Tag Archives: Art

Mosiac Tile Pavements of Portugal October 29

Calçada – Portugal’s Distinctive Mosaic Pavements

I first spotted the distinctive patterned street mosaics on Senado Square in Macau, in 2009. Then again, a couple of years later, in Rio de Janeiro.  They were strong reminders of the stories of the first global explorations, of the age of discoveries initiated by one of the largest colonial empires in history. It is […]

Darasuram April 18

Thanjavur – Sublime Chola Heritage

I am not a temple goer.  I find the energy and fervour and the attendant din of a crowded temple distracting. Rare visits on special occasions are more nostalgic concessions to tradition, rather than opportunities for communion with God. But the vibe at each of the three temples that constitute the UNESCO inscribed ‘Great Living Chola Temple‘ ensemble was different. And visiting […]

March 07

The Dancing Girl And The Goddess

A primitive dancing girl and a Tantric Goddess trigger reflections on the current status of women in India.

May 24

Weekly Photo Challenge – Twist

Peggy Guggenheim’s irreverence and sense of humour is evident from this 1948 Marino Marini sculpture presiding over the canal side entrance to her old home Palazzo Venier de Leoni (Now home to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection). The bronze male nude astride a horse is hardly what you would expect to be titled ‘Angel of the City’!   Serious scrutiny……..   […]

Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham December 07

The Gilded Bas Relief Of Wat Mai

Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham on Sisavangvong street, was once the principle royal monastery, the residence of the chief Laotian Buddhist dignitary (Phra Sangkharat), and the repository of the 33″ high, gold alloy Buddha icon (Phra Bang), that Laung Prabang derives its name from. It also once held the famed Emerald Buddha, that was moved to Vientiane, before being carted […]

December 06

A Passion For Egypt

Plundered art and antiques, should rightfully be returned to their countries of origin and displayed in situ. So I believed, very passionately, until I learned of the burning of the Institute d’Egypte, near Tahrir square in Cairo in December 2011. And of the destruction of almost all the precious manuscripts it contained. Among them, it […]

Kerak Crusader Castle, jordan October 24

Better Brown Than Brassy!

During my ethnic phase, I used to be partial to browns. My colour schemes usually ranged from pale beige to taupe to dark mahogany, with warm colour highlights. Of late however, I find myself leaning towards the more contemporary white/grey palette. Strange how our tastes evolve! Here is a gallery of browns from my travels, […]