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Portals of Pune Camp

Portals of Pune Camp

Stories by the doors and windows of Pune Camp Doors and windows of Pune cantonment are a clue to its cosmopolitan culture. New immigrant trader groups came to Pune in early 19 th century to cater to the British military when they set up Pune cantonment or Camp as it is now commonly called. As...

Mandai Pune

In the 18 th and 19 th century the main market in Pune was held in a large open space between Shaniwarwada the capital palace of the Peshwas. In 1886 Reay market was built by the British colonial rulers on a site between Tulsibaugh and Rameshwar temple in Shukrawar Peth on a 4 acre site.After...

A Crumbling Heritage

A Crumbling Heritage

Datur Meher Road – Pune Cantonment’s colonial heritage street As rest of Pune evolved this street seems to be frozen in time. It is a street that I pass through almost on a daily basis and it still has a mix of European and Indian architecture largely as it was in the 1910’s and 1920’s,...

Tale of two cities in a pandemic

Tale of two cities in a pandemic

By Farah Irani and Rohit Kulkarni Pune Cantonment sketch diary by Farah Irani Dear Rohit, The Usk talk by Simo Capecchi and her inspiring diary journaling collaboration with Amanda Roelle made me want to sketch my experiences too. Collaborating with you gave me a chance to take up her challenge “2 halves to a story”...

Wearing Colored Lenses

Wearing Colored Lenses

Urban sketching workshop, Alta Plaza Park, San Francisco with Farah Saturday July 25, 2020 from 10 am to 1 pm Learn how to use colored paper to create unique on location sketches, with suitable color harmonies using mixed media. For this workshop the colored paper we use for our sketch becomes our lens and not...

Wearing Colored Lenses : Workshop Results

Wearing Colored Lenses : Workshop Results

MY INSPIRATION Standing on Dastur Meher road in Pune, staring at a giant star hanging in the middle of the street, my hands automatically reached for a bright orange sheet of paper. I just felt like that colour was needed and a white paper wouldn’t allow me to capture the festivity I was seeing. This...

Good Luck Irani Style

Good Luck Irani Style

Good Luck restaurant Estd. 1935 in Deccan area of Pune, India, is a popular Irani cafe. Sunday morning there was an unending queue for breakfast and I believe it is the same everyday of the week. Waiting for a table I got so immersed in sketching that I hardly noticed how many people in the...