Swasti Pachauri


Swasti Pachauri is a social sector professional, formerly working as a Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellow in Seoni district of Madhya Pradesh.

International Rural Women’s Day: Here’s how Indian women are keeping dying crafts alive
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

‘Sashakt Mahila, Sashakt Bharat’, that is the ideology with which the Indian government works towards the upliftment of rural women in the country. Here's a look at how intrinsically Indian women are involved in heritage arts and crafts, and why saving and developing one would automatically benefit the other.

National Handloom Day 2017: From Mekhela Chador, Puan to Arunachali Arulaya, celebrating cultural expressions from North East
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

Weaving, dyeing, knitting and stitching are important social and economic activities of people in this side of the country, whose living is marred with constraints and realities of natural resources and difficult terrains. Here's a look at all that North East has to offer.

Happy Friendship Day: 5 iconic friendships in Indian mythology
Sun, Aug 06, 2017

Not that friends really need a day to celebrate the camaraderie they share, but other than card companies promoting a special day for business, there is actually an international day of observance to mark the sentiment, not only on personal terms, but also politically and socially. Here's a look at history, diplomacy and mythology this friendship day.

Christmas brings out diversities little known in India: From Santhals to Gonds and Mizos
Sun, Dec 25, 2016

Irrespective of the method of Christmas revelry across India, at the festival’s essence are pastoral imagery depicting nativity scenes, cribs from the Bible, associated with the birth of Christ and other related sacraments.

Diwali 2016: 8 little-known Deepavali folklore and festivities
Tue, Nov 01, 2016

From Naraka and Roop chaturdashis to Tulsi lagan and clans that worship Ravana, there is much about Diwali celebrations you may not have heard of.

National Handloom Day: From Chanderi and Kosa to Maheshwari, know your textiles and where they come from
Sun, Aug 06, 2017

Over a hundred years after the Swadeshi Movement was launched in India on August 7, there is another wave by the Centre to protect and promote the timeless legacy of Indian handlooms.

Ecofriendly and beautiful: India’s grasswork and handicraft communities
Wed, May 25, 2016

India has a rich and ancient culture of resource optimisation, waste management and sustainable material usage. Here's looking at some craftwork laced with grass, fibre and other waste, originating from diverse Indian landscapes.

Pick your colour this spring from the Dastkar Basant 2016
Wed, Feb 17, 2016

From the ‘rur-ban’ products, to training artists, Dastkar engages in promoting aesthetic wealth from the countryside boosting entrepreneurship and aesthetic acumen.

Ethnic rusticity and interesting handicraft highlight this year’s Surajkund Mela
Fri, Feb 12, 2016

As always, the annual Surajkund Mela is a delight for tourists and Indians alike. The fair is on till 15 February.

Mahabalipuram: Historical imprints in stone
Thu, Jan 14, 2016

In the aftermath of the floods in Chennai, pilgrims continue to flock to the temple town of Mahabalipuram.

Sanchi Stupa: Things you would want to know about the monument
Wed, May 13, 2015

I happened to visit Sanchi in 2013, and experienced its several many hues.

The Jungle in its heyday
Thu, Mar 05, 2015

Coral and Bottle brush are relatively scanty, and are more propitious to the suburbs of India.

Chrysanthemum flower show charms nature lovers in Delhi
Tue, Dec 09, 2014

The exhibition saw a host of participants like the NDMC, DDA, Delhi Jal Board, Northern Railways, and schools presenting different varieties of the flower.

In nature’s lap: A glimpse at Kanha National Park
Tue, Sep 23, 2014

Established in 1955, Kanha National Park is one of the prominent tiger reserves in India

Madhya Pradesh’s tribal museum preserves their cultural heritage
Thu, Sep 04, 2014

At the epic, ‘Janjaatiya Sanghralaya’, the world of indigenous tribes is depicted with much authentic skill and finesse.

Diving deep: The hidden world of Patalkot
Wed, Aug 27, 2014

Patalkot, or the hidden world is a mystical valley located in Tamia block of Chhindwara district in Madhya Pradesh.

Move over jute, coir handicrafts, Sisal craft is here
Thu, Aug 14, 2014

‘Sisal crafts’, as these products are commonly called, have gained popularity in Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh and other states of India.

Home decoration: How these colourful cone crafts come into life
Thu, Aug 07, 2014

Peacocks, ganpati, wall hangings, wall clocks, pen stands, coasters and other small compact house décor are some popular products among locals and tourists.

How these rural entrepreneurs turn waste into artwork
Thu, Jul 31, 2014

Made with old newspapers, cardboard and other kinds of waste paper a mix of raw pulp is obtained by soaking these materials in water.

Herbal tea, bamboo products of Satpuras will win your heart
Wed, Jul 23, 2014

Banjari Herbal Garden is a little nursery of herbs where saplings of Arjuna, Kevati and Anantamul trees are cultivated with the help of SHG members.

A day out with tomatoes at Geneva
Wed, Jul 16, 2014

Last Saturday I went to the historic town of Carouge in Geneva which was hosting the 16th Fete de la Tomate or Festival of Tomatoes.

Watch it! Flowers that keep time
Thu, Jul 10, 2014

An innovative public good of sorts and the most popular tourist attraction in Geneva, the flower clock dates back to 1955.

Beauty and the beads: A look at the traditional necklaces of Alirajpur
Wed, Jul 02, 2014

Bhilala women of Alirajpur district in Madhya Pradesh create beautiful glass and plastic beads, which are turned into necklaces.

Pithora art depicts different hues of tribal life
Thu, Jun 26, 2014

Be it depiction of countryside, weddings, festivals or celebrations of tribals - Pithora art celebrates different realities of rural living.

Revisiting ‘The Jungle Book’, and almost meeting Mogli
Wed, Jun 18, 2014

A rocky terrain with little streams passing through the hills, this spot is believed to be the original locale of Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book.

Colours of Earth: The story of a potter’s village
Wed, Jun 11, 2014

Matkis, Gamla, Gullak, Diyas, Kulhar are some of the traditional products people master here on manual potter wheels.

These tribal dolls of Jhabua have a cultural story to tell
Wed, Jun 04, 2014

Locally known as the ‘Adivasi Gudiya Hastashilp’, the art of doll making contributes to rural livelihoods through creative arts and craft pursuits.