Miscellaneous · Travel

On a museum trail in the Pink city aka Jaipur

Colour, culture, commotion; the capital city of one of India’s most flamboyant states, Rajasthan is a delightful medley of contrasts.   One of the most visited cities by not only Indians but also foreigners, Jaipur offers some fascinating sights that span history, art, architecture and religion.  While the city palace, Hawa mahal, Amer fort and Jantar… Continue reading On a museum trail in the Pink city aka Jaipur

Miscellaneous · Travel

Photoessay: Police museum, Pondicherry

Well, it is quite an understatement to say that Pondicherry aka Puducherry has a charm quite like none other.  A French colony till the 1950s, this union territory is a pleasant mix of the colonial and the contemporary.  Along side a charming white town replete with distinctive French vibes exists a bustling Tamil quarter that is… Continue reading Photoessay: Police museum, Pondicherry

Miscellaneous · Travel

Amidst a world of cocoa and chocolate: Choco Story, Brussels

Fries, waffles, beer and of course chocolate; Belgium is famous for more reasons than one.  And when it comes to chocolate, there is no denying the fact that Belgian chocolate enjoys a special and enviable reputation in the international market.  No visit to the country is complete without sampling and shopping for these delectable treats. … Continue reading Amidst a world of cocoa and chocolate: Choco Story, Brussels

Miscellaneous · Travel

Photoessay: Nahargarh Fort – of magnificence and grandeur on the Aravalli hills

Think Rajasthan and it immediately conjures images of forts, palaces and royal heritage.   Originally built as a mechanism of defence, the state has many forts that are not only beautiful but also historically very significant. While the Amer fort is one of the most famous landmarks and monuments of the capital city of Jaipur, the… Continue reading Photoessay: Nahargarh Fort – of magnificence and grandeur on the Aravalli hills

Karnataka · Travel

Panchalingeshwara temple, Govindanahalli, Karnataka

There is no denying the fact that the Hoysala rulers who ruled South India including Karnataka from the 10th century to 14th century AD, were great patrons of art and architecture.  The fine temples in the state of Karnataka are testimony to this fact.  An example of brilliant craftsmanship, the level of structural and sculptural… Continue reading Panchalingeshwara temple, Govindanahalli, Karnataka

Miscellaneous · Travel

Photoessay: The multifaceted streetscapes of Pondicherry

While much has been said and written about the dichotomy that exists in Pondicherry, this is a city that never fails to surprise.  Inspite of visiting it several times over, Pondy, as it is also fondly known, always throws up new hidden secrets for me.  The union territory that was a French colony till 1954, is… Continue reading Photoessay: The multifaceted streetscapes of Pondicherry

Karnataka · Travel

Photo essay: Brahmeshvara Temple, Kikkeri: a hidden architectural gem

Karnataka is home to several ancient and Hoysala temples that are well known for their architectural splendour and ornate sculptures.  But the very mention of Hoysala temples conjures images of the spectacular monuments in Belur and Halebid.  While the temples mentioned therein are examples of architectural brilliance, Karnataka has several other temples built by the… Continue reading Photo essay: Brahmeshvara Temple, Kikkeri: a hidden architectural gem

Switzerland · Travel

Montreux, Switzerland: of Château de Chillon, postcard landscapes and much more

A land of picture perfect beauty and utterly bewitching landscapes, Switzerland is home to several towns which epitomize ethereal beauty.  Montreux which lies at the foothills of the Alps and on the shore of Lake Geneva is one such pretty town. Located in the canton of Vaud, Montreux is a traditional resort town that is known not only… Continue reading Montreux, Switzerland: of Château de Chillon, postcard landscapes and much more

Karnataka · Travel

Photo essay: Aprameya Swamy Temple, Doddamallur, Channapatna

Driving through the busy Bangalore Mysore highway, it is common for one to encounter several interesting sights spanning history, architecture, craft, culture and religion.  The region is famous for several ancient temples dedicated to forms of Lord Vishnu as well as Lord Hanuman.  The Aprameya Swamy Temple located in the little village of Doddamallur in Channapatna taluk… Continue reading Photo essay: Aprameya Swamy Temple, Doddamallur, Channapatna

Karnataka · Travel

Kinnal craft: a heritage of wooden toys near Hampi

It is the time of the year when festivities have begun and there are celebratory vibes all around.  Markets abound in colour and cheer.  It is also a time when you find little stores in nooks and corners all around Bangalore retailing clay and wooden toys.  Yes. it is the season of Navratri and “Gombe… Continue reading Kinnal craft: a heritage of wooden toys near Hampi