Ring Out The Old

For last year’s words belong to last year’s languageAnd next year’s words await another voice.And to make an end is to make a beginning. ~T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

Vanity Killer

This is one of the gorgeous sculptures that grace the outer periphery of the temple at Hallebidu. Here is a statue of Bhima killing elephants from the infantry of the enemy. Although slow, elephants were known to be the strongest animals in the stable, the structure depicts a very popular Tamil phase vaaranam aaiyram, meaning…

Small and Large

“Elephants love reunions. They recognize one another after years and years of separation and greet each other with wild, boisterous joy. There’s bellowing and trumpeting, ear flapping and rubbing. Trunks entwine.” ~ Jennifer Richard Jacobson, Small as an Elephant

Troopers Alert

Horses and elephants were both a very essential part of the war cavalry in old India wars. While the use of horses with archers and swordsmen is quite popular, elephants were used in siege operations and bringing down doors and breaking into fortresses. If you visit old forts across India, guides will enlighten you about…

Immortally & Ornately Blessed

Having friends who are proud of their birth land is a blessing for wanderers. This is what the inside dome of Somnathpur  in Mysore looks like. The last major temple of Hoysala dynasty,  it was constructed in 1268 A.D. in the reign of King Narsimha III by his army general Somnatha. Hence, this Kesava temple…

A Majestic Creature

I recently enjoyed a well deserved and unexpected break to Coorg, Karnataka (OK, the break was expected, but site wasn’t). One of the places we visited was an Elephant Training Camp, in the North of Coorg, in a place called Dubare. Here, they teach elephants to carry load and work for humans. As inhuman as…