Our shrubbery and trees don’t get greener and brighter than this. Nor the haveli whiter and more dazzling! All washed and polished bright by the last rains of the season. And here comes a gent, in tan suit and black tie – or heavily mustachioed, depending on how you look at it – taking a […]
Soumya and Sharanya are our two little girls… Our kids… Our goatsies. Soumya first arrived at Savista as a one day old baby with her mother Sukanya. Sukanya had been born and brought up on Dholia’s farm – Dholia is one of our farm and garden staff – and when we heard that she had […]
At Savista, we are just entering our kharif agricultural season. The Indian kharif agricultural season coincides with the monsoons. It spans the months starting from late June / mid-July when the rains start ( depending on the region concerned), and ends in mid-September when the harvest takes place. The crops sown in this season are […]
Today, nature in Jaipur has declared autumn. We had a few early signs around September 27, when the Parijat and Orange Jasmine – which flower only during the autumn months – suddenly came into bloom. There was a nip in the early morning air. And constellations and stars like Orion and Sirius, and Venus in […]
April 14 was celebrated as the start of the new year by several culture regions of India. The people of Tamil Nadu and Kerala in southern India celebrated new year’s day as Puttandu and Vishu, respectively. In Bengal (in eastern India) it was Noboborsho and, in Orissa, new year was Maha Vishuva Sankranti. In Punjab, […]
Savista’s housekeeping staff – who are all from the surrounding farming households – soaking in the sun during their lunch break.
With late sunrises against cloud speckled backgrounds, velvety orange and crimson covering the ground (marigolds and roses in bloom), and delicate pinks and deep blues in the dusk sky, winter is finally here! Savista pictures: View from the roof; Floating flowers; Bajra stalks and a lone Babul tree in silhouette.
Today we salute the memory of the exemplary teacher of yoga, Shri B.K.S. Iyengar, the man who introduced yoga to the world outside India and continued to spread the light of yoga all through his long and tireless life. Shri. Iyengar passed away on August 20, 2014 at the age of 95. Savista’s owners’ connection […]
Across India, the season of annual rains – the Monsoon – enters its peak around the middle of July. For the thirty days from the middle of July until the middle of August – a lunar month – this period is observed as a sacred month. Since it is generally a month when it rains almost everyday […]
Beautiful memories inserted into the new Chapter of my guide book. Savista always in Winter, 2013: Jaipur – Rajasthan, India. A special edition in the collection that lies forever; the biggest discoveries uncovered during my stay. All priceless…