The ‘Star’ among Forts

Tipu Sultan is as famous for the forts he built as he is for standing up against the British. His father Hyder Ali and then Tipu Sultan himself renovated so many forts and built some more that historians quip that in (former) Mysore State every hillock has a fort! At a time when the French…


January Read

Lykke is the Danish word for happiness and in this book, Meik Wiking who is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, Copenhagen (no, seriously), presents what makes specific communities across the world happier than the rest.

December Reads

The Gothenburg Art Museum (Goteborgs Konstmuseum) was at the top of my list when a friend and I decided to spend a weekend in the beautiful culturally rich city. At the museum shop, I came across the Basic Art 2.0 series by Taschen Publications. I picked up three titles (Munch, Klimt and Symbolism) in the series which I finished reading in three days. I can't wait to get my hands on the other titles in the series! 

My Danish Christmas

''No one should be alone on Christmas!'' my colleague Pernille declared when I told her that I wasn't going home for Christmas. She spoke to her family and a couple of days later invited me to her mother's place for Christmas. And I ended up discovering the true meaning of Christmas.

Hoysala Temples of Haranhalli

While travelling from Hassan to Arsikere, the Hoysala heartland, you will pass through many sleepy villages and many of them contain lesser known marvels of Hoysala Temple Architecture. One such village is Haranhalli which is 35 km from Hassan and just 8 km from Arsikere. It houses not just one but two modestly sized Hoysala Temples.