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Travel Diary

The Great Rann of Kutch

A day’s break from a recent textile mission in the historic town of Bhuj in the Gujarat region of northwest India, took me closer to the Pakistani border into the...

The Best Chai – Here’s How

On a recent visit to Jaipur, I was given meticulous instructions as to how to make authentic Indian chai. None of this tea bag stuff, loaded with cinnamon! Cardamom is...

Nordeen Knows

In the incessant hustle that is India, where everyone seems to be either on the make or on the take, sometimes someone comes along who miraculously makes problems go away...

The wasteland of Nukus, Uzbekistan

I’d never recommend anyone to visit Nukus to enjoy scenery, weather or cultural ambience. Tucked up in the northwest corner of Uzbekistan, the capital of the Karakalpakstan region, it is...

A Cotton Tale

During the Soviet era in Uzbekistan, production of the highly desirable cotton crop escalated dramatically. Quotas were introduced to ensure production of massive tonnages and during the harvest, entire communities...

Do No Harm Silk

Ahimsa Silk – ethical silk production Ahimsa means ‘do no harm’ or ‘non-violence’ in Hindi, and it is the expression often used to describe ‘wild’ silk. How can harm be...

The Art of Rogan

There is only one place in the world where rogan art is practiced, and that is in the sleepy town of Narona in Gujarat, in India’s isolated northwest. Isolated it...

Ajrakh

Ajrakh Block Printers of Kutch

Dhamadka is one of only three villages in the Kutch region of Gujarat where the traditional art of ajrakh block printing is still being practised. Its a time consuming art...