Holiday Handbook

Holiday Handbook

Over the past couple of centuries, the world has given all manner of epithets for Benaras, among them “The Luminous One,” “The City of Lights,” and “Avimukta (Never Forsaken).” Why? Because the city is a mecca of traditions, so sacred and historically overwhelming. It takes each visitor aside with such intimacy that we often struggle to find the right words for it.  At November Noon, our values and belief systems are rooted knee-deep in our atelier in the city. The artistic and cultural heart of India, Benares is a charming profusion of intimate rituals and festivals stapled onto its holy ghats. Few are the visitors who have not been bewitched by the oldest living city in the world, whose appeal...
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A November Noon Checklist: Inspiring Architects Who Shaped Modern-Day India

A November Noon Checklist: Inspiring Architects Who Shaped Modern-Day India

At November Noon, we believe there’s more to architecture than what meets the eye. It’s an artful blend of scents, memories, touch, and imagination. From BV Doshi to Brinda Somaya, here are the visionaries of Indian architecture who’ve mastered the art of matter, space, and light. BV DOSHI A protégé of Le Corbusier, the pioneer of modern architecture, and a former associate of Louis Kahn, BV Doshi’s seminal work is guided by a simple question: How does a particular space make you feel? In other words, Doshi goes beyond brick and mortar and creates a sensorial and metaphysical experience with light, volume, climate, and spatiality. He founded his studio Vastu-Shilpa in 1955 in Ahemdabad. At November Noon, we’re inspired by...
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Inside Bijoy Jain’s Studio Mumbai with Priyanka Shah

Inside Bijoy Jain’s Studio Mumbai with Priyanka Shah

Creative director, spatial designer, stylist, and event designer Priyanka Shah believes in putting out creations that stir an emotion in the viewer
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#NotesOnNovemberNoon by Palak Shah

#NotesOnNovemberNoon by Palak Shah

With her eye set on the pulse of Indian design, 30-year-old Palak Shah presides over one of the most meticulously curated luxury brands in India: Ekaya. Over the last decade, Ekaya has grown to become synonymous with silk rooted in the culture and customs of Banaras. And while the brand’s ever-growing journey may seem refreshingly lucid, it is behind the scenes where Palak is perennially caught in the juggling act of being a young entrepreneur.  We spoke to her on a particularly busy Thursday morning about how a striped co-ord set from November Noon ended up with her in Maasai Mara and why her first love for silk has roots deeper than it may appear on the onset.   You...
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Sunwarm Silk

Sunwarm Silk

Welcome to November Noon’s Thought Catalogue, a space where we talk about the subcontinent. We begin along the ghats of Banaras, meander through these streets of silk, take a train at some point to a megalopolis, corral friends, prep a sit-down meal...this is our steady stream of native consciousness.
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Visiting Banaras: A photo-interview

Visiting Banaras: A photo-interview

On a recent trip to Banaras, we visited SND & Co., a heritage textile design atelier, with a century-old legacy of working closely with local textile artisans.
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