KHAJURAHO EROTIC TEMPLES: Do Not Ban It – Understand It!

The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is a group of Hindu and Jain temples in Madhya Pradesh, India. The temples are famous for their nagara style architectural symbolism and their erotic sculptures. Most Khajuraho temples were built between 950 and 1050 CE by the Chandela dynasty. Historical records note that Khajuraho temple site had 85 temples by 12th century, spread over 20 square kilometres. Of these, only about 20 temples have survived, spread over 6 square kilometres. (more…)

100+1 PHOTO STORY: ECOTONES – Munnar: The Road Not Taken

“The Road Not Taken” will take through small hamlets and village roads which are lovely way to observe local life and people. Spice plantation trail is a solid 3 hour walk over hillocks and glens. You will find out about the local spices cultivated by the people of Muduvankudi: from early turmeric to the spicy and pungent Bird’s Eyes Chilli or kanthari, you will learn about how farmers grow black gold: pepper. The cardamom plantations transport you to different world, with lush emerald stalks and giant tree canopies. As you walk along, check out the multi-hued bird life all around you! From the ravishing ruby-throated bulbul and chattering Malabar hornbills to the metallic blue Malabar Whistling Thrush – the forest birds you will see around are sure to leave you enthralled. Come with us: “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood…”
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100+1 PHOTO STORY: ECOTONES – Munnar: Trekking Above The Clouds

“And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.” (Kahlil Gibran)

For Manoj Narayanan and Praveen Muraleedharan the concept of Ecotones Camps was born out of a passion to bring guests closer to nature. While most hotels and resorts utilize the beauty of nature and the wilderness to sell themselves, there are very few that give back to nature or contribute to conservation in any way. Eco-tourism responsible travel to natural areas that does not damage the environment, contributes to its conservation, and improves the well-being of local people is an ethical option and Ecotones attempts to imbibe this culture in its true sense. Guests can indulge in nature-oriented exploratory activities such as bird watching and nature trails or can just sit back and enjoy the scenic view. With activities such as cycling and guided nature walks, we hope to take people one step closer to nature and inculcate an interest for the natural world through observation and learning about its many intricacies. (more…)

HUMAYUN’S TOMB & BEGA BEGUM – Woman, who built India’s first Paradise Gardens

During the Mughal era (16th – 19th century) the practice of commissioning monuments received a fillip through the efforts of Bega Begum with the construction of Humayun’s Tomb. This first colossal monumental mausoleum in Islamic India can be considered an early masterpiece that was to decisively influence the design of the later Taj Mahal, the high point of Mughal architecture. (more…)

THE HINDU – Cafe Papaya: A space for expression

Published in India, June 21, 2013: THE HINDU – A space for expression


Movies, music and food are on the menu of the Cafe Papaya

In 1998, American singer-songwriter Dave Matthews wrote of ‘The Dreaming Tree’, a place beneath which promises held true, fears were conquered and creativity flourished unbridled. In a large house on North Janatha Road, a similar tree exists. Pencilled onto a white wall and lit by sunlight from a skyroof, the tree is packed chock-full of words and images that stand for oneness in Japanese, Hebrew, Tamil, Malayalam and a myriad other languages. It is the epicentre of Kochi’s new creative hub for movies, music and food — Cafe Papaya — a collaborative project between filmmaker Aashiq Abu, photographer Ajay Menon and Avial’s band manager Jithu Livingstone. (more…)

SINGAS PROJECT @ FORT COCHIN

THE SINGAS PROJECT IS A QUITE USUAL FORMATION AT FIRST SIGHT

The Singas Project consists of two man behind the carpet. Kores – double bass, bass guitars, v-bass synth, Zozo – piano, rhodes, synths, samplers. We produce Singas. Nu jazz or old-school, Singas Project performs remarkable live acts which is why they have already featured on most European festivals. They even have a track on the Café del Mar compilations. We work with our friends: Dalma the talented vocalist with much respect for the diverse styles stemming from jazz, Beata Rostas Piros the amazing singing sculpture, Ady the crazy saxophonist, Czimi – drum, Aron Porteleki – drum, Ferenc Koles – actor and atleast but not last TG aka SunPrince – slam, slam poetry. (more…)