India

  • Mirjan Fort – A red fort on Karnataka’s Coast

    Mirjan Fort in Kumta had been calling out to me since the time I was planning that week-long road trip along the Karnataka Coast. I was longing to see and walk through an ancient Fort in India (it had been a while since I did that) and probably show...
  • One morning on Payyambalam Beach

    When one is visiting Kerala on India’s west coast, there’s no missing the beaches. Northern Kerala has several unassuming beaches and even the ones that are popular among the locals are pretty quiet in the mornings. One such beach is the Payyambalam Beach* in Kannur District in North Kerala....
  • Lepakshi mural

    Found in Lepakshi | Ancient Indian murals

    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...
  • Found in ‘The Silicon Valley of India’

    Last week I showed you some murals from ‘The Capital of Silicon Valley’ — San Jose, CA. This week I take you to ‘India’s tech capital’ or  ‘The Silicon Valley of India’ — Bangalore or Bengaluru — to show you some HAL murals. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is a...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Dam Bejewelled

    This week, for ‘Catching Light’ I have a pretty sight — the dam lights at the Bhadra Reservoir and reflections of hose lights in the waters of the reservoir. It was only later that I found out that there was something odd about the lights and their reflections. Can...
  • 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...
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