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 so … Read>>

Zooming In: Chamundi Hill

Mysore’s Chamundi Hills is one of the bigger attractions in this royal city. And the attractions on top of this hill include a statute of the demi-god Mahishasura, Chamundeshwari temple, a Nandi statue and sweeping views of Mysore from the top of the hill. When you get to Chamundi Hill, … Read>>

Guruvayur: Eat, Pray, Bargain

(Shops at) East Gate of the temple Guruvayur Temple might be a place known to all Keralites, Krishna devotees and religious tourists. Now, those who have visited this famous temple in Thrissur, Kerala, will tell you it is quite a shopper’s delight, too. Shopping in Guruvayur — at least some … Read>>

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, the … Read>>

A birthday party on San Jose’s Streets

Another Fourth of July came and went. This time we put the (US) national holiday to good use by attending a traditional Fourth of July Parade. We looked up the events happening in the South Bay (area) and narrowed it down to the one in San Jose (CA) conducted by … Read>>

Cherry Blossoms at the Japanese Tea Garden

I remember the first time I saw Cherry Blossoms; it was in my mind’s eye. I was reading Memoirs of a Geisha and Arthur Golden (the author) had created such a beautiful picture with words that when I saw the movie of the same name a few years later, it … Read>>

Japanese Tea Garden – II (Features and Symbolism)

If you have ever been to a Japanese Garden, chances are that you will recognise one the next time you see one, just about anywhere. With their signature bridges, lanterns and Koi ponds, these gardens have ‘Japanese’ written all over them. The Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco also showcases Japanese … Read>>

Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco – I

Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco. Check. This Japanese attraction had been on my list of places-to-visit ever since we did a five-hour city tour of San Francisco, back in 2010. I remember that September evening when a good chunk of the time allotted for De Young Museum and Japanese … Read>>

From the Chinese New Year parade in San Francisco

With Dragons, Lion Dances and traditional Chinese song-and-dance, Chinese New Year parades happen everywhere. The largest one outside China happens to be a few miles from where I currently live. Cosmopolitan San Francisco boasts of being home to the biggest Chinese community outside China (Read – A Chinatown Made in … Read>>