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The Infra-Cultural remains of the past

Anushree Ghosh A market full of hustle-bustle with zigzagging children, loud hawkers, nomadic musicians, giggling women and traditional salesmen can disappear gradually, as the era changes.  What standstills for centuries are the architectural ruins that can withhold the agents of change.  They are the cultural evidences of the times when life existed once. Delhi too, speaks aloud of the stages of assimilation of cultures with the ruins of Nagara, Gothic, Mughal, British and Persian architecture. Irrespective of the differences in the styles of these dynasties, Delhi retained its originality every time. Though the famous monuments enjoy their share of attention; the many uncelebrated ruins of Delhi become more fascinating when looked through the historical lens. Here are a few to talk abou...

The City of Charminar and Information Technology #CityAndTheRuins

by Soumya Prakash What conjures up in the mind when we hear about or think of Hyderabad? Charminar, biryani, and pearls! Yes, of course! And if we go by the name we will go back to 16th century when the current city began its journey. But history of Hyderabad or to be particular the area doesn’t start from 1589 AD¸ it dates back to 500 BCE. Archaeologists excavating near the city have unearthed Iron Age sites of that era. Starting from the Maurya Empire in the third century B.C., the area subsequently came under the rule of Sātavāhana Empire (or Andhra Empire), Andhra Ikshvaku dynasty in the ancient times. From Ashoka the Great of the Mauryan Empire to Nagarjuna, a southern Indian master of Mahayana Buddhism from Andhra Ikshvaku era after whom their capital city ‘Nagarjunakonda’ was named,...

How has the furniture concept changed in our lifestyle?

Until recently, buying furniture for home was prestige. It still is, however, our approach towards that ‘something prestige’ has undergone a transformation. Once considered to be a long-form asset, a one-time investment, at least for two decades, the furniture stuff at home is still an ordinary requirement but with a difference. Mythbuster Pooja The prominent difference is the word ‘fashion’ attached to it now. There are so many new options to buy a sofa set. Even some traditional furniture markets, like the famous Kirti Nagar in West Delhi, is offering something fresh to look at. A sofa may be still bulky, yet, its shape, the curves, the material, the colour, the comfort, or the number of sofa seats you need to be comfortable at home, the concept of fixtures is slowly changing. The sofa s...

This is My Design: From Exteriors to Interiors -Integration of Architecture and Industrial Design

Architecture is the designing and planning of a structure that aligns with your client’s philosophy, is aesthetically gratifying and adheres to the codes of construction. It involves analysis and creativity to provide the best space for the client. Industrial design, on the other hand, is the creation of a product that caters to the mass. Mythbuster Anushree While architectural designs are extremely user specific, industrial designs generalize the needs and desires of many individuals, assuming that they are part of a group because they fall in the same age group, live in a specific locality, share the same interests or something else. However, the application of architecture and industrial design share many similarities. A work of art on canvas, music, the art of making 3 dimensional abst...

Durga Puja – Crafts: Art in Its Own Right!

by Soumya Prakash Being one of the oldest civilizations of the world continuing for thousands of years, in India any Hindu festival in particular, be it religious or otherwise has several layers to it springing from different eras in history or scriptures or mythology or legends of different geographical zones merging. The cultural diversity of India has a direct link to its geographical vastness. That is how we find so many dimensions to any festival which may seem confusing to an outsider! Durga Puja culminating in Dussehra or Vijaya Dashmi (10th day – the day Lord Ram is believed to have vanquished demon king Ravan) is one such major festival which has a pan-Indian presence and beyond borders in Nepal and Bangladesh and across the globe wherever people of Indian origin thrive. It is a 1...

Corrupted Facts or Rediscovered History?-Taj Mahal or Shiva Temple?

The book, 1984 by George Orwell describes a world where history is rewritten endlessly, to create a community that never questions orders. Polishing the past and inventing evidences can mislead people in believing anything the creator wants them to. Orwell says that truth is mutable, and continuous repetition can change the memories. This is a well tested idea, adopted by many countries from time to time. Something similar happened in India when people started debating about the history of Taj Mahal, the global pilgrimage that attracts lakhs of visitors to India, every year. Mythbuster Anushree The controversy began when historian PN Oak published his book ‘Taj Mahal: The True Story’ in 1989. The book claims that Taj Mahal was built as a Shiva temple, before the Mughal period, around 1155....

Ajanta and Ellora –India and Infraculture

Ajanta and Ellora caves are the perfect examples of India’s intergenerational cultural heritage.  They reflect the mental infrastructure of the local population over a long period; therefore depicting infracultural ethics of ancient India. Analysing the architecture of these caves lucidly explains the integration of collective emotional and intellectual response that resulted into the ancient psyche. These rock cut temples are an integral part of Indian tradition and culture. So, before we further analyze the significance of Indian infraculture that led to the infrastructural development of these caves, the table below highlights features about Ajanta and Ellora caves. Ajanta Caves Ellora Caves Place Sahaydri Hills (Maharashtra, India) Aurangabad-Chalisgaon road (Maharashtra, India) Timeli...

The concept of large windows at home

An apartment and a farmhouse or a bungalow and a villa, every house are surrounded by nature, fresh air and lush greenery if you invest so. The lavish settings of each home can be perfectly complemented with the outdoor impression using windows. Depending on the window size, one can enjoy the nature pleasantries in abundance and make the house look more amplified and inviting as a result.  Mythbuster Pooja, Windows inside a home are not something you have heard for the first time. However, with the changing times, when people are looking for some environment support and finding a base in the residential societies, to escape the otherwise messed up city life, the old concept of windows at home is also finding a completely new meaning. Having large windows at home is a necessity and a luxury...

How I understood what real luxury is after I visited Europe

Luxury is both subjective and relative. Everyone has a different definition of luxury and personal ways to define their experience in that context. For few people, luxury can be an extravagance and for some, it can be the utmost comfort. There is a very thin line between comfort and extravagance and it should be understood in the most definite way. This is the reason we chose this topic to discuss in brief, what should be a real definition or a perspective of defining luxury. Mythbuster Pooja We pick Europe and its home settings or interiors to spell what L.U.X.U.R.Y is, based on what we experienced during our travel. See if you feel inspired by it. Swiss people, for example, like to keep their places warm and cosy. They like comfort rooms, something which is very simple like a hotel which...

What do European vintage homes have but we don’t?

European architectural delight is a story of inspiration and instant likings. You will immediately fall in love with the exterior of a European building as much as you will love its interiors. It is no exaggeration to call it a lavish home in the warmth of luxury and by this; we mean their idea of home decoration, construction layouts, home interiors like flooring and rooftop, as few examples. Mythbuster Pooja We share with you few briefs on how the European vintage or classic style home settings still impress us. Since it is a very broad topic, as many European countries have own style, we only pick what seems more relevant to us in the present times. Vintage Construction Layout The home designs are very well-lit and properly ventilated. You will find high ceiling homes, big windows insta...

City and the Ruins

by Soumya Panda Imagine Delhi sans Lal Qila or Qutub Minar, Agra sans Taj Mahal or Fort of Agra, Jaipur sans Hawa Mahal or Jantar Mantar and Bengaluru sans Devanahalli fort or Mirjan fort! In such a situation these cities will fall into a crisis, identity crisis that is! Ever wondered when it comes to designing a logo or representing a place why designers invariably fall back on history or the historical aspects of that place! Just take any major important event held in Delhi or any Delhi based organisation, check its logo (take the design of Delhi Metro Smart Card as a ready reference). Or check any postage stamp in remembrance of any such events held in Delhi or in commemoration of Delhi. No doubt you will find some historical elements in its design representing the city. In reality, the...

Influence of culture on Home Décor

Around the perimeter of what you call your house are traces of your culture in bits and pieces. As is often in the case of designs, cultural influence is a boon to the contemporary designs. Culture stands for the spirit of the time, artistic revolution, history, tradition, facts, and beliefs. And we all relate to one or the other culture that established our existence and outline our choices. And when we decorate our homes based on these choices, our little nest where we dwell flaunt every straw that has been brought to create the place called ‘home’. Mythbuster Anushree Choice of color, material, designs, and pattern, everything draws your attention to the kind of culture that inspired such an arrangement. Bamboo walls, water features, fresh flowers and an oriental décor belong to Asian i...

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