Classical South Indian Music

Classical South Indian Music

One of the oldest systems of music in the world, Carnatic or classical south indian music is a very complex system that requires a great deal of training, both artistically and technically. Classical south indian music is based on a system of ragas (melodic scales) and talas (rhythmic cycles), and is generally highly devotional. Like […]

The controversial trilogy Fire, Earth and Water by Deepa Mehta

Deepa Mehta is best known for her Elements Trilogy, Fire (1996), Earth (1998) (released in India as 1947: Earth), and Water (2005). This controversial director has bravely tackled some of the great taboos in Indian life, principally sexuality in Fire, the politics of nationalism in Earth, and the plight of widows in Water. When Deepa […]

Three classics of Indian travel writing about Delhi

Three classics of Indian travel writing about Delhi

As the first stop in many people’s Indian travels, the country’s second largest metropolitan area, and the eighth largest city in the world by population, Delhi is truly one of the world’s great urban experiences: a multidimensional crush of life. In recent years there have been three great travelogues set in Delhi, the latest of […]

Indian literary legend: The Venerable Khushwant Singh

Indian literary legend: The Venerable Khushwant Singh

It’s impossible to love Indian writing without, sooner or later, coming across the name Khushwant Singh. This legendary novelist and journalist is still working at age 96 and has been a prominent figure on the Indian literary scene for over fifty years. His irreverent weekly newspaper column ‘With Malice towards One and All’ is amongst […]

Shargri-La Sun Parasol

Shargri-La Sun Parasol This hand-made garden sun umbrella is made by skilled artisans in Bali using traditional skills passed down from one generation to the next. The white hood made from 100% polyester. The garden parasol’s canopy is hand-painted using traditional designs in black acrylic paint. Around the edge is a decorative trim of tassels […]

The Indian fiction Top 25

The Indian Fiction Top 25 Here is Jerry Pinto’s list of the 25 Best Books in Indian fiction (English language, no translations): we’d be interested to know your comments on this here at Indiaphile…. 1. Vikram Chandra: Love and Longing in Bombay 2. Aubrey Menen: The Fig Tree 3. Rohinton Mistry: Tales from Firozhsha Baug […]

10 things to pack when trekking in India

Some of our recommendations for your Indian trekking packing list. (1) Anti bacterial handwash – Your first line of defence against the infamous Delhi belly. (2) Suncream – Pack some if you rely on specific Western brands you’re used to. (3) Mosquito Net – Depending on your budget, a travel net that you can hang […]

The God of Small Things by Indian writer, Arundhati Roy

One day in the southern Indian state of Kerala in December 1969, a little girl is drowned. The events leading up to this tragedy emerge in a beautifully told narrative of political turbulence and cross-caste love, set within a verdant landscape. With its cinematic time shifts and breathtaking prose, The God of Small Things is […]