Namaste

The Waste Land

…What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow 
Out of this stony rubbish? Son of man, 
You cannot say, or guess, for you know only 
A heap of broken images, where the sun beats, 
And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief, 
And the dry stone no sound of water…
 
                                                            The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot

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12:00 AM at Gurgaon
Bull In A Mountain Landscape

Tyeb Mehta (25th July 1925 - 2nd July 2009) 

"I live and work in isolation. I don't know young artists today. Nobody comes to my door to ask me about my craft. I don't have time for ‘art dos' nor do I relate to new works. Great artistic traditions like music and dance are passed on by interaction. This is how art lived and grew through the Progressives. How else will true art be passed on?"

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12:00 AM at Gurgaon
Pachmarhi

Pachmarhi, located on Mahadeo Hill, 3,501 feet above sea level, is part of the Satpura Range. A hill station that deserves many more visitors, the summer months are pleasant here and during the extreme heat of the plains, it makes a good holiday getaway for families.

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12:58 PM at Gurgaon
Moon Over a Hilly Landscape: A diptych by Akbar Padamsee

Generally, looking at a landscape is always a soothing, joyful and harmonious experience. But when one takes a close look at Akbar Padamsee's diptych at ITC Maurya 15th floor lobby, the deep sense of equilibrium is singularly missing. This work, in two parts hanging next to each other however awaken a sense of disquietude: the moon rises a hot orange, suspended above a smoldering mountain of the same shade.

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1:33 PM at Gurgaon
Kanchenjunga through the Clouds

The hotel SUV was at the airport waiting for me. Bagdogra Airport was a revelation. Built as an international airport, it has areas for immigration checks, fancy restaurants and even a Cyber Café. At one time there was a weekly flight coming in from Thailand and many Thai children studied at the some of the famous schools at Darjeeling, Unfortunately, there are no international flights landing at Bagdogra Airport these days.

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A Date with Kanishka

I had waited for this opportunity for at least a few decades. You might consider it strange that anyone could be so keen on seeing a headless statue! History has always interested me and ever since I had read and seen the photograph of the headless stone image of the Kushan emperor Kanishka, it had remained firmly etched in my mind.

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5:37 PM at Gurgaon
A Ramachandran

After completing his graduation in Malayalam literature, Mr Ramamchandran joined Shantiniketan to study Fine Arts and needless to say he was deeply influenced by all his teachers at this University, particularly Ramkinkar Baij and Nanadalal Bose -

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4:23 PM at Gurgaon
Meera Mukherjee's sculpture at Nandiya Garden

The transformation of Ashoka from the victor of the Kalinga massacre into the humane monarch we know replaced Chandragupta's rule by force with a gentle religious policy – that of Buddhism. On accession Ashoka pursued his conquests and indulged in the hunt until 261 BC when he annexed Kalinga, modern Orissa.

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10:40 AM at Gurgaon
The Great Procession

It’s hard to miss. 

Wrapped in sandstone, ITC Maurya is one of the most distinguished hotels in the capital. While its architecture, interiors and even its name have been inspired by the ancient Mauryan dynasty, one the most remarkable features of this hotel is in fact tucked snugly in it lobby.

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12:59 PM at Gurgaon
Spring comes early to the Mughal Gardens

Early – spring is when the Gardens at ITC Mughal Agra, begin to look their best. Trees sprout new leaves and buds, shrubs are awash with flowers and the sound of birdsong fills the air. Nestled amidst 35 acres of sprawling gardens, ITC Mughal is where the fabled Mughal Dynasty’s love of gardens finds an echo.

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