Talks & Presentations

Upcoming talks &  presentations

We have conducted many multi-media presentation in New Zealand on various topics on Indian culture, crafts, history and traditions. Being ex-Toastmasters with a great sense of humour, we can assure you that our presentation will be fun, lively and entertaining whilst being informative and interesting.

2018 Talks Coming Soon!

Recent past talks &  presentations

We would like to invite you and your friends to our free, multi-media presentation that will take you on a virtual journey through exotic South India’s ancient textiles traditions starting from the Coromandel Coast on the South East and conclude on the Malabar Coast in the South West.

Based on the great feedback we have received from our past presentations, we can assure you that you will be in for a fun, lively, entertaining, interesting and yet informative session.

We will also have on display, many types of textiles (cotton, silk, cotton-silk, Tassar silk, tribal etc) and sarees from Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Karnataka & Kerala, that we have collected during our travels so you too can view and enjoy them before or after the talk.

Come along and join us and feast your eyes on South India, it’s landscapes, its people and it’s centuries-old textiles art and in return, share your passion and knowledge of textiles with us.

When: Monday, 27th Nov 2017, 5.30pm to 7pm

Where: Wellington City Library, Mezzanine Floor Meeting Room

Textiles of India

We would like to invite you and your friends to our free, multi-media presentation on Indian Textiles. Being ex-Toastmasters with a great sense of humour, we can assure you that our presentation will be fun, lively and entertaining whilst being informative and interesting.

We will also have on display, many types of textiles (cotton, silk, cotton-silk, Tassar silk, tribal etc) and embroidery (Kantha, Chikan Kari (trust us it is not chicken curry mis-spelt!), Zardozi, Aari, tribal etc.) that we have collected during our travels so you too can view and enjoy them before or after the talk.

So please, do come along and let us take you on a virtual journey through India, it’s landscapes, its people and it’s centuries-old textiles art as we trace the Farm to Fashion trek. In return, share your passion and knowledge with us. 

When: Monday, 6th Nov 2017, 5.30pm to 6.30pm
Where: Wellington City Library, Mezzanine Floor Meeting Room

India: Holy Cows, Cruises & Curries

India, a land of colourful contrasts, curiosities & curries served on a leaf platter. Being ex-Toastmasters with a great sense of humour, we can assure you that our presentation will be fun, lively and entertaining whilst being informative and interesting.

We will take you on a virtual journey through the busy streets of India with meandering cows, to cottage leather industries producing designer shoes. Cruise along the Ganges while being mesmerised by the dancing oil lamps and chanting priests. Explore the delectable Indian cuisine, understand the uses and benefits of spices in Ayurveda.

India – Is it safe?

A lot of people would love to travel to India but are afraid to do so.

The greatest fears are around falling ill (“Delhi Belly”), personal safety, dangerous driving, being taken for a ride, being harassed, pick pocketing, abject poverty and lack of amenities to name a few.

Are these fears founded on facts or fiction?

Come and attend our lively, entertaining, fun and interactive multi-media presentation and raise any burning questions you may have about travelling in India.

Textiles of India

We would like to invite you and your friends to our free, multi-media presentation on Indian Textiles. Being ex-Toastmasters with a great sense of humour, we can assure you that our presentation will be fun, lively and entertaining whilst being informative and interesting.

We will also have on display, many types of textiles (cotton, silk, cotton-silk, Tassar silk, tribal etc) and embroidery (Kantha, Chikan Kari (trust us it is not chicken curry mis-spelt!), Zardozi, Aari, tribal etc.) that we have collected during our travels so you too can view and enjoy them before or after the talk.

So please, do come along and let us take you on a virtual journey through India, it’s landscapes, its people and its centuries old textiles art as we trace the Farm to Fashion trek. In return, share your passion and knowledge with us. 

We had a great turn out at our first presentation on 11th March, 2016 at the same venue titled ‘The Real India’ and received very positive feedback. So we are confident that you will enjoy our presentation.

The Real India

E.M. Forster, M.M. Kaye, Paul Theroux, Rudyard Kipling, Arundhati Roy, Vikram Seth, Amitav Gosh, amongst many others, have painted stories with India as their canvas.

The birthplace of yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, martial arts, religions, astronomy, astrology, plastic surgery, Sanskrit language, cotton, wool, chintz and much more – it is mystical, magical, monumental and fascinating.

Movies like The Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake, The Darjeeling Limited, Slumdog Millionaire, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and The Lunch Box have given glimpses of India.

There is much much more to India – fabrics, architecture, music, cuisine, arts and crafts, festivals, bio-diversity, traditions, philosophy, mythology etc.

Come and attend our lively, entertaining, fun and interactive multi-media presentation about our personal experiences of travelling in India.

Handcrafted India

Our ‘Textiles of India’ presentation in May drew a large crowd & we received raving feedback from the attendees. This is the second in the series, so come and attend our lively, entertaining and interactive multi-media presentation on the beautiful textiles and unique arts & crafts of India.

Enjoy our interesting and varied display of textiles, arts and crafts from different regions of India.

Feedback

Thanks to you and Shani for the most enjoyable presentation you gave on Monday evening. I’m really interested in handicrafts and fabric, and I thoroughly enjoyed all the handcrafts I saw on my previous trip to Kerala, so it was a wonderful opportunity to see more beautiful handcrafts from other regions.

Margaret Lloyd

Wellington, New Zealand

Hi Joji, Hi Shani,

I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation. I enjoyed the informal and friendly way you shared your knowledge. Your enthusiasm was very infectious.

Up until then I have always been drawn to Indian textiles and appreciated the hours of intricate work and skill that must be needed to produce such work. I had no idea how it all happened or appreciated the different types of weaving and embroidery. The silk story from the caterpillar to the fine thread and it’s preparation for weaving was awe inspiring. Now, every time I see a piece  of Indian Textile, I will see it in a different light. Knowledge is a wonderful thing and I am so glad I was able to have the opportunity to learn things from you that I had no idea about. It’s certainly inspired me to learn more. I think the content was just right, and it was really interesting to view the exhibits.

The other aspect of Indian Textiles that I was unaware of, and found really interesting, was its importance in the history of the world.

Thank you both for such an enjoyable experience. It was well worth the trip down from Levin.

Sue Blakiston

Levin, New Zealand

It was really interesting, and I loved the samples.

Valmia Copeland

Wellington, New Zealand

Kia ora Joji

Thank you for the time and care you took to prepare for the presentation last evening. 

I was not disappointed!  I learnt a great deal – about the resources, methods – time honoured ones at that – and gained numerous insights into the rich array of Indian textiles.

Your interlacing video clips, the display of actual examples of the textiles discussed – and the enthusiasm, genuine interest and ready acknowledgement that you are both engaged, each in your own voyages of discovery added an important dimension – for me in your presentation.

It was a thoughtful presentation and one that has me keen to learn more.

Ngā mihi

Ann Hodson

Wellington, New Zealand

My friends and I really enjoyed your presentation – we’re all interested in textiles and you have whetted our appetite for travel to India.  If I could combine textiles with cricket then my husband would be keen too.

I particularly enjoyed seeing the u-tube clips of the artisans – fascinating to see the speed of the embroiderers.

Judith Sugden

Wellington, New Zealand

Joji and Shani are such genuine people with such a love and passion for the people and culture of their own heritage in South India. Informative and funny (I still haven’t sorted the ‘head nod”) I would highly recommend attending one of their presentations.

It is the warmth of this family that permeates the experience as I am sure is also the case when travelling with them. I think it’s really important that visitors to another country make an effort to learn from the local people some of the cultural norms and expectations of travelling there. Thoroughly enjoyed your presentation and absolute willingness and generosity in terms of what will help me in my travels to India later this year.

Nichole Craig

Wellington, New Zealand