The Stone Carvings of Jagdish Temple, Udaipur – unexpected effect

The Stone Carvings of Jagdish Temple, Udaipur – unexpected effect

  “I’m an artist. I’d like to show you my works”. Isn’t it a much better interpretations of the infamous “come to see my shop”. Needles to say, I wanted to see the works of art. Quite predictably, I ended up in a dreary shop full of lousy, mass-produced paintings of elephants, horses, tigers, peacocks and camels ...read more »

Azan from the Noor Mosque in Vashi, Navi Mumbai

Azan from the Noor Mosque in Vashi, Navi Mumbai

I made this recording ages ago during my first days in India. After that I've heard many calls for prayer in different places, but somehow this remains the most masterful, or perhaps it was just the novelty effect. Ah, and never mind the visual aspect - I didn't have a chance to make a proper video. ...read more »

Ganpati Temples: my photo collection

Ganpati Temples: my photo collection

Ganpati festival 2015 is coming, and they've laready started constructing the temples here and there. I'm rather intrigued what they are going to be like this year. Small, and big, simple and sophisticated, awkward and elegant - I've already seen so many of them. Sometimes the construction turns out so good that I wish they ...read more »

Rock-cut caves of Maharashtra (Elephanta, Karla, Pala)

Rock-cut caves of Maharashtra (Elephanta, Karla, Pala)

The epitome of rock-cut architecture of Maharashtra is represented by the caves of Ellora and Ajanta, of course, but I haven't been fortunate to visit these places yet. However, I've been lucky enough to explore some other caves around Maharashtra - Elephanta, Karla and Pala just to name a few. The Caves of Elephanta I've been ...read more »

Haji Ali Dargah – a mosque in the middle of the sea

Haji Ali Dargah – a mosque in the middle of the sea

In spite of my love to the British colonial architecture, I was deeply impressed by another place in Mumbai, completely different in style, spirit and atmosphere – Haji Ali Dargah. It’s a mosque and a tomb situated on a small islet in the Arabian Sea and connected with the shoreline by a broad concrete walkway. I ...read more »

The shining domes of Kyiv (Kiev) – cathedrals and churches

The shining domes of Kyiv (Kiev) – cathedrals and churches

My mom is  on holiday in Kiev with my little nephew at the moment, and yesterday they sent me a huge photo report of their walks around the Ukrainian capital. I'm still looking through all the pictures - the smiling faces of my dearest people are so heart-warming. I'm happy to see the city too ...read more »

Exploring Mumbai places of worship – the Afghan Church

Exploring Mumbai places of worship – the Afghan Church

  On my quest for all the most beautiful churches and cathedral of Mumbai I couldn't skip visiting the Afghan Church - I'd heard a lot about it, but fortunately hadn't seen the photos, so its exterior took me by surprise, just like . To make a long story short, the Afghan Church won my heart at ...read more »

The Lotus Temple in Delhi

The Lotus Temple in Delhi

When we were planning our trip to Delhi and Agra, the idea of seeing the Lotus Temple fascinated me more than possibility to visit famous Taj. I know that these two structures can't be compared in terms of workmanship, artistry and general scale, but I find the concept of a giant lotus flower peacefully resting ...read more »