Saanya Gulati -Auroville, Matrimandir

Visiting Auroville reminds me of being in the United Nations headquarters building – a territory that doesn’t belong to any country. This echoes the township’s core philosophy, based on the Mother’s vision: “There should be somewhere on earth a place which no nation could claim as its own, where all human beings of goodwill who have a sincere aspiration could live freely as citizens…

Saanya Gulati, World Photography Day - Kala Ghoda

While I've always had a way with words, photography is an activity that I took to more recently. Of course, Instagram has turned every social media user into a self-proclaimed photographer, and since I've been using this platform for a while, I decided to curate some of my favourite filtered frames in honour of World Photography Day. Much like my blog, my Instagram handle is…

Saanya Gulati - Pondicherry, French Consulate Building 2

“Have you heard of silicon valley?” Kabir* asks, turning his head back so that I can hear him over the din of roaring engine and howling wind. “Yes, of course! Why do you ask?” I shout, in an attempt to hear the sound of my own voice. “I think Pondicherry could be India’s Silicon Valley!” he categorically states. Images of…

Saanya Gulati Blog Independence Day

15 August 1947, like most Independence Days, is a celebration of national triumph and pride – the day that India awoke to life and freedom in the famous words of Jawaharlal Nehru. But less often is it associated with the mass violence, abduction, and looting that occurred in one of the largest communal massacres of the 20th century: the India-Pakistan…

Saanya Gulati, Tarini Nirula - Tropical Bliss 2jpg

What do prisms of light and Rajasthani forts have in common? Tarini Nirula is here to explain with her latest collections of occasion-wear bags. Tarini Nirula, one of my favourite accessory designers, who I have previously collaborated with on my blog, recently launched two new collections. True to the TN brand, these are no ordinary bags – each exquisite statement piece…

Saanya Gulati, What is Love Blog Post

India has a complex relationship with love – a love-hate relationship, if you will, where the balance between love and hate is constantly shifting. Love stories fall in our top-5 obsessions - along with cricket, politics, taking offence, and inventing conspiracy theories. Not only are we home to the Kamasutra, but also the erotic temples of Khajuraho, and iconic love…

Saanya Gulati, Handloom Day - Ikat Kurta copy

While Yoga Day was given its due attention, National Handloom Day, also declared by Modi – who follows a mantra I like to call ‘when in doubt, declare a day’ – remains relatively neglected. A recent statistic estimates that India’s handloom industry engages over 43 lakh (4,300,000) people, making it the second largest employment-generating sector in the country after agriculture. Given…

Saanya Gulati, Delhi - Humayun's Tomb copy

Grand structures of Lutyen, Agents of democracy An overdose of chai Time wasted on bureaucracy   ‘Twas here that the first salary was earned   Whisking down wide roads Breeze makes the windows rattle Navigating through alleys so narrow Dodging through cycle-rickshaws and cattle   ‘Twas here that the first vehicle was driven   A bus to Rajasthan almost missed…

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While I am a travel addict, I have not been as good about documenting my travel experiences in the last two years. What this leaves me with is a ton of travel moments, but not enough details on each trip to post informative blogs on each journey. Travel moments are not your typical bucket list of places to see, and sights to…

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