Thursday, February 28, 2013

Book Review: The Aryavarta Chronicles, Book 1: Govinda by Krishna Udayasankar

Govinda. We know him by many names – Krishna, the dark one, Vaasudeva, the son of Vasudev, Gopala – the cowherd, and many more. Then why Govinda? Why choose this among all his names?

Friday, February 22, 2013

Skywatch Friday - Akshi Beach, Alibag

Every week, as Friday approaches and I go hunting for an image to post as part of Skywatch Friday, I lose myself among all the images I have clicked.... re-live the memories of all those trips... and wish I was there again!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Of Memories and Reality - At the Wagah Border

A little girl stood by a gate, staring at the other side. A few minutes earlier, the place had been buzzing with activity, and an aura of importance had hung over the area. Now, it was calm and peaceful, and men who had stared straight ahead without blinking were now smiling and talking with others, completely at ease. 

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Of Books and The Sunday Book Club

As a book lover, I need the least of inducements to talk of books. The people I get along best with are those with whom I can converse about books. In my family, I am the one who wants books as gifts, and also gifts nothing but books! 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Book Review: A Possible Life by Sebastian Faulks

‘A Possible Life’ by Sebastian Faulks, is ‘a novel in five parts’. However, it’s not a novel as much as a collection of stories, spread out over various periods in time, from the past, present, and even the future, with the word ‘possible’ being the key to connecting them. 

The five stories are of different characters in different time frames, facing different situations, but each of them has have made choices which have changed the direction of their lives. Each of their stories could have had a different ending, but it is the possibilities in life which give the stories the direction they take.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

In Conversation?

What do you think these junglefowl are saying to each other?

Are they even saying anything? They stayed this way for quite a while allowing me to capture them with ease!   Nice of them, don't you think? So, any idea what they are up to?

Monday, February 11, 2013

Sandcastle for a Cause at High Street Phoenix

Building sandcastles is something we do when we go to the beach. However, this one is nothing like the ones we make. Its actually a sand sculpture, with turrets towering over the structure, intricate details such as doors and windows etched into the sand. We saw it for the first time at the High Street Phoenix in Lower Parel, Mumbai, last year, when Simon Smith, in association with Sand Cult, built this beautiful sculpture on the occasion of World Cancer Day. Click here to read about it. The event is back this year, and so is the sculpture, at the same venue...

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Faces in the Crowd - Budding Cricketer

Cricket is probably the most-played game in India, and the game which brings out all the emotions in us! Even as I write this, there is a match in progress on the ground outside our house, and the screams and shouts gives me a running commentary even though the regular commentator doesn't seem to have arrived. The sounds tempt the hubby who hurries to the window to see who it is who has hit a six... in a short while, I know that he will give in  and go join the crowd, and if possible, a bunch of friends will get together and start a game of their own. Which is why, this is today's pic for Faces in the Crowd....

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Caterpillar at KGAF-2013

The Kala Ghoda Art Festival (KGAF) is an art and culture festival for us urban folk. However, here is a different sort of visitor we saw on the very first day...

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Kala Ghoda Festival - From a kid's pespective

For the last three days, I have taken you with me along Rampart Row, enjoying the various art installations on display. While those are my main attractions during the festival, for my son, it is the workshops and the activities that encourage him to join me, year after year. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Kala Ghoda Arts Festival - Part 2

This is the second part of my series on the Kala Ghoda Art Festival. Please read Part 1 before reading further.

Mumbai is the city of dreams, the city which never sleeps. This post is about the visual art displays representing the city. And let me start with one of my favourites –

Monday, February 4, 2013

Kala Ghoda Arts Festival - Part 1

I have been attending the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival since its inception in 1999. I was then fresh out of college, had time on my hands, and I loved the opportunity to experience something as different as an Arts Festival in Mumbai. Over the years, I have seen the festival grow, become more popular, the addition of a variety of events offering something of interest to people of all ages. And I have enjoyed attending the festival, year after year..... Discovering something new each time, and of late, opening up an entire new world of art and creativity to my son. I still love attending the festival, and look forward to it each year, but it gives me even more pleasure when my 9 year old son opens the newspaper and yells out – “Amma, the Kala Ghoda festival has started! When are you taking me?”

A beautiful installation with colourful butterflies 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Faces in the Crowd - Man with a Hookah

We saw this man smoking a hookah while on a shikara ride on the Dal Lake. The Hookah was a common sight at many places in Kashmir, though this was the only time we actually saw anybody actually using one! Naturally, I couldn't resist a click!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Skywatch Friday - Mountains... and more mountains

Stuck at home with loads of work, I am repeatedly heading to my comp to see the photos of my Shimla trip and sigh over all the beautiful sights.....


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