The Joys of Travel Sketching

Getting Started with Travel Sketching:
Travel sketching does not require any training – the best way to learn is to sketch whenever you are traveling. Continue reading The Joys of Travel Sketching

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Zoned Out at Pepper House

Pepper House is a hub for arts, with posters of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014 still adorning the notice boards. One side of the building faces the canals. I remember seeing the magical view of the waterfront with ships passing through, providing an ideal photo op for lover of this specific setting- maritime, colonial structures, the retro feeling and the leisurely elegance of having a coffee amidst such historical ramparts. Continue reading Zoned Out at Pepper House

Yearning for a Boat Ride on Chilika Lake – Panthanivas, Satpada

Satpada, nestled on the southern tip of the lake, marks the point where Chilika meets the Bay of Bengal. It is visited by over 150,000 migratory birds during winter. At Satpada, one can watch a host of birds, including the pink Flamingos, Sandpipers, Kingfishers, and Golden Plovers. This lake is also home to the largest number of Irrawaddy dolphins. Continue reading Yearning for a Boat Ride on Chilika Lake – Panthanivas, Satpada

Waiting at Bikaner House, Delhi

While reading up on this building, which has had a storied past, I was happy to find out that the recent restoration taken up by the Rajasthan government. Much of the damage caused by the neglect and abuse it suffered due to the bus boarding activity has been addressed. The house has been restored to the glory it enjoyed as the residence of the maharajah of Bikaner. Now, a hep cultural center, its Facebook page boasts of the high-society events. Continue reading Waiting at Bikaner House, Delhi

Vas Villa, Bangalore – Then and Now

This house, named Tera Vera, was built by an Anglo-Indian, E J Vaz in the 1940s for his daughters, Vera Vaz and Dolce Vaz. E J Vaz was a high court lawer from Bombay. His daughters were spinsters. Vera and Dolce both worked as tutors, the former taught English and the latter the piano. They lived peacefully in this house most of their lives. Continue reading Vas Villa, Bangalore – Then and Now