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“Afghani, the wind is called Afghani” Mulling over Afghanistan in 2006 from just across the militarised border in Uzbekistan By Peeyush Sekhsaria | Design Dalda

“Afghani, the wind is called Afghani” Mulling over Afghanistan in 2006 from just across the militarised border in Uzbekistan by Design Dalda

At Tashkent, the Uzbekistan capital we board an amazing Soviet era YAK 40 (Yakoliv) for Termez. The plane smells of Vodka and has a public bus feel to it. No need to be careful about overhead luggage falling on to your heads, the Yak 40 has its total luggage space (both hand and check in baggage) at the back. You enter in from the tail. The pilot enters from the back after all passengers have boarded, you stand up in respect and sit down only after he has taken to his cabin. – Design Dalda

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Notre Dame on Fire

Notre Dame – the oldest forest in France that’s gone, forever.

Live videos of the Notre Dame Cathedral burning down kept the world (at least the world that we are part of) riveted, many people shared images of themselves with Notre Dame, remembering fondly their last visit. The area around Notre Dame, is one of the most kitsch tourist destinations in the world, row upon row of trinket shops, with mostly Chinese made models of Eiffel Towers and other such paraphernalia, the place is teeming with tourists, the majority of them in recent years being Chinese.

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The Indian Step-Well arrives well … and confused in New York by Design Dalda

The Indian Step-Well arrives well … and confused in New York by Design Dalda

As I marveled (with mixed feelings – I am not such a sucker for the dramatic, my preferences are more for the under stated) in the sunny New York cold at the shiny surfaces and the form, the 1st thought that came to my mind was Chand Baori, a step-well that I had seen over 20 years back at Abhaneri in Dausa district, Rajasthan. I was a student undergoing professional training in Delhi and had gone on a step-well focused back-packing trip to Rajasthan. – Design Dalda

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