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Designer Diary: Babi Ahluwalia’s Postcard from India


Just before fashion week, Babi Ahluwalia, who designs New York-based ready-to-wear line Sachin + Babi with her husband, Sachin Ahluwalia, headed back to her hometown of New Delhi to visit her family and take in the sights. Here, she shares some snaps from her trip exclusively with

Babi Ahluwalia

I go to India fairly regularly to visit my family, and just returned after spending two weeks there. I brought my two daughters to visit their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. It’s also a great way for them to practice Hindi. My husband, Sachin, and I speak it at home, so hopefully it’ll stick. I saw old friends that I grew up with, and also took in a lot of sights. A New Delhi girl born and raised, I am still amazed by all the culture and history, but also by how much India has changed. The colors, textures, and sights always inspire me and help me see design through a different lens. Sachin had to stay behind in NYC, so it was nice to have a girls’ trip.

Shopping for earrings

I love going to Goodearth in New Delhi, where there are special Indian crafts. I have to control myself. I was looking at yet another tea set or a pair of earrings. All the pleasures of travel! I eventually chose the earrings, because they are easier to pack.

Himayun's Tomb

Humayun’s Tomb, in Delhi, dates back to the 1500s. My dad, who just celebrated his 75th birthday, is on the left.


Shopping at a traditional handicraft store in New Delhi.

Heritage ResortWe stopped for lunch at the Heritage Resort en route from Gurgaon to Jaipur. There was a folkloric musician playing the sarangi and singing. It was a great welcome!


My girls and I stayed for a weekend at the Tree House Resort in Jaipur. Each “nest” has live tree limbs as part of the room. We woke up to birds chirping happily. It is a world away from NYC!

Kingdom of Dreams

At the Kingdom of Dreams, in Gurgaon. It’s a huge entertainment complex built like a grand palace. This facade represents a vignette from one of the states of India.


We ran into some fellow travelers while en route to Jaipur from New Delhi.

Amer Fort

The picturesque sight of Amer Fort en route from New Delhi to Jaipur. It dates back to the sixteenth century and is built of red sandstone and marble. The lake next to it adds a certain charm.

Photos: Courtesy of Babi Ahluwalia

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