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Holiday Cost Recovery Sale – Dec 4, 2016

Traipsing into weavers’ and textile artisans’ villages has advantages—and disadvantages.   Travels become infinitely richer when you interact with craftspeople. As they are lean into their work—which is also a glorious textile—you  connect with the rudiments of their existence: what they do for a living; why they chose a particular pattern, motif or colour, whether […]

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India’s Demonetisation – Effects on Travellers

Effective 9th November 2016, India pulled out of circulation all Rs. 500 and 1000 notes. They are to be replaced by a new Rs. 500 and 2000 notes (roughly US$ 7 and US$30 respectively). The move is to combat corruption, black-market racketeering, and terrorism. While these are laudable goals, the small business sector is reeling […]

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Heritage Saris – Maheshwari

Before she became ruler of Indore in 1767, Ahilya Bai Holkar almost committed sati. She ditched the funeral pyre when her father-in-law entreated her to help rule the kingdom. It was a lucky save for sari enthusiasts. During her reign, Ahilya Bai commissioned a weave fit for royalty: the diaphanous Maheshwari. Classic Maheshwari is a […]

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Sri Lanka – Why go?

The Undiscovered Country You might say Sri Lanka has been hiding in plain sight. Countless travellers have passed overhead on their way to someplace else, but years of war and challenges such as tsunamis have kept Sri Lanka off many itineraries. But now, Sri Lanka’s looking up. If you’ve ‘done’ India, grown blasé about Southeast […]

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