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Jaathi Malli and Rudraksham

We celebrated Pongal/Sankranti by witnessing the Lakshadeepam festival at Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple. The Lakshadeepam festival starts in the evening. So we all took bath again in the evening and I started the year with a beautiful Mango yellow Cooptex silk saree. When Mr. Venkatesh Narasimhan had come to Delhi on Oct 22nd 2019, for a … Read more Jaathi Malli and Rudraksham

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For a Mother …… (in-law)

Everyone feels blessed having one mother but I am twice blessed because my mother-in-law was like my second mother and with the same name even. She and I became friends the minute we met. She was strong-willed, persistent and so courageous. A never-say-die attitude, a super-quick wit and loads of gumption – just my kind … Read more For a Mother …… (in-law)

Ghicha ? or just a beautiful Bengal Cotton ?

When Swapna visited in Dec 2018, she wanted to buy “Madhubani” paintings and dupattas that had Madhubani painting done on them. Dilli Haat, one of my favourite places in Delhi always has “Madhubani” paintings for sale, so we went there. As luck would have it, there was a handloom and handicrafts mela on and not … Read more Ghicha ? or just a beautiful Bengal Cotton ?

The Birthday Saree – “Air India” Arani Silk Saree

I bought the saree in Jan 2017 a full two years before my 50th birthday at the Cooptex “Festive Weaves” exhibition in Gurgaon. There were two of them.. one in black and one in deep purple. I tried to like the deep purple against my natural affinity for black but then Rao Sir and Venkatesh … Read more The Birthday Saree – “Air India” Arani Silk Saree

Assam Silk and Memories

Dearest Appa, You would remember that I wore my first ever saree in Shillong when I was in my 8th standard. We had the “Vishnu Sahasranamam” chanting happening at our house that day and Kalyan, Ramesh and several others who were part of the chanting group had come over and Amma had helped me wear … Read more Assam Silk and Memories

49th birthday … the calm after the storm !

On 6th April, I turned 49. The day started with Yoga and a walk… and then a deluge of wishes starting with Nachi and Kousalya’s call early in the morning. Then the KV Happy Valley gang called on top of each other.. Adeeti, Javed and Hemamalini’s (Geetu) calls overlapped :). Finally at 10 am I … Read more 49th birthday … the calm after the storm !

Brown & Black Silk Cotton Saree

I got introduced to the world of Silk Cottons because of a gift that Vidya’s mom gave me almost 8 years back. I didn’t even start using the saree till a year went by and then when I wore it, I just fell in love with the silk-cotton fabric. Since then I have bought a … Read more Brown & Black Silk Cotton Saree

The first Naga shawl

My father was posted in Shillong during 1980 to 1983. So we got to enjoy a beautiful Shillong before the hoards of Maruti cars took over Burra Bazaar. From Shillong, Appa would go to Tezpur, Zakhama, Bomdila and a few other places on temporary duty and Appa was a collector ! We have all sorts … Read more The first Naga shawl