Through It All

~Smile Music by Charles Chaplin, Lyrics by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons Smile, though your heart is aching Smile, even though it’s breaking When there are clouds in the sky you’ll get by If you smile through your fear and sorrow Smile and maybe tomorrow You’ll see the sun come shining through for you Light…

Don’t Look Back In Anger

“If our goal is to be tolerant of people who are different than we are… then we really are aiming quite low. Traffic jams are to be tolerated. People are to be celebrated. Glennon Doyle Melton  

Nizami Pride

When cities grow rapidly in a short span of time, the infrastructure needs to grow proportionally. While that hasn’t happened in Pune yet, Bangalore and Hyderabad are fast catching up. As the airport goes out of city bounds, there are several air-conditioned buses plying across the city. This one in Hyderabad had one of the…

Shabari Ke Ber

  Meera Bai’s love for Krishna is epic and the devotion of Shabari for Lord Rama is just as popular. Shabari was a tribal girl, looking for her spiritual calling. After days of hunting, she met Sage Matanga at the foot of the Mountain Rishyamukha and accepted him as her guru. As she grew old, the…

Naga Nrithya

  The story of nag nrithya is very popular in Indian scriptures. Kaliya was said to be a multi-headed poisonous snake that had made Yamuna river in Vrindavan his home. The snake had spread its venom and poisoned the river, ensuring no living creature could use the water. Garuda, the foe of all serpents was cursed out of Vrindavana and…

Stop Right Now!

I am a Spice Girls fan, I used to like the funk in their songs. Sadly for the millennials though, they never heard of the band; let alone their songs. The only spice that survived the bygone era was Posh Spice, better known as Victoria Beckham, wife of football star David Beckham. So, you may…

The Princely Problem

As a part of my college syllabus, I came across the lovely story called The Princes by author Manohar Malgonkar. Being royalty himself,  Malgonkar was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Maratha Light Infantry,a big game hunter, a civil servant, a mine owner and a farmer. The story deals with the the state of Indian Royals after Indian colonization, the…

Chilled And Wild

Not many know of my connection with Heineken beer. Since I fly often between Bangalore and Bombay; I end up reaching the Bangalore International Airport way before I’m due to fly. The airport is a cool 50-odd kilometers from my den, so I prefer being early than sorry. So to kill time, I usually pick…

Tongue In Cheek

Kerala is wonderful in terms of tourism. If you are a sea food lover, it’s heavenly. Fort Kochi is the only nugget in this vast beautiful state that I have been to. It’s tourist friendly to the T, but sometimes, when you try too hard to be tourist friendly, you loose track of common sense….

Happy Solar New Year

Now several people in a major part of India are oblivious to the fact that south India is made up of five states (Telangana, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala) with distinct languages, cultures and celebrations. While Ugadi marks the new lunisolar year in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the same is celebrated as…

São Gabriel

This is the stunningly realistic oil painting of São Gabriel; the flagship of Vasco da Gama’s armada for his first voyage to India in 1497-1499. After he invaded Kochi, the locals fought its new captors valiantly. The ship is featured in the 2011 Malayalam movie Urumi and is said to be a masterpiece. Hopefully, it will…

Going Full Throttle

Highlighting the connection between the Arabs, Indus Valley Civilization settlers and Kerala is the Maritime Museum in Kochi. The museum brings out some very interesting history of ship building in India. This is one of the speed dials on the iconic ships that the navy manned back in the days. The museum also has interesting…