HOME­WARD BOUND

RAGHAVENDRA RATHORE SHARES HIS SE­CRET HAUNT IN THE HILLS

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Raghavendra Rathore’s heart to hearth creative process

Af­ter liv­ing in New York for over a decade and mak­ing fre­quent trips to Europe, es­pe­cially to Paris be­fore the an­nual fash­ion weeks, it be­came clear to me that the im­por­tance of be­ing a glo­be­trot­ting trav­eller was es­sen­tial to the na­ture of my pro­fes­sion.

Over the last few years though, I must con­fess that the en­thu­si­asm to process the idea of trav­el­ling even to a des­ti­na­tion within four hours of air travel has di­min­ished and is te­dious at best. As a re­sult, I have been driven to look at op­tions closer home, that can pro­vide as much plea­sure and a sense of sat­is­fac­tion as trans- At­lantic so­journs.

In other words, one must strive to be con­tent with the vis­ual and ge­o­graph­i­cal pos­si­bil­i­ties that ex­ist closer to home as to cut the has­sles and per­ils of­ten as­so­ci­ated with ven- tur­ing out to ex­otic lo­ca­tions.

My quest to sat­isfy the in­ner hunger to find the per­fect des­ti­na­tion closer home, one that in equal part­fu­els and ex­cites my creative de­sires sea­son af­ter sea­son led me to Nar­lai in Ra­jasthan. This is a pool of tran­quil­lity and sa­ti­ates my lust to wan­der the globe in search of a per­fect get­away.

My de­sign pro­fes­sion com­pletely hinges on the fact that I can find con­vinc­ing so­lu­tions for all kinds of life­style glitches for my clients. Most of­ten, the so­lu­tions are in­her­ently re­solved via in­spi­ra­tion from a source that charges the mind, giv­ing in­sight into a realm that has hov­ered in my con­scious­ness so far. Nar­lai serves as a “re­fresh but­ton” in count­less ways, help­ing me re­boot far from the crowds and find so­lace in de­sign ma­nip­u­la­tions that are then in­cor­po­rated in my creative process.

Nar­lai is a lit­tle sanc­tu­ary that has al­lowed me, time and again, to recharge my creative cells with­out trav­el­ling halfway across the world. It is a place where I find that per­fect bal­ance of peace and joy­ful­ness; an ideal hide­away, a place to re­cu­per­ate and trust

“I now seek a new haven that is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble and sanc­ti­ties the idea of soli­tude and iso­la­tion”

again in the process of cre­ation. My for­ever and favourite refuge is sit­u­ated at the base of a 300 feet rock in a vil­lage halfway be­tween Jodh­pur and Udaipur. This charm­ing jewel of a place ig­nites the soul and tur­bocharges the weak­ened mind like none other and for this and count­less other rea­sons I find my­self re­turn­ing here time and again, es­pe­cially when I need to think.

Dot­ted with over 200 tem­ples and mosques, this vil­lage epit­o­mises Rud­yard Ki­pling’s vi­sion of In­dia. Ev­ery evening the air gets heavy with the haunting chants and prayers, and as dusk ap­proaches the en­tire vibe some­how changes. The spir­i­tual vi­bra­tions add a sense of mys­tic and al­lows for care­ful con­tem­pla­tion while the pres­ence of Wif- Fi gives you the choice of con­nect­ing with the rest of the world from this haven just 45 min­utes from the fa­mous Ranukpur Tem­ples.

AF­TER THREE YEARS IN ISO­LA­TION RATHORE RE­TURNS

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SLEEPY NAR­LAI SITS A THE BASE OF A FOOT ROCK

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