Sparkle #192: Incredible India!

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India – the land of multiple sights, sounds and experiences. A country which belongs to both the rich and the poor, the old and the young alike. This is the same place where you will find something as enchanting as the Taj… Continue Reading

Color Me Crazy: Holi Happiness

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Today is Holi – the festival of colors, love, laughter and merrymaking. The Holi festival marks the end of winter and is a great way to welcome spring. Holi is probably one of the most chilled out Indian festivals ever –… Continue Reading

Googlebun Fridays (Week 6)

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Happy Friday everyone! Below are my top picks from the web for this week, what have you been reading? Have a good weekend! Portable breakfasts | Crochet slippers | Ikea’s valentine’s day | Kickstart productivity | V-day cocktails for 2016 | Garlic… Continue Reading

Sparkle #173: Travel Wishlist – India Edition

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It is so much fun to create a travel wishlist for the year. Last year, Paris was right at the top of my list, and I was so thrilled when that trip actually happened! So there is definitely some merit in thinking about where you want… Continue Reading

GoogleBun Fridays: Week 48 Favorites

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Happy Friday folks! Below are my top picks from the web for this week. This round-up is probably my favorite out of all the Friday posts I have done so far. What have you been reading? Have a good weekend! Being grateful in tough… Continue Reading

Rangoli Through The Years!

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Every year, for the festival of Diwali, I decorate the front yard of our house with a big, multi colored Rangoli pattern. A Rangoli is usually made during Diwali or any other auspicious Indian festival as a welcoming area for the Gods. It is… Continue Reading

Diwali: A Time for Lights, Color, Sparkle & New Beginnings!

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Hello my lovelies, are you excited about November? This month has started on a high and festive note for those in India as people across the country get together to celebrate the biggest festival of the year – Diwali. Diwali, also known as the “festival of… Continue Reading

Victory of Good over Evil

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India celebrated the festival of Dussehra last week. Dussehra is a very popular festival which celebrates many events – the victory of good king Rama over demon king Ravana, the victory of goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasur, the festival of Navratri and the nine divine nights… Continue Reading

Sparkle #136: Disco Gypsy at Paris Fashion Week

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Fashion Week is upon us again and this time the runway is setup in Paris! My favorite show at Paris has almost always been Manish Arora’s ready to wear Spring Summer preview. Kitschy, psychedelic and colorful – his trademark style… Continue Reading

Week 40: Sugar Rush

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Title: Sugar Rush Location: South Extension, Delhi, India Date: 28 September 2015 “Birthday cupcakes for the best sister in the world! Made to order by Hey Sugar“

Week 39: Dragon Tales

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Title: Dragon Tales Location: South Extension, Delhi, India Date: 27 September 2015 “The Dragon thunders in the sky with the sound of compassion that awakens us from delusion and increases what we can know through hearing. Dragons have the power of complete communication.… Continue Reading

Week 37: New Beginnings

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Title: New Beginnings Location: Saket, Delhi, India Date: 12 September 2015 Ganesha Chaturthi is an Indian festival which celebrates Lord Ganesha who is said to be a remover of obstacles and the bearer of new, auspicious and fortunate beginnings! 

Week 34: Train Tales

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Title: Train Tales  Location: Jaipur, India Date: 22 August 2015 “…Manzil se behtar lagane lage hain ye raste…”. Translation: the roads seem better than the destination. This photograph was clicked on a hastily planned train journey last weekend. Sometimes, it’s a good… Continue Reading

Sparkle #115: Illustrated Travel Maps

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We are celebrating illustrated art on the blog this week, and for today’s post I wanted to share my favorite type of travel illustrations – illustrated travel maps! An illustrated map comes in handy when you want to know the character… Continue Reading

Sparkle #112: India Couture Week 2015

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I love traditional Indian wear. It is such an extraordinary combination of fabrics, colors and silhouettes. Indian clothing takes inspiration from the country’s rich cultural heritage, which often manifests in the form of contrasting elements combined together to produce fashion which is dramatic and… Continue Reading

Trip of a Lifetime: Kashmir, Leh, Ladakh: Part 1

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Hello wonderful people and happy Sunday! I woke up feeling real good this morning. It could be because it’s Sunday, or because we have amazing (rainy) weather, or simply because today is the anniversary of my maiden trip to Kashmir, Leh, Ladakh in 2013. If I… Continue Reading

Sparkle #42: Romance the Taj

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Aloha people! Tuesdays on the blog are all about travel love, and the inspiration for today’s post actually emerged during a conversation at work; when the team was discussing and planning a visit to the Taj Mahal, a monument in India famous for love and beauty.      … Continue Reading

GoogleBun Fridays: Week 10 Favorites

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Happy Holi & Happy Friday folks! This was such a magical, celebratory week; the full moon on 5th, the festival today and women’s day on Sunday. Although I would like to add, as women, we should give ourselves power everyday, but having… Continue Reading