Lakshmeshwar – The Essence of Karnataka

There are many more monuments in Lakshmeshwar, that are steeped in history, but are completely ruined or lost in the midst of a growing town. Still Lakshmeshwar, the land of art and literature, retains the essence of Karnataka’s heritage. It is the cradle of Jainism, Hinduism and Islam, the three major religions that flourished in Karnataka and shaped its history, and these structures stand as a testament to the co-existence of cultures.


Third Week of June

If you thought that the 'Royal We' by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan is about the fairy-tale romance of Kate Middleton and Prince William, you are not entirely wrong. Except that the authors have introduced reality into it.

Monsoon Magic in Male Mahadeshwara

The Male Mahadeshwara Temple which is nestled amongst green rolling mountains is a scenic weekend getaway. Located about 200 km from Bengaluru, the drive to the temple is an experience in itself especially during the monsoons when the mountains are crowned with wispy clouds. The chill of the winds, the sound of the forest and the green of the new shoots are refreshing.

Exploring Shivanasamudra

The river Kaveri at Shivanasamudra splits into two, plunges downward forming two famous waterfalls –Gaganachukki and Barachukki and then re-joins thereby forming an island on which are situated two ancient temples – Ranganatha and Someshwara Temples.

First Week of June

"I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it."  'The Color Purple' by Alice Walker is a story of self-discovery set amidst abuse, racism, religion and women empowering each other.