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Train to Mysore...a stop at the historic town of Srirangapatna where Haider Ali and later his son, Tippu Sultan, fought the British so valiantly...

Train to Mysore...a stop at the historic town of Srirangapatna where Haider Ali and later his son, Tippu Sultan, fought the British so valiantly...

Outside the Vinayakan Temple (Lord Ganesha temple) in Pondicherry... one of the scenes in our film script

Outside the Vinayakan Temple (Lord Ganesha temple) in Pondicherry... one of the scenes in our film script

stimulant to meditate...after feasting at The Madras Restaurant, Raintree Hotell, Chennai...

stimulant to meditate...after feasting at The Madras Restaurant, Raintree Hotell, Chennai...

The Seven Sisters of North Eastern India. Got to visit them someday. (Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh,Tripura) ... the seven states, in the north eastern part of India...all small...all neglected mostly by the central government...but the region is beautiful in scenery,  culturally very strong, and largely unknown to the rest of the country/world...

The Seven Sisters of North Eastern India. Got to visit them someday. (Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh,Tripura) ... the seven states, in the north eastern part of India...all small...all neglected mostly by the central government...but the region is beautiful in scenery, culturally very strong, and largely unknown to the rest of the country/world...

Notice the black cloth tied round the coconuts. It's to prevent those nuts from falling and cracking other nuts. @Taj West End, Bangalore.

Notice the black cloth tied round the coconuts. It's to prevent those nuts from falling and cracking other nuts. @Taj West End, Bangalore.

At the entrance to the temple at Isha Center near Coimbatore. The cult, led by Jaggi Vasudev (Sadguru), about which I reported in a Swiss periodical, says all religions are one; hence the mural in the front depicting symbols from the three major religions....and yet...and yet....the temple inside was an unabashed admiration of the Hindu god, Siva!

At the entrance to the temple at Isha Center near Coimbatore. The cult, led by Jaggi Vasudev (Sadguru), about which I reported in a Swiss periodical, says all religions are one; hence the mural in the front depicting symbols from the three major religions....and yet...and yet....the temple inside was an unabashed admiration of the Hindu god, Siva!

.....an elephant decorated with a plate of ornamented brass carving on its forehead arrives at the venue. As it stands swaying its trunk and shuffling its loosely chained feet, people gather around as if a colossal train is about to leave a railway station. "We are going on a procession in the neighborhood," says Narayan. He and two other devotees carry the idols and portraits of the gods. The idols are placed on a tractor converted into a chariot. The portraits move up to rest on the…

.....an elephant decorated with a plate of ornamented brass carving on its forehead arrives at the venue. As it stands swaying its trunk and shuffling its loosely chained feet, people gather around as if a colossal train is about to leave a railway station. "We are going on a procession in the neighborhood," says Narayan. He and two other devotees carry the idols and portraits of the gods. The idols are placed on a tractor converted into a chariot. The portraits move up to rest on the…

Hard to imagine the splendid Taj West End Hotel (Bangalore) without all those grand foliage. One more example of how Nature enriches our senses. In response to Lesley C Weston's challenge to post pix celebrating Nature. (BTW my niece Anusha would be doing her first catwalk this evening at the hotel.)

Hard to imagine the splendid Taj West End Hotel (Bangalore) without all those grand foliage. One more example of how Nature enriches our senses. In response to Lesley C Weston's challenge to post pix celebrating Nature. (BTW my niece Anusha would be doing her first catwalk this evening at the hotel.)

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