Siddis: A Tribe Lost In The Pages Of History

What are the chances of meeting an Afro-American who can speak Hindi, knows which part of the country Indian prime minister hails from and claims to have a great grandfather from Gujarat too? I would say none except that I met someone just like that on my maiden trip to USA at Times Square, New…

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…

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…

1971, Battle at Longewala

A cricket match between India and Pakistan  is no less than a war....emotions run high with people on either side praying for victory of their teams, betting high stakes or promising lavish parties post a win. The players are under huge pressure to play well because a defeat causes so much of heartbreak and  depression that people burn effigies of…

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…

Brackets and Corbels :Temples and Forts

The Hindu architecture is replete with magnificent examples of stone work....... embroidered stone! With simple tools like hammer and chisel these ancient stones tell the tales of knowledge and accuracy of workmanship of the craftsmen. A few examples to marvel at(no words required.....) :  

Forts of Rajasthan

Trikuta Fort, Jaisalmer Jaisalmer is a town in the state of Rajasthan, of golden sands and yellow sandstone and hence also known as the golden city. The "Trikuta Fort" is the only fort which is still occupied by the families which in earlier times owned the land inside the fort. However, due to the  houses…