Our World: Future of Flight Aviation Center

If you have a kid who has a fascination for machines that fly, Future of Flight Aviation Center in Mukilteo (a few miles north of Seattle – Washington ) will be an interesting and informative place to visit. Aircraft enthusiasts will find a lot of displays, some of them interactive, … Read>>

DCA: A California in California

If I were to put it straight out there, Disney California Adventure Park is rightly ‘California in a nutshell,’ with a Disney touch, of course. Built on what used to be the parking lot of Disneyland, this park in Anaheim, CA is not just another amusement park. It sure has … Read>>

Found on walls of Stanford Church

For today’s murals, we go back to Stanford University in California, this time to see the biblical images on the walls of the Stanford Church. Stanford Memorial Church was erected by Jane Lathrop Stanford in memory of her husband Leland Stanford. She wanted it to be open to all and … 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>>

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 one … Read>>

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 tallest … Read>>

Universal studios – Hollywood’s backstage

When you have just two days to spend in Los Angeles, there’s a lot you’ll have to miss out on. I’m just so pleased that, that didn’t include Universal Studios. When I let me rewind to the day we spent there, what I recall most of all is the 2-hour … Read>>