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…

Travels in Spain : Salamanca

Salamanca is a medieval university town and alums include Miguel de Cervantes and Hernan Cortes amongst others.It is one of Europe’s oldest continuous teaching  universities and I am told has many Indian students on its current rolls. There is an old  wall where 13th century  Phd students had to sign their names in blood when awarded…

Jaipur & Literature once more.. #JLF2017

Just back from the Jaipur LIt fest ..the tenth year of the fest .  I have been there a couple of times earlier. It was as expected incredibly crowded -25 lakh footfalls or some such huge number . But as usual  it was incredibly well managed and superbly coordinated. For me attending Jaipur Bookmark a…

Kochi : Eating and watching the world go by.

I am in Kochi after ten years and it is the same because much of it is protected but it is also different. Snazzier and cooler. Call it the Biennale effect but there is an artsy vibe here- cute little cafes, wine bars, venues opening to the sea, quaint boutique hotels converted from old granaries,…

Why We Travel

I wrote this essay for Verve  www.vervemagazine.in  some years ago but it is still relevant. Women respond intuitively to travel .Don’t defer the dream of travelling- it’s good for inner beauty 🙂 Any woman who travels will tell you that when a journey calls it is difficult to ignore its summons.It is like some deep-seated…