Addis Ababa Bole Airport

Airports provide a great variety of people… Sitting at a cafe at Addis Ababa Airport in just one cafe, waiting for my parents-in-law and sister-in-law to join, I watched the same people doing different things at the airport over and over again. At the same time, it was interspersed with the travellers… A good place…

Some things have not yet changed.

Rural India has always held a fascination for me. As the urban life changes very quickly in India, the interior parts of India still manage to retain a lot of the life as we remember from many decades ago. This time we had the luck to drive through the interior parts of Karnataka. Driving through the interiors…

Day 2: Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna

Apotheuses of the Rennaisance – glorification of the art of the Rennaisance.    19-th century. Grand staircase leads upwards just as in the museum. A connoisseur walks up the stairs – his goal is the atelier of the Rennaisance masters. He the foreground we can see the young Raphael and the elderly Leonardo Da Vinci….

An afternoon in Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna 

As I walked into the museum, the townscapes caught my attention. After watching Museum hours, I knew I should watch for smaller scenes in bigger paintings. This particular one, The Freyung in Vienna by Bernado Bellotto, caught my eyes – the people bowed down in reverence to the passing carriage. It reminded me of stories…

Three different stories of women

I read / saw, three different stories of women today. There were strong ladies and then there were ladies who were beaten down by the pressures of the society. In one case, I felt sad that I give in to the pressure of the world, when everything that has happened to me shows how lucky…

Years pass by

Years ago, my sister listened to songs of a new singer. It was the year FM was introduced into several homes in Chennai. They beamed all upcoming Indian pop artists. My sister and I had very different tastes in music – if she liked some songs, I would approach those songs with trepedition. We shared…

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – why not me?

A friend of mine challenged me to do the ALS together with a few friends. I appreciated her nomination – she trusted us to follow her cause and course. The last few weeks have seen an explosion of posts on my facebook wall about the ALS challenge and people taking it. It has made me wonder…

The last word in Hindustani Vocal (part 1) – Kumar Gandharva

Some of the best classical cassettes I have had when I was a child were from Music Today. Today, in the “Discover” section of spotify, I chanced upon the album “The last word in Hindustani Vocal (part 1) of Kumar Gandharva”. It is one of the first albums of Kumar Gandharva that I remember listening…

Ottamthullal in Germany

On 22-nd February, the Hindu verein (club) in Frankfurt organized a festival about the Indian culture. As a part of the show, Hartmut Schmidt gave an amazing presentation of the Ottamthullal. Ottamthullal is a performing art created in the 18-th century to provide an alternative to Chakyar Koothu. The usage of malayalam in the narration…

Our new neighbourhood – St Anna, Heidelberg

We recently moved to Heidelberg. Touted as one of the most beautiful cities in Germany, Heidelberg is ancient and yet very young: it is a student town. Its pedestrian zone is extremely popular: after searching several times for documentaries on Heidelberg, all I could find were the documentaries full of “Hauptstrasse” or the main street…

Leaning in

Written almost half a year back…. The problem I have with Lean in – they are more for mothers and less for women! Jane says that it shouldn’t be assumed a woman without a child has nothing of significance in her life beyond work. Everyone needs time away from their desks to do the things…