Love Ain’t Easy

This classic sculpture of Shiva and Parvathi shows us how love is hard work. As the Lord lifts his wife to life and love, he’s struggling to keep his balance and breath. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea!

Sibling Rivalry

Karna and Arjuna were the most prolific archers in battle. Both had access to several Divyaastra (devine arrows) including Brahmastra, Naga astra and others, which could destroy the whole universe. Both were biological brothers, but fate pit them against each other. This epic sculpture shows the two warriors in action in the Mahabharata battle that lasted…

The Onam Story

King Bali (Mahabali) was born to Devamba. The asura king was trained by was mentored by his grandfather, Prahlada and eventually succeeded him to the throne. As an asura king, Mahabali was revered for his morality and administrative prowess. He was known to be the most generous kings alive. Being overtly ambitious, he wanted to…

Meaning of GOD

So during my recent trip to Halibeedu, I had the good fortune to meet with a wonderful guide, Uma, who helped us decode the mystery of the ruined temple of the Hoysala dynasty. She told us, pointing at this statue, that this the Hindu meaning if the the word GOD: the Generator or creator (lord…

Makara, The Hoysala Mascot

Makara is a mythical animal, which was the mascot of the Hoysala dynasty and is featured prominently across all Hoysala temples. The animal has the mouth of a crocodile, ears of a cow, eyes of a monkey, body of a pig, feet of a lion and tail of a peacock.

The Original Bahubali

The first Jain Tirthankar, the story of Bahubali is nothing short of amazing. It is believed that he shed all his material belongings and stood in the open for a full year to become a Digambara monk and began meditating to attain omniscience. After a year long fast, and creepers and ants growing over him,…

Spice It Up

This in a miniature version of a traditional Indian spice box. We love flavors in our food and such boxes you will find in every household. It has spices commonly used in everyday cooking such as turmeric powder, chilli powder, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds, and coriander seeds just to name a…

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…