Everyday Scene

This gorgeous mosque caught my eye when I first landed in Bangalore. I’ve been always slightly apprehensive to click the place in it’s entire glory. This has probably been my best click of the lot, from a car stuck in traffic. A perfect shot for the holy month of Ramadan , some day I will…

Fields of Gold

This place is called KGF by locals in Bangalore, short for Kolar Gold Fields or Chota Ladakh by others. Located about 100 Kms from Bangalore, the crater which is now filled with rain water was once known for gold mining for over a century. With the dwindling level of gold production, the mine was closed…

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.


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…

Pyaar Hua, Ikraar Hua

Like I mentioned before, there are no guides at Avani, so everything I write is either from connecting the dots or Google. I went with a lovely friend so it was a fun day-long picnic. There are loads of ruins in Karnataka, and the sculptures are full of mystical and mythical creatures. When I saw…

Chamma Chamma

I hate to admit, but I have two left feet (before you accuse me of witchcraft, it means I can’t dance… True story, someone actually looked at my feet when I said it to them!). So much is my fear of embarrassment, that I am morbidly scared to groove to the music and my feet…

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

Berried Love

Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup. ~Wendell Berry

Dancing the Night Away

In Tamil mythology, Nataraja is the cosmic ecstatic dancer form of Shiva. The dance form is either referred to as Tandavamor Nadanta, based on the context of the dance. Narataja (which means the lord of dance) is usually performing nadanta inside a ring of fire, which standsfor the recurring cycle of death and rebirth and…