Travel

Kanheri Caves (Part II)

This post is the second in my series of posts on the Kanheri Cave Complex. While the caves are the main attraction, one cannot help but notice the cisterns constructed for rainwater harvesting. These cisterns are carved into the rock close to several caves. Channels cut into the rock help direct the water from the slope into the cisterns. The…

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History, Travel

Kanheri Caves (Part I)

A group of saffron-clad monks climbed up the sides of a hill that stood prominently over the forested island. At the top, they were greeted by a massive outcrop of black rock from which the rest of the island could be seen. A seasonal rivulet gushed down the slopes during the rainy season. As far as the eye could see,…

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Nikhil

Van Man

“I go minivan” is the phrase most frequently used by Nikhil on his iPad. It is succinct and conveys his thoughts perfectly. He loves going on rides and his trusty minivan is his vehicle of choice. It is the window to his world and he can sit for hours observing the passing scenes with nary a care in the world.…

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Memories, Music

Auditory Memories

Every once in a while, my wife will catch me blithely humming a song or listening to one on the stereo.  It could be our anniversary or a birthday, a time for celebration.  Yet, she will grimace and ask me if I must listen to this song.   It’s then that I have to pay attention to the lyrics.  I’ve…

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History, Travel

Hasta Shilpa Heritage Village

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. By that measure, this post is going to be verbose! On my last trip to India, I visited Karkala and Mangalore. I set aside an afternoon to visit a heritage village called Hasta Shilpa at Manipal. Manipal is well known for its educational institutions and is approximately 40 miles by road…

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History, Travel

Pillars of Faith

When I returned from my visit to India earlier this year, a colleague requested me to compile a slideshow of my trip and present it at work before a meeting. “Five minutes should be good”, he said. That was a challenge. I can usually speak on a single slide for five minutes, so compressing the many places I visited and…

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Family & Friends, Travel

Roots

“I would like to visit the temple at Karkala,” said my dad when I told him that I had booked my tickets home. He was turning ninety and I wouldn’t miss that milestone for anything.  Karkala is where my dad grew up and spent seventeen years of his life.  He wanted to visit the Sri Venkataramana temple there. My high school…

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History, Travel

Elephanta Caves

My first trip to Mumbai (then known as Bombay) was in 1972 to attend my aunt’s wedding and I still retain hazy memories of that trip.  Since then, I have made several trips to Mumbai, but these have all been social visits, primarily to meet the family.  In fact, I’ve seen very little of Mumbai from a tourist’s perspective and…

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Books

Our Miss Rossie

“It’s spelled ‘Rossie’ not ‘Rosie’,” said my brother.  He was talking about my recent post in which I mentioned that as a young boy, when I was sick, I spent time reading books, and one of the stories that stuck in my mind was “Our Miss Rosie.”  The story was about a white lady who takes a pair of African-American…

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Nikhil

Need Doctor

“Need Doctor Vomit,” said Nikhil.  He was at the kitchen island, hunched over his iPad as he articulated the words using the icons on his app.  He looked ill.  In fact, he had looked under the weather the previous evening and we had let him sleep in having called his transport office earlier in the morning to let them know…

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