Shona Adhikari
The writer is an author and a former art gallery owner
My Stories
Pearls - the Queen of Jewels

It is amazing what a string of lustrous pearls can do for one’s self-esteem!

Bhopal, where old and new co-exist

The history of Bhopal has always fascinated me. It is unique among states in India, as the only state ruled by a succession of four female monarchs—that too in purdah.

The Indian Durrie—A Lifestyle Statement

Welcomed with broad smiles by Anandram Bhobaria and his brothers, it was very gratifying to find that I was remembered, by a family of durrie (rug) makers of the tiny village of Salawas, whom I had

KALIGHAT REVISITED

The Kali Temple in South Calcutta is over 260 years old. This was an area where mainly Brahmin communities lived earlier.

Zahruddin Usta—Stone Carver Extraordinaire

On a recent visit to Bikaner I dropped in at the comparatively new Prachina Museum, located in one of the palaces at the Junagarh Fort.

Bhuj Rises From The Ashes

Most of us have heard about the disastrous effects of the earthquake that shook Kutch in 2001.

Udai Singh’s Wonderland

It is believed that Maharaja Udai Singh went on a hunt in the Aravalli Hills when he met a hermit, who told the king that the fertile land on the banks of the Pichola Lake, would be an excellent ca

MIRROR MIRROR ON THE WALL

Like so many others, I have always been intrigued by the ornate palaces in Rajasthan and marveled at the mirror work that often covered their walls.

The Forgotten City of Darbhanga

Those familiar with Kolkata’s Dalhousie Square might have noticed at one of the corners of the square, the seated figure of a bearded Raja sitting cross-legged with his sword and shield.  The

HYDERABAD REVISITED

Returning to Hyderabad after many years was an experience that I had really been looking forward to.

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