When Women Travel

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, I celebrate my travels with my own. Yahoo! We are going to Jaipur. But that is cliché. Who cares? It’s going to be fun. Jeans, tees, shorts, lingerie, make-up, sandals, something glittery…. Wait, its going to be the 20th of the month. I will have my periods. Menstruation cup, tampons, sanitary napkins… napkins. Dark panties, light ones might … Continue reading When Women Travel

large sushi rolls, embassy of Japan, Delhi, India

An Evening with Japanese Food @Embassy of Japan, Delhi

The healthiest nation in the world, the average age in Japan is 84 years. And this health is credited to Washoku or Japanese cuisine. In 2013, the cuisine became part of the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO. Japanese cuisine is in sync wih fresh food, seasons and freshness. It respects the energy that comes from the source of food. Promoting Japanese … Continue reading An Evening with Japanese Food @Embassy of Japan, Delhi

Meditating on the ghat, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Soul Searching In Rishikesh  

Among the more famous pilgrim towns in India, it is also known as the yoga capital of the world. Every March, it comes alive with sessions and workshops by eminent yoga practitioners and other healers. Words: Ambica Gulati My tryst with Rishikesh started in 1999. It was my first visit to an ashram. I had started to work with a magazine called Life Positive and I … Continue reading Soul Searching In Rishikesh  

When Kalinka Came To India

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Moscow-based children’s folk dance group travelled to 50 countries and the last performance of the year is in Moscow. Excerpts from a candid chat with artistic director and choreographer Natalya Levitskaya-Filippova: Words & photographs: Ambica Gulati Back to 1968, what inspired your father Alexander Filippova to start the school? How did the name Kalinka come about? My father was a classical … Continue reading When Kalinka Came To India

Banqueting hall, Residency. Complex, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

Experiencing Awadhi Grandeur In Lucknow

The bustling capital of Uttar Pradesh lures history lovers with its many Instaworthy spots Words & photographs: Ambica Gulati Steeped in Nawabi culture, the city was touted as the ‘17th fastest growing city in India and 74th in the world’ in 2015. With roots supposedly going to the Ramayana era, Lucknow is where stories lie in every nook and corner. Legend goes that Lakshman had … Continue reading Experiencing Awadhi Grandeur In Lucknow

Tribal couple, Gada Kalewa, Mahunt Ghasidas Museum, Raipur, India

Chhattisgarh Beyond Bastar

Dotted with water bodies and swamped in greenery, the 18-year-old state hosted the annual classical dance and music extravaganza—Chakradhar Samaroh—in the little town of Raigarh. The virgin green trails and slow pace added to the charm. Words & photographs: Ambica Gulati Ducks waddled, white lotus swayed in the pond, children did some muscle movement on the swings, women bathed and prayers rang in the air—the … Continue reading Chhattisgarh Beyond Bastar

Camel cart ride, Pushkar, Rajasthan, India

Prayers Amid Camels & Roses

The little town of Pushkar, with its annual camel fair and the only Brahma temple in the world, is laced with folklore and mythology BY AMBICA GULATI ON OCTOBER 11, 2018 Sand dunes stretch into the infinite sky as the sun lowers into the Aravalli ranges. The camel cart sways through the narrow alleys. The decked up camel, colourful cart with its little tinkling bells, … Continue reading Prayers Amid Camels & Roses