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Food Philosophy And Practices: Offerings From Savista Retreat

The term food evokes, at once, reactions ranging from the most basic requirement of sustaining bodily energy, to meeting nuanced nutritional needs, to refined ways of satisfying the palate. Among various enriching life experiences, travel has emerged as a significant one in recent times;  and currently, one catchword in the travel lexicon is experiential travel. […]

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Birdwatch at Savista: The Spangled Drongo

  Rarely sighted on the Indian subcontinent, we are lucky that this  Spangled Drongo – also called the Blue Drongo – decided to appear fleetingly on the Savista lawns one September evening, where it was fortuitously captured in this photo by Hedda, our resident intern at the time. The Spangled Drongo has a glossy sheen […]

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Jaipur Seasonal Change: The Short Summer is Here

Between the closure of the monsoons and the onset of autumn, the plains of India go through a four week period of humidity and heat, that has been nicknamed the ‘short summer’.  Jaipur is no exception to this.  The mornings and evenings remain pleasant, but the days have gone back to being hot and bright. […]

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A Birthing at Savista

We recently welcomed the latest addition to the Savista community.  Baiju – the latest lamb to be born at Savista – emerged from his mother  Banu a few days ago at the pre-dawn hour of 4.30 am.  We were jolted awake from our state of deep sleep by a single mighty yell, from a voice that […]

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Ode to a Rajasthani Folk Legend: Tejaji

Today is celebrated as the Tejaji festival across rural Rajasthan, and everybody in the village where Savista is situated is looking forward to the procession this evening which will commemorate the life of this folk hero. Savista’s staff took off early from work. They will cook a festive dinner for their families which they will […]

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BIRDWATCH: The Small Minivet

The Small Minivet (Pericrocotus cinnamomeus) is listed among the common birds of the Indian sub-continent. It is to be found everywhere in the country, wherever it can find its naturally preferred habitat of forests, groves, gardens and tree-dotted cultivation. It goes without saying that the one region where Small Minivets are not to be found […]

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