The latest Indian music compilations

The latest Indian music compilations

If you’re looking for a nice way into the incredible world of Indian music, here are theindiaphile’s pick of the latest Indian music CD’s to get you started. There’s some A.R. Rahman, Ravi Shankar, the soundtrack to Slumdog Millionaire, and a great collection called Cafe Bombay. Not to forget Susheela Raman, a favourite of ours, […]

A fantastic novel by Indian Writer Tishani Doshi

A fantastic novel by Indian Writer Tishani Doshi

Poet Tishani Doshi, whose first collection of poetry Countries of the Body won the 2006 Forward Poetry Prize, has written a fantastic first novel, The Pleasure Seekers which is getting rave reviews. Journalist, dancer, and wordsmith Tishani Doshi was born in Chennai to a Welsh mother and Gujarati father and it’s this history she draws […]

Wandering Mystic Paban Das Baul

Wandering Mystic Paban Das Baul

Paban Das Baul was born in 1961 in the village of Mohammedpur, in the district of Murshidabad in West Bengal, India – land of a population incarnating the spirit of syncretism between Tantric, Vaishnava, Muslim and Buddhist traditions through music, dance and song. He is well known for his genius of improvisation on the dubki […]

5 classic books about Indian Spiritual Journeys

Reading Piers Moore Ede’s All Kinds of Magic, just out with Bloomsbury, has got us thinking about the time honoured tradition of Western seekers visiting India. Indiaphile chooses 5 of the best spiritual journeys. (1) All Kinds of Magic by Piers Moore Ede The latest in a long line of travelogues about finding oneself in […]

Nakshi Kantha, the extraordinary quilted folk art of Bangladesh

Nakshi Kantha, the extraordinary quilted folk art of Bangladesh

So many people have been asking us about Nakshi Kantha, the extraordinary quilted folk art of Bangladesh that we thought we’d write more about it (it’s a Bengali as much as a Bangladeshi tradition!). Made from old cotton clothes, predominantly discarded saris, dhotis and lungis, Nakshi Kantha became particularly popular after the publication of of […]

Shantaram: an Indian backpacker favourite

Shantaram: an Indian backpacker favourite

Based on a true story, the tale of a wanted Australian ex-convict who moves to Bombay; sets up a medical clinic in the slums; joins the Indian mafia and even goes to war in Afghanistan, this is gripping stuff. It’s sold millions of copies and, in our opinion, rightly so. It’s a hell of a […]