Pabiben and her ‘Pabi Bag’– Crafting Beauties ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

I met Pabiben Rabari at one of the many handlooms and handicraft exhibitions that occur periodically in Mumbai. Standing behind the stall was a well-built and confident woman with colourful bags hanging that were so eye-catching, that I was intrigued. Smt. Pabiben Rabari with her husband Lakshman Bhai The subsequent day, I decided to come … Continue reading Pabiben and her ‘Pabi Bag’– Crafting Beauties ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Sojourn with San is Winner- Most Promising New Blogger! @the Orange Flower Festival Awards

The Orange Flower Awards - organised by Women's Web; http://www.womensweb.in I decided to book the flight to Mumbai from Bangalore. Well, it is not everyday that one gets nominated for six categories on a popular digital media platform and then gets shortlisted as finalist for two. The Date: 25th January, 2020 ; ah ! the … Continue reading Sojourn with San is Winner- Most Promising New Blogger! @the Orange Flower Festival Awards

The Koorainadu Saree – a saga in revival ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Happy to share that my article on the Koorainadu sarees woven by the tireless weavers of Mayiladuturai was published in the Sunday Edition of Deccan Herald (Jan 12th, 2020). Do click on the following link to read it. https://www.deccanherald.com/sunday-herald/sunday-herald-melange/go-that-extra-yard-793245.html This post is a photo-essay of different designs in the Koorainadu weave so that you can … Continue reading The Koorainadu Saree – a saga in revival ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Devarayanadurga – In Search of a Divine Break ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

If you are in search of a quick one-day getaway from Bangalore, Devarayanadurga is a destination you may want to consider. Situated in the Tumkur district, Devarayanadurga is 60 kilometres north-west of Bangalore. The drive from Bangalore could take an average of two and half hours depending on your start destination. For us the drive … Continue reading Devarayanadurga – In Search of a Divine Break ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

The Kumarakom Backwaters- #KochiDiaries ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

A ride in the ‘Shikara’ A ‘must do’ when in Kochi is a ride through the canals of the backwaters. Last time in February 2019, we (my spouse and I) had the houseboat experience on Lake Vembanad. So, the most recent visit to Kochi in November 2019, we decided to do the canals in the … Continue reading The Kumarakom Backwaters- #KochiDiaries ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Kalkunte SriRanganathswamy Temple and Agraharam – The Living Past ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

A mere 30-minute drive from the Whitefield suburb of Bangalore brings you to the sleepy hamlet of Kalkunte. As part of the Bangalore Rural district, it has gained popularity for the Sri Ranganathswamy temple, which is visited by several devotees every year, especially during the 13-day Rathotsavam or the chariot festival that is held sometime … Continue reading Kalkunte SriRanganathswamy Temple and Agraharam – The Living Past ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

São Paulo’s Monument to the Bandeiras A tribute to Pathfinders or Colonists? ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

https://www.deccanherald.com/sunday-herald/sunday-herald-melange/an-ode-to-settlers-771007.html Above is link to the article published in the Sunday edition of the Deccan Herald newspaper. The article is also reproduced here. São Paulo’s Monument to the Bandeiras After travelling for nearly 21 hours from Mumbai, there was more anticipation than fatigue, as we descended on São Paulo’s Guarulhos–Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport … Continue reading São Paulo’s Monument to the Bandeiras A tribute to Pathfinders or Colonists? ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Mumbai Diaries: The Keneseth Eliyahoo – Restoring of a piece of history ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

The Kala Ghoda precinct in South Mumbai is clearly a favourite with me - what with the art galleries, the exhibitions and cafes, it is a cultural hub. It also has the finest set of heritage buildings with varied styles of architecture. You have the Prince of Wales Museum (now renamed as Chatrapati Shivaji Vastu … Continue reading Mumbai Diaries: The Keneseth Eliyahoo – Restoring of a piece of history ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Lights, Camera, Action- The National Museum of Indian Cinema ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

A few weeks ago, I had attended a retrospective of the late actor, director and Kannada writer Girish Karnad at the Films Division of India located at Pedder Road, Mumbai. The auditorium was packed and the event was inaugurated by film producer and director Anand Mahendroo, who reminisced about his mentor and teacher. This was … Continue reading Lights, Camera, Action- The National Museum of Indian Cinema ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Following the Krishna route: Stop 2- Dwaraka – the Gateway to Heaven ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

And other temples........................................ 104 kms; 2 hours 7 mins After a half day stay at Porbandar, we left on a 2-hour journey alongside the western coast of the country to reach Krishna’s land – Dwaraka- which literally means ‘Gateway to Heaven’. For the itinerary in Porbandar do click on the following link https://sojournwithsan.wordpress.com/2019/08/23/following-the-krishna-route-stop-1-porbandar/ A Panoramic … Continue reading Following the Krishna route: Stop 2- Dwaraka – the Gateway to Heaven ©Sangeeta Venkatesh