Jain architecture : Epitome of discipline and focus

Jain architecture is tasteful, magnificent, mind-blowing but above all it has a philosophy. Jain architecture, to me, epitomizes order and focus.

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Maharashtra & the struggle to preserve its heritage

Maharashtra is a land of paradoxes. Its heritage though extremely magnificent on papers is now nowhere to be seen in its complete glory. The forts and temples built by the ancient dynasties (Satvahana, Chalukya, Yadava etc) and later on by the Maratha empire were largely destroyed by Mughal and British east India company. Had the Marathas ever befriended the Mughals or East India company they wouldn’t have faced such wipe out situation ever. But Marathas were too proud to not be self destructive.

रविवार आणि ती – १

मी पहिल्यांदा तिला पाहिले ते मे महिन्यातल्या रविवारच्या एका ढगाळलेल्या सकाळी. आठवणींना जाग यायला फारसं काही लागत नाही… कधीतरी उगीच कुठलासा अगरबत्तीचा वास काही लहानपणीच्या आरत्यांच्या आठवणी जागवतो किंवा कधी एखादी पावसाळी संध्याकाळ कधीकाळीच्या भजी- कटिंगवाल्या डेटची आठवण करून देते किंवा एखाद्या मऊ गोधडीचा स्पर्श आजीच्या कुशीत शिरुन ऐकलेल्या गोष्टींचा पेटारा उघडतो… तिची आठवण यायला…

Bombay – Mystical love -Part 2

Every new migrant that falls in love with the city is bound to fall in love with monsoons. Or one can say, because of the frenzy monsoons, people fall in love with this equally insane city.

The Walk

Today he decided to take a walk post lunch instead of a nap. He wasn’t pretty sure about his decision because it was so much unlike him. He loved naps. of course because of that he had put on considerably and ladies used to say ‘Aww’ looking at his cute and round face. But he…

भेट

अचानक कोणीतरी हाक मारल्याचा आभास झाला. तिने गर्रकन वळून पाहिले. भिरभिरत्या नजरेने तिने गर्दीतील चेहरे न्याहाळले. पण सारेच अनोळखी. भासच झाला असावा असे म्हणत ती परत लगबगीने चालू लागली… पण काही पावले पुढे गेल्यावर पुन्हा तेच. ह्यावेळी हाक मोठी होती. ती त्रासलेल्या नजरेने परत वळून पाहू लागली. तितक्यात तो आला…

Prosper through harmony

There is a phrase in Sanskrit as “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” which means the world (Vasudha = Earth) is one family (Kutumbam = Family). This is a very powerful phrase. It reminds us that we are all part of one family. We all are dependent on one another and we cannot prosper by supressing others in the…

Bombay – Mystical love -part 1

The more you observe the more you will see and the more intrigued you will be. The sheer variety and irrelevance of so many things at one place have a hypnotizing effect.

Wildlife and me

I grew up watching Discovery, National Geographic and Animal planet channels. I was a religious follower of the wildlife documentaries on these channels and wished to be an explorer myself someday. Of course, it was just a childhood fantasy. Nevertheless, India still has a lot of wildlife and some of the most enchanting jungles and…

South India – Emerald & Gold

When I think about south India, I see green and gold or Ocher… or shades of these colors. Enjoy the colors and beauty of this absolutely enchanting part of India…

Coimbatore: Pure bliss – Part 2

What to expect from a trip when it is impromptu, to an unheard destination accompanied by unknown people? Or let me rephrase the question – What to expect when a trip is all of the above and you are a socially awkward introvert? I said Yes when my roommate (yes, the same one from HR)…

Coimbatore: Pure Bliss -Part 1

Life sometimes unfolds in the most miraculous and unexpected ways. It throws tons of lemons at you for years and then you start believing that maybe lemons are not that bad. It is then, life decides to show you something that you have long forgotten… something that you feel is only part of motivational, self help, philosophical books – Pure bliss!