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  • Catching hollowed-pumpkin lights

    For a couple of years now, I’ve been carving pumpkins for Halloween, just for the fun of it; for the art that it is. So for this week’s Catching Light, ‘that’ is what I have — pictures of some carved and lit pumpkin lanterns. I just learnt that it...
  • A signature of the Hoysala dynasty

    Karnataka tells the tales of its rich past between the 12th and 15th centuries through some highly ornate temples that have ‘Hoysala’ writ all over them. When the Hoysala rulers went about building temples all over what is Karnataka today, they invested in structures that inspire awe with their...
  • 600-odd steps, a colossal monolith and delightful views

    Just as summer temperatures were beginning to take over the really-short spring season that the Indian subcontinent gets, we decided to hit what I’d like to call ‘Karnataka’s Sculptural Triangle just a stone’s throw from Bengaluru. Ok, that might seem like a little bit of an exaggeration but Shravanabelagola, Belur...
  • Murudeshwar: Where everything seems to be massive

    Just off what was popularly known as NH -17* (Edapally- Panvel Highway, now NH- 66), around 80 kilometres south of Gokarna is another temple town, known for its Shiva temple, a humongous statue of the god, an imposing temple tower and of course, its beach. Murudeshwar. It does sound...
  • Of pillars of chiselled art, murals and legends

    Every now and then, I have what I call ‘travel cravings.’ Sometimes I crave the seas; sometimes, the mountains; and sometimes, forests. I recently had this strong desire to see some art-on-stone (that’s not something that happens very often). And I couldn’t ignore it. Hubby was game for it...
  • Steeped in History, Royalty and Splendour

    Lalitha Mahal Palace, Mysore (side view) I was wowed by it the first time I saw it. That was over a decade ago. I was in college and in the middle of learning a few things about mass communication when a teacher of ours found us a great opportunity...
  • OurWorld: Greek and Roman touch to San Francisco

      Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. That is what this exquisite piece of art is called. This structure, which takes inspiration from Greek and Roman architecture was originally built for the Panama-Pacific Exposition in 1915. It continues to give San Francisco a Greek and Roman touch.  Today,...
  • A home in a tree-trunk

    If you have visited the post on the Drive Thru (Chandelier ) Tree you know by now that Redwood trees can be enormous both in terms of height and width. Here’s something you may not have imagined ever; it is a house in a tree trunk, a full fledged...
  • World’s tallest free-standing totem pole!

    A  few miles north of the Drive Thru Chandlier Tree is another tourist attraction literally nestled among  Redwood Trees of North California — a place called Confusion Hill (in Piercy, California). What drew us there was a structure that made it to the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not list as the...
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