Of light and shade

I finally got around to editing some more photographs this weekend, so here they are — photographs from Penang, Malaysia! I simply loved seeing the sun light up the pristine mostly-white facades of so many buildings, and was constantly amazed by how it made even the most mundane of street elements look beautiful.    …

Reflecting on the power of place.

Thank you, for bringing fantasies to life. Today Nek Chand, creator of the iconoc Rock Garden of Chandigarh, passed away. Here is a blog post that I wrote up in the early days of 2013 on my impressions of the place: This blog post is about a place that actually taught me the following things about ‘beyond’…

On the move: Wanderings and a city

Wandering takes you places. Wandering takes you to streets Wanderings reminds you of childhood. Wandering make you think of priorities in this world Wandering lets you meet people; some inviting, some guarded, others too engrossed in their lives to notice you pass by, It also makes you aware of time, Wanderings makes for stories. Of being. Of curiosity.…

Heritage: In use

World Heritage Day passed by on April 18 and I realized it only today (Thanks to UDC for the heads up)!  Brings back into focus some hotly debated questions: What is heritage? What is history? History versus development? Questions that are too big to answer maybe, but need to be asked now nonetheless. What makes a house a…

Nights and beyond…

There I lay in a forgotten sleep, drenched in long shadows of my forgotten past, the flame of my life floating by on the water, repercussions multiplied a thousand times over. They rang many bells and spoke many words, brought out the night to fade my blunders out of this world. Yet more prayers and journeys later, I was still present in the…

Daily rituals

Life is funny in the way it treats you. One day you are in London chugging down mugs of fancy coffee for 2 pounds in some shop with expensive interiors. And the next day you are back at work stealing a couple of minutes to go to the local tea shop and drink hot tea…

ANDfest: A new dimension

Another weekend zipped by at the speed of light and here I am, sneaking out on WordPress to blog about it from work. Well, what happened? I was part of AND fest which was basically a bunch of people staying up for 24 hours straight and sketching, rendering, drawing and letting their imagination run wild! And reaching…

Weekly photo challenge: (looking) beyond

This blog post is about a place that actually taught me the following things about ‘beyond’ : Rock Garden, Chandigarh 1. What you expect is not necessarily what you get. Back in architecture school, looking at some slides in a landscape architecture class with a glazed eye and a blank mind, the name ‘Rock garden’ and a…

Forward or backward?

Bit of a nerdy enthusiasm gripped me when I read recently in the Hindu that the shovel used to lay the foundation stone of a historic building in Chennai was set to be auctioned. Muthiah (The foremost historian on Chennai!) had concluded the article wondering whether there would be any takers for that shovel, his last…