BADAMI & AIHOLE…a stint with history & heritage

The cave temples of Badami, in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka, India, boast of the architecture of the Chalukya Dynasty in the 6th century.Carved out of hill cliffs hued with the rouge of sandstone they are home to numerous, intricate carvings of the many avatars of Lord Vishnu & Lord Shiva. If you pick a day when the crowds are scant (weekdays or maybe when the kids are slogging it out with exams in February & March!), the tranquility of River Agastya, the magnanimity of the cave temples, and the pleasant breeze that cruises through at the top of the hillock take you back to an era gone by, an era of grandeur, ancient culture & royalty. Continue reading “BADAMI & AIHOLE…a stint with history & heritage”

BANGALORE PALACE

Sometimes the most unfrequented of places are the ones closest to home and that’s precisely what happened with the Bangalore Palace (currently happening with the CN Tower!). Though born & bred in Bangalore, I didn’t bother paying a visit to the palace, (or even think about it!) until the summer of 2015. All thanks to my husband who is constantly on a hunt to find places to photograph. And yes..it was totally worth the wait… Continue reading “BANGALORE PALACE”

THE SERAI, BANDIPUR

“The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear”
 -Rumi
As I stretched my legs across the balcony of our cabin,sipping away a Mint Lassi, I couldn’t help but wonder…Will I miss India? The answer was “yes”. She will always be home, even if I’m 10,000 miles away. It was only a few days later we would be off to a foreign land.We have done this before but it was different this time. Continue reading “THE SERAI, BANDIPUR”

DISTILLERY DISTRICT, TORONTO

The Distillery District of Toronto, a historic site, that was once a distillery, belonged to James Worts & William Gooderham and has now transpired into a mall of sorts, with an exquisite shopping & dining experience amidst the rustic old world charm. Summer days are best to visit and we usually spend time window shopping the antiques with a gelato in hand or a spicy hot chocolate from Soma Chocolatiers. It’s a pleasure looking at the work of local artisans be it the watercolour depictions of the district or the colourfully crafted paper art. If lucky enough, you can even treat yourself to some scrumptious hand made brigadeiros(brazilian chocolate made with condensed milk)! All in all, as these pictures suggest, a place worth many visits…. Continue reading “DISTILLERY DISTRICT, TORONTO”

ROYAL RAJASTHAN

Rajasthan was the chosen destination to ring in the celebrations of our wedding anniversary and it did not disappoint. Pardon me for using ‘colourful’ and words alike a few too many times in this post. Rajasthan captivates with it’s vibrant art and culture.
It was a five day vacation beginning with Udaipur and moving on to Kumbhalgarh, Dechu, Jodhpur and Jaipur. For my ease and yours I’m simply going to stick to a pointer system. So first on the list….Udaipur Continue reading “ROYAL RAJASTHAN”

THE AUTUMN COLLECTION ’15

“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.”
– Willim Cullen Byrant

Summer has come to an end with the disappearance of warm breeze and pretty clusters of flowers.October has begun with the crisp air and cold breeze. But it brings along with it, leaves painted with amber & auburn, crimson & rose, ochre & rust.
I will let the pictures to all the talking in this photo essay….The colours of the fall!…at Edward Gardens, Toronto. Continue reading “THE AUTUMN COLLECTION ’15”