Pillar In The Temple of God

To be a pillar in the temple of god signifies devotion, acceptance, stability of your beliefs. It also means to strengthen one’s resolve, bear the consequences of their own actions, and in turn be a support for others.

Rake the Leaves

“Come, little leaves,” said the Wind one day, “Come to the meadows with me and play. Put on your dresses of red and gold; For Summer is past, and the days grow cold.” ~George Cooper

Basadi and Holy Shrines

The Gometeshwara statue at Shravanabelegola is not the only shrine to visit on the Chandragiri hill. The hill is full of different Basadi or Jain temples where pilgrims offer their prayers and wish for things. This is on the other side of the Odegal Basadi. More of a place to congregate and celebrate, the place…

Wild Trees

“Time has a different quality in a forest, a different kind of flow. Time moves in circles, and events are linked, even if it’s not obvious that they are linked. Events in a forest occur with precision in the flow of tree time, like the motions of an endless dance.” ~Richard Preston, The Wild Trees:…

Wild and Free

“It is easier to tell a person what life is not, rather than to tell them what it is. A child understands weeds that grow from lack of attention, in a garden. However, it is hard to explain the wild flowers that one gardener calls weeds, and another considers beautiful ground cover.” ~Shannon L. Alder

Destination Unknown

“Stairway To Heaven” ~Led Zeppelin There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold And she’s buying a stairway to heaven. When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed With a word she can get what she came for. Ooh, ooh, and she’s buying a stairway to heaven. There’s a…

Time Stands Still

The shiva temple in the ruined land of Halebidu is a fine reminder of the stunning architecture of the Hoysala dynasty.  The twin-temple is dedicated to Hoysaleswara and Santaleswara Shiva lingas, with two Nandi shrines outside. Local suggest that the two lingas, masculine and feminine was built as a mark of loyalty to the king…

The Magic of Monsoon

As the monsoon showers greet us, it’s time for the rain gear to come out. Like I mentioned before, I’m no fan of rains. But when you watch it from afar or when indoors, it has an irresistible charm to it.

Divine Lessons

No, this is not a miniature from my collection. Earlier this week, I celebrated a personal milestone, which I choose not to describe in detail. I found myself at Shravanbelgola, a Jain pilgrimage spot. Dedicated to Bahubali, the first Jain Tirthankara (spiritual leader or saint), the statue is the largest monolithic sculpture in India. Outside…

Small Pleasures

I love flowers. Most girls do. There is this lovely line in a beautiful Tamil song from the 1992 film Roja that I absolutely love… pen illaadha oorilae adi aan pooketpadhillai pen illadha oorilae kodidhaan poopooppadhillai (In a town without women, a man doesn’t ask for flowers… In a town without girls, flowers don’t even…