Monthly Archives: March 2012

Fragrant India

In a narrow lane in old Chochin a gem of a shop can be found. Vindy waiting to entice you in. The place had that feeling of being untouched for decades and was dusty and a little bit frayed around the edges, as are most places in India. However the treasures found inside were unexpected but totally marvellous . Vindy had the most intoxicating oil distillations I have ever smelt. Amber, Opium, lotus flower, musk and my all time favourite Oudh, a wood from the east distilled into a sticky heady attar. Beautiful little vials were filled and prices agreed.
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Silence must be heard. Amit Romani

The Cow is such a highly regarded sacred animal in India , so for the vast majority of Indian people it’s something of a Hindu superstar. Often seen roaming streets and happily enjoying it’s own leisure time, the Cow has become much a part of daily life in both villages and cities alike. Artist Amit Romani chose the mighty cow as the subject for his latest exhibition at the Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai. Meeting with him was a real pleasure and his vibrant personality is eminent in his artworks. An accomplished artist that I’m sure will have a great and rewarding journey ahead of him. The pictures I took certainly don’t express the the real presence in this artwork.

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Dharavi Mumbai

there are 2,000 slums in mumbai, and about 55% of mumbaikers live in slums.
dharavi houses 1 million in 2 square km.this would include professional workers and police officers.

the slum has a relatively low rate of crime – people are (surprisingly) employed.families are house proud and make the most of what we take all to often for granted, a roof over our heads and a safe place to sleep.

Plastic recycling, for example, is a tax-free, underground business in the slum. The workers make between £4-5 per day for 12 hours of work. Textile workers have it a little better for their skilled work: about £11 per day, but they also work more than 12 hours.

life expectancy in dharavi is 50 years of age.

The movie slumdog millionaire is not a real picture of real slum life and really only focused on the negatives. People may live in slums but who wants to be called a dog. It’s humbling to see how enterprising Everyone is and just what lengths they will go to make a better life for themselves.

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ELEPHANT ISLAND

Visited Elephant Island today. A magnificent set of cave temples 11 kilometres of the coast of Mumbai. Dated to a period of c. 600-635 A.D. Dedicated to the Indian God Shiva, a true testimony of creativity , skill and devotion of the craftsmen who made them. It’s so wonderful to venture into a country that has a strong connection to what has gone before, and yet is one of the fastest developing countries of the 21st century .

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MUMBAI Bungalow 8

I’m lucky enough to be in Mumbai today! A new concept home and fashion store has been lovingly put together in the Colaba district, bungalow 8
Set out over three floors the store really is a treasure trove. With traditional Indian crafts an other ethic collectibles from around the world.

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ABSTRACT ART

TOD HUNTERS art work are sure to brighten up your day. Art work that is guaranteed to lift your spirits.

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Faded Elegance

A few pictures pictures that I took , then tweaked them up in Snapseed. Check out their great new App. Have fun.

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HOT OF THE PRESS

The new Spring Edition of Hearthomemag is on line and ready to download. Congratulations Heart Gang on yet another beautifully put together publication. Packed with inspiring interiors and ideas, it’s a must read. Join over 100,000 people who down loaded the last edition.

I was lucky enough to be featured .Big thank you to the marvelous gang that goes to make up HH magazine.

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Paris Chic

If you are popping over to Paris for a spring visit be sure to check out Chahan showroom. It’s the most wonderful space that showcases the work of a wonderfully talented Interior Designer-Chahan Minassian, who’s style is exceptional. With a remarkable blend of fifty’s influences mixed with beautiful organic textures that are totally glamorous in the same breath. I love the ceramic items that are incorporated into his schemes, be it a sculpture or screen. Outstanding and totally elegant.

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Tina Hellberg

Pictures like this don’t really need words. Grey Heaven maybe…

Tina Hellberg.