When I think of my childhood, the happy carefree days, I go back to the Indian summers of school holidays, of the days I spent in Naani Maa’s home … being spoilt with aamras, chocolates and never-ending cuddles, of lying in her lap for hours listening to old Hindi songs on radio and the touch of her soft paisley-embroidered sari. Her home was a celebration of art, of India with colourful bedsheets, cushions, curtains, wall-hangings and various little decor pieces from Gujrat and Rajasthan, most of which had the designs of elephants or horses.
Naani Maa still smiles at me from heaven and the impressions, the images of her home are still as fresh in my mind and continue to inspire me be it the kind of clothes I wear or the décor of my home or just little things – and trust me, I had no clue about this influence until a friend pointed out to me that I tend to always pick up things which have an India-inspired design and colours.
Call it an irony, that I have been living outside India for 7 years now but the love for India-inspired designs has only become stronger.
And so, this summer when I am actually in the very cosmopolitan Dubai, I am reliving my Indian summers – thanks to one of my most favourite brands – Indiacircus which makes it absolutely simple to bring India to your home, wherever in the world you are.
What’s amazing is the way Indiacircus manages to give a modern twist to the age old Indian symbols like peacocks, elephants, Rajas and even kolhapuris. The man behind all this creativity is Mr. Krsna Mehta who is a sought-after Mumbai-based artist and product designer and has done work for some of the city’s most storied names, including construction mogul Shapoorji Pallonji, members of the Jindal and Ruia steel families, as well as the famed Taj hotels and the Macy’s in New York.
So all you beautiful people of the internet, allow yours truly to take you through a series of blog posts every week, which will be a tribute to my Indian summer memoirs and a recreation of those memories in my life today, mingling it into the tastes and style that I have grown with my years in London and now in Dubai … a series of blog posts where I am going to talk about my favourite things from my favourite brand Indiacircus.
so, let’s begin, shall we? (smiles)
Back in the days, summers would be all about lazing around in the porch on the colourful daris (rugs) surrounded by huge fabric-painted pillows, with my Complan milk (remember Complan?) and reading Nancy Drew.
Today, summers are all about waiting for Fridays, sitting in my balcony and though the Complan milk has been replaced with tea and Nancy Drew with Shantaram, what still makes me feel at home in the foreign land is an array of Indian colours around me.
Look at these gorgeous cushions – they can spark up any ambience and add a lot of style quotient too to your space.
And what makes my reading time prettier is having that paisley-printed Spectacle case with a dash of Pink.
I simply love this print – there is something so Indian and so stylish about the paisley design.
Whilst I am reading, I think my tea definitely tastes a bit better in my gorgeous Yellow mug with Kolhapuris printed on it.- Ahh! those days of college, of cotton kurtas, of ideas of changing the world and of kolhapuris. (sigh)
And oh wait …. with such a pretty setting, I cannot afford to not Instagram it and also share on my Snapchat (add me at @chandnilahoti on both Instagram and Snapchat) – Well hello my new iPhone cover – all Pink and with Peacocks on it.
Oh I don’t blame you for being envious. (winks) It’s a beauty isn’t it?
And so you can make other people envious, hop on to the website of http://indiacircus.com/world/, where you can shop for everything featured in this post.
What are your Indian summer memories like? I would love to hear.
So, next Friday, until I bring you another post from this series, as my Naani Maa would have said it,
Phir milenge! ( See you again)
Disclaimer – This post is in collaboration with Indiacircus.
Images – Clicked by Chandni Lahoti. Please do not use without prior written permission.
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