Saturday, January 30, 2016

Airlift


Watched Airlift with friends starring Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur. War related movies I always enjoy. This one added to the list today. Hats off to Akshay for the wonderful performance.

We 4 again



We met after almost three years. Luckily got tickets for Airlift the last moment followed by treat at Pizza Hut. Time just flies when your best buddies are around.. We departed saying we would be meeting again soon.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Ajeya


Biography of Chandrashekhar Azad, very nicely written by Babu Krishnamurty. Took two months to read, but did not miss the thread in between. Indian freedom struggle has always been my favourite subject, and this one is just awesome. Lived every moment of it.
And for every kannadiga this is a must read.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Kudala Sangama

Visited Kudala Sangama with family after four long years. Had very less time to but covered comfortably.


     Confluence of Krishna, Ghataprabha and Malaprabha


                         Aikya Linga from above


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Shaandar


Watched Shaandar starring Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. 
Nothing pleasing, just a time pass movie.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Humayun's Tomb

Here is my much awaited visit to Humayun's tomb, was literally dumbfounded with its massive beauty.

 
 The magnificent tomb

Built by Hamida Begum in 1565, the widow of Humayun, is the first example of Mughal architecture in India. It is also the first garden-tomb on indian subcontinent. This has inspired the construction of Taj Mahal built a century later.

Me in front of the tomb

The two storied mausoleum has the grave of the emperor on the basement floor, with nearly a hundred graves of members of the Royal family in the corner chambers.

You can see several other monuments adjoining the main tomb. Prominent among them is Isa Khan's tomb and mosque.
Isa Khan Niyazi was an Afghan noble in Sher Shah Suri's court.

Isa Khan's tomb

Isa Khan's mosque

National Gandhi Museum

Visited Gandhi Museum after spending some time near Bapu's samadhi.
National Gandhi Museum is worth visiting, for you find a greater collection of original photographs, journals, audio-visual materials, art pieces, other memorablia connected to Gandhiji, Kasturba and Indian Freedom Struggle.


                                                       Sculpture depicting Dandi March

This is a 6 m tall statue in cement concrete of Mahatma Gandhi based on Nandalal Bose's well know 'motif' in Lino-cut prepared in March 1930 to commemorate the event of Gandhiji leading the historic Dandi March on March 1930 with 78 selected followers from Satyagraha Ashram in Ahmedabad.
He walked for 24 days over 241 miles and broke the Salt Law on 6 April, 1930, on the Dandi sea coast while the whole country and the world watched Salt Satyagraha was the most successful 
example of Non-Violent Civil Disobedience.


Martyrdom gallery has:
  • blood stained dhoti and shawl and the watch worn by Bapu when he was assassinated
  • one of the three bullets which killed him, 
  • urns in which his ashes were carried for immersion into various rivers, the wooden frame in which the main urn was taken to Prayag and the cloth bag in which the ashes were kept for being carried to Prayag and Rameshwaram.



Rajghat

Atlast i visited Rajghat, after a busy work schedule of more than two weeks. 

                                                     Path leading to Gandhiji's samadhi

A chilly morning, absolute silence, serene beauty welcomed the way to Bapu's samadhi.

Samadhi of Bapu


Observed silence for few minutes, lost myself  in his thoughts for a while. Later could observe many tourists, visitors from across the country, school children accompanied by their teachers everyone was eager to pay tribute to the father of the Nation.


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Lovely sisters perform


My lovely nieces performed in a program organized by their Guru Vidushi Shrimati Geeta Datar. This happens to be their annual day. They are learning Bharatnatyam for quite a few years, but I am a part of this event for the first time.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Winners



Took almost three months to finish reading, though started off during my long train journey to Gwalior.
Liked it. My first from Danielle Steel, would love to read more of her. Though story's centre point is Lily, every other character makes you love them.