Kamalan Conversations: Once Upon a Time

Kamalan Conversations is a platform where we encourage participants to share and listen travel stories, as well as have a facilitated structured dialogue over a meaningful topic. This is an effort to create a vibrant community of travelers spread across India, regularly sharing their travel stories and ideas. The key for such a dialogue is the element of listening with undivided attention.   Of the many mythological stories associated with the different landmarks in India, some of…

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Weaving Belief through Time

The beliefs we choose are in a large part guided by the stories we hear around us and the stories we tell ourselves. How do the timeless stories embedded in our mythology direct our beliefs? There are numerous stories and traditions associated with Indian culture and the existence of each is questionable. However, there are certain stories rooted in mythology that have, over time, become universally accepted. In fact, it is this acceptance that helps mythology guide…

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Of Vanaras and God-Kings: Tales of Hampi’s Ruins

Myth and legend are part of the fabric of the Indian subcontinent. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Hampi, the ruins of an ancient kingdom that flourished over five hundred years ago. Deep in South India in the 14th century, there lived two brothers who were recognized by a great sage as miraculous manifestations of the god Virupaksha, a form of Shiva the Destroyer, a powerful and popular Hindu god. They built a great kingdom, learning…

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Navigating the Live Museum of Kathputli Colony

A little ahead of the Shaadipur metro station in Delhi, there is a small lane, almost invisible unless one is consciously seeking it out. The only sign that might give it away is a few posters of musical bands right outside the lane. There is also absolutely no other way to traverse the tremendously lanky lane but on foot, and that actually happens to be the best way to soak in all the art and craft treasures…

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Reliving Tradition at The Kabir Festival in Mumbai

As the sun begins to slowly melt into twilight, we wade through the inharmonious traffic to reach the Ramakrishna Mission Auditorium located in the Khar suburb of Mumbai. From the main road, where the world moves around us in a whirlwind pace and where our mind is still saturated with innumerable thoughts, we take a turn towards a small, quiet bylane. And finally, we arrive at the composed surroundings of the Ramakrishna Mission complex. As we walk…

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A Never Ending Journey along the Ganga

How do you simply travel across something that holds myriads of myths, legends, stories, traditions, and the miraculous idea of re-birth in itself?  However overwhelming it might sound though, taking a deep plunge into the spiritual soul of India – the Ganga, also known as the Ganges to the world – is truly an experience of a lifetime. The river Ganga holds a very sacred position in the Hindu religion. Personified as the goddess Ganga, the importance of the…

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Kamalan Conversations: V. Geetha, Editorial Director, Tara Books

In an age inundated with reactions, the rare moments of reflection have gained more importance than ever. The pure dedication with which V.Geetha’s work evokes reflection is what drew us to her initially. V. Geetha is a scholar and author who works with caste and feminism issues in the country. Having taken a plunge into activism during her college days, she has relentlessly and consistently continued her efforts in this direction over the years. She has produced…

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Wanderlust Diaries at Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

A wise man once told me, “When people converse they have several independent monologues going on, rather than a dialogue – where everybody is speaking but nobody is listening.” Often when I used to converse, I would spontaneously think of a response to what the other person was saying. I realized that while thinking of a response, I was not listening to the other person anymore. I am better at listening now, even though I find it…

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Kamalan Calendar: Festivals in India (January – March 2017)

Kamalan Calendar is our pick of festivals that we recommend attending in India. Both contemporary and traditional, the festivals on this curated list are sure to add to the immense cultural experience India has to offer. Like many of our happy travelers, personalize any of our pathways by adding a festival into your itinerary and be a part of the festivities with the Indian Travel Craftsman this 2017. January : Jaipur Literature Festival The annual literature festival…

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Kamalan Curations: Delhi

Kamalan curations is a series of info-graphics containing travel information for most visited destinations in India. For the very first edition of Kamalan curations, we have selected the Capital of India, Delhi, as our destination. Take a look at the info-graphics and learn how to spend a day in Delhi, about Delhi’s architectural and spiritual excursions and places to visit in Delhi’s neighborhood.  

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