Indian Journeys

Indian Journeys

About my journeys in India, of which I've known so little. I'm making up for the lack …
Aug
02
The Lakshmi Narasimha Hoysala Temple at Nuggehalli

The Lakshmi Narasimha Hoysala Temple at Nuggehalli

It is over 750 years old, with sculpture done by the two celebrated Hoysala craftsmen of the thirteenth century — Mallitamma and Baichoja.
3 min read
Mar
12
The Fortune Select Grand

The Fortune Select Grand

The Fortune Select Grand is new, I'm told. There’s a bareness in its rooms, rather like in a budget hotel. You get only one key, even if you’re with spouse.
3 min read
Oct
15
Michael Wood, and The Story of India

Michael Wood, and The Story of India

Michael Wood is an adorable host of his BBC program, and a guest very welcome in India, brimming with respect and curiosity toward her people.
2 min read
Sep
08
Happy in Hampi

Happy in Hampi

It is 34º at daytime these September days in Hampi. You walk a lot in that place covered in rocks and boulders.
3 min read
Jan
05
Before Aurangzeb’s Tomb

Before Aurangzeb’s Tomb

As for Aurangzeb himself, to die asking to be buried so far south from Delhi, from the seat of his empire — how did it feel? Where lay his heart? In Delhi? In the Deccan, where he’d honed and proved himself when young?
3 min read
Oct
03
Saru Maru, Sanchi, Satdhara, and Stupas and Stupas

Saru Maru, Sanchi, Satdhara, and Stupas and Stupas

There’s the wind of the plains about the monuments, but the sun bears down hard on the place, and the few trees around don’t help so much the crowds of tourists and devotees. As regards the stupas, they aren’t designed to offer shade.
4 min read
Feb
18
In Kolkata, Remembering Sister Alphonse’s History Class

In Kolkata, Remembering Sister Alphonse’s History Class

Walking about Calcutta — Kolkata — I remembered Sister Alphonse’s history classes in school. I couldn’t help my mind doing its bit of wandering as well.
6 min read
Dec
31
Tagore and Shantiniketan

Tagore and Shantiniketan

At Shantiniketan, sunny winter had turned the soil dry, and there was dust in the air, and haze, and acres and acres of chiaroscuro carpeting.
4 min read
Aug
07
A Short Stay at Pasumalai in Madurai

A Short Stay at Pasumalai in Madurai

The animals, having always owned the hill, have their own scheme of entrances and exits. The back of the hill is wild and closed to man.
2 min read
Jul
16
Rajesh Vaidya at the Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore

Rajesh Vaidya at the Brihadisvara Temple in Tanjore

The man tossed his head up and about a lot, sending his long hair flying, adding drama to mastery. The style was Carnatic, the sound of the veena as always was sweet.
1 min read