Hello Everyone, my name is Pankaj and I have been a part of Style Over Coffee right from its infancy as mentioned in Introducing Pankaj post. I am happy to be able to finally take out some time and contribute as a guest blogger as well and in my posts I will mostly be sharing my travel and lifestyle experiences, travel wish lists, travel tips and pretty much everything about travel! Since Style Over Coffee is more about fashion and style I thought you will love to know a bit about fashion, so my first post is a mix of fashion and travel. It’s sort o like a Travel Guide for fashion lovers.
India is on the rise and now is the time to make a foray into this spectacular amalgamation of humanity, culture and color. New doors of opportunities are opening up every day and there is lot of optimism in the subcontinent. If you are in the mood to revitalize your soul, tantalize your tastebuds and observe amazing contradictions from very close quarters, this is really the place for you. Opulence and poverty manifest themselves right next to each other on the streets and one thing that keeps people going here is hope. For travellers, India is virtually a paradise and those who are on the lookout for the next “BIG” fashion inspiration, there are rich untapped picking grounds spread all around. In the recent years, the global designer fashion scene is witnessing lots of Indian influence and big names such as Dior, Marc Jacobs and Versace are already displaying their inspiration. To be very honest, this “look-east” trend had actually started some time ago and took the ramp by storm in 2007 when Jean Paul Gaultier presented his vision of Indian Royalty at the Paris Haute Couture collection.
So diving straight in, here are some of the places in India that will surely titillate the designer bug inside you and inspire you to the core.
The Street Style of Dimapur
Tucked in one of the most remote corners of India, Dimapur is full of surprises and natural beauty. The biggest town in the North Eastern state of Nagaland, Dimapur is well connected by air and winter months are the best, if you wish to plan a trip. In the recent times, the young crowd of Dimapur is catching the attention of the nation with their quirky and trendy street style fashion. Also, if you like to swing beer more that tea or coffee, this is surely the place for you!
Blue is their Color
I am sure you would agree with me that blue is their color when you walk up to the Mehrangarh fort that towers over the town and get a bird’s eye view of the world down below. Jodhpur is the place to be if you wish to savour the quintessential flavors of India. The new parts of Jodhpur is just like any other Indian city, full of hustle and bustle, but if you want to get a flavor of the local culture and grandeur, head over to the old section and get lost in its labyrinths of alleyways. Nobody exactly knows why the old town is painted blue. While some say the color was meant to segregate different castes, others believe that the blue paint repel termites. Let me tell you that you actually don’t need to know the reason to enjoy the city! Just feel the vibe and head out towards the Kaman art gallery to see some truly amazing pastels, oil on canvas and charcoal paintings! Who knows, you might just conceptualize the next big thing in fashion out of the blue!
The Hippy way, Manali style
If God were to make a summer home on Earth, Manali could just be the right location for all the good reasons. Tucked in the midst of the awe-inspiring Himalayas, Manali is a beautiful hill station on the Beas river valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The summers are cool and the winters are cold but one thing that does not change throughout the year is the continuous flow of tourists, many of whom come to get a feel of the unique and swinging hippy culture. Head out to old manali, which is a real Hippie pocket and just laze around in its laid-back cafes and eateries. The “pot” seems to be in abundance here and it creates just the right atmosphere to appreciate the Hippy sense of style and give it a new twist for the runways.
The state of Rajasthan receives the highest number of tourists is India and Jaipur is its capital city. There is so much to see here that I actually don’t know where to start. Whether it is the architecture, or the pink theme of the city or its colorful markets, Jaipur has something for every possible taste. The city center is riddled with colorful flea markets that sells a wide range of products such as rich colorful textiles, semi-precious stones, exotic blue pottery, exotic sandals and so so much more….Such is the variety and richness of the merchandize here that it would probably even inspire someone who is “brain-dead.” The bold and vivid colors of Jaipuri prints can be a serious assault on the visual senses in a very good way and could just inspire you to make it really big in the global fashion stage. This is really the place where color is in “vogue.”
In Tune with the Kalbelia
The legend of the gypsies of Transylvania who serve as the consorts of Dracula has always fascinated me. Who cares if this is just a fable or a figment of imagination of a brilliant writer, I always let my imagination go wild on the subject. The very word “gypsy” evokes a kind of mysticism inside me and the Kalbeliyas of Rajasthan are no different. They are a nomadic tribe and they primarily earn their living by milking the venom of snakes and trading them. Another thing that is really special about them is their dance called Kalbelia, which is quite sensuous and spectacular. Their singing, dancing and sense of style gives them an unique identity that is nowhere to be seen in the rest of India. Just head towards places like Pushkar and Ajmer in Rajasthan and get inspired by their brilliantly embroidered garments such as Angrakhi. The rich jewellery and the tattoos of Kalbelia are fantastic picking grounds for design inspiration straight out of a folklore from the ancient times.
Goa is the party town of India and there is probably no other place in the country that can match its groovy and trendy scene. Full of fantastic beaches all around, Goa is well-connected by air, road and rail and I bet you simply can’t get enough of its sand and sun. A hot bead for trance and psychedelic music, Goa is a place where the party never ends and it attracts hippies in hordes. Many come in search of “nirvana”, fall in love with the place and make it their home for ever. Goa is truly an eclectic mix of different cultures and the result is an amazing diversity in the way people dress up, party, dance and lead their lives. Another hotspot for the artistic mind to get inspired and create something that is really unique and appealing to all.
I will soon be back with more. In the mean time don’t forget to let me know how did you like my first post.
Have a great weekend!