Sunday, July 6, 2008
Saturday, May 12, 2007
The entrance to the Narasimha (Lion God) Temple at Seebi. The figures are the door keepers or Dwarapalakas who are also considered the guardians of Heaven. Two majestic elephants form a prop to the stone stairway.
Some breathtaking stucco figures that line the four walls of the outer parapet of the temple. These have survived the ravages of time and stand testimony to the eye for detail and excellence of the sculptors in the 17th century
The frescos in the sanctum sanctorum of the Seebi temple take you completely by surprise , just as the stucco figures would, when you enter the temple.You least expect to find something so breathtaking in what I define as a deceptively plain temple .
This is a painting of the Lord Vishnu depicted as the Lion God . A very unique portrayal that I have never seen before.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Hiring a gearless scooter and driving around is possibly the best way to explore Goa. And make sure to travel light in case you spot a great beach that lures you into a swim. I passed by a beautiful Portuguese home of Joazinho Da S.F.A Martin .These are some slices of their daily life at their Salcete home.
Mobor is a great beach in Goa. The white sand is magical and makes a sibilant sound when you walk. My theory is that it has therapeutic property and gives a great foot massage.
Friday, February 16, 2007
Wayanad in Kerala is possibly the best spot in the South if you want to get back in touch with Nature. Even a weekend stay in the verdant coffee estates, nestled amidst the hills, is adequate time to bring back a sense of sanity to a wornout city dweller.
The Tranquil Resort near Kalpetta would be my recommendation for the offbeat traveller.
The hospitality of the hosts Victor and Jini Dey add that personal touch that truly makes this a home away from home.
The poolside at Tranquil and the tree house beside it. The tree house was my favourite place ; reading a book, sipping coffee and doing some thinking or writing . Everthing you do here should ideally be with yourself..In Quiet.
Our cottage at Tranquil was as quaint and peaceful as the surroundings. The eye for detail is evident .Everthing has a role and place out here ..nothing less nothing more ...Just Right !
Thursday, January 25, 2007
The well that is a characteristic feature of backyards of traditional South Indian homes and the main watersource for the house . I remember bathing by the well as a young boy at my Grandparents home ..drawing up buckets of cold water and often being reprimanded for taking too long and wasting too much water ... That was such a long time ago .
Swamimalai is a temple town and a feast for any pilgrim and I often wandered aimlessly around, capturing on camera, places and people of interest. The Gopuram or Dome of the Sarangapani Temple above was simply magnificent and I could not help but admire at this architectural feat that loomed high above us and appeared to touch the sky . A good pastime would be to sit at a reasonable distance from this structure and count the many fables and stories that unfold layer by layer until you reach the top.
One of my favourite spots in Swamimalai..The Pattibiraman Temple by the riverside. An ideal day for a swim in the river and soak some hot Swamimalai sun.(though not for long)
If only my pace of life was like this everyday. Sometime in the future possibly...
All temples close around noon and a post prandial siesta is a must for the priest of this temple before he resumes work from 4 pm. The heat could get to you with mercury touching 38 degrees C with a very high sweat factor. It is wise to travel very light but avoid shorts since permission may be denied at some temples.