The Handmade Tiles of Athangudi Palaces Of Chettiyars

That the Chettinad is more than a chicken delicacy of same name, became evident while I walked around marveling at the old charm of a 150 year old heritage mansion and a sudden moment of realization made me look down on the floor....it dawned on me that the floor was as old as the structure above! And it…

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Kath Kuni Architecture: Heritage Of Himachal Pradesh

Heritage, as defined in the dictionary means "an inherited property such as historic buildings that have been passed down from previous generation and are worthy of preservation". The intangible heritage includes the traditional knowledge and practices relating to the natural surroundings that have been handed down by preceding generation. On a recent trip to Manali and…

Adalaj Vav: An Illustration of Love and Religious Tolerance

 “It’s amazing what people do for love. It’s even more amazing what love does for people” It was for this love, for her deceased husband Veer Sinh chieftain of Vaghelas, that Rani Roopba, consented to marry Mehmud Begada, the slayer of her husband himself, on a precondition that he would complete the construction of ‘Adalaj…

A Glimpse Of Royalty At City Palace, Udaipur

With whatever time we could squeeze out to visit Udaipur, in our long road trip from Rajasthan to Tamilnadu spread over a period of six days, we were left wanting for more.... Though old Udaipur is a maze of meandering narrow alleys teeming with people, cows, stray dogs, trash thrown carelessly, vehicles and tourists but it…

Modern Art in a Cave: Amdavad ni Gufa

What would someone expect when two great minds.... one who conjured up three-dimensional contemporary spaces with traditional concepts and another who with just a stroke of his brush created images on the canvas, amalgamate their ideas? Yes! When art and architecture join hands.....it gives birth to this cave like Art Gallery under the ground to…

Modhera Sun Temple

The Fire Altar : Sun Temple at Modhera, Gujrat

The  first soft yellow light of the early morning fell on the face of the gold idol of Surya, imparting a resplendent glow shattering the darkness......It seemed as if the Sun God himself emerged from the sleepy confines of the garbha griha of the temple riding his golden chariot heralding the dawn of a new day. The…

Lure of the Taj

"Love is not finding someone to live with; its finding someone you cannot live without" Love is immeasurable...undefined....limitless...boundless...we seek to be loved forever, remembered forever..... Taj Mahal needs no introduction to the people world over. It is the most beautiful symbol of love made by a loving husband, the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, a mausoleum…

Sun City: Jodhpur

A hot cup of coffee is my utmost requirement when I am tired and post my shopping adventure I sure was tired, famished and in no state to go searching for a coffee cafe near the "Clock tower" of Jodhpur though it has many eateries catering quick bites. The market place near the clock tower is the much…

Designs on walls…

When I moved into a new house, I unpacked and put up all those freshly washed and ironed curtains, the polished wood furniture and other small curios to decorate the house but still there seemed something missing in the decor. Ah! Yes! My walls were bare!! When a wall is adorned with paintings, photographs of family, textures…

Where Gods love…..

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” ― Gautama Buddha Sringara is one of the nine rasas, which forms the basis of all classical Indian arts like theatre, music, dance, poetry and sculpture. Rasa means the flavour and 'Sringar-Rasa' is mostly about romantic love, attraction, beauty and erotic love. Indian arts revolve…