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Travel: Bhoganandeeshwara Temple, Bangalore

A treasure trapped in time The entrance gate is old, time-worn and not the most impressive. You step in and green lawns bask lazily in the early morning sun. There are dogs playing about, a magnificent chameleon perched on a chariot wheel,  and a couple of women sweeping the perimeter of the complex. The laburnum…

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Travel: Palakkad`s agraharams

A Way of Life in Palakkad Huge banyan and peepal trees, rows of close-set, small, tiled houses, a pair of temples on either side of the village, women drawing kolams (rangolis) in front of their houses at dawn, the strains of nadaswaram music from the temples – these are sights and sounds particular to the agraharams of Palakkad, villages,  which still…

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Photo Feature: Picture Postcards

                          There is some undefined, unfathomable atmosphere to Ritigala in Sri Lanka. A steep massif, wooded forests and on the day I was there, copious rains, Ritigala, its name derived from the ancient name Ariṭṭha Pabbata , dreadful mountain,  is home to an ancient Buddhist monastery…

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Travel: Magical Mostar

  This is beauty after strife. Mostar sparkles anew after the terrible years of the Bosnian War. You will find a reflective   mood  settling upon you at Mostar in Bosnia-Herzegovina. It is a lovely little town through which the River Nevretska flows swiftly, steadily, a deep teal-blue in colour. At the designated times, the melodious…

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Travel: SwaSwara in Gokarna

    Meanwhile at the SwaSwara Ayurvedic Resort in Gokarna…… This is Woman Central and I sense it the moment I arrive. The place has that vibe exclusive to spots where women congregate. A couple of women in white yoga gear are walking down a tree-laden path. There are women doing languid lengths in the…

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Travel: Lennon Wall in Prague

    All you need is love… The John Lennon Wall in Prague is a wall with a storied history In a city filled with stunningly beautiful monuments, a   Gothic bridge of much atmospheric antiquity, a languid river, a sprawling Palace complex, the John Lennon Wall is a bit of an anomaly. But there is…

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Travel: All Saints Garrison Church, Lucknow

Peacocks at prayer Lucknow cantonment`s All Saints Garrison Church is one sumptuous Raj relic   Lucknow cantonment`s All Saints Garrison Church is one sumptuous Raj relic. As we turned left into the compound of our army guest house, I almost dislocated my neck, the aforementioned neck being sharply turned to the right. Because what met…

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Travel: Taratarini Temple, Odisha

    Where beauty and  power meet The origins of the TaraTarini temple in Ganjam, Odisha, is shrouded in the mists of time. Our trip from Behrampur starts off well enough, with the sun shining bright and stray, fat clouds dotting the startlingly blue skies. `The last time we visited the TaraTarini temple, it suddenly…

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Travel: To Sakleshpur in a camper

  We are off to Sakleshpur by the Hemavati river,  in a camper, all set to have much fun. Chandrakanth R, CEO of Camper Trails, gently warns us that it might be a bumpy ride to Sakleshpur. The vehicle, he points out, was made for American roads. He adds comfortingly, “We have added leaf springs…

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Travel: Thotlakonda, Andhra Pradesh

    History on a hill Thotlakonda in Andhra Pradesh is today a hazy hark-back to its glorious Buddhist traditions   It’s a hot day, a very hot day in fact. The sun glares down mercilessly and I`m glad of the foresight to have carried a hat. There is a strong breeze blowing, though, carrying…

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