The Indian Museum

We revisited the Indian Museum on Chowringhee,  an amazing shrine to Civilisation, and passed these characters on our way down Sudder Street. The Indian Museum is one of the great museums of the world.  A cathedral to culture and industry.  Vast rooms, one upon another, each the size of ballrooms, pillared, plastered, soaring ceilings, doors […]

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Délices d’Architecture- Udaipur

Gentle breezes across the Lake, Bursts of colorful bougainvillea, rhododendrons, frangipanis, elusive perfumes wafting from each corner, the light twinkling on the water, the classically beautiful lakeside havelis thronging the shoreline. We are discussing life, love, literature with our new-found, eminently entertaining friends Bob and Wendy. We are covertly and nefariously drinking gin from Bill’s […]

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The Mysterious Pumpkin Bunnies of Benares

Benares is an ancient and aesthetically beautiful place. One of the many layers of its beauty are the astonishingly beautiful decorative motifs that pose and prance, and glide and preen and stomp and wiggle across their doorways and walls. Gorgeously caparisoned Elephants, striking military men, brilliant parrots,elegant fish snaffling herons, puzzling gurus, fishes, flowers, plants […]

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A Buddhist Zodiac ?

On a wall inside an arched gateway leading to a spectacularly beautiful Wat in Vientiane stands this. “What is it” ? we asked ourselves, scratching our heads, briefly our groins, (it was hot and sweaty work this Wat crawling), and then, quite quickly and somewhat embarrassedly our heads again. Do Buddhist’s believe in Astrology ? […]

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