Thursday, September 25, 2008

Tippu's Palace

Tippu's Palace is one of the historic buildings of Bangalore, situated in the Fort area near the City Market. The construction of this ornate building was started by Hyder Ali, and subsequently it was completed by his son Tippu Sultan in 1789.

This building is built in Islamic style with lots of pillars. The Bangalore Fort was first built by Kempegowda in mud in the year 1537, and later after passing through the Bijapur Sultans, and later was extended by Tippu Sultan.







Adjacent to the Palace is an ancient temple of Kote Venkataramana, as a mute testimony to the Bangalore City's history. This 300-year old temple was built by Maharajah Chikka Devaraya Wodeyar.




There is a small entrance fee of Rs.5/-.


The other buildings in the Fort area are Victoria Hospital and Vani Vilas Hospital for Women and Children. Bangalore Medical College is also nearby.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Time for a siesta!

Getting ready for an afternoon siesta at the busy Paravur Kavala near
Cochin!!



Saturday, September 13, 2008

Enjoying an Onam in Kerala, after Several Years

This year I had to attend two marriages in Kerala during the first and second weeks of September, which also happened to be Onam season.


The nostalgic memories of my childhood days Onam came rushing into my mind as I helped my niece to make the pookalam.We used to wait for the Atham day to start collecting various flowers to make beautiful pookalams. It was a time of great thrill and excitement. By 4.30 a.m we used to get out of our beds without making any noise and rush to the garden to pluck the flowers.



Each one of us used to return with handful of flowers, sometimes lapful of flowers, to sit in circle and make the best pookalams, fighting each other as to the order of flowers in the pookalam. Once the pookalam is complete, we used to run to our cousins' houses to compare their pookalams with ours, and to make suitable comments. Sometimes we even exchange the flowers with them. When our parents look for us none of us would be available at home, as we were deeply involved in our pookalam art work. This fun used to go on until the Thiruvonam day. When our father used to make Thrikkakarappan with mud and other muddy sculptures for Onam each one of us try our hands in making those muddy sculptures, until we get enough scoldings from our parents.

Onam Breakfast used to be another scene where we wanted to participate in making the Ada, and cutting the nethrapazham, for steaming.

The previous night of Onam, the Uthradam night, we all used to wait for the pulluvan songs. The pulluvan couple used to visit each house in the Uthradam night and sing songs for the head of the family and if requested on other member's name also. On return we will give them Onam presents by way of cash, rice and clothes.




On Thiruvonam day,, after the sumptous meal with all the members of the family, some came from far and near, we all go out to play Oonjal and Kaikkottikkali. Those who can, would go out to enjoy the Vallomkali.






Those were the happiest days of joy and excitement of not only the whole family, but also of the whole society and the whole village.