Heritage Gifts and Concept of “Virasat” in Art and Gifting

Updated: Feb 16

Early 2017, my father travelled with me to Srinagar, Kashmir. We spent a lot many days exploring, meeting different artisans, walking around. A few days later I got to know that dad had also planned a short road trip to Pahalgam.

Pahalgam is famous for its scenic beauty and is the jewel of the picturesque Liddar valley located in the high Himalayas. It provides an ideal setting for activities like hiking, trekking, and fishing. It is also the starting point of the annual pilgrimage to the holy cave of Amarnath.

Due to the heavy snow, we mostly stayed in and spent time discussing my life goals. We used to sit near to this huge glass window, sip on locally brewed coffee, and observe these happy trees with different species of birds chilling together. Briefly wondered and questioned him about the existing hesitance between Muslims and Hindus in the valley and the political instability which has marred the lives of locals.

But here we are not discussing my life goals now, are we?

I am writing this because I want to share about this curated customised gift dad had planned for me which was a total surprise!

Do you believe in lineage gifts? Is that still a concept?

I do not know but clearly, he does. Once we were back in Delhi, dad shared that he is getting a hand-painted closet made for me and he wants the scenery that we observed from the large window during our Pahalgam stay to be reflected in this.

He added that he is letting me know because wants me to own the design and its development. I simply just felt very grateful and overwhelmed and from that point itself, I got in touch with and started brainstorming with a team of Kashmiri artisans.

When we talk about gifting, we always say that “the thought behind the gift matters”. Isn’t it true though? The thought, the effort that one puts in determining what would capture the heart of their loved one and make them happy is the entire point of gifting anyway. 😊

Through this article we just want you to come up, share what you would like to get custom made for your loved ones?

Talk to me, it can be anything small to something huge.

Feelings are feelings after all!

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