Author: Prachi Joshi

Posted ON November 23, 2022 A D V E R T I S E M E N T On our last morning in Panjim, my husband and I wander into Fundação Oriente, a sleepy art gallery in the colourful Latin Quarter of Fontainhas. The gallery has a permanent exhibition of selected works of the renowned Goa-born painter António Xavier Trindade. A contemporary of Ravi Verma and M. V. Dhurandhar, Trindade was an important painter of the Bombay School in the early 20th century. His portraits catch my eye, particularly their composition and depth of perception—skills that earned him the epithet…

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Posted ON September 22, 2022 A D V E R T I S E M E N T On a rainy Monday morning, as the rest of Mumbai goes to work, my husband and I head out of the city. Less than 90 minutes later, I am sipping on a tall, cold beer as rain patters down on the lush greenery all around. We are at Oleander Farms, a sprawling 170-acre farmland-turned-resort in Karjat that promises a peaceful, close-to-nature escape from the humdrum of city life.   A Green Cove The Ahuja family bought the farm in 1990, largely for…

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Posted ON August 25, 2022 A D V E R T I S E M E N T It’s the last week of April and most of northern and western India is in the grip of a heatwave. In Jawai, Rajasthan, the temperature reaches a scorching 40+ even on our morning safari drive. The parched and cracked earth inside Jawai Dam bears testament to the ongoing climate escalation. At 500 sq.km., it is the largest dam in western Rajasthan and was built in the 1940s by Maharaja Umaid Singh of Jodhpur to create a water reservoir that could be used…

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A D V E R T I S E M E N T As the car climbs up the winding road from Rishikesh, the clouds descend low, obliterating the verdant mountain views. A set of imposing gates comes into focus, opening onto the palace estate of the former Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal set amidst the Himalayan foothills in Uttarakhand. More than 20 years ago, Ananda In The Himalayas opened on this sprawling 100-acre estate, surrounded by graceful Sal forests and overlooking the Ganga River valley. With 70 elegant rooms, five spacious suites, and three private villas (with attached pools), Ananda…

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