Come Knocking
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Come Knocking

Door Knockers add character to any door, it is a feature that carries the characters of the culture and how you know on a door. Some countries don’t have door knockers, only door bolts, does that say anything about them, like minimalist or ‘use your hand or voice’ ? More Images here http://indirabarve.wix.com/the-design-act#!photography/cb6a Continue reading

Peace Palace in The Hague; ‘Mix-up everything’ style
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Peace Palace in The Hague; ‘Mix-up everything’ style

The Peace Palace in the Hague was built in 1913, houses the International Court of Justice (ICJ) or World Court, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), the renowned Peace Palace Library, as well as the Hague Academy of International Law. Due to its humanitarian work and service provided to various nations, I have been intrigued … Continue reading

Meeting William the Silent- The Hague Series
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Meeting William the Silent- The Hague Series

Three months ago I moved to the Netherlands, having spent one year moving back and forth from India to The Netherlands, till I could pass my Dutch integration test, to get a long term visa,. Having given an integration test and got 94/100 in the history section, I knew more history dates than my Dutch … Continue reading

Sunny Art Fair day
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Sunny Art Fair day

The Art fair was unlike the usual Dutch mood, it was vibrant with colour, post-modern fun forms, bling sometime bordering on Kitsch, and who am I kidding there was Kitsch around too. The Artist’s themselves were warm, inviting and shared their experiences, even though some dint speak English well, and my Dutch is not worth … Continue reading

Vank Cathedral in Isfahan, Iran
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Vank Cathedral in Isfahan, Iran

When one comes comes into the complex of the Vank Cathedral, Isfahan, it stands apart due to its plain exterior. The yellow brickwork used reminds one of modern structures like libraries, the exterior (except the bell tower) suggest nothing that it is a Cathedral, that too one from the 1655. I love being in places … Continue reading

Treasure of Teapots – Meissen 1720 to 1760
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Treasure of Teapots – Meissen 1720 to 1760

Tea pots are fascinating and complex form of pottery, the form can be experimented with to give a a variety of charming, and sometimes surprising results. In this series ‘Treasure of Teapots’ I will be sharing with you the tea pots I found at Rijks Museum, Amsterdam. All photographs are courtesy of Rijks Museum and … Continue reading

Malabar in European Fantasy
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Malabar in European Fantasy

In my recent visit to the Rijks Museum in Amsterdam, I found this beautiful porcelain couple labaled ‘Pair of Malabars’. They did not look anything to the Malabaris that I had known, and was greatly amused to find that this was what the 18th century Europeans thought ‘Malabars’ looked like. It is interesting to discover … Continue reading