Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Amsterdam: Beurs Van Berlage

In the heart of the city - the older stock exchange- now a cultural centre. a big hulking mass of brick- the facade to the square and the street make formal symmetries, but the rear with its chimney, its curved glass wall encased within the brick mass reminded me of medieval castles. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Mulbekh Buddha

On the road after Kargil to Leh, this enormous rock cut buddha stands literally on the highway surrounded by a small courtyard and fluttering prayer flags.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Srinagar - Patthar Masjid

Dras / Kargil

On the other side of Zojila pass, is the truck stop of Dras with its makeshift mosque and cheap eateries. Further down, past the war memorial with its unfortunately ramshackle museum and it's dark humour is the one street town of Kargil that is connected during the winter months only to the town of Leh. Life of the frontier is life without chicken, eggs, rice- everything we flatlanders take for granted.

Srinagar to Leh - Zojila Pass

every turn is different, from the lush green aqueous valleys of kashmir past the glacier of sonmarg and the rugged high mountains with sheer drops through zojila pass, snowed over for long periods of the year- the only road that connects the ladakh valley besides the road from manali.

Sunday, May 25, 2014


unfortunately crowded as hell with marathi kesari travel tour buses and gujarathi extended families; with purse vaishodevi gujarathi vegetarian eatouts; with a cable car ride that was as crowded as a local train station in mumbai. all to frolic in the snow. one guy took his shirt off and was being pelted by snowballs by his friends. the rolling lawns and distant mountains reminded you of all the hindi films of the 1960's.