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

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 (August 5th, 2019) 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