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Friday, 10 October, 2008

Indian drinks


A glass of faloodaOpens in a new browser window

Frothy Madras Filter CoffeeOpens in a new browser window

Metal South Indian coffeeOpens in a new browser window filter disassembled

A cool glass of LassiOpens in a new browser window

A cup of Chai.Opens in a new browser window

A boy in India preparing Chai.Opens in a new browser window

ChaiOpens in a new browser window (Tea) is a staple beverage throughout India. The less popular coffeeOpens in a new browser window is largely served in South India. Other beverages include nimbu pani (lemonade), lassi,Opens in a new browser window and coconut milkOpens in a new browser window

Thursday, 9 October, 2008

Wednesday, 8 October, 2008

Lothal


An ancient well, and the city drainage canals at Lothal.Opens in a new browser window

Archaeological site of Lothal.Opens in a new browser window

The dock, with a canal opening to allow water to flow into the river, thereby maintaining a stable water level.

The main well.

Friday, 26 September, 2008

Kathak


Padma Vibhushan Birju Maharaj and his disciple Saswati Sen
KathakOpens in a new browser window is one of the classical dance forms of IndiaOpens in a new browser window

Thursday, 25 September, 2008

Panchatantra


A page from Kelileh va Demneh dated 1429, from Herat, a Persian translation of the PanchatantraOpens in a new browser window derived from the Arabic version - Kalila wa Dimna - depicts the manipulative jackal-vizier, Dimna, trying to lead his lion-king into war.

A page from the Arabic version of Kalila wa dimna dated 1210 CE

Wednesday, 24 September, 2008

Shimla


ShimlaOpens in a new browser window from south
ShimlaOpens in a new browser window formerly Simla, was the summer capital of the erstwhile British Raj in India.

Tuesday, 23 September, 2008

Indian rupee


1000- rupeeOpens in a new browser window note

Coins of various denominations

Monday, 22 September, 2008

Vishu


Kani Konna (Cassia fistula), Kerala'sOpens in a new browser window regional flower, is a popular vishukanni

A traditional vishu kanni setting

The "Konna" tree
VishuOpens in a new browser window is a festival held in the state of KeralaOpens in a new browser window

Saturday, 6 September, 2008

Irani Chai

Talk about Hyderabad and what comes to mind is it's Biryani, Haleem and Irani Chai (Tea). A trip to Hyderabad is incomplete without savoring Irani Chai.

Irani Chai has a strong distinct flavor and color. It is sweetened with sugar, giving it a flavor more like a syrup than tea. If you prefer, ask for a sugarless option, although not all places have this option.

Many Iranis (Persians) migrated to Hyderabad during Qutub Shahi period in around 1500 AD. Irani Chai has been the result of cultural blending of the Iranis and the existing Hyderabadi culture.

Sunday, 31 August, 2008

Bangalore

I was amazed on receiving an email forwarded across by friends with these pictures of Bangalore. It has been three years since I had been to Bangalore.

See the slideshow for yourself.


Saturday, 30 August, 2008

Sari

















This painting by
Raja Ravi VarmaOpens in a new browser window
depicts many (but not all) traditional styles of draping the
sariOpens in a new browser window

Banarasi Saree from Baily Road, Bangladesh



Banarasi Saree from Baily Road, Bangladesh





Illustration of a sari-clad woman, c. 1847




A Malayalee lady wearing a type of
sariOpens in a new browser window
called
Mundum neriyathum.Opens in a new browser window

The
sariOpens in a new browser window
can be counted amongst the most graceful dresses