India

Cooking & homestay on Vypin Island, Kochi

Posted on March 30, 2020 by Toothpicker

Chinese fishing nets at Vypin Island
 
I think the rise of Airbnb has contributed to how we travel these days. Now even traditional b & b and homestay have opted to list their accommodations on Airbnb to increase competitiveness. I have had both positive and negative experiences using Airbnb, and the negative experiences [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Architecture, Photography, Cookery, Travel, Street life, India, Colonial architecture, Kerala and was tagged with Food & dining, architecture, cookery, Colonial architecture, Architectural conservation, street life, India, Kerala, Kochi, churches, Vypin Island


Street art & graffiti in Fort Kochi

Posted on March 29, 2020 by Toothpicker

Meydad Eliyahu's "Red Crown Green Parrot" project for the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018 in Jew Town.

 
If you walk around the streets of Fort Kochi and Mattancherry, you are highly likely to come across many street art pieces created by local artists. In the past, people often referred to artists working in the streets [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Street art & graffiti, India, Kerala and was tagged with graffiti/ street art, India, Fort Kochi, Kerala, Kochi


Eat and shop in Fort Kochi

Posted on March 26, 2020 by Toothpicker

Kashi Art Gallery
 
Prior to my visit to Fort Kochi, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Yet after I arrived, I felt very at ease and safe. Despite the hot weather, it was pleasant to stroll around and enjoy the Bohemian atmosphere. There are many art galleries/cafes, heritage accommodations, churches and [...]

This post was posted in Coffee, Food & dining, Shopping, Shopping guide, Fashion, Travel, books, India, Kerala and was tagged with Food & dining, shopping, fashion, Shopping guide, cafes, bookshops, India, Fort Kochi, Kerala


Colonial architecture and churches in Kochi

Posted on March 23, 2020 by Toothpicker

St Francis Church
 
I love architecture and I am particularly fascinated by colonial style architecture. In Fort Kochi, you are likely to encounter numerous built in Dutch and Portuguese styles, including many beautiful Portuguese churches and cathedral.
Heritage hotels
I chose to spend the first night at a mid-range 3-star heritage hotel by the Chinese [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Architectural conservation, Modernist & Art Deco, India, Colonial architecture, Kerala and was tagged with Colonial architecture, Architectural conservation, modernist architecture, walking, India, Fort Kochi, Kerala, Kochi, churches


Streetscape of Fort Kochi

Posted on March 19, 2020 by Toothpicker

The famous Chinese fishing nets
 
In February, I was lucky enough to travel to Kerala before lockdowns began around the world. It was an extraordinary trip and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I feel grateful that I was able to make this trip, and I hope I can visit India again when it is [...]

This post was posted in Photography, Travel, Nature, Hiking & walking, Street life, India, Kerala and was tagged with walks, nature, street life, walking, India, Fort Kochi, Kerala


The Arvind Indigo Museum in Ahmedabad, India

Posted on May 20, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
If you visit Gujarat, you are likely to pass through/visit Ahmedabad – the largest city and former capital of Gujarat. The Old city of Ahmedabad was the first in India to be declared as UNESCO World Heritage City in 2017. The historic city is also known for its textiles industry and it [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Architecture, Travel, Art, Contemporary craft, contemporary, Sculptures, Textiles, indigo dyeing, India, Indian art, Colonial architecture, Gujarat and was tagged with Colonial architecture, contemporary crafts, sculptures, contemporary art, indigo dyeing, India, Indian textiles, Gujarat, Indian craft, Indian art, Arvind indigo museum, Ahmedabad, Kasturbhai Lalbhai Museum


Sidhpur: splendid architecture in a neglected town

Posted on May 16, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
After a visit to the ghost village Durgapur (see earlier post here) near Mandvi, we visited another sleepy town called Sidhpur in Patan. Both places have exquiste haveli architecture but barely any occupants. What on earth happened to these places? I can't fathom why these home owners abandoned their beautiful homes. It makes [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Architectural conservation, Design, India, Indian design, Kutch, Haveli architecture and was tagged with architecture, Architectural conservation, India, Indian design, Gujarat, Haveli architecture, Sidhpur. heritage


Ancient stepwells in Gujarat: Modhera Sun temple & Rani ki Vav

Posted on May 14, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
I think most people who visit India for the first time would head to The Golden Triange for Rajasthan and Agra, whereas Gujarat seems less popular with first-time visitors. I have no question about the beauty and splendidness of Jaipur and Taj Mahal, but I also think that Gujarat is vastly underrated [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Art, Architectural conservation, India, Archaeology, Indian art, Gujarat and was tagged with architecture, temples, Architectural conservation, India, Gujarat, Indian art, archaeology, Unesco World Heritage Site, stepwell


Kutch art: Kalamkari & Warli painting

Posted on May 11, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Besides embroidery and Ajrakh, there is a lesser known ancient art form called Kalamkari, which literally means 'pen-worked'. The 23-step process is either hand-painted or block-printed onto a piece of cloth, and only natural dyes are used. The name Kalamkari is derived from the Persian words qalam (pen) and kari (craftmanship), meaning drawing with a pen.
The two [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Art, Textiles, India, Indian art, Kutch and was tagged with India, Kutch, Indian textiles, Indian art, art, Kalamkari, Warli painting


Kutch textiles: Tangalia & Patola weaving

Posted on May 10, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
After days of visiting numerous textiles artisans from different tribal communities in Kutch, I was feeling quite overwhelmed. I am no expert on Indian textiles, and after arriving in Kutch, I was surprised by the variety of textiles traditions being practised in just one region. From embroidery to weaving, blockprinting and natural [...]

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