Monthly Archives: December 2018

The Vanishing Wilds

Everywhere I look, I see the concrete jungle
full of people jostling one another,
the towers stretching high, the space between
packed with colourful cars speeding along the roads.
In vain, I try to find the trees of my childhood
only to spot a plant here and there—the
remnants of the once widespread forest—
the shrubs lined in the middle of the road
more tamed than the traffic around. Continue reading The Vanishing Wilds

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Stone Chariot, Hampi

Once upon a time, chariots were an everyday occurrence in the city of Hampi. They sped along the street, leaving the passersby awestruck with their splendor. Now, at the end of the city stands the solitary stone chariot in an empty temple campus.

Lifeless, yet elegant.

Hampi stone chariot

Inside the Vitthala Temple complex stands the magnificent stone sculpture in the shape of a chariot. The stone chariot is one of the most featured attractions of Hampi. It was built in the sixteenth century under the reign of Emperor Krishnadevraya, when Vijaynagar was at the height of its glory.

The chariot is not a monolithic structure, but made of connecting slabs of stones, the connection cleverly embedded in the artistic designs. Though now empty, the Stone Chariot was once a Garuda shrine.

Stone Chariot Hampi and me

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Every drop matters
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Drip! Drip! Drip!

The sound grated on her nerves. That which would have been heavenly served as a messenger from hell. If only it were the faucet! Alas, the tap maintained its dry spell.

None of the others did.

The clay water pot leaked; the small storage tank did too. The roof let in showers when it rained. Even the wrinkled old lady’s eyes watered.

But the tap refused to shed a drop.

 

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The scars are not the evidence of your weaknesses, but of your strengths…

–K.A. Acharya

The scars—quote

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