Last year I saved a tweet from Rakesh Simha that mentioned the number of years different dynasties have ruled in India. Here it is – This is the unfortunate reality … that our children learn just the recent history of India and that too a “Mughal Centric” history. I have no problems with the Mughals, … Read more Indian History – distorted and how !!
A day after the lockdown was announced, it was the start of Vasanta Navaratri or Chaitra Navaratri. We never knew that Navratri came twice !! Ofcourse we knew that Navratri is celebrated twice in the north, but didn’t know that it was also celebrated twice in the south. Swapna had told me about Vyoma Labs … Read more Adityahridayam by Vyoma Labs
I picked this article about the fascinating ruins of Dholavira from the TOI e-paper, a few days back. While presenting the budget, our Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that five archaeological sites will be developed as “iconic” destinations. These five sites are – Rakhigarhi, Hastinapur, Shivsagar, Dholavira and Adichaunallur. For a history buff like me, … Read more Dholavira – 3500 BCE
In the last two days we have been out in Delhi and Noida. We went by road and by metro. Sharing a few pictures that I clicked of interesting buildings, the traffic and the wonderful Qutub Minar. As I said to my friend Aneesha .. I cannot ever leave Delhi. You walk over 10000 years … Read more Delhi Pics ..
On my list of 50 things to do this year as I turned 50 was visiting 5 countries. We managed to do that during our September trip. Usually we end up spending time in one country or a couple of countries at best, but when we travelled to Europe last year, we realised that we … Read more 5 countries – one more off the list @ 50
In Feb this year we visited Tirunelveli to celebrate Amma’s 75th birthday and we did it as a surprise for her. The house where the entire Tiruvadi Iyengar family was born and raised is on Sannathi Street and this is the house that my great grandmother Onnama (her name was Padmasini, but she was fondly … Read more Varadaraja Perumal Temple and Getwell Anjaneyar
Sept 2, 2018 We came to Hamburg yesterday from Edinburgh. While we have transited through Frankfurt many times as we went to the US or returned to India, we haven’t visited any city in Germany. Our tour of Germany starts from Hamburg. I had booked us on the “Discover Hamburg” walk on the Berlin Walks website that … Read more Germany Day 2 – Hamburg Walks
Aug 22, 2018 We had planned on doing the Tower of London walk on Sunday (19th), but couldn’t as we decided to enjoy a lazy Sunday morning with Piyank and his family. The walk happens on Wednesdays as well so we decided to do it on the 22nd. The tour guide was Brian again (he … Read more London Day 7 – Koh-i-Noor
We came to Allahabad on May 13th from Lucknow. The distance was just 209 kms but it took us four hours to drive that distance because the road is a state highway at best with just two lanes and unruly traffic coming at you from every direction !! We crossed the Nehru-Gandhi bastion, now Madam … Read more Postcards from “under construction” Allahabad