November, apart from bringing cold breeze, brings wedding season in India with most auspicious dates, according to Hindu astrology, falling between November and February. In this WTM special issue of India & You, we bring to you the glamour of EUR 34.5 billion wedding industry and the segments such as photography, catering, jewellery growing exclusively with it. While destination weddings may have been stealing the popular choices such as Goa, Rajasthan and Kerala for Honeymoon, we bring to you some old charms for honeymooners such as Srinagar and Manali amidst the Himalayas. Additionally, we take you to the far east end of India to Nagaland, to discover the remains of the remains of World War aircrafts. We also introduce you to the artisans of the Sun City Jodhpur and the oldest form of self-defence, Kalaripayyat, from South of India. We hope you will enjoy this festive issue as much as we did in bringing it to you!
Folk music, dancing wooden puppets, miniatures and intriguing sculptures. Smell of freshly cured leather drifts through the air awakening all our senses and we discover the thousand and one facets of its craft as we walk through the Jodhpur Fort, in the deserts of western Rajasthan. While the Rajputs spent most of their time in … Continue reading The Artisans of Jodhpur →
Ruchika Oberoi’s Island City produced by National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) has won the Fedora prize for the best young director in the sidebars of the Venice Film Festival, 2015. In the international film festivals such as the Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival or Toronto International Film Festival, Indian cinema still has a … Continue reading Island City →
Indian weddings are incomplete without sweets. Although various new desserts have been introduced over the years, ladoo remains an important dessert for the big day. It is believed that anything auspicious should be welcomed with something sweet. Indian celebrations are incomplete without the traditional sweets. One such sweet which is omnipresent is ladoo (a traditional … Continue reading Indian Marriages & Ladoo →
The rustic charm of the hill destination of Manali can be experienced during the winters when the wooden houses, roads and the contoured slopes of the mountains are covered in snow. “Would you get married and settle down here? ” asked an old lady from a village near Manali, a small town amidst the Himalayas, … Continue reading Manali →
Lavish wedding ceremonies are back, with inflated budgets, as social pressure remains huge on the family to organise a once in a lifetime celebration that reflects not only love but also your social status. New, creative tools are at hand to help. Garima Talwar, 25, from Punjab, has a dream. She wants a wedding that … Continue reading Indian Wedding Industry →
A unique Delhi-based NGO connects the right volunteers with the right social initiatives. Soulcialtravel is a unique NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) in the Indian landscape. It connects people, in particular foreigners and expats, with selected Indian NGOs and social projects in India and abroad, hence the name. People who travel for instance, around India for a … Continue reading Soulcialtravel, NGO and Website →