Tamil Nadu · Travel

Bhoovaraga Swamy temple, Srimushnam: of piety and communal harmony

The bustling town of Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu is home to a number of temples and is an important pilgrimage centre.  While the soul of the town is the renowned Thillai Nataraja temple, there are a number of rare and stunning temples in and around the town. One such unique temple is the Bhoovaraga Swamy… Continue reading Bhoovaraga Swamy temple, Srimushnam: of piety and communal harmony

Food · Reviews

The Green Path: one stop shop for all things organic

Unique concept “Your food tastes heavenly because a farmer’s soul has gone into it.  Let’s be grateful to nature for the soil and a farmer for his toil”.  This is so true and hence the board caught my attention on my visit to India’s largest organic space, The Green Path.  Located in Malleshwaram in Bangalore,… Continue reading The Green Path: one stop shop for all things organic

Tamil Nadu · Travel

Theosophical Society: tranquility in the heart of Chennai

Greenery galore If you are looking to get away from the traffic, hustle bustle and busy streets of the city, then head to the beautiful Huddleston Gardens of Theosophical Society in Adyar. Spread over a whopping 250 hectares, these gardens are a pleasant escape and boast of a rich variety of flora and fauna.  A… Continue reading Theosophical Society: tranquility in the heart of Chennai

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LLADRÓ: handmade porcelain creations par excellence

Given my love for artefacts and souvenirs, visiting the Lladró store in the swanky UB city was truly a delight.  The renowned Spanish brand is the epitome of luxury, prestige and exemplary craftsmanship and focuses on high end handcrafted porcelain objects.  Founded in 1953 by three brothers, Juan, José and Vicente the pieces display cutting-edge design and… Continue reading LLADRÓ: handmade porcelain creations par excellence

Tamil Nadu · Travel

Thanjavur: centre of South Indian tradition, art and culture

The erstwhile capital of the great Chola dynasty, Thanjavur aka Tanjore is truly the embodiment of South Indian art, architecutre, culture and heritage. Located in the Cauvery basin of Tamil Nadu the town is also known as the “rice bowl” of the state. Synonomous with the world renowned Tanjore paintings, splendid temples with stunning Chola… Continue reading Thanjavur: centre of South Indian tradition, art and culture

Karnataka · Travel

Sculptural splendour: Chandramouleshwara temple, Hubli

Home to a number of magnificent ancient temples, south India is a delight for the traveler with a penchant for history, culture and architecture. One such beautiful temple is the  Chandramouleshwara temple in Hubli.  About 900 years old, this temple belongs to the Badami Chalukyan era.  Located close to the Unkal lake in the city,… Continue reading Sculptural splendour: Chandramouleshwara temple, Hubli

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Manjal: handicrafts native, aesthetic and truly attractive

If you are in Chennai and in a mood to shop for something unique yet traditional and classy, head over to Manjal that is a craft store in M R C nagar. It is run by the M. Rm. Rm. Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization that champions the cause of rural crafts, traditions and… Continue reading Manjal: handicrafts native, aesthetic and truly attractive

Tamil Nadu · Travel

Indigenous handloom: Kalakshetra weaving and kalamkari unit

Tucked away in the bylanes of one of Chennai’s most popular neighborhoods Besant nagar is the renowned Kalakshetra foundation. Founded way back in 1936 by Rukmini Devi Arundale, one of pioneers in the field of Bharatanatyam dance, this is a centre for true connoisseurs of art. The sprawling campus that is spread across 100 acres, houses… Continue reading Indigenous handloom: Kalakshetra weaving and kalamkari unit

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Dampness: “Fix it” now and enjoy freedom of a life time

With rains lashing most parts of the country now, it is that time of the year where the initial euphoria and excitement associated with the rains has worn off and many of us want the downpours to ease a bit to allow for freedom from all the seepage and dampness all around. And what best… Continue reading Dampness: “Fix it” now and enjoy freedom of a life time

Karnataka · Travel

Tarakeshwara temple, Hangal – an architectural marvel

Beautiful stone pillars, exquisite architecture, elaborate ceilings and remarkable sculptures were just some of the things that had me totally awe inspired when I visited the Tarakeshwara temple in Hangal. The town ruled by the Kadamba dynasty till the 11th century was later controlled by the Hoysalas and then the Chalukayas in the 12th century.… Continue reading Tarakeshwara temple, Hangal – an architectural marvel