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Travel: Ramalingeshwara temple complex in Avani

Legends of Avani The plan to reclaim life from the pandemic calls for taking road trips to places of interest not too far from the city I reside in, Bangalore, and the Avani temple complex,  30 kms ahead of Kolar town, fits  the bill beautifully. Soaked in antiquity, as the guidebooks would say, the Ramalingeshwara…

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Travel: SwaSwara 2.0 in Gokarna

The jewel in Gokarna`s crown SwaSwara in Gokarna, is a wonderful way to run away from the pandemic for a while. It`s been an open secret for ages now: SwaSwara, the CGHEarth property in Karnataka`s coastal town of Gokarna, is quite the gold standard for Ayurvedic resorts. Now, the wildly popular resort has revamped itself…

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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

                    The 17th century Dutch cemetery at Bheemunipatnam near Vizag, has curiously shaped graves in there, some  dating back to 1661.  It was submerged under silt from a stream flowing nearby, then abandoned for years, after which some kind of renovation was done in the mid-Nineties….

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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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