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Special Places to Stay in Rajasthan - Neemrana Fort Palace

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Special Places to Stay in Rajasthan - Neemrana Fort Palace

Wandering round the myriad staircases, corridors and battlements of Neemrana, finding the old water tank, sitting on the carved stone pavilions under the shade of chhatris, looking out over the countryside in the early morning - for a while you can have the rare experience of feeling like you're actually on holiday. 

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Carved Wooden Statue of a Young Indian Woman

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Carved Wooden Statue of a Young Indian Woman

This statue of a young Indian woman, standing about 35cm tall, is carved from one piece of a dense dark brown wood. The figure is standing upright on a carved wooden base made from the same piece of timber. It appears to be that of a young woman, the breasts are high and small, the waist very narrow, the shoulders are broad and the hips are full and rounded. The face has a long slim nose, the eyes are pronounced, the ears are decorated with large round earrings. The eyebrows are delineated with three parallel lines, the uppermost of which...

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Inlaid Wooden Furniture from India

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Inlaid Wooden Furniture from India

Indian artisans have produced inlaid wooden furniture at all levels of sophistication from simple bone inlay patterns to detailed, complex and exquisite inlays of ivory, rare woods and mother of pearl in designs fit only for the wealth of a Maharajah. The technique is not only used for furniture - this beautiful wooden vase has intricate patterns of inlay which involved skilful appreciation of the curved form. Inlaid wooden furniture is not unique to India. And neither is the technique of inlay limited to wood. Precious metal and stones have been inlaid into bronze and marble in many cultures including...

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Where Are Your Indian Beds Made?

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Where Are Your Indian Beds Made?

In India! Or, to be more helpful, in Rajasthan, near the desert town of Jodhpur. Though it wasn't always so. We created our first designs about fifteen years ago and corresponded by fax with a contact we'd been given in Delhi. We arrived and were shown the prototype – which bore no relation whatever to our design! Absolutely none whatsoever. We'd made things in India before, in fact for over 25 years, so we weren't quite as dismayed as you might expect. In fact our contact had simply gone to the local market and bought, or borrowed, a bed. I think...

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What is Indian Kathakali Dance?

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What is Indian Kathakali Dance?

What is Indian Kathakali Dance? I confess that I'd been going to India for over 30 years before going to see a performance of Kathakali. You see Kathakali posters and masks in souvenir shops all over India but I'd always rather disliked them for their theatricality and that had always deterred me from going to see for myself. Some things only work in context and a couple of years ago we were staying close to a Kathakali performance centre in Cochin, Kerala. I went along to see a performance one evening and found myself totally enchanted - I completely changed all...

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