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Dusit Deverana – New Delhi

Thai-inspired water features and monolithic sculptures combine at this striking design hotel in New Delhi.

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“Set in lush grounds dotted with frangipani and mango trees, the Dusit Devarana is a hip hideaway a 15-minute drive from South Delhi’s swank restaurants and boutiques. This two-story hotel is defined by water; pools of aquamarine, violet and indigo dot the eight-acre grounds, and immense sandstone pillars inspired by Mumbai’s Elephanta Caves contrast with the natural elements. The curvaceous polished concrete public spaces showcase epic art installations, including a revolving elliptical metalwork disc suspended over the foyer.”

Photo and text copyright Jetsetter. Via the 7 day flash sale on Jetsetter

Phugtal Gompa, Ladakh

Founded by Gangsem Sherap Sampo in the early 12th century, the monastery is a unique construction built into the cliffside like a honeycomb. It is located on the mouth of a cave on the cliff face of a lateral gorge of a major tributary of the Lungnak (Lingti-Tsarap) River.

Home to about 70 monks the monastery has a library and prayer room.

It can be reached by a five-day trek with porters and guides through the Zanskar valley. Via here

Passing Clouds

by curryocity contributor Girish Kalyanaraman
Photo and copyright: Jaik Photography

Ashwin could not believe what was happening, as he sat on his cozy armchair at home watching TV. The unprecedented destruction unfolding in Uttarakhand was heart breaking. The death toll was well into triple figures now, and climbing by the day, easily making this India’s biggest disaster since the much-remembered 26/11 terror attacks. Ashwin shuddered as he tried to imagine the plight of the families that were being interviewed on TV who had a son or a mother missing for more than a week and had no way to travel to the scene of the calamity. The reporter was saying that an estimated 7,000 people were still officially missing, and transferred it back to the studio, signing off with a word of cautious hope.

Hypocrites, he thought. Every single news channel would shout its throat hoarse about the issue for a week, and they would all fall over each other to be the first messenger of doom. Politicians would “strongly condemn the carelessness of the ruling party” and other important personalities would “express their condolences”. And then a week later, everyone would move on, back to the usual suspects like Katrina Kaif’s alleged romantic affairs or Shah Rukh Khan’s portrayal of a south Indian in his upcoming film. Bastards.

Interrupting his thoughts, Sriram burst into the room with his iPad, hardly able to contain his excitement.
“Dei! Keep Star Cricket da, Dhoni is still not out, and we now need only 27 off the last 4 overs, with 2 wickets in hand”, he exclaimed, evidently thrilled at the Indian Cricket captain’s tenacity in a tough situation yet again.
Ashwin quickly switched channels, and crossed his fingers.
27 runs off 4 overs seemed very gettable…

The Yoga House: Bangalore

Housing a yoga studio, a shop and a health food cafe, the concept of The Yoga House has been designed to share a system of living based on authenticity and awareness.

The Yoga House aims to provide its guests with a better understanding and respect of the body and helps them to participate more actively and joyfully in their daily life.

Located in a tranquil bungalow in Indiranagar, The Yoga House is the ideal spot to unwind and detoxify in Bangalore. It offers various classes of traditional styles of yoga conducted by a group of experienced qualified and dedicated teachers.

Image and text source: http://www.yogahouse.in

Jungle of misfortune

“It is curious that the forest-exile is central to both the Ramayana and Mahabharata, the twin epics of India. In the Ramayana, Ram goes into exile so that his father can keep his word to his step-mother, Kaikeyi. In the Mahabharata, the Pandavas go into exile following an agreement with their cousins, the Kauravas, when they lose their kingdom in a gambling match.
The reaction to the exile in both epics is startlingly different…”
Read more on Devdutt.com

India’s unfair obsession with lighter skin

The Dark is Beautiful campaign hopes to halt India’s huge appetite for skin whitening products, and has a new champion in film star Nandita Das who says, ‘‘Indians are very racist. There is so much pressure that perpetuates this idea that fair is the ideal…”

Read the rest of Monisha Rajesh’s story in The Guardian

Ganesh, by Bajrang Suthar: A psychedelic prescription for the home

Bajrang Suthar’s mind-bending paintings leap out of the screen as one mouses through the digital aisles of Saatchi. His work is a cocktail of folk-surreal influences and what could possibly be tantric snatches. And it hits the spot with that pupil-constricting colour we love so much.Bajrang’s art gratifies your home’s need for adventure far away from the predictable prettiness of Indian décor we frequently encounter these days. Follow him on Facebook.
Story by curryocity contributor by Vyshnavi N Doss

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