Raza in Mumbai

Syed Haider Raza ( 1922-2016) was one of India’s most prolific artists and continues to be one of the most avidly collected. An exhibition at Mumbai’s Piramal Art museum highlights his journey, early influences and the evolution of his signature style and iconic third eye/Bindu iconography. Raza spent his life in France but remained strongly…

Lady of the Rivers : Maithili Kenneth

  Mosaicist & Commercial Artist Maithili Kenneth can talk casually about the world’s most awesome rivers- their rapids, their technicals and their grades.  She has gone white water rafting  on nine of the most challenging rivers just for the adrenaline high and here’s her story.  Get Inspired !  The first time- the magic of Zanskar…

Champakali, Old Goa

I spent only 24 hours at Champakali, a luxury boutique villa/hotel tucked away on a quiet hillside up the winding road from the Se cathedral in old Goa. There is still something called Goa time and you segue effortlessly into it so 24 hours stretched out lazily and gently, though Champakali may have had something…

Things to do in Porto, Portugal

Porto is usually skimmed over as people head off to do the more glamorous Duoro Valley wine tours but slow down and spend a couple of days in the city that gave the world port, find the bookshop that  inspired the library at Hogwarts and discover one of Europe’s great museums of contemporary art. Everyone…

Seattle- a little peek

Seattle is a fun place to be in – great food, great music, and of course great coffee but if you are short of time forget Pike Place and standing pointlessly in queue at the Original Starbucks or spending an hour in line at the Space Needle.  Instead stop and stare at some cool buildings…

Everyone Loves A Good Wedding

Wedding Sutra Engage held at the JW Marriott recently, threw up some interesting insights into the state of the wedding economy.  Wedding Sutra http://www.weddingsutra.com is a well known wedding resource site helmed by Parthip Thyagarajan and Madhulika Mathur and they definitely have their fingers on the pulse of the luxury Indian wedding. The Big Fat…

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon

Travelling to Lisbon this summer ? For art lovers a trip to the Calouste Gulbenkian museum is definitely recommended. I find private collections and quirky collectors far more interesting than huge national museums and when such collections are accessible,  always worth a visit. Calouste Gulbenkian  made a fortune in oil trading in the early twentieth…

Dale Chihuly Garden and Glass #Seattle

American glass artist Dale Chihuly has his work in over 200 museums and has been awarded eleven honorary doctorates for his work in glass. It is difficult to describe his work at  Chihuly Garden and Glass  in Seattle– It is spectacular, phantasmagoric, just plain beautiful and a bit overwhelming. You need a little time to wander…

Kochi Biennale 2017-It’s the last fortnight

Three months of the Kochi Biennale come to an end on the 29th of this month.  I spent  five wholly immersive days there in the opening week and it is a trip I strongly reccommend . My  pictures don’t do justice to the art I saw , a lot of it was site specific installations…

The Art of Tea, with Tea Sommelier Snigdha Manchanda

Snigdha Manchanda is a tea sommelier who blends,curates and creates her signature blends under the label Tea Trunk. I met her at a luxury event a few weeks ago and sipped some of her brews  which were delicious and unusual. She shares her tea secrets and tips here-  Loved the tip of serving Darjeeling with a…