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Friday, 26 September, 2008


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


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


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


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.