Graphic Art of India

In Ye olde days (the 1980s) India had fabulous graphic art everywhere.  Hand painted and drawn signs, advertisements and giant movie posters abounded.  They were glorious, and always just a tiny bit strange, out of proportion, really quite large stars making eyes at each other or gazing dreamily into the middle distance, looking as if […]

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The Idolmakers of the Durga Puja

There is a wonderful cosmos in Kolkata made up of faith infused with fun, straw mixed with clay, bamboo covered in cloth and paint artfully applied to plaster.  Gods and animals, demons and fairies, fruits and flowers, lights, incense and offerings tumble across and over each other on towering bamboo arches that bestride the streets […]

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Overpass Chess and Karom with Aplomb

Chameleons that we are we’d decided to get some Indian kit. (Then no one could guess we’re ferengis…) We were bargained-and-haggled-out so graciously our charming host, Rono took us round to his favourite local emporiums down Resh Behari way. A government- run store and a tiny shop bursting with an excellent variety of anything you […]

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The Fairlawn, Kolkata

We’ve splurged on The Fairlawn in Kolkata for 2 nights. A splendid old bungalow which makes a bold, persistent and unashamed declaration of love to the colour green. (We are told that old, venerable, recently departed and lately lamented Mrs Smith, the formidable and legendary Lady of the House, had the paintwallahs out each day […]

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