Category India

Holi: Festival of Colours

Today, the day after the first full moon of Spring (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), marks Holi. Celebrated throughout India and Nepal – and wherever diaspora communities dwell around the globe – this festival of colours boisterously & jubilantly celebrates the emergence of Spring. I know there are valid concerns now (environmental – the […]

you are here

Long before Indigo & Ochre Design was even a glimmer in my eye, when I was immersed in textile design and embroidery and all things fair trade, I first came across Haptic Lab via Apartment Therapy’s Design Showcase 2009.   Conceived by Emily Fischer, a Brooklyn-based architect and designer, Haptic Lab’s soft maps are hand-quilted maps of cities, neighbourhoods – […]

the ring that binds

We write a lot about things here.  It’s the nature of the beast I suppose and I’m not sure I’d want to read my own ruminations along more esoteric philosophical veins. Today though, I ask for your indulgence.  It’s my birthday and I can’t help but reflect on a present I know is coming my way.  And […]

marble love

I’ve loved marble – white marble to be precise – since I was a child and surrounded by it.  I remember how cool it was to the touch on hot Calcutta days and how pretty I thought the swirly marks were; like snowflakes, no two pieces exactly alike. I’d like to say that sound reasoning […]

beautiful utility

Utility seems to go in and out of vogue. The classic Brooklyn hipster has adopted some combination of a working-person’s gear (Filson/Carhart/Red Wing boots) and seeks-out the waxed, hewn, hand-sewn. The borough’s spawned a captive audience for  beard oil, bespoke axes and beeswax, who worship at an altar featuring good pencils and a pewter mug of […]

Subramaniam’s dance

His name was Subramaniam and he lived in our garden in Calcutta when I was a girl. He was a vain (& tame) fellow and would come out at teatime each day to dance and preen for us, his avid admirers.  (We had no television; for which I will eternally be grateful.) Sometimes my little […]

Rajasthan…a love story

Inspired by last week’s post (and many of your lovely messages following it), I went on the hunt for some of my own – now ancient – photos of Rajasthan. I’m dating myself in sharing that these were taken pre-digital camera.  In the days when one would purchase film ahead of any trip to far-off lands, […]