Miscellaneous · Travel

Temple markets: a kaleidoscope of zeal, vibrancy and effervescence

Small yet sustainable, little shops and establishments that mushroom around temples in India are one of the most lively markets you can ever find. They are a melange of energy, color and life.  Bustling with hectic activity and teeming with people, they showcase the many flavors of our diversity, culture and traditions. Here are some random captures:… Continue reading Temple markets: a kaleidoscope of zeal, vibrancy and effervescence

Tamil Nadu · Travel

Thillai Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram: a medley of religion, tradition, belief and mystery

Walking through the narrow road leading to the Thillai Natarja temple, I was fascinated to see a bevy of men clad in saffron and white with really long hair neatly gathered into a bun on the left side of their heads.  With their heads tonsured around the rim, they had a personality that was striking… Continue reading Thillai Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram: a medley of religion, tradition, belief and mystery

Travel · West Bengal

Chandannagar: a taste of the French riviera along the river Hooghly

The simplicity, charm and beauty of Indian colonial towns compares to none other.  Colonial India was an important center of trade and economy as early as the 17th century and it was during this period that Europeans established their trading posts in several Indian coastal towns and cities.  The seafaring rival European powers included the… Continue reading Chandannagar: a taste of the French riviera along the river Hooghly

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Waterproofing: Saving your house “from” a rainy day

Building and moving into your dream house has always been considered, conventionally,  an important milestone in one’s life.  However, maintaining it is as important, if not more.    This, therefore, needs to be the focus during the design and construction stage itself and if this aspect has been planned carefully, then future maintenance is a breeze.… Continue reading Waterproofing: Saving your house “from” a rainy day

Miscellaneous · Travel

City of Gates: Aurangabad – top four things to see and do

Named after the last Mughal king Aurangzeb, the city of Aurangabad is popularly known as the tourism capital of Maharashtra.  Located in the Deccan plateau, the city is home to a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the impressive Ajanta and Ellora caves. Known as the ‘city of gates‘, Aurangabad has close to 52… Continue reading City of Gates: Aurangabad – top four things to see and do

Miscellaneous · Travel

Pochampally through images: the magical appeal of simplicity

Located at a distance of just 45 km from the City of Nizams aka Hyderabad is the pleasantly unpretentious village of Pochampally.  The dusty, deserted roads dotted with old fashioned houses present a picture of simplicity that is refreshingly uncomplicated, elementary and devoid of unnecessary fuss.  I fell in love with the plain and ‘clutter-free’ look… Continue reading Pochampally through images: the magical appeal of simplicity