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About ninagrandiose

I am based in NYC but travel regularly to India and Mexico. Both of these countries feel like home. In India I scour the country in search of fabulous textiles to incorporate into my clothing designs. I sit back and let the ambiance and wonder of India seep into my consciousness so I can be inspired to write about what India is for me. I bring a limited number of people to India on exclusive and intimate tours of my favorite hangouts. In Mexico I take in the natural beauty that surrounds me and dance the night away. I constantly give thanks for all this and am pleased to share it all with you.

A Veiled Legacy

While visiting Kolayat during the full moon festival, I took so many photographs that my head was spinning nonstop, turning in all directions. As always, it is the people who capture my imagination, particularly the women who were flattered by … Continue reading

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Full Moon Gathering at Kolayat

The car bounced along the road and the landscape turned barren and dusty; I wondered what I was getting myself into. Always up for an adventure, I eagerly agreed to accompany my host into the Rajasthan desert for a special, … Continue reading

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Life on the River

After a bumpy bus ride and a ferry across the river, an hour’s walk awaits before we reach the beach, our destination.  Though we land in a tiny fishing village on a sleepy river, the town hums with life and … Continue reading

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At the End of the Line: Kutch

Places that are at the end of train lines or are remote and difficult to get to are some of my most favorite destinations in the world and Kutch in the state of Gujarat is no exception. Over the years … Continue reading

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The Essence of North India Tour

This October 10 – 31, 2017, I will be leading a special trip to north India that will cover some of the most important places and sites in north India and some places that few visitors ever have a chance … Continue reading

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The Mighty Coconut

The ubiquitous coconut holds an important place in the hearts, minds and daily life of all  Indians, eclipsed only by the king of fruits, the mango. It is an essential ingredient in South Indian cuisine, featured prominently in the curries … Continue reading

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A Lasting Memory

It was a beautiful, clear morning in South India. I boarded a local bus to the next town where I could easily tick off my long shopping list. I was grateful to get a seat as this route gets packed, … Continue reading

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