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Earlier this month, Mehrangarh Museum’s landmark exhibition “Peacock in the Desert : Royal Arts of Jodhpur” opened at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH).  This exhibition celebrates the history & grandeur of the Jodhpur-Marwar region at one of the biggest museums of America.  What a proud moment for India! There are about 250 objects that have traveled outside the walls of the Mehrangarh fort for the first time, and here’s a look into some of the highlights ! Jodhpur:…

Rembrandt is one of the greatest artists in history, with his name alone being synonymous with fine art itself!  Yet, few know him as one of the earliest European admirers of Mughal Art. At the peak of his career, he was influenced by Mughal miniatures and did several etchings based on these.  He drew at least 2 dozen versions of Mughal miniatures he had collected and some of his artworks from a later period reflect this “oriental” inspiration. Back in…

On any given weekend, my head is usually occupied with the thoughts of food. The tastebuds have been working over time for a year now – ever since I started following my friend Richa’s amazing food stories. Turns out that Kings and Royalty had a thing for food too. The cookbooks of Akbar, Shahjahan and Aurangzeb give us an idea of the history of Mughal cuisine. Apart from royal food, you also get to look into their kitchen! For instance,…

Pondicherry is best explored and experienced on foot or by cycle. The gorgeous yellow and purple buildings in the White Town make for great photographs as do the ornate windows and doors. But there’s more to these buildings, and this post is precisely about the hidden stories of Pondicherry. I’ve created an interactive DIY Heritage Tour  (scroll till the end) for you and while its easier to follow the sequence I’ve mentioned, you can always make your own! It’s the stories that…

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