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Chennai Book Fair is an annual pilgrimage for me: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2010. For those who are not in Chennai and will miss out on the annual Chennai Book Fair, I would like to share this photoblog with nearly a hundred photos that I shot for your benefit. Hope you all get a feel of a virtual tour of the fair, since it is about books, I have focused on the book titles readable and not the shops and surroundings :-) [Disclaimer: By no means this coverage is comprehensive or the photos are my endorsement/liking. I have…

A UNESCO world heritage site and the most famous stepwell in Gujarat is the Rani ki Vav (Queen’s Stepwell). It is about 130 kilometres from Ahmedabad, and, we didn’t have the time to travel. Instead, we visited the smaller one – called the Rudabai Stepwell at Adalaj, this was a few kilometres from Ahmedabad city. In the Gujarati language, the stepwell is called a vav, (leading down to the level of water). It was built in 1498 for a beautiful lady known as Rani Roopba (or Roodabai), who was the wife of Rana Veer Singh of the Vaghela dynasty, a…

It’s surreal to watch this iconic location during (heavy) rains, like today morning. The rain filter you see in the picture are real water drops seen through my car glass and not digitally applied :-) Below are more pictures of the Chennai Central Railway station taken during a late evening last week. Inside view of Dr M G Ramachandran Central Railway Station – Higginbothams book store and iD Restaurant புரட்சித் தலைவர் டாக்டர் எம் ஜி இராமச்சந்திரன் மத்திய ரயில் நிலையம் [Puratchi Thalaivar Dr M G Ramachandran Central Railway Station]

Today marks the end in South India of the nine days of Navarathri (Nine Days) festivals, its called Dasara in other parts of India. During Navarathri the dolls and idols of Gods and Goddesses are kept neatly decorated in what is called in Tamil as Golu. Given below are the new in the display we had in our home for this year: Araiyar sevai (அரையர் சேவை) We had a set of Ariayar Sevai displays where we included Acharayans too. Araiyar sevai (அரையர் சேவை) is about singing and enactment of the hymns of the Divya Prabandham. The legend traces the origin of…