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A Music Festival in a Palace Posted by on Dec 28, 2021

The whole world celebrates winter in some form or the other. For Christians, December means Christmas – even in India. The fact that 85% of the country is non-Christian does not matter. Everyone takes part in the festivities. People buy Christmas trees and wreaths, sweets and stockings. But did you know that there are a…

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Rajasthan’s Kalbeliya Gypsies Posted by on Sep 24, 2021

Rajasthan’s Thar desert is known for its scorching जलानेवाला sand and rugged बीहड़ terrain filled with snakes and other venomous creatures. This is where the Kalbeliya Gypsies कंजर जाति choose to live. Kalbeliya is from the word ‘kal’  meaning death मौत. The word Kalbeliya connotes victory विजय over poisonous snakes and death. Snake charmers, Shepherds…

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Summer Traditions Posted by on Jun 21, 2019

As yesterday was the longest day of the year in terms of daylight hours (or Summer Solstice), which many people consider as ushering in the true intensity of summer (गर्मी/garmi or ग्रीष्म/greesham), I thought it would be fitting to discuss some of my summer reminiscences (याद/यादें, yaad/yaade, sing/plural) from the time I spent in Rajasthan…

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Ethnic Lac Jewelry Posted by on Nov 30, 2018

Lac Pen

If you have made a trip or two to India, you’ve probably noticed that there are as many crafting traditions (शिल्प की परंपरा/shilp ki parampara) as there are states in the country. Rajasthan is famous the world over for its sandy dunes, historical palace residences and vibrant folk attire. However, Rajasthan is also a haven…

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The World of Indian Sweets Posted by on Feb 21, 2018

Although many Westerners complain that Indian sweets are “too sweet,” I have luckily never had that problem. With a sweet tooth stretching back generations in my family, when I discovered Indian sweets, my culinary world expanded tenfold! Below I’ve curated a list of five of my favorite sweets with short descriptions accompanying each. Enjoy! Peda…

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Top 5 Cities to Visit in Rajasthan Posted by on Jun 28, 2015

How about taking you to the state of Rajasthan today? The word, Rajasthan (राजस्थान) is made of two words, Raj (राज – Royal) and Sthan (स्थान – Place) and means the place of royals. And let me tell you, it really is the place of royals which has many kingdoms. This is the biggest state…

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