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
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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Unique Ecosystem: Vembanad Lake, situated in God's Own country, the state of Kerala, India, is the longest lake in India and largest lake in Kerala. It has a unique ecosystem, It is a freshwater lake, separated from the ocean by a set of narrow island. For this reason such areas close to the sea and … Continue reading Life on Vembanad Lake, God’s Own Country, Kerala
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
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
The Holy Land is a fusion of cultures. It is the land where three religions of the world were born, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It has always amazed me that these three religions have a common history as recorded in the Old Testament, originate from the same land, the western end of Asia. I could … Continue reading The Magical Holy Land: A Fusion of Cultures