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Festivals of Rajasthan: Diwali

Today is Diwali, Festival of Lights.  Diwali Mubarak!  Naya Saal Mubarak! Diwali and New Year greetings to all!  Diwali – from the Sanskrit Deepavali –  means “rows of lamps”.   Uniquely marked by the lighting of myriad oil lamps (now combined with decorative electric lights) in homes and public spaces; flower decorations to homes and shops, […]

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TREEING OFF AT SAVISTA: The Neem

The neem tree is widespread across the plains of India.  It is particularly prolific in semi-desert regions such as Rajasthan, since it requires very little water and grows easily in dry, stony, sunny climates.  Its sturdy fruit is mainly propagated by birds who carry it around; when the birds drop the fruit, these effortlessly take […]

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To spray or not to spray?

Marrying hospitality and sustainability is easier some days than others. Sometimes it is a matter of choosing one product over another.  Or reading labels carefully. Or paying a little bit more for organic or local products.  But then at other times, the decision is a bit harder, and opting for the sustainable solution can result in some […]

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Tour of Bagru’s Block Printing Sector

photo taken by Jeremy Fritzhand About a month ago we had two lovely visitors from the U.A.E. come to stay at Savista. And from our first meeting, they clearly expressed interest in textiles, even sharing with us pages torn from a magazine highlighting the beauty of authentic textiles of Jaipur. The couple was most interested […]

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Water Bodies Around Savista

The rains have been particularly bountiful in Jaipur this monsoon season.  And Savista and its environs have benefited greatly from nature’s generosity. On Tuesday September 6, the sixth day after Ganesh Chaturthi, we decided to go in search of a water body in which to immerse our Ganesha – the turmeric representation of the god […]

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Festivals of Rajasthan: Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi – the festival in adoration of Ganesha – was celebrated all overIndiaon September 1.    The elephant-headed Ganesha is revered as the god of auspicious beginnings.  His representation –   an outsized elephant head that sits on a human body consisting of a huge round belly, four arms , and two legs – could mystify […]

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Eid Ul Fitr

On August 30th., Muslims in Jaipur celebrate with Muslims across the world, the conclusion of the thirty days of the fasting month of Ramadan.  It is an Eid (festivity), and because it marks the end of Ramadan, it is called Ramadan Eid.   Its more classical name is Eid Ul Fitr, a celebration of Fitr (the […]

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better late than never….

A few posts have been piling up here at Savista. One on Eid, another on Ganesha. So we hope that you will welcome them like a well meaning belated birthday card, a chance to celebrate for another day, to savor the sweetness a little bit longer….. 🙂

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Sorting at Savista

Here at Savista we pride ourselves on our commitment to an environmental ethic. Over the past few years our sustainability initiatives have been big and small, some only discernable to the critical eye, and others in plain sight. This list includes the decision to paint the roof white in compliance with the albedo effect, solar […]

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