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Iran: fashion through a revolution, a photo essay

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A few years ago I traveled to Iran; it was just one those places that were taboo for women to visit which made me want to go even more. I had been thinking about traveling there for a while, especially being a woman coming from a conservative country myself (Bahrain). I was intrigued to see how the women in Iran were handling life under strict …

Guten Tag Berlin!

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Magical, fantastical, hardcore, exciting, surprising, awakening, a super killer thriller, and that’s just a taste of this funky town. I fell in love hard with this city and its music scene. Not only did the wall come down literally, but also figuratively and Berlin’s party scene has only become cooler. The clubs are located in abandoned buildings and old factories. The vibe is techno grunge.  On …

Biting into #Portugal: Porto and Aveiro

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Porto After Lisbon, Porto was the next city…town.. on my list. It’s a small place that I walked through in two days. Even though it’s the windiest place in Portugal, the city has a peaceful vibe.   SIGHTS! Dom Luís I (or Luiz I) Bridge, built by the same design company that turned up the Eiffel Tower. The city has beautiful art. Miguel Bombarda is …

Biting into #Portugal: Lisbon

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I’ve been to Portugal a few times over the last decade or so. Lisbon It started out as a weekend affair with Lisbon whilst still in university, when my college mommy Kee Lin Low and I decided it was a perfect city for Spring Break. We did the sight-seeing thing like only 22-years-old can. Didn’t miss a castle or a seafood restaurant in the whole city …

Twitterati break out their best to support #Iwearhandloom on social media

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It would seem Textile Minister Smriti Irani has finally hit one outta the park on social media! Her #IWearHandloom hashtag, which is supposed to showcase the work of Indian weavers, is trending big time on Twitter. And, to boot, influencers and celebrities from all walks of life have come out in support and love for Khadi, cottons and other hand-spun fabrics that are native to India. …

#GetLocal: Inside Modi’s constituency: Maninagar, Gujarat

The scars and dirt on her legs reflects on how much a day of surviving in this world has cost her.

I’ve been going to Maninagar, a small area in Ahmedabad, since I was a child. My ancestral bungalow is there, and even though I grew up in Mumbai, this place has a special spot in my heart. It’s replete with Gujarat history and, for me, childhood memories. As I said, it’s a small area, but Maninagar is a place with infinite complexities. It’s one of the …

Sisterhood of travelling pyjamas: There’s a crazy little place I know

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Down in Mexico (city) Day 1, beer won! What’s the first thing I do upon landing into beautiful Mexico city? Get myself a Colimita, of course. This craft brew claims to be “the beer from the earth and favorite of the sun.” It’s definitely a darn good lager! Next up… where there is Aniseed, there is FOOOOD!  The trendy Condessa area in Mexico city is teeming with great …

#GuestPost Get Local: Sublime snapshots of Stripped-naked Sages at Kumbh Mela

Get your Shiva on, by Siddharth Lalchandani There is no greater gathering of Hindu devotees than the Kumbh Mela. Since it was popularized in the 8th century, the festival has garnered local and international fame as the “the world’s most massive act of faith.” When my camera’s battery ran out, and I no longer had the lens to distance myself from the scene in front of me, …

The Gorgeous Gujjar Tribes of Nagin Valley

Beauty isn’t about perfect hair or precisely proportioned features. Rather, it’s the kindness reflected in a stranger’s eyes; the weathered lines on a face that smiled wide through sorrow. In this context, the Gujjar people, most of whom are part of the Bakarwal tribe in Kashmir are gorgeous. Constantly on the move, Bakarwals live at peace with nature. No historian has been able to trace …

A Sock(or two) for Charity: Tibetan Socks by Adrien Field

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You know that old wives’ tale about cold hands and feet meaning you have a warm heart? Well, LA-based fashion designer turned yogi Adrien Field and his company Tibetan Socks are on a mission to bust that myth! Hand-woven from Yak wool, Tibetan Socks are made by women in the Himalayas. They have also developed a new style with a felt sole for greater durability. Not …