KJ Alphons, Minister of State (IC) for Tourism , India

“We are all brand ambassadors of the country”: KJ Alphons, Minister of State (IC) for Tourism, India

He changed the literacy landscape of Kerala, has been called ‘The Demoliton Man’, was placed among the top 100 young global leaders by Time magazine in  1994 and is now working towards making India ‘a vibrant hotspot’ for all tourists. Excerpts from a candid chat: Words & photographs: Ambica Gulati With little time on his hands, the Minister stepped into office, between coming back from … Continue reading “We are all brand ambassadors of the country”: KJ Alphons, Minister of State (IC) for Tourism, India

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

Lexicon Art Gallery, Delhi, India

Power People: Ramola Bachchan On Entrepreneurship

Exhibitions are a good way to know a country and carry back some souvenirs. With the festive season picking pace pan-India, entrepreneur Ramola Bachchan curated the 5th edition of home decor and lifestyle exhibition, HouseFull.  In a candid chat, she reveals why she keeps organising exhibitions: You have become synonymous with some luxury properties such as Runaway Project and HouseFull. What got you into organising exhibitions? … Continue reading Power People: Ramola Bachchan On Entrepreneurship

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

Wine and dine at Artusi, Delhi, Italian restaurant, India

Some Italian Chatter @Artusi Ristorante e Bar, Delhi

Decoding the dishes from the nation known for UNESCO World Heritage sites, we found some delicacies from Emilia Romagna. Words & photographs: Ambica Gulati Do you know Emilia Romagna? Neither do we. But we know Italy. We know Italians eat pasta with a lot of white sauce and we have seen Julia Roberts gorging on pizzas in Eat, Pray, Love. All these were reasons enough … Continue reading Some Italian Chatter @Artusi Ristorante e Bar, Delhi

Chameleon, Aahana—The Corbett Wilderness, Ramnagar, Uttarakhand, India

Recreating The Natural Balance: Aahana—The Corbett Wilderness, Ramnagar, Uttarakhand

Ever thought of learning how to blend modernity with nature? Find it at this eco-friendly resort in the famous Corbett Tiger Reserve. Words & Photographs: Ambica Gulati  “My father believes that if you take care of nature, it will take care of you,” smiles 23-year-old Ayu Tripathi who helps her father, Kamal Tripathi, run the resort. With roots embedded in the region, the Tripathis believe … Continue reading Recreating The Natural Balance: Aahana—The Corbett Wilderness, Ramnagar, Uttarakhand