Tipu’s Summer Home in Bangalore

Located at the heart of old Bangalore City in Kalasipalya is Tipu’s Summer Palace. It lies hidden among the urban chaos but is unaffected by its surroundings. Tipu used this as his summer residence from 1791 onward till his death.


Exploring Ajmer

There's more to Ajmer than the dargah. There are many Mughal and Rajput monuments worth seeing along with the Ana Sagar lake where one can relax at the end of a long day spent exploring Ajmer.

Pillared Palace in Shimoga

Unassuming and desolate are two words which come to my mind while describing Shivappa Nayaka's Palace. Tucked away in a sleepy part of Shimoga city, the main structure looks just like a big house with majestic wooden pillars holding a sloping tiled roof.

Second Week of April

Sudha Menon has chosen people from different fields and varied backgrounds - Narayana Murthy, Sanjeev Kapoor, Chanda Kochhar and Malika Sarabhai to name a few to write letters to their daughters. What results is a beautiful collection of thoughts.

Thiruchengode Tales

There are many deities worshipped on the Thiruchengode Hill and one of them is the Ardhanareeshwara, a form of Shiva in which the left part of his body is his consort, Parvathi. This form of Shiva is also known as Madhorubagan and Ammayappan. It is probably the only place where Shiva is worshipped as Ardhanareeshwara.


Nestled amidst green pastures and sandalwood trees, sitting atop the Kanakagiri hill is an ancient Jain temple. The temple, dedicated to Bhagwan Parshwanatha was built by the kings of the Ganga Dynasty in the 5th or 6th century. Kings of later dynasties such as the Hoysala, Vijanagara and Wodeyar also patronised this temple. It is…

First Week of April

'A for Ajrakh - The A to Z of Block Printing' is actually a book written for children to introduce them to the alphabet and to the arts but it makes a great read for anyone who has some interest in arts and culture. Written by Nina Sabnani who is an illustrator, animator and filmmaker, the book is aesthetically pleasing and informative.