Patan, and prophetic politics

The Chaulukya Kingdom We reached Patan♠ at around 10:30 am, after a 125 Km drive from Ahmedabad. Patan was the capital of the Chaulukyas♠ or the Solanki clan. During 940-1244 CE, they ruled a volatile territory comprising Gujarat, Rajasthan and Western Madhya Pradesh. A thousand years ago, Patan was a bustling city with thriving commerce…

Ahmedabad by Night

What, no Night-life? No, this post is not about sizzlingly sleazy joints. In abstinent Ahmedabad, don’t even think of it. The only things that sizzle, are the daytime temperatures which soar above 450 C in summer! But there are cool things to do at night— like go take a walk, man! That’s exactly what I did.…

The Prisoner who became Prince!

Which was the last battle in the War of American Independence? If you were American, you might say Yorktown – 1781. If you were British, you would probably say “I couldn’t care less”. But an informed Indian would say Cuddalore – 1783. No, this is not a clever answer to a trick question; it is…

Pun-star KaLamegam – Part-II

Foreword I dreaded Tamil poetry class in school. We mugged up verses in arcane language without knowing the ‘big-picture’. That’s how I missed the genius of KaLamegam; now, I decided to turn back the clock and make a small atonement. I read about his life and times first. [My earlier post Pun-star KaLamegam – Part-I is…

Pun-star KaLamegam – Part-I

Foreword Like most educated Indians of my generation, I am very comfortable expressing myself in English. I had always wanted to write about the maverick Tamil poet KaLamegam, who expressed many shades of ideas in subtle ways. But, Tamil nuances cannot be effectively captured in English (or vice-versa) so I decided to go bilingual with…