Feb 27, 2023
I saw this interesting statute on my way in the city of Kolkata.
Just had the time for a quick click as i was passing by in my car. A man with his hands on his chin in a sad thinking pose. Wonder who he is? Is he a Brit from the colonial past or a Bengali from recent past ? Is he a philosopher, a politician??
May be on my next trip I should checkout...
Feb 26, 2023
Feb 25, 2023
My first trip to the colorful city of Calcutta / Kolkata. It was a short business trip on a tight schedule. Just managed few random clicks on the way...
|The yellow city taxis|
|The "no refusal" city taxi and the city bus competing|
|The colorful tricycles|
|Birds eye view of Kolkata|
|St Paul's 1847|
|Mother Teresa statue|
Feb 23, 2023
Feb 21, 2023
Feb 20, 2023
'Lalitha Mahal' - the villa I designed in the year 2003-04 for CT and family. The design is inspired from Chettinad Architecture to reflect the background of the client. I had to design against many constraints. There was a 800 sqft structure that had to be integrated into the plan. CT's family had a strong belief in vasthu sasthra which became the base for planning. But through the construction phase, CT and family transformed from clients to family friends and remain very close to me till today. It remains one of my most memorable projects from my early career.
|The central open to sky court is the central element around which the house evolved.|
|Traditional wooden pillars from Chettinad|
|Aachi at the courtyard|
|WA Award , 3rd cycle 2009|
Lalitha mahal won the World Architecture Community award in 2009, a proud moment for me.
|6 bed room - 6000 sqft villa plan|
Feb 19, 2023
Another vanishing superstitious practice...The Boom boom maadu. These are 'holy' male cows (ox) that are used for fortune telling by a nomadic tribe as a tradition for many generations. I am surprised to see a few still prevalent in Bengaluru city. The name 'boom boom' comes from the unique booming sound made by the fortune tellers by rubbing a stick against the drum leather. The ox is trained to answers the questions posed by the owner by shaking its head as "yes or no". Thus predicting the future of the customer.
Feb 18, 2023
Feb 16, 2023