Treasures of Arakkal Museum in Kannur

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Apr 172017
Arakkal Palace; Arakkal Museum; Kannur; Kerala; India; uasatish;

Room in Arakkal Palace

Arakkal kingdom was the only Muslim-ruled state in Kerala prior to the British era. They ruled Kannur (formerly known as Cannanore) and Lakshadweep Islands. It is believed that the Arakkal clan

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My Visit to Louvre Museum in Paris

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Apr 102017
Portrait; Raphael; Louvre Museum; Paris; France; Baldassare Catiglione; uasatish; oil painting;

Portrait de Baldassare Castiglione

Our TGV high-speed duplex train from Strasbourg reached Paris on a Monday. It was 1:30 pm when the train reached Gare de l’est station in Paris. Louvre Museum remains closed on Tuesdays. So we quickly checked into our hotel and proceeded forthwith to Louvre Museum by Continue reading »

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Beaches – A Photo Essay

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Apr 032017
Utorda Beach; Goa; India; beach; sea; sand; sky; uasatish;

Utorda Beach

I love the beach. I love the sea. All my life I live within – in front of the sea.” These are the words of  Rafael Nadal, popular tennis star. Many people have a fascination for beaches. Now that summer is upon us, it is perhaps the right time to present some photos of beaches that I have been to.

Goa is famous for its beaches. Utorda Beach is in Continue reading »

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Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple

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Mar 272017
Mannarasala Temple; Haripad; Kerala; India; temple; building; outdoor; uasatish;

Mannarasala Nagaraja Temple

Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple is an ancient temple that draws devotees from all over Kerala and elsewhere. It is a pilgrim centre which is devoted to the serpent gods and is Continue reading »

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In Pictures: Houseboat Cruise in Alappuzha 2017

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Mar 202017
Houseboat; Alapuzha; Kerala; India; canal; outdoor; water; sky; uasatish;

Passing Through a Canal

There are more than 2,000 houseboats in Kerala backwaters. These boats, formerly called Kettuvalloms, were once used to transport rice harvested from the fields. They have been converted to suit the needs of luxury tourism. The boats are made of wood with a thatched roof.   They have Continue reading »

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Sree Krishna Temple in Ambalapuzha

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Mar 132017
Ambalapuzha; Sree Krishna Temple; Kerala; India; Ramachandran; elephant; sculpture; outdoor; uasatish;

Ambalapuzha Ramachandran

Ambalapuzha is best known for its Sree Krishna Temple which is believed to have been built in the fifteenth century. The deity is worshipped as Unnikrishnan (child Krishnan)It is 14 km from Continue reading »

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RBI Monetary Museum

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Feb 272017
RBI Monetary Museum; Mumbai; India; coinage section;

Coinage Section

RBI Monetary Museum presents a fascinating insight into the world of money. It was inaugurated in 18 November 2004 by Continue reading »

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Afghan Church in Colaba

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Feb 202017
Afghan Church; Colaba; Mumbai; India; church; heritage building; architecture; uasatish; outdoor:;

Austere Grandeur of the Church

Afghan Church stands in Duxbury Lane, Colaba. It is also known as The Church of St John the Evangelist. The church was built in memory of the British troops who fell in the first Afghan War (1838-42). Work began in 1847 and Continue reading »

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Cathedral of the Holy Name

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Feb 162017
Stained Glass Windows stained glass window;

Stained Glass Windows

Cathedral of the Holy Name is a Roman Catholic church in Colaba. It has been functioning as the Archbishop’s seat and mother church of the Archdiocese of Bombay. It is located on Nathalal Parekh Marg (formerly Wodehouse Road), opposite YMCA. It was opened to the public in January 1905 and Continue reading »

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Suruchi Beach

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Feb 132017
Suruchi Beach; Vasai; India; beach; outdoor; sea; man; sky; sand; uasatish; Mumbai;

Looking Out to Vasai Creek

Suruchi Beach is a big beach. It gets its name from the suru (Casuarina) trees which line the beach. The beach is 7.6 km from Vasai Road railway station. Buses go up to Parnaka in Continue reading »

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