Category Archives: Contemporary

East+West

There are plenty of examples of clothes from the West that make use of Indian textiles, at least from the Regency period onwards. Examples include muslin, paisley shawls, 1950s dresses and cotton gauze dresses of the 70s and 80s. There … Continue reading

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The Last of Spring

Expectedly has a floral theme. My cousin Sujata who is a habitual sari wearer and looks pretty glorious in it. Taken on a Rang Panchami day @ the Empress Garden in Pune. The celebrations – by a private party who … Continue reading

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The Colour of Skin

The red glow of her body, like an unfolding bud. Her black rimmed eyes like flowers, her skin like gold. Who can see your face in the moonlight, like milk in milk. Her lustrous complexion like a blue sapphire. Fair … Continue reading

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The Regional Cinema Post

For very many reasons Bollywood is Indian cinema.  Now and then regional cinema makes a splash – especially at the National Awards – but for the most part the audiences are local.  You could however argue that all the interesting … Continue reading

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The Love Post

MADANA, a name of Kama, the hindu god of love. In the hindu religion, festivals are held on the 13th and 14th of the month Cheyth*, in honour of Kama, the god of love. Madana, he who intoxicates, with desire, … Continue reading

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Ladies Tailor

All my past attempts at making a vintage(ish) blouse have been rubbish, not least because I have never found a tailor with any interest in old patterns. Just a few months back I finally located a tailor who was quite … Continue reading

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वसन्त ऋतु – Spring

It’s spring in India. And while the illustration above* is all mildness and white (and indeed the kunda finds mention in a lot of Sanskrit spring poetry) the flowers of spring that are emblematic of the season are quite red … Continue reading

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