“Inamulla Building… a landmark structure in Dehradun or better known as ‘Building‘”, this is what I was told by a friend.
I was awestruck by the ancient facade, which looks like a set straight out of Arabian Nights, complete with the crescent moon looming above the minarets.
But it was not just the sight but the smell which kept me grounded. All around the place there were carts making some of the juiciest kebabs I have tasted!
Dehradun does not cease to fascinate me!
Diwali was celebrated with a difference this year, for two reasons… firstly my wife decided that we make our own lamps to illuminate the portico and in a short while she had tiny glasses painted in elaborate ways.
Together with some water and floating candles they indeed made a pretty sight outside and inside our home.
The second difference this year was keeping away from the colossal waste of money in the form of firecrackers and spending time with the residents of Cheshire Home in Dehradun.
This is where diwali being the festival of light made so much sense to me. Not only was the place lit up to enliven a festive glow all around
…but seeing the people at the home with tiny sparklers and an even greater sparkle in their eyes will remain in my memory forever.
Happy Diwali to all of you!!!
It seems like they have come up overnight… there are marigolds everywhere. I would never have imagined a simple flower like that when grown in abundance can make the place come ablaze!
So let me take you for a short tour around the Kāsiga school gardens.
The pictures above and below are panorama images of the marigolds on the way to the academic block.
And here is the patch of the same lovely flowers outside the dining hall lawns
Try to spot three different varieties in the maze of gold below…
… or just enjoy the ecstasy of the colours and fragrances!
Can’t wait for the next season of flowers!
Virasat is a fortnight long arts and crafts heritage festival in Dehradun. It brings together artists and crafts people from the length and breadth of the country. This year, for the first time, there were performances by groups from countries across the globe. I was lucky to be at the performance of the troupe from Morocco.
Some of the instruments there were playing were works of art in themselves. If anyone knows the names I would be glad to add them out here.
The stuff that is for sale is amazing from tie and dye fabrics, lac churi, terracotta pottery, dry flower arrangements, woolens from Bhuj, Lakhnavi Chikankari, leaf painting, fine Chamba embroidery on handkerchiefs.
(Picture courtesy above goes to a friend, Aldred Gomes)
It was here that craftsman would give you a live demonstration of their work…
Other than the handicrafts there were also some marvellous culinary delights… for the first time I savoured ‘makke ki roti aur sarson da saag’!
With a range of digestives to choose from too…
Compared to similar handicraft festivals in Goa the prices were very reasonable and I have done most of my Christmas shopping 😉