I travelled to Pittsburgh a couple of years ago. Pittsburgh is very different from other cities in the US. First its topography is undulating and it has three rivers Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio. The Allegheny River and Monongahela River unite at Point State Park to form the Ohio River. It is an amazing site from the top of a hill on … Continue reading Visiting Pittsburgh: Unusually Picturesque City!
We were a Gang of 10 in Stellamaris College Hostel in Chennai, India, a few decades ago. We continued to keep in touch and met one-on-one often enough. But with WhatApp becoming popular we formed a group online. Soon the conversation turned to meeting up. With everyone so busy we never thought we would make … Continue reading College Friends reunite: Peermade, Kerala
This is the fifth in the series of posts on our visit to Polo Forest. See the earlier four posts on the Heritage Palace, Vijaynagar, the natural beauty around the forest, the ancient Shiva Temples and the Jain Temple ruins, Angkor Wat of Gujarat here. Polo Forest turned out to be a dream for exploring fascinating sites. After our … Continue reading Polo Forest: Maharana Pratap’s Hideout
This is the fourth in the series of posts on our visit to Polo Forest. See the earlier three posts on the Heritage Palace, Vijaynagar, the natural beauty around the forest and the ancient Shiva Temples here. Exploring along a not very clean path at the back of the Shiva Panchayatan-2 we discovered a wonder … Continue reading Polo Forest: Ancient Jain Temple, Angkor Wat of Gujarat
This is the third in the series of posts on our visit to Polo Forest. See the earlier two post on the Heritage Palace and the natural beauty around the forest here. The people of Vijayanagar, Sabarkantha and around the Polo Forest seemed to be bhakts (devotees) of Lord Shiva since ancient times. In our … Continue reading Polo Forest: Ancient Lord Shiva Temples
As in my earlier post on our escape after 8 months of sitting at/working from home, we arrived at the Polo Forest! Forest, in Gujarat? We were incredulous when we heard about it and I assured my daughter that it would be few shrubs and a lot of wasteland! After all we are close to … Continue reading Escape to Polo Forest: Trees, River and Beach!
After 8 long months of being confined to the campus due to the unprecedented pandemic 2020, we escaped to the Polo Forest, Sabarkantha, Gujarat, India. I will describe our amazing trip to this area in a series of posts, this being the first. In the many decades we have been in Gujarat, we had never … Continue reading Escape to Polo Forests, Vijayvillas Vijaynagar
This post on St. Teresa of Avila has received tremendous response, particularly from the students of this wonderful school in Kolkata, from all over the world. It has helped me reconnect with some of my classmates, no small deed! Some were kind enough to comment, appreciate and also correct some of the facts. Thank you dear friends. So a small correction from the earlier version on Unni-Verse
I went to St. Teresa’s Secondary School, Kidderpore, Kolkata. (See here for my earlier post on nostalgia for Kolkata.) I felt a link with St. Teresa as October 15th, the day the school celebrated the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila, happened to be my birthday. This post has received tremendous response particularly from the students of this wonderful school from all over the world. It has helped me reconnect with some of my classmates, no small deed! Some were kind enough to comment, appreciate and also correct some of the facts. Thank you dear friends. So a small correction from the earlier version.
St. Teresa was canonized in 1622, that is declared a Saint in the Catholic church. She was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1970, when her writing were recognized as mystical literature of the church. There are very few women declared as saints by…
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A Chinese saying goes 'He, who has not climbed The Great Wall, is not a brave man'! It is now a decade since two brave women climbed The Great Wall of China! Our visit to The Great Wall was a great adventure. One of my life time ambitions fulfilled! Climbing those steep steps was a … Continue reading Brave Women Climb The Great Wall of China
f all the cities around the world that I have visited, two cities stand out for their scenic beauty, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and Cape Town in South Africa. There is a similarity in the topography of these two cities with both having a beautiful sea front and the mountains rising almost from the beaches!