A noble priest from Jaipur Another interesting piece of information I chanced upon is, in Ancient Rome a man’s beard style could throw light on which philosophical school he belonged to! The Romans were impressed by the distinctive styles of beards the Greek philosophers were sporting. As soon as Rome conquered Greece in the BattleContinue reading “Beard Tales Continue… Day 2”
Standing tall on the busy Dinh Thien Hoang and Phan Dang Luu intersection is the Gia-Dinh Gate in Ho Chi Minh City. The bright yellow gate captures the attention of any any passer by. Gia Dinh Gate was the gateway to the Ecole de Dessin Gia Dinh , an arts school in Saigon foundedContinue reading “The Yellow Gate”
Seeking solace and comfort
A day before he set to start his journey northwards, I captured him in all his glory! Uttarayana starts today… The Sun enters the zodiac sign Capricon/Makara. Happy Makar Sankranti! Happy Pongal!
Banh Trang or rice paper wrappers are edible Vietnamese rice wrappers made from steamed rice batter. In the south and north they are known differently. Here, in the south these thin, translucent round rice papers are used to make fried spring rolls cha gio and fresh cold spring rolls goi cuon. The filling can varyContinue reading “What’s Cooking?”
“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier’…” ~Lord Alfred Tennyson May the coming year be a happier one! Filled with Love, Joy, Health and Freedom! Here’s to new beginnings! Happy 2021!
” She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms” (She girds herself with strength, and strengthens her arms) proverb 31:17 A Rajasthani village woman wearing upper armlets. These are some portraits of tribal women of Rajasthan, who would have had varied experiences which made them bold and strong. Adorned themselves with lot ofContinue reading “Songs of Experience”
‘If music be the food of love, play on…’ (Twelfth Night) Ravanahatha can be called as a precursor of the violin. Legend has it that, Ravana the mighty asura king used to play this instrument to please Lord Shiva. The instrument got its name from him ( hath or hasta mean hand). Ravana HastaContinue reading ““If music be the food of love, play on…””
” Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard Are sweeter ; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on; “ ~ Keats-Ode on a Grecian Urn~ The orange-bearded musician is playing the wind instrument alghoza that consists of a pair of flutes. One of them produces heavy notes and the other low notes. Music experts callContinue reading “Ye Soft Pipes, Play On…”
Some of those fan~’tashe~tic Rajasthani men, donning their handlebars, walrus, imperial, painter’s brush moustaches… A few clicks from my pre-covid Rajasthan trip. In India the bristling history of moustache dates back to the 16th century . Flauntinghis ‘handlebar moustache’ Imperial meesha! English ‘tache Painter’s brush There was a Veerappan look alike too!Continue reading “FAN`’TACHE~TIC!”