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

Following the Krishna route: Stop 1-Porbandar ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

The story: Beaten rice, butter with sugar, curds and Tulsi leaves are my association with food on Gokulasthmi or Krishna Janamasthmi. patram puspam phalam toyam yo me bhaktya prayacchati tad aham bhakty-upahrtam asnami prayatatmanah (Bhagvad Gita: Chapter 9, verse 26) which translates to, ‘if anyone offers me a leaf, or a flower, a fruit or … Continue reading Following the Krishna route: Stop 1-Porbandar ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

The Vainatheya Temple at Bindiganavile- Garuda Panchami Special ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Kumkumankitha Varnaya Kundendu Davalayacha Vishnu Vahanamsthubyam Pakshirajaya Thenamaha ( One who has the complexion of Kumkum, one who shines like the bright moon I pray to the Vahana of Vishnu, who is the king of the Birds.) Today (July 25th, 2020) is Garuda Panchami, which is the 5th day of the waxing moon (Shukla Paksha) of the … Continue reading The Vainatheya Temple at Bindiganavile- Garuda Panchami Special ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

The Guru’s Calling -The Journey to Ganagapur – ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

If you have read my previous post, you would know that we had made a detour to Pandharpur whilst undertaking a pilgrimage to Ganagapur. Here is the link to the previous article. https://sojournwithsan.wordpress.com/2019/07/13/remembering-pandharpur-lord-vithoba-on-ashadi-ekadasi/ After lunch in Pandharpur, we set out to drive towards Ganagapur. The four-hour drive from Pandharpur takes you via Solapur to Akkalkot … Continue reading The Guru’s Calling -The Journey to Ganagapur – ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Brazil Diaries- São Paulo “Two days as Paulistanos” ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

†† Daybreak at São Paulo There was more anticipation than fatigue, as we descended on São Paulo’s Guarulhos–Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport, popularly referred to as GRU Airport, after travelling nearly 21 hours from Mumbai. I couldn’t wait to embark on our 21 day stay in Brazil starting with São Paulo. We were pleasantly surprised … Continue reading Brazil Diaries- São Paulo “Two days as Paulistanos” ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

#KochiDiaries; A Call to Prayer in God’s Own Country (part 1)- ThiruKatkarai Divya Desam- ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

I was on a trip to Ernakulam/ Fort Kochi, last month and was happy to be there in time for the Kochi Muziris Biennale. However, no trip is complete, if I don’t seek out places of worship around the area. Having grown up on the tenets of Sri Vaishnavism, the husband and I made time … Continue reading #KochiDiaries; A Call to Prayer in God’s Own Country (part 1)- ThiruKatkarai Divya Desam- ©Sangeeta Venkatesh