PhotoFeature: Portland Japanese Garden in Winter

I seem to have an affinity for Japanese Gardens. Landscaped with rich greenery and dotted with stone and bronze sculptures not to mention the ponds in them, these gardens seem to have a soothing effect on me. When I walked in through the gates of Portland Japanese Garden, it became … Read>>

Found in Lepakshi | Ancient Indian murals

Lepakshi mural

A little over a 100 kilometers away from Bengaluru (earlier Bangalore) is a small temple town called Lepakshi. Geographically in Andhra Pradesh’s Ananthapura District, Lepakshi has now become famous for its Veerabhadra Temple. And this temple is quite an exhibition of sculptured pillars and ancient Indian murals. Veerabhadra Temple’s murals … Read>>

Solvang’s Danish Deliciousness

What-to-Eat; Where-to-eat in Solvang Just as popular as the Danish architecture and windmills, are the Danish pastries you find in Solvang. My visit to this small town in Central California turned out to also be a window into Danish food, too.  The Danish pastries are one of the attractions of … Read>>

Solvang: A Danish Fairytale

Solvang is one of those places that made me feel like I was in the middle of a fairy tale. To say, ‘in the middle of a Hans Christian Andersen story’ would be just the perfect way to put it. Picture this setting: Me (and the kids and the husband … Read>>

Belur’s beautiful bracket belles

Chennakesava Temple in Belur is known for its friezes, its pillars and stone lattices. Even the star-shaped platform on which it stands, a feature of its style of architecture. People who have visited there will tell you that between those sculpted pillars and decorative eaves are some beautiful stone ladies who … Read>>

A sculptural banquet in Belur; Hoysala style

Not far from Halebidu — the capital city of the Hoysalas — is a symbol of the dynasty’s victory over the Cholas in the battle of Talakkad in 1116AD. This mark of victory seems to have turned out to be quite a sculptural extravaganza called the Chennakesava temple and it … Read>>

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 precisely … Read>>

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 and … Read>>

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 familiar, … Read>>

Gokarna | A temple town and beach town rolled into one charismatic zone

Famous. Famous for its beaches. Famous for its holy sites. Famous of its international travellers. Gokarna, seems to be one of those places where everybody-who-has-heard-of-it wants to visit; and everybody who has visited it, wants to go again. For us it had been on the cards for a while. One … Read>>