Category Archives: History

Amid the astounding ruins of Hampi. The Vijayanagara ruins in Hampi have been deemed a World Heritage Site. I went there in 2007 before grand plans were unveiled to transform the area into a tourist zoo. This shrine cut into rock is at the Malayavanta Raghunath temple. Notice the parakeet in the third photo.   […]

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A Swiss delight. These vignettes were collected during a leisurely stroll through the old quarter of St. Gallen, Switzerland. The overcast morning was ideal, teasing out the rich colours of this exquisite town. All the photos were taken with the EOS 5D Mark III and the 24-105L lens.     Now to the Altstadt.   […]

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Chance encounter. A Goan Hindu from California. A Muslim from Bosnia, reborn as a Hare Krishna. A historic Christian abbey in the beautiful Swiss town of St. Gallen. What are the odds of the three converging? Yajña Krsna Nam Das (that’s his Hare Krishna name) was born as Amir in Bosnia-Herzegovina. I was admiring the […]

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An ancient shrine. The shrine of Siddhanath (Lord Shiva) is perched atop the eponymous hill at an elevation of 370 metres near the village of Borim, Goa. The linga here is of great antiquity dating back to the 12th C when the Nath Panthi movement flourished in Goa. This sect also established their presence elsewhere […]

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Home of the Goddess. Adjoining the meandering Mandovi river, Pilgaon was once the archetypal Goan village: lush, leafy, serene, blessed by the goodness Nature grants a riverine habitat. But all that changed when Goa‘s mining mafia commandeered the area. For the past five decades these environmental assassins, under the guise of helping Goa‘s economy, laid […]

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