Friday, March 24, 2006
And I am lucky enough to be taking part in it :-)
My friends Dev and Nil have their own label called "d. by Dev R Nil" and they got into the show under the emerging designers category. So, I get to spend the week in Mumbai helping them with the runway show, schmoozing with buyers and hopefully attending fabulous parties. Yey!
I wont be able to finish the Memoirs of a Roadtrip till I come back, but at least (hopefully) I will have some juicy Mumbai stories to tell. Have a great week everyone.
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Situated in Eastern Rajasthan, where the Aravali Hill ranges and the Vindhyan plateau meet, the Ranthambhore National Park was once the hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Jaipur. The park's abandoned fortress, lakes and above all it's "friendly" tigers has allegedly made it one of the most filmed wildlife reserves in the world.
Ranthambore National park is supposed to be famous for its tigers and in theory it is one of the best places in the country to see them in the wild. However, it turns out that they are not so easily spotted, especially during the day. The park covers an area of nearly 400 sq. km. and we covered significant portions of it on a "canter", a bus with it's roof cut off that is supposed to give you that nice safari feel.
The area was beautiful but alas no tigers were spotted.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
It completely slipped my mind, that on the way to Jaipur from Agra we stopped off at Fatehpur Sikri. This is one of the most beautiful sites I've ever visited. Built during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory) was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years. The complex of monuments and temples, all in a uniform architectural style, includes one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid.
The pictures below cannot capture the wonder of the moment as Adi, James and I explored with the awe of children.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Oh My Bloody God!! I have survived six months in
In the last six months my patience has increased. I have grown more tolerant of noise, pollution, people, smells, chaos. I have become pickier on what I eat, where I stay, and what I will put up with. I have become more tired and more vocal. I have always considered
The reality is that I have met some incredibly amazing people here. People who have enriched my life in
I came to
There are a few people from back home who I want to especially publicly acknowledge for helping me through the past 6 months. In alphabetical order: Ameet - you are such a beautiful person and I am lucky to have you in my life; Chirag - one of the sweetest and kindest persons I know, thank you for the love and encouragement you give me; Chris and Dave - the dynamic duo who I aspire to be able to be half of what they are words cannot express how I feel about you; James - one of the most amazing people I know, your love and support know no limits I don't know what I would do without you.
I don't know what else is in stored for me at the moment. I'll definitely be keeping you posted though.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Janter Manter - one of several astronomical observatories raised by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur. The various abstract structures within the Jantar Mantar are, in fact, instruments that were used for keeping track of celestial bodies. Yet, Jantar Mantar is not only a timekeeper of celestial bodies, it also tells a lot about the technological achievements under the Rajput kings and their attempt to resolve the mysteries regarding astronomy.