This winter The Nicobar Edit is headed to Udaipur for the year’s last stop. Spanning two magical days and three glorious sunsets, from November 9-11, we’re sealing a year of new beginnings with The Nicobar Edit at Wonderflip festival—a communal gathering for the arts and its attendees that has the bones of a circus, and the roving spirit of theatre. Set in Ravla Khempur, just an hour away from Udaipur, an opulent haveli with a storied past will house our travelling tent festooned with tropical greens amidst natural desert thickets.
The Edit’s signature home, a canopy of ivory decked out in a selection of our goodies, branches out to include two new additions: a tea lounge with a pick of teas from the heart of the Himalayas served by Mumbai’s Pahadi Local, and a stopgap massage parlour, for a weekend of relaxation. Pop in for a variety of Pahadi Local’s green and black teas sourced from Himachal’s Kangra Valley. Piping hot helpings will come in our limited-edition kulhars designed and dispatched exclusively for Wonderflip. You’ll find our signature stripe in two renditions, and two designs in motifs that champion the circus and the outdoors from floating hot air balloons, through to trapeze artists and unicyclists. Coming back for seconds? Each time you leave, one of our kulhars is yours for the taking when the sun sets on the festival.
Ahead of the festival, we met with Aliya Rashid—the woman behind Wonderflip. Hailing from Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal, Rashid and her cousins grew up running along old hotel alleyways (courtesy her folks’ Jehan Numa Group), sprawled out amidst picnic spreads and flitting between boating expeditions and long hours reading Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl. Inspiration for Wonderflip has been with her all her life: “While I am not a musician, my love for music came early, all thanks to my mother: from Julio Iglesias, to Dean Martin, Sinatra, to the Beatles and ABBA and so much more. I was the only one in boarding school who carried a small boombox and used to make mix tapes for friends,” she recalls fondly.