May 27, 2014
left to right (clockwise): entrance to the Red Forte, view from The TaJ Mahal, at The Gallery of Modern Art – painting by Amrita Sher Gil and necklace found at Dariba Kalan Bazaar in old Delhi
At the end of last year I did a flying visit to India and stayed in Delhi with my partner, who was there for business. It wasnt ‘t exactly the long, spiritual journey I had been imagining since I was 17. Rather it was a whirlwind visit that I like to think of as an introduction to a place that I am definitely keen to explore further. Like most western travellers, I was first struck by the heat – well, more humidity (it was wet season) – poverty, the inequitable distribution of wealth and the density of the place. But overlaying all of this was the richness of the history, culture and religion. Visually there was so much to see. I loved seeing women dressed in their vibrant coloured saris on the streets and the array of colourful textiles – it was like textile heaven.
When I’m travelling, I love searching for antiques and unique pieces made by local artisans that I can keep as souvenirs from my travels. I found some amazing markets in Delhi and was fortunate to stumble upon Sundar Nagar Market – lots of shops filled with antique pieces and wares. It’s definitely a must visit if you’re visiting and interested in antiques. I found the necklace pictured above in Dariba Khalan Bazaar, in Old Delhi. It might have taken two goes to find it, after being taken to every place but the bazaar by a local, but it was well worth the diversion. The Bazaar is over 300 years old. This piece was 15 years old from Jaina Sons. I got it for a good price, after a little bargaining. You will find amazing pieces in this bazaar, which specialises in silver jewellery.
No overseas trips planned for this year but who knows? I certainly wasn’t expecting I’d be going to India last year. In the meantime there’s work to be done on my wardrobe, part 1 wardrobe detox is in progress. Stay tuned for updates on this project.