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Papa’s little girl. Part 2. (Navsari, 1985.)

Ain’t nobody ever look at me like that but my Papa. <3
Always his, first.
(photo credit: @iamsaibalchatterjee)

2,500 year old Terracotta figures from North India & the Ganges Valley. Beautiful. What also stands out for me is that the female & fertility figures have beautiful wide hips, just like hips are meant to be, and mine are. :D #HipsDontLie #Historywali #HipHipHurray #PearShaped

Victoria Terminus urf CST ke Stained Glass windows par kabhi gaur kiya hai apne? There is so much waiting to be seen. We need to start seeing again. Get your nose out of your phone and look around you right now. Look up too. What do you see?
#HistorywaliSees #Historywali in #Mumbai

‪Did you know: ‬ ‪Sheet (cold) + PHAL (fruit) = Sitaphal‬ ‪(No, the fruit has nothing to do with Sita of the Ramayan. Indigenous to the Americas, it was brought to Asia by Spanish traders much after the Ramayana was authored. Infact its Portuguese & Bengali names are the same: ATA)‬ #HistorywaliEats

#TBT a Facebook Memory from four years ago and this trip to Ladakh. There was no place to watch the Opening Ceremony of the World Cup except at the Army Base. And those plates omg eating that pudding in those Siachen monogrammed plates gave me major feels and goosebumps! OMG. Can you feel me? Can you feel that XXX rum on a cold June night at 15,000 feet? Not watching the opening ceremony anywhere as cool and amazing this time around though. Because Cool and Amazing are dying a slow death. Thanks to us. Sometimes I wonder if we are doing an injustice to the places we shoot at by putting them on TV. Kuldhara was a dead village when I shot the first episode of Ekaant there and now they have ‘ghost tours’. And I just saw a photograph of Pangong Lake that looked more like Lonavala than Ladakh. :/ Go see it all you want, just don’t leave behind no plastic bottles or bags. For the record, I’ve been to Ladakh a few times but never to Pangong. Don’t go to Pangong. Don’t go to Ladakh either if you can’t be nice to it. Let the mountains be. Let the beaches be. Let tiny dots on the map remain just that. :/ #Sad #Thoughts on #WorldEnvironmentDay and this post was actually going to be about the #FIFAWorldCup and #Siachen sorry for the mixup!

Guru Dutt was 5 feet 8 inches tall, he had black hair and brown eyes, and a mole on his right cheek. He was born on the 9th of July, 1925. In those times, filmmaking was perhaps not a good enough profession to have on your passport, but should it not be ‘artist’ not ‘business’, or actually, ‘artistic business’. The name he was given when born was a mouthful - Vasanth Kumar Shivshankar Padukone. Guru Dutt’s passport, is now exhibited at the British Museum in London. #Historywali is #Filmy too.

Sunday cleaning of the kitchen cupboards and I’ve chanced upon this dusty bottle of Koliwada Masala we’d used for a shoot a year ago! This beautiful masala (look at that colour) is precious because it’s come from the very place the Prawn Koliwada recipe was first created. Anyone know the name of the restaurant it was first served in? Hint: It’s in the Punjabi Colony of Sion Koliwada. :) #HistorywaliEats #IndiaFood #Spice #Masala #Foodstagram #InstaFood

Rolling the Sarees and putting them away before the monsoons hit and bffs dear dampness and mister mould come by and make themselves at home. A potli of raw rice and cloves shall accompany the sarees. Rice to soak up all the moisture, and cloves to keep everything smelling sweet. Age-old hacks and sweet little rituals, season by season, marking the passage of time yet keeping us rooted in the past. #Historywali loves them #Sarees

This thing of beauty is a wine cup, and no ordinary wine cup, it’s the wine cup of the 5th Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan! It may not look like it but it’s made of jade, not the regular green jade but incandescent white nephrite jade. It is believed that many utensils used by Emperors and Kings of yore were crafted from jade, simply because jade was believed to react to poisons by changing colour! But this is untrue. Jade doesn’t change colour when poisonous substances touch it. What was often mistaken as jade was the very similar looking Celadon, which it was believed to change colour or break into pieces if it touched anything poisonous. Any food suspected to contain poison could be put in jade-like celadon plates and bowls to ‘test’ it. #Jade #Mughal #Wine #Cup #Antique #FoodHistory #IndianFood

‪TIL that the word ‘lens’ comes from the word Lentil, yup, the same, our everyday ubiquitous Dal. ‪“It was the curved shape of the lens that led to its name being borrowed, in the late 17th century, from the Latin name of the lentil plant, lens culinaris.”‬ Guess what we are cooking with many little lenses today? #HistorywaliEats #Lens #Lentil #IndianFood #History #FoodHistory

Nothing quite like Banta Soda in the hot, arid heat of North India. With the humidity here at 15% my lips are beginning to resemble the Sahara, skin is paper dry, and I’m missing the tropical humidity of Bombay that makes my skin glow like a ripe mango, yup, that. No fresh coconut water here either to save the day. But the Banta Soda more than makes up. The green one here is Kryptonite and the Brown is Kerjriwal’s muffler okay I’ll stop sorry. The green is Pudhina (Mint) and other than the bright colour (which reminds me of the Scottish/Irish Venom) everything about it is perfect. Sweet, Sour, Spice, Zing, Temperature. Heaven. The brown is a plain old Masala Soda, and can never ever go wrong. The pre-mix of the flavour you ask for is poured into the glass (just like with a Gola/Chuski) and topped up with a bottle of soda that comes to life when the Banta (marble) stopper is pushed into the bottle and the bubbling soda poured into the glass without a pause, froth and bubbles everywhere, in your mouth as you drink up to stop the over-spill, on your hands as you can never stop the spill, in your nose as you laugh at the bachpana of what you just did. Bubbles are best. And a Banta Soda a day keeps heat-stroke way. It has other names across the country. Fotash Jol (can you hear the Fotash as the Marble falls in and the Soda wells up) in Bengal, Goli Soda or Goti Soda, and ‘Panneer Soda’ down South that is Rose-flavoured. This one here is at Sumit Drinks in Paltan Bazaar, Dehradun. #HistorywaliEats and #HistorywaliDrinks #Dehradun #India #SummerCoolers #Summer #IndianFood

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