Making Chevdo… Surti Style!

ચાલો ત્યારે, ઘણા દિવસ થયા, ઘર માં કંઈ નાસ્તો નથી. મૂવી જોતી વખતે કંઈ ચાવવા તો જોઈએ ને! અરે ઘેર બેઠા બેઠા આમ પણ ભૂખ ખુબ લાગે. હવે શિયાળો શરુ થશે ત્યારે કકડી ને ઠંડી તો લાગશે, અને સાથે સાથે કકડી ને ભૂખ પણ લાગશે. તમને થશે, તો જમવાનું નથી બનાવતા? પણ એવું છે ને, … Continue reading Making Chevdo… Surti Style!

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Buddhist Monks at Nalanda

Buddhist Monks at Nalanda by chitralekhan Modern day monks... at the ancient center of learning, in Bihar, India. When I visited Nalanda in November of 1996, it was the Chinese Year of the Monkey... 4694 Bing-Shen! So, "What's the context?" you may well ask... well, among the Buddhist Jataka Tales, is also a delightful but … Continue reading Buddhist Monks at Nalanda

The Ruins of Nalanda University

The ruins of Nalanda UniversityOriginally uploaded by chitralekhan The excavated remains of an ancient center of learning... from over 2000 years ago! I may not be able to visit Taxila (now in modern-day Pakistan) in this lifetime, but was very fortunate to be able to walk around on the very same grounds of Nalanda where, … Continue reading The Ruins of Nalanda University

Plan of excavated ruins: Ancient Nalanda University

Plan of excavated ruins: Ancient Nalanda UniversityOriginally uploaded by chitralekhan Layout of Nalanda University, (Bihar), India: one of the ancient higher-learning institutions, particularly for Buddhist monks from near & the Far East... think 5th & 6th centuries B.C. Alas, it still remains among UNESCO's tentative lists of designated World Heritage sites:  Excavated Remains at Nalanda … Continue reading Plan of excavated ruins: Ancient Nalanda University

An Indian’s reflection of India, post “Independence Day reflections from London”!

Vir Sanghvi's Counter Point article, entitled, "Independence Day reflections from London", which he posted on 13 Aug 2010 08:47 p.m., seems to be floating in cyberspace as a 'forward' re-titled, "The new look at India by the arrogant British"!  In the past two months, it has appeared twice in my Inbox - and perhaps it … Continue reading An Indian’s reflection of India, post “Independence Day reflections from London”!

Pablo Bartholomew… passionate artist, photographer, photo-journalist

Today, reminiscing about my 'advertising' career in India - soon fading; and while reviewing my sporadic flirtations with photography; about Ektachrome, Kodachrome (also now relegated to the archives of photography), my thoughts drifted to the time Pablo Bartholomew was doing a calendar assignment for Kodak.  The theme for that specific year (somewhere in the mid-'80s, … Continue reading Pablo Bartholomew… passionate artist, photographer, photo-journalist

Glimpses of The Commonwealth Games 2010 Stadia… no spit, all polish!

Spanking new stadia await the excitement of some 7000 participants who have travelled to New Delhi from across 71 nations to display their athletic prowess. World audience, and athletes... just a few more hours to go! The (anticipated) extravaganza of the Opening Ceremony this evening should set the tone for the next 11 days. I was … Continue reading Glimpses of The Commonwealth Games 2010 Stadia… no spit, all polish!

Eat, Play, Love… watch The Games begin!

October is here. The dawn of 2nd October, reminds me of  Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary (141st) ... reminding me also that it's time for reconciliation and rapprochement. I, for one, have critiqued India aplenty this past week, but now with just a day to go, on the eve of the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games … Continue reading Eat, Play, Love… watch The Games begin!

Apni Dilli, Unke Khel… Our Delhi, Their Games… a musical satire!

Delhiites, and non-Delhiites, Indians and Indians abroad, sports fans and even those with merely a faint interest in sports, are all pretty much disgusted by the way The Games have turned out... nothing but scummy flotsam... yuck! Diatribe about the Commonwealth Games is all over the virtual world as well. Here's  asurband's music video on … Continue reading Apni Dilli, Unke Khel… Our Delhi, Their Games… a musical satire!

Where’s the charmer? Sneaking snake… at The Games Village!

What next! In India, infamously known during The Raj, as a land of snakes, snake-charmers and elephants, lurking in the Games Village, today, was a live snake... just around the South African athletes' camp! It's unlikely that they brought the reptile from their home country! Life-threatening? No, this is no laughing matter, with just a … Continue reading Where’s the charmer? Sneaking snake… at The Games Village!