company(!) for an alfresco lunch at
the Old House, Jayalakshmipuram.

#4 Found beautiful, vintage postcards at Oriental Arts,
Jaganmohan Palace.

#5 A refreshing walk at the lush, expansive gardens of the
Lalith Mahal Palace.

A do nothing vacation at Linger, Gokarna

Gokarna is a small temple town in Coastal Karnataka with serene, idyllic beaches.

Here is a short guide to experience the languid beauty of Gokarna.

A do nothing holiday in Gokarna, Karnataka

Take a stroll on the beach, watch your dog frolic in the sand and eat the waves!

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Comb the beach for unique sea shells, marvel at your treasure, pack them away.

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Stay in Eco-friendly huts that complement the untouched beauty of this fishing hamlet.

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Spot the dolphins, watch the sunset, wish upon a star.

Rare Earth Farm Stay

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I recently turned a year older and decided to celebrate at Rare Earth, an all-organic farm located on the outskirts of Bangalore.
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Keeping you company are ducks, geese, turkeys, horses and 6 affectionate dogs.
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Fresh, delicious food is served al fresco and to great music.
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The home and the cottages are eco-friendly and filled with antique furniture.
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Altogether a wonderful, sun-soaked birthday!
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Block Shop Textiles

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Lily and Hopie Stockman have brought together centuries-old textile printing techniques and modern Californian aesthete to create Block Shop Textiles.

Here is a peek into the beautiful process –

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Lily and Hopie’s designs are hand carved onto Sisam wood blocks by master carvers in Bagru. The fabric is prepared for printing by being soaked in a bath of harda, a natural mordant from the myrobalan nut, which helps the natural dyes bind to the fibers of the fabric.

A master printer dips the wooden printing block in a dye tray, then stamps the block on the fabric with a hard pound of the fist. This will be repeated from left to right, aligning the blocks perfectly by eye from years of experience.

The printed fabric fashioned into scarves or pillows are hung from roofs in the communal drying field and left to fix in the sun for up to three days. They are then boiled in a large copper pot in a bath of alum and dried flowers for softness and colorfastness.

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Shop their collection of scarves and pillows here.