Karnataka · Travel

Sri Dharmaraya Swamy Temple: a historical landmark of Bengaluru

It is a well-known fact that when the city of Bengaluru aka Bangalore aka Bendhakaluru was formed, there were four towers or “Kempegowda gopuras” that were designated as the outer boundaries of the city.  However, given the pace at which the city has grown since then, the significance of these four towers today, is more… Continue reading Sri Dharmaraya Swamy Temple: a historical landmark of Bengaluru

Karnataka · Travel

Togalu Gombeyata: traditional form of puppetry – of art, drama and song

“When we perform in an all women squad, I always essay the role of ‘Bhima’” said Gouramma an established leather puppet artist from a remote village in Ramnagar in Karnataka.  The glint of pride in her voice was unmissable as she narrates how this art has been an integral part of her life.  Her parents… Continue reading Togalu Gombeyata: traditional form of puppetry – of art, drama and song

Karnataka · Travel

Photo essay: Ramalingeshwara group of temples, Avani

As mentioned in several of my earlier posts, India is a treasure trove of magnificent temples and ancient monuments.  There are several such ‘hidden gems‘ in the form of beautiful, ornate temples dating back centuries in and around the bustling IT city of Bengaluru.  Yet another addition to this wonderful list is the Ramalingeshwara group of… Continue reading Photo essay: Ramalingeshwara group of temples, Avani

Decor

Native and Natural: make your home Earthy Chic

Nothing is more comfortable than walking into the cool confines of a home replete with red oxide flooring, exposed brick walls, comfortable cane couches and plenty of plants in jute baskets.  Not only does it charm you with its rustic, earthy vibes, but also exudes a feeling of ‘being rooted’ and of warmth.  Given the… Continue reading Native and Natural: make your home Earthy Chic

Travel · United States

Ybor City: Tampa’s Latin Quarter – an eclectic mix of diverse sights

Known as Tampa’s Latin quarter, Ybor city is an eclectic mix of diverse sights and sounds that encapsulates the history, culture and traditions of the various immigrants who came, over a century ago and settled in Tampa. Founded in the 1880s by Vicente Martinez-Ybor, this historic neighbourhood was where thousands of immigrants mainly from Spain,… Continue reading Ybor City: Tampa’s Latin Quarter – an eclectic mix of diverse sights

Travel · United Kingdom

Canterbury, England: of ancient history and stories set in stone

An ancient city, part of which is also a UNESCO world heritage site, Canterbury is consistently rated as one of the most visited cities in the United Kingdom.  Steeped in history, Canterbury is one of the most beautiful towns in South east England in the county of Kent and is situated on river Stour.  Also… Continue reading Canterbury, England: of ancient history and stories set in stone

Karnataka · Travel

Multifaceted Mosale: a perfect weekend getaway from Bengaluru

With hectic lifestyles within claustrophobic cities becoming the order of the day, a getaway from the concrete urban jungle is always a welcome change.  There is something about being close to nature that is so rejuvenating and refreshing.   One such sojourn I recently undertook was a visit to the seemingly sleepy town of Mosale located… Continue reading Multifaceted Mosale: a perfect weekend getaway from Bengaluru

Miscellaneous · Travel

Photoessay: Katara Cultural Village, Doha: a multifarious recreational centre

One of the most popular haunts in Doha is the multifaceted Katara Cultural Village.  An ode to the rich heritage of art, architecture and traditions of Qatar, Katara is located in North Doha.  Envisioned by HH Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, Katara celebrates the cultural spirit of the… Continue reading Photoessay: Katara Cultural Village, Doha: a multifarious recreational centre

Food

Recipe: Poppy and Flaxseed chutney powder- healthy and nutrient rich

Spices, seeds, herbs….there are so many staples we use in Indian cooking on a daily basis.  Given that Indian food is a melting pot of flavours and aromas, these ingredients are truly the essence and back bone of our cuisine.  The best part about these ingredients is that most of them not only enhance the… Continue reading Recipe: Poppy and Flaxseed chutney powder- healthy and nutrient rich

Karnataka · Travel

Charismatic Coorg: of Cauvery, coffee and culture

Picture this: lush greenery, meandering roads lined with the prettiest of flowers, unending carpets of coffee and verdant hills playing peek-a-boo with fleeting clouds.  Sounds like paradise on earth? Well, this is Coorg aka Kodagu for you.  At an altitude of 1525 meters and a distance of 270 km from Bangalore, it is the most… Continue reading Charismatic Coorg: of Cauvery, coffee and culture