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Diwali Dress-Up. A lovely Mul-mul Sari from @suta_bombay. Blouse from @jaypore. Over-grown eyebrows thanks to #INTM working us to death! A tiny bindi instead of my regular saucer-plates. #Historywali bhi fashion blogger ;)

The Lassi connoisseur brings you Lassi from Lakshmi Misthan Bhandaar, Jaipur. The addition of almond flakes is genius, I LOVED the crunch. The lassi is not thick, quite thin actually but perfect consistency to be a thirst-quencher on a hot Rajasthani afternoon. (I waited 4 days to have this lassi thanks to a curfew in Jaipur, phew!) However, my favourite lassi in the country is still the one at Raja Ram Lassi Wala in Varanasi. Number One. Yum! #Eating #India with #Historywali

Tiny tea-shop serving chai and pakodas in Jodhpur. Love the half-and-half oil painted walls that take me right back to the nineties, the vintage lamp-shade, the bright poster on the wall of a god or god-man I can't identify, the menu on the walls, plates of newspaper that soak up the oil in the pakodas and bread pakodas most efficiently. This particular place had the most delicious dal pakodas and bread pakodas. My personal favourites though are pumpkin pakodas, palak pakodas, and from my childhood days in West Africa, a fried dumpling of slightly fermented bean paste batter called Akara. #ChaiPakodaDay from the Road. #OnTheRoad with #Historywali #EatingIndia

#Shooting the Dabbawalas of Mumbai for #Indipedia today. Up and Down and In and Out of the Mumbai Locals. One lifeline of Mumbai supporting another. Almost everywhere a local train goes, the Dabbawalas deliver dabbas to. CST and Churchgate to Badlapur, Panvel, and Virar. #Seeing #India with #Historywali

After posting all those lovely Kalap pictures I had to post one of us in my muse & mecca Bombay too. The Sea. The Mountains. And me, playing tag with both. Must stop with the sappy couple pics and get back to #Historywali & #OnTheRoad posts pronto. Sorry, you guys.

The Baby Pehelwans of Amritsar. The baby-est of the lot is the posey-est. #OnTheRoad with #Historywali #Amritsar #Punjab #India

A quaint little Himalayan Hill-Station station, Summer Hill is the station right before Simla on the Kalka - Simla toy train route. This photograph is from six years ago when we were shooting Chakh Le India - Kachcha Raasta in Himachal Pradesh. The days of Blackberries and Floaters + Socks. This was my first brush with the Himalayan Mountains, and it was love at first sight because how can it not be. <3 #ThrowBack #ShootingLife #Seeing #India with #Historywali

Life on the road! These three Kashmiri beauties, freshly painted, were leaving for my favourite Srinagar, and I just had to hop on and say bye-bye. Or TATA. I'm shooting what I've always been fascinated with - Trucks and Truck Art - for my new series, and am very very taken by everything I'm seeing. Mind is blown. Buri Nazar Wale Tera Muh Kala! 👹A post on the history of Truck Art will be up soon. :) Please do follow @historywali on Twitter and my Historywali page on Facebook. #OnTheRoad with #Historywali

Room with a view. And a dramatic sky to boot. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur. This one is just under a hundred years old, a baby palace as palaces go. But when I look at it, I imagine a time before the clutter of concrete, plastic, and zinc sheets. That's the time I wish I was born in. What would I be? Who would I be? Back #OnTheRoad with #Historywali

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#NoFilter Lassi at the Cross Maidan Khau Galli behind Fashion Street in Churchgate. Malai Maar Kar. So so so good! Not quite Banaras-level but the best I've had in Bombay. There is only one Lassi shop in the galli so you won't have a problem finding it. They do a mean Chaas too. #Eating #India with #Historywali

Dhobighat, Mumbai. I shot here recently for Indipedia, our show with @edwardsonnenblick on @epicchannelindia. I was piqued to see more than a few dogs being walked in the morning in the slum-gullies around the central washing pits. Collared, leashed, definitely 'pet' dogs. I asked about the dogs, and was told that the dogs guard clothes for their masters. Piles of unwashed clothes. Clothes hung up to dry. Bundles of ironed clothes ready to be delivered. Dhobis have always had the company of two animals - donkeys or mules to carry the load. And dogs to guard. There is even a saying in Hindi that goes, 'धोबी का कुत्ता, ना घर का ना घाट का।' #Seeing #India with #Historywali #Mumbai #DhobiGhat #PeopleOfMumbai

#Shooting the Dabbawalas of Mumbai for #Indipedia today. Up and Down and In and Out of the Mumbai Locals. One lifeline of Mumbai supporting another. Almost everywhere a local train goes, the Dabbawalas deliver dabbas to. CST and Churchgate to Badlapur, Panvel, and Virar. #Seeing #India with #Historywali

This coaster has come to me just in time for this week's airing of Indipedia! Our episode at 8pm tonight is all about Satvic Food. Can you tell the difference between Satvic, Rajasic, and Tamasic? Edward now can!! #Eating #India with #Historywali #Indipedia

Diwali Dress-Up. A lovely Mul-mul Sari from @suta_bombay. Blouse from @jaypore. Over-grown eyebrows thanks to #INTM working us to death! A tiny bindi instead of my regular saucer-plates. #Historywali bhi fashion blogger ;)

It's Indipedia Day of the week again! We went looking for the meaning of Om in India's oldest city, Varanasi and ate a ton of Mallaiyo as we discovered deep secrets in the gullies and at the ghats and fell in love with the chaos of Kashi. This is also our Pilot episode so the most special. Watch it tonight on @epicchannelindia at 8pm and 10pm. #Indipedia #SeeingIndia with #Historywali

The Lassi connoisseur brings you Lassi from Lakshmi Misthan Bhandaar, Jaipur. The addition of almond flakes is genius, I LOVED the crunch. The lassi is not thick, quite thin actually but perfect consistency to be a thirst-quencher on a hot Rajasthani afternoon. (I waited 4 days to have this lassi thanks to a curfew in Jaipur, phew!) However, my favourite lassi in the country is still the one at Raja Ram Lassi Wala in Varanasi. Number One. Yum! #Eating #India with #Historywali

New episode of #Indipedia out tonight at 8pm on @epicchannelin This one is on Truck Art, so if you've always wanted to know the meaning of Horn Ok Please, do watch! One of my favourites!#SeeingIndia with #Historywali and #FaceEntertainment

So whilst I lie here recuperating in bed, the very first episode of Indipedia will be on air on @epicchannelindia in the next 10 minutes. This one is all about Auspicious Starts. What do you do before you start something new? Break a coconut? Do a Pooja? Eat Dahi-Cheeni? We do all that and try to get to the bottom of WHY we do so. Do watch? On air at 8pm, repeats at 10pm. #Indipedia #FACEEntertainment #Seeing #India with #Historywali

'Robber of the Heart'. That's what the name of this rare string instrument roughly translates to. A term used often for a female lover, or the object of ones fantasies. Meet the melodious Dilruba, which owes its origin to the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh himself, no less. Fascinating. #Rare #Musical #Instruments of #India on #Indipedia with #Historywali

A quaint little Himalayan Hill-Station station, Summer Hill is the station right before Simla on the Kalka - Simla toy train route. This photograph is from six years ago when we were shooting Chakh Le India - Kachcha Raasta in Himachal Pradesh. The days of Blackberries and Floaters + Socks. This was my first brush with the Himalayan Mountains, and it was love at first sight because how can it not be. <3 #ThrowBack #ShootingLife #Seeing #India with #Historywali

Have you seen/heard a Rudra-Veena being played? I won't be surprised if you haven't, there are only a handful of Rudra-Veena artistes left today. This, my friends, is the most ancient of the Veenas. The origin of it is attributed to Shiva (hence Rudra), it is said he saw Parvati lying asleep with her hand across her breasts and so he created this instrument as an to her beauty. This particular Rudra-Veena that Panditji is playing is a 110 years old, it's harder to find a Rudra-Veena maker today than it is to find a player. #AllInADaysWork #ShootingLife #Indipedia #Seeing #India with #Historywali #OnTheRoad #Pune #Music #Indian #Classical #StringInstruments

This was lying in the 'Pitches' folder of our laptops 💻 till our favourite peeps at Epic - @hinabi & @ravkoh let us make them a pilot late last year. #Indipedia went on the floors this February, and here you have it six months later! Coming soon on @epicchannelindia This is our new show. You've been seeing snippets of it on my Instagram all year. From Truck Art to numerous Varanasi posts to Music and more. Let me know what you think of the promo? #FACEEntertainment is at it again. #Seeing #India with #Historywali

Tiny tea-shop serving chai and pakodas in Jodhpur. Love the half-and-half oil painted walls that take me right back to the nineties, the vintage lamp-shade, the bright poster on the wall of a god or god-man I can't identify, the menu on the walls, plates of newspaper that soak up the oil in the pakodas and bread pakodas most efficiently. This particular place had the most delicious dal pakodas and bread pakodas. My personal favourites though are pumpkin pakodas, palak pakodas, and from my childhood days in West Africa, a fried dumpling of slightly fermented bean paste batter called Akara. #ChaiPakodaDay from the Road. #OnTheRoad with #Historywali #EatingIndia

This photograph from six years ago popped up on my FB memories today like it has done every year since FB started throwing up Memories. One of my favourites. Naren, my very first DOP went on to shoot films soon after this, and I really miss working with him even now! This photograph was taken in Palampur, 14 days into a 29 day long schedule that had us traveling all over Himachal Pradesh in a Tempo Traveller, setting up kitchen anywhere, cooking delish food, cooking in peoples homes, eating with them, eating on the streets, and shooting all of it. It was the best of times, but it was also the toughest of times. We'd shoot all day and travel all night. Look at those sunburnt, exhausted faces, but happy! We could only do it because we were young & crazy & driven by sooooo much passion. All passion. Un-jaded. Happy. Positive. And this was fueled by the truly lovely people we met and shot with along the way, each of whom opened up their homes and hearts to us! I believe (and with good cause too) that a happy & positive environment plays the biggest part in how well a series turns out. Chakh Le India - Kachcha Raasta was amazing like that. A whole year of amazingness, 63 episodes all across India, and an ITA award to show for it. Good Times make Good Things. #StayPositive #StayPassionate #OnTheRoad with #Historywali #EatingIndia (PS: I'm told it's still on air after all these years! :)

Gola on a grey monsoon day! Ya phir Chuski, call it what you may. For a Bombay-wali like me a Gola directly points the compass to Juhu beach. This is the Mixed Gola, with four flavours and a sprinkling of kala namak into which a cone of shaved ice is dunked. I'm partial to the Kala-Khatta gola. Which is your favourite flavour? Whichever it might be, we are in august company as this humble little concoction has been first recorded as being enjoyed by Alexander The Great back in the BCEs as 'snow and ice flavoured with fruits and juices'. High-Five Alex, we love the gola too. #EatingIndia with #Historywali #FoodHistory #India #Mumbai

Here it is, the Makhania Lassi from Shri Mishrilal inside the little arch of the big gate by the Ghantaghar in Sardar Bazar, Jodhpur. It's been almost exactly six years since I first (and last) had this very dukaan ki lassi on a hot Marwar afternoon, whilst taking a break from shooting. We shot the lassi too. And the lassi shop as well. It was nice and cool and old-school in wood and brown tones. And I remember the lassi to be epic, one of my favourites from across the country. (Banaras wins the lassi game you guys, no arguments there) but this lassi was pretty yum too. Then. The lassi I had today was more 'shrikhand' less lassi, served up in a plastic glass instead of the kulhads I remember, and would definitely not make it to my top 5 India lassi-list. What exactly happened here? Was it me romanticising the past or have my tastebuds evolved (or changed palette preferences) in the last six years? #YehKyaHya #Dhoka #BringBackOldSchool #TBT #EatingIndia with #Historywali #OnTheRoad

Room with a view. And a dramatic sky to boot. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur. This one is just under a hundred years old, a baby palace as palaces go. But when I look at it, I imagine a time before the clutter of concrete, plastic, and zinc sheets. That's the time I wish I was born in. What would I be? Who would I be? Back #OnTheRoad with #Historywali

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