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Tanjore and Mysore Paintings at the CSMVS Mumbai

A chubby, naked, fair Krishna , holding a butter ball, covered in golden ornaments, Yashoda by his side, an indulgent smile on her face, even as her finger is raised in admonition. Rama and Sita seated on the throne, Lakshmana on one side, Bharata and Shatrughna on the other, surrounded by sages and kings; Rama a distinctive green in colour. These are both popular themes in Tanjore Art. I first saw both these in temples, the Navaneetha Krishna in many homes as well, if not original, at least a recent replica or just a copy. The Ramar Pattabhishekam I have better memories of, having seen it often at the Matunga Bhajan Samaj in Mumbai, as well as at my mother-in-law’s ancestral house in Thanjavur. The latter especially is close to our family’s heart, and it’s an exquisite piece of work, the expressions on Rama and Sita’s faces as intricately done as the gold work that surrounds them. Navaneetha Krishna Beautiful as they are , to me, they are associated with divinity more than just wor

Spot the Spider

Can you spot the spider in this pic? 

Skywatch Friday - Reflections in Wayanad

Reflections on the Kabini River in Wayanad......

Review: Misty Hills, Wayanad

Our Wayanad trip was entirely planned by Thomas Cook India . So, when we left, we had no idea where we would be staying. This was a big first for us, since I am the one who usually makes all the arrangements, and thus know exactly what to expect. I stubbornly refused to ask details about the accommodation, trusting that someone as experienced as Thomas Cook would surely find us the perfect place, preferring to take this trip as it came. 

Wayanad - Tirunelli Temple

Towering teaks line the road, forming a canopy. Driving through the forests of God’s Own Country, Kerala, towards the Tirunelli Temple, the spiritual experience begins long before the destination.

Wayanad - A Forest Shrine

Returning from our encounter with the python, we chose a different path back, and came across this....

Wayanad - Encounter with a Python

“There is a python in the jungle. Would you like to see it?” these words were enough to get Samhith all excited. Of course, we first refused to believe we could actually see a python in the wild. Then, we wondered if it had been captured and was being used as an exhibit. It was only when we were assured that the python was by itself, probably incubating its eggs, and that it was by no means captured, and that it was perfectly safe, that we agreed to go have a look.

The Reliance Digital Experience

Walking into the mall with my son is nothing to write about. But when it is on an Indiblogger invite to visit the new Reliance Digital store  at R City Mall, Ghatkopar, it turns into a blog post! Those of you who read my blog regularly know that I rarely participate in contests, and the only reason I signed up for this one was because I was anyway going to the mall, and thought I would try out what kind of an experience it would be.

Wayand - Exploring the Kuruva Island

This was my first sight of the Kabini , as she meanders through the lush green forests of Wayanad. Yet, my attention was captured, not by the abundance of water in peak summer, but by the sight of the raft which was tethered to the bank, all set to take us to the other side.

Skywatch Friday - Phantom Rock, Wayanad

For Skywatch today is an interesting natural sight – the Phantom Rock near Ambalavayal town in Wayanad, Kerala.

Wayanad - Discovering a ruined gem

It was our second day at Wayanad , and we were driving to Kuruva Island, when our guide pointed to some ruins and asked us if we would like to see an ancient temple. It speaks volumes of our interests, when I say that we perked up at once, and hastened towards what, at first glance, appeared to be a pile of stones lying by the roadside.