Legends & Myths

There is so much influence of television, and now web series in our lives. When we were growing up, our sibling rivalry grew up a few notches in the all important “board” years (10th and 12th grade), and then the subsequent university exams. The cable connection would get cut off (we didn’t have cable till…

For Progress & Development

Vikas Soudha is a replica of the main Vidhan Soudha building (I like this one better visually though), built by the Karnataka government. Inaugurated in February 2005, it is intended to be an annexe building, housing some of the ministries and legislative offices.

Governments Work?

The front of the Vidhan Soudha building reads “Government’s Work is God’s Work,” (sarkarada kelasa devara kelasa in Kannada).  The cost of construction in the 1950s time was just 17.5 million rupees, but now, the annual maintenance alone costs about 20 million rupees. The building is illuminated on Sundays and public holidays.

Orderly

The Vidhana Soudha, Bengaluru, is the seat of the state legislature of Karnataka. Constructed in Mysore Neo-Dravidian styles, with elements of Indo-Saracenic and Dravidian styles, the building was completed in 1956. If you want to catch a smaller scale version of this iconic building (no, I didn’t make it), keep your eyes open when you…

Floral Delights

Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven’t time, and to see takes time – like to have a friend takes time. ~Georgia O’Keeffe

Flower Garden

Singapore is a tourist’s paradise. An extension of the Gardens by the Bay, is the Supertree Grove & OCBC Skyway. Of the 18 trees, 12 of the large canopies are inside the garden and offer panoramic views of the gorgeous the Marina Bay skyline.

Follow the Light

“May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.”  ~J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Koti Koti Pranam

Kotilingeshwara Temple in the quaintvillage of Kammasandra, Karnataka boasts of one of the largest lingams in theworld at 108 feet (33 meters). Manjunathasharma (CE 788-827) or BhaktaManjunatha, an atheist brahmin is said to have insulted Shiva ten million timesin his lifetime, and to acquit himself of his past sins, Bhakta Manjunatha establishedten million lingas. The…

Navagraha Puja

The Navagrahas are the “nine celestial bodies”, which include the nine astronomical bodies and the mythical Hindu deities. These are the Sun, the Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn, and the ascending (Rahu) and descending (Ketu) lunar nodes (which appear as Shadow Planets during the solar and lunar esclipse respectively).