Of Poets and Fools in a Literary Paradise: Jaipur Literary Fest 2019

I am married into a family of poets and talented people! My great grandfather-in-law was a celebrated Sufi Poet in Jaipur! I have always wondered at the ability of my husband and daughter, and my brother-in-law, to spin verse at the drop of a hat, mostly in Hindi and Urdu! Occasionally in English for the … Continue reading Of Poets and Fools in a Literary Paradise: Jaipur Literary Fest 2019

Stand-Up Comedy: A gendered art!

London’s Hyde Park has always had a ‘Speaker’s Corner’ where anyone could stand up and present a monologue. In the nineties when we first visited London we came across this corner by chance and heard a very interesting political commentary by a young man who had a very large audience in splits of laughter! The … Continue reading Stand-Up Comedy: A gendered art!

Art Rivalry-Da Vinci Michelangelo Raphael

When I was of an impressionable age I read The Agony and the Ecstasy, a biographical novel  on Michelangelo by the American author Irving Stone. No doubt I was fascinated. A few years ago we visited the Vatican and took guided walking tours of the Colosseum, the Vatican and other sights in Rome. The girl who guided … Continue reading Art Rivalry-Da Vinci Michelangelo Raphael

Kochi Muziris Biennale 2014: Whorled exploration through the eyes of a non-artist

We visited the Biennale 2014, two years earlier at Kochi, The art installations were amazing and the imagination of the artists was incredible. The Aspinwall, with the major installations, is an old abandoned sea facing Mansion, a property of an Englishman who came to Kochi in the spices trade. The first installation we encountered was … Continue reading Kochi Muziris Biennale 2014: Whorled exploration through the eyes of a non-artist

Kochi Muziris Biennale 2016: Artist’s delight

This was the second Kochi Muziris Biennale that we were visiting. This art festival is held every two years in the old Cochin island and attracts artists from all over the country and the world. We had the joy of visiting this 2016 version, while two years earlier we had visited the 2014 Biennale. My … Continue reading Kochi Muziris Biennale 2016: Artist’s delight