“For a long time, we have made cocktails to be these really exclusive things that you have to go out to have... But at home, it’s so simple. You just need to stock your bar with about four different things. The rest comes from your kitchen anyway.”
“When I style a menu or a table, the only thing I keep in mind is the experience and the concept...Lunch for my guests needs to be filing; it needs to be substantial...”
“People often say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day I vouch for that. It’s a great kickstart for me... It’s something I love eating, and that’s why I’ve started creating it for myself every morning now.”
“I don’t wait for a birthday or a special day... I love the concept of a thali; it’s a combination of all the regional foods put together. For me, the gold of the Kansa, the green of the betel leaves, and the red from the roses forms happiness on the table.”
“It’s so interesting... how you move from sweet and savoury and crunchy, and the different layers that could tingle your senses... And the interjection of happy flowers on the table. And somehow it makes the whole teatime tradition so much more special.”
Pichwai: The Dance of Krishna
Ornate, handpainted temple hangings that bring alive the legends of the deity
The word Pichwai has its roots in the Sanskrit pich (behind) and wai (hanging). A traditional art form that emerged in the 17th Century at the Nathdwara temple in Rajasthan, Pichwais are intricate paintings dedicated to Shrinathji and are typically hung behind the idol of the deity in local shrines. These elaborately handpainted artworks celebrate the different moods and expressions of Krishna, and mostly depict temple rituals like the adornment (shringaar) of Shrinathji according to the seasons or festivals in the Pushtimarg calendar: Janamashtami and Gopashtami, for example. A popular depiction of Krishna found in Pichwais is the Chappan Bhog (a feast of 56 delicacies) rendition as an offering to the deity. Elements of the Indian monsoon like the peacock, the lotus, and even his beloved cows are featured prominently and repeatedly.
Over time, Pichwai painting came to be practiced in various local styles. The most recognisable among these are the Nathdwara style known for its expressive portraitures, the Deccan or Hyderabadi defined by a liberal use of gold and silver leaf, the dynamic and fluid Kota-Bundi style, and the Kishangarh style inspired by Mughal miniatures.
As an endeavour to preserve and revive this sacred art form, we present contemporary renditions of traditional Pichwai paintings in collaboration with The House Of Things, curated exclusively on our web boutique for a limited time.
One God, Many Avatars
From dancing to eating, cow-herding to flute-playing, Pichwais depict the many moods of Lord Krishna
Shrinathji Morkutir Pichwai: An ode to the Monsoon, this colourful Pichwai features Shrinathji playing his bansuri (flute), surrounded by dancing peacocks and his beloved cows.
Shrinathji Duhera Manorath: Painted in the Mughal miniature style, this intricate Pichwai depicts the ritual dressing (shringaar) of Shrinathji before a Chappan Bhog ceremony.
Shri Gokulchandramaji Gopashtami: Symbolising Lord Krishna as the Gokulchandrama (the moon of Gokul), this Deccan-style Pichwai features the deity in a Tribhanga (three-body-bends) posture.
Gopiyo Ki Pichwai: Rendered on a dark background with gold leaf detailing, this exquisite Pichwai depicts four Gopis in adulation of Shrinathji.
“Monsoon, spring of India, saviour from the torment of summer.
You brought tidings of the month of Tir, once again we escaped the heat”
Mas’ud Sa’d Salman (d. 1121), Persian poet
Discover the joys of the Indian Monsoon through our curated playlist, home collections, wellness products, and range of easy apparel
The Good Earth Playlist
Revel in the rains with our favourite tracks featuring the sublime Raag Mian Malhar and the familiar Tu Jaane Na.
1. Manj Khamaj- The Rough Guide to Ravi Shankar
2. Diwana Hua Badal - Kashmir Ki Kali (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
3. Serenata - Armik
4. Paradise – MCP Performs the Greatest Hits of Coldplay, Vol 2
5. Dance All Night – Axel Boman
6. Raga: Gaud Sarang – Raza Ali Khan & Ustad Munawar Ali Khan
7. Up Close: Embrace – Ottmar Liebert + Luna Negra
8. Tu Mane Ya Na Mane – Wadali Brothers
9. Tu Jaane Na - Atif Aslam (From “Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani”)
10. Raga Mian Malhar – Tarana – Flights of Melody (Veena Sahasrabuddhe)
11. Dasht – E- Tanhai – Meesha Shafi
12. He Govinda He Gopala – Treasures of Classical Indian Music
Transform your room into a haven of relaxation with our soothing bed collections, creating the perfect recess as you unwind to the sound of the falling rain
Hand-block printed mul, natural dyes, and delicate quilting are the
ideal bedmates for languid, rain-soaked slumber
Home, Sweet Home
Give your home a makeover with colors and patterns that evoke the magic of monsoon
Celebrate the arrival of monsoons with lotuses blooming on our Neelanjana table linen, finely hand-block printed and dyed in natural indigo
Infuse a refreshing, natural flavour into your tea, coffee, or cocktails with these handmade spices from Sri Lanka
Enjoy delectable monsoon treats on a palette of blue and white
with our resplendent Indechine dinnerware range
Converse over steaming cups of chai with our finely-decorated Narmada range of mugs and kulhars
Let the bright colours of our Indian Ocean umbrella lift your spirits on an overcast day
Effortlessly casual, easy silhouettes in handloom fabrics: welcome the rains with our Zineb, Vapika and Machlipatnam collections
From African Berber patterns to the lightest white muls, to hand-block printed motifs in jewel tones, dressing easy for the Monsoon was never easier. Pick from a range of classic kurtas to opulent odhanis from our apparel brand, Sustain.