Dheeraj

Dheeraj

A voracious reader, Dheeraj heads the Kamalan team and embodies the company’s vision. A business graduate from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad and ESSEC Paris, his idea of travel as an intimate and intellectual experience drives him to translate that into an essential Kamalan experience for each of our clients. A staunch believer that all truths in life lie within the grasp of travel, literature and art, he loves long walks, mathematics, dosas and poetry.
PLACES LIVED
  • Hyderabad, India | Paris, France | Ahmedabad, India | New Delhi, India
LANGUAGES KNOWN
  • Telugu | Hindi | English | French (un peu!)
PROJECTS
Kamalan X The New Yorker

Earlier this year, at the beginning of the Ladakhi summer, we collaborated with photographer Robbie Lawrence and writer Lexie Smith to document the life of the region.

KAMALAN X JOE AND DANIEL

Travelling coast to coast, Joe Pickard and Daniel Volland are on a journey to capture the existence of a diverse culture that thrives within the mystical lands of South India.

Jodhpur

The images are unforgettable; thick blue plaster, turquoise lattice work, red painted hand prints pressed onto walls, crimson cloth wound into turbans. Two decades after Steve McCurry captured the colours of Jodhpur, much of the blue in the Old City has drained away, replaced with prosaic yellows and pinks, or the fashionably restrained grey of unfinished stone.

Dancing With The Taj

My guide Dheeraj had persuaded a boatman to take us out on the stretch of the River Yamuna that flows passed the Taj Mahal. He flashed a smile at me under a glowing street lamp.

Issue 12 – Journey

Hole & Corner has always been inspired by an urge to widen our knowledge by learning from cultures. Be they the craftspeople of Ireland or India (in an epic, 32-page exploration in association with Kamalan Travel), we celebrate the power of the global as well as the local – broadening our minds through travel, not hiding behind walls and artificial barriers.

Issue 13: Performance

In a first for the magazine, legendary set designer and artist Tony Hornecker has built his own physical interpretation of a ‘hole-and-corner’ (‘a secret place: somewhere you go to escape the world; to be inspired, to contemplate and create’) for our cover.

India’s Lost Party Mansions

Nothing you think you know about the humble, low-rise, rambling charm of rural India holds true.

Of Virginia Woolf, Cereal and Kamalan

A profound and poignant story about Virginia Woolf’s St Ives, that inspired her book To the Lighthouse, was our serendipitous introduction to the UK based travel and lifestyle magazine, Cereal. Always interested in exploring the fluid relationship between art, literature and travel, we were instantly drawn to the aesthetics and writings of Cereal.

IN CONVERSATION WITH CEREAL

Early this year, Kamalan collaborated with the UK based travel and lifestyle magazine Cereal to craft a bespoke journey for them in North India.