Escape to Polo Forests, Vijayvillas Vijaynagar

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

The Remarkable St. Teresa of Avila

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

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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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Market and More Market, Malaga, Spain

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In which informal market space did one see stained glass windows? Well, we did, in the fruit and vegetable, fish and meat market in Malaga, Andalusia province in the South of Spain. There were beautiful stained glass depictions of the scenes from the Bible in the Malaga cathedral, but in the market? The Stained glass windows in the market depicted the scenes of Malaga, a picturesque coastal town in the Mediterranean Ocean. The Alcabaza Fortress or citadel, Malaga Cathedral, the port, and the quaint little town were depicted in this large stained glass panel. It could be viewed from both the outside and inside of the market.

The fruit and vegetable stalls were a treat, both to the eye and to the palate! We bought some berries, red cherry like. Phew, it was so sweet and juicy. Eating as we walked along, it was like drinking fruit juice. There were…

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Boat crossing at St. Pancras Lock, Two levels at Regent Canal, London

One Friday afternoon while we were casually strolling around King Cross area we came across this amazing boat crossing across the Regent Canal which was at two levels. There were boats parked on both sides of a Canal gate which was at two different levels. While we were wondering how this was supposed to work … Continue reading Boat crossing at St. Pancras Lock, Two levels at Regent Canal, London

Nazareth, Sea of Galilee. Jordan River, Dead Sea: The Magic Continues

The ride to north of Israel to Nazareth, Sea of Galilee and Jordan River was full of sites referred to in the Old and New Testament of the Bible. Our tour guide from the Tourist Israel company was Dan Porguse who regaled us with stories of the area. Both sides of the road was dotted … Continue reading Nazareth, Sea of Galilee. Jordan River, Dead Sea: The Magic Continues