Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
If lucky, one can have the darshan of a young Jain muni, resplendent in nature's splendour. Honestly dressed in branded stuff top to down, I felt absolutely naked in his august presence. Its a humbling experience.
The Kamala Basidi
All I could manage was this of the KAMALA
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Much bigger than Sankey, the maintenance is much desired. All the same its heavenly to walk around in the morning.
Over cast sky in the early hours lends a different hue
Ducks lumbering out after their morning Bath (they do have one every morning)
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
This is the Hillock
British influence seen in this old machinery and a building within the fort
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
An interesting entrance to the fort, the main door is blocked by a huge bastion like structure to which rules out the possibility of the main door being rammed open.
The Sprawling fort, the building with the minars seen at the top, was the inspiration for the charminar
Repair work of any kind on monuments ruin the whole effect, I wish they let it be and instead maintain the same condition.
A sound and light show amidst these ruins make a great effect
Monday, September 7, 2009
A River adds a great dimension to the city. Imagine Taj Mahal without the Yamuna, Calcutta without the Hoogly Ghats, and Varanasi without the Ganga.
So is Seine to Paris. Dividing Paris into the left and the right bank, A must for any visitor to Paris is the Seine river cruise. Guaranteed to trill even a hard demeanor person , It showcases the history of the city. One can get to see beautiful bridges across Seine (called Pont in French), the Louvre Museum, The famed Notre Dame Cathedral, The Obliex at the place de la Concorde, the location where Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette was beheaded, the french revolution unfolds.....
This pier opposite the Eiffel tower from where the cruise start
Waiting for the service to start after buying tickets, it would be great to have pancakes with chocolate spread
The Eiffel sparkling at the stroke of the hour from across the river
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
RAIN AT TIMES
And these are the times: One single or couple of manufacturer of Milk for the whole state, Packed bakery products, branded grocery, no pottery or lime used but only cement. so on and so forth.
And times to come, globalisation will see a single maker of milk worldwide, like wise for cement, brick, bakery, and so on. We already have only two manufactures making Cola, all other items will follow.
Nice to see this scene which was prety common in our childhood. Wandering/mobile repair men with their little pump and earthen stove approching and repairing almost anything. Here we see the old man soldering the chain of the wrist watch, while the kerosene stove lies in line for repair.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Hard pressed for time these days, I choose this one photograph on this occasion. The credit for this shot though goes to my wife who insisted I shoot this combination of pink and white bougainvillea.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sheer poetry is required to describe these structures and I am no poet. I hope the photographs speak for themselves.
The Entire Complex with various styles of Architecture
Monday, July 20, 2009
One has to take a launch to cross the river Sharavati and then a drive in the woods to reach the place. Serene Atmosphere and tranquility prevails all around.
The dried stumps makes the scene all the more attractive
The Chudeshwari temple nestled in deep woods
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
As is the truth with all tourist places, the main complex is of interest and the rest in and around the place remains in ruins unvisited, un preserved. I wish the authorities could do some thing to demarcate these precious monuments which will automatically bring in people.
Some shots of both the main complex and the village...
Did Edwin Lutyens visit Aihole ? Was this inspiration for the Parliament house?
Shiv ling fascinates me. Yes, it is a quiet simple structure but all the same it can be fashioned in many forms. I have been making it out of the chapatti dough and clay for myself in my childhood and later for my kids. Until recently they would run to me to fashion one out of dough each evening.
You could see them in many forms many a thing qualify to look like a ling, but this one below is something I had not seen earlier or imagined ,
A ling more like mortar pestel .
There are many temples all around the village of Aihole. Sad, it does not interest the tourist one such complex in the heart of the village.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Exquisitely carved elephants at the entrance
This Probably is the spot where the Hoysala queen Shantala danced, with the imposing nandi in the backdrop
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
This temple is rebuilt by the ASI, I would say they have done a reasonable job, but I would always want to see ancient ruins preserved in the conditions it is found rather than remodel and built it. To cite an example, I have Seen the Urga Narashima statues at Hampi in ruins, with the legs broken and lying in the floor. One should see this now, the legs are joined using cement plaster. I would say preservation and not restoration is what is important.
Well, expect for the Nelamangala town website, I do not find anything much about this temple other than that it was built by Raja Raja Chola. Though a local man tells his parents from the nearby village used to come to this temple to pray for rains and at times it used to rain on their journey back home.
Rich caving of the old and new on the walls.