Ravi Varma’s Forgotten Home at Kilimanoor

Inspired by the European paintings of Roman and Greek mythology, Ravi Varma painted scenes from Indian mythology and classic Sanskrit plays in addition to portraits of his patrons and scenes from everyday life.


It Happens Only In Summer!

Summer is here and brings with it a variety of delights. The fruits are one of the best delights The fruits which were once loyal to summer are nowadays available even in winter with the help of science and technology, but the joy of eating them in summer is unmatched. Wherever you go, the air…

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.

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.

Jewellery from the Bejewelled Land

Manipur literally translates to ‘the land of beads’ or ‘bejewelled land’ and it is no surprise that the traditional tribal outfit is always worn with earrings, neck-pieces, arm bands and headgear, all made of colourful beads. I have a fascination for jewellery that has a story to tell and I learnt from my friends that Manipuri bead jewellery has its roots in their complex culture.

A December Monologue

December! It’s that time of the year when you’ve completely forgotten about the resolutions you made 11 months ago to not eat cake ever again. It’s the time to buy yourself that pretty looking, uncomfortable red stiletto you will hardly wear.

The Goa No One Told You About

Yes! Yes! I know everyone goes to Goa to laze on the beaches and enjoy the seafood along with copious amounts of Fenny or Beer. But Goa has such a great architectural heritage that you haven’t really experienced Goa till you have wandered inside its awe-inspiring churches, demure convents and intimidating seminaries.