Urban Sketching at INTACH Bangalore Talk, Max Muller Bhavan

Discover a treasure of architectural heritage in Northern Karnataka, just an overnight journey from Bangalore. Explore a magnificent series of…

Coffee, Cardamom, Campfire, and Calmness at Hema Koota

Hema Koota is an authentic homestay that offers the simple pleasures of life (delicious food, friendly people, and nature) making…

Office of the Post Master General of Goa, Panjim

Weathered cities and old buildings have always captivated me. So last month, while in Goa I was delighted to come…

Urban Sketching – Bible Society Heritage Building, Bangalore

Urban sketching at MG Road, near the Bible Society building. A watercolor of a heritage building in Bangalore.

Urban Sketching: Siddhaih Road, Bangalore

The Urban Sketchers Bengaluru meet in the first week of August was all about automobile repair shops. We met across  Urvashi…

The INTACH Warrior of Orissa: Anil Dhir

‘Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.’ – Ibn Battuta Orissa is often in the news for…

Zoned Out at Pepper House

Pepper House is a hub for arts, with posters of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014 still adorning the notice boards. One side of the building faces the canals. I remember seeing the magical view of the waterfront with ships passing through, providing an ideal photo op for lover of this specific setting- maritime, colonial structures, the retro feeling and the leisurely elegance of having a coffee amidst such historical ramparts.

Vas Villa, Bangalore – Then and Now

This house, named Tera Vera, was built by an Anglo-Indian, E J Vaz in the 1940s for his daughters, Vera Vaz and Dolce Vaz. E J Vaz was a high court lawer from Bombay. His daughters were spinsters. Vera and Dolce both worked as tutors, the former taught English and the latter the piano. They lived peacefully in this house most of their lives.

Under the Ladakhi Stars – Raku House

A group of students, mostly from Leh and Ladakh, studying at Delhi University came together to preserve the cultural heritage of Leh. Flowering Dharma, an NGO was launched in 2009, as result of their efforts.

Salam Singh Ki Haveli – A House of Luxury and Decadence

Once upon a time in Jaisalmer, the walls of Salam Singh’s Haveli trembled with occurrences of cruelty. Women feared event its shadow, and the curse it could bring upon them. A few miles away in the Thar Desert, Kuldhara village has similar stories of a curse, and remains an abandoned place. Legend says that it remains deserted to this day because of the misdeeds of diwan Salam Singh.