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Mughal-E-Azam: Fit For Royalty

Mughal-E-Azam: Fit For Royalty

A TV channel has recently been scaling high TRPs with the story of Jodha Akbar. It has a cost-effective set design that uses a few stock locations for every scene and uses wind-blown curtains, outdoor shots, ambient lighting and expensive furnishings to convey opulence. A few years ago, Ashutosh Gowarikar’s film of the same name […]






The Man Behind The Louvre Pyramid

The Man Behind The Louvre Pyramid

Very few modern landmarks have the kind of instant recall as The Louvre Pyramid, designed by Leoh Ming Pei. It even featured in the Dan Brown bestseller The Da Vinci Code and the cinematic version celebrated the angular mystery of the structure. ** It is a radical departure from its historic context and had attracted a lot […]






Destination: Vivienda Dos Palhacos in Majorda

Destination: Vivienda Dos Palhacos in Majorda

The website says this is a homestay, but it’s not; it is a heritage hotel… but not the fancy kind like the Neemrana property near Jaipur… not the kind where I would be embarrassed to walk in with my chappals and sit cross-legged at the dining table!  Vivienda Dos Palhacos is simple, elegant, welcoming and […]






Destination: Mitaroy at Panjim

Destination: Mitaroy at Panjim

That slow whirl of the fan directly above my bed was the first sound I heard as I woke up… it felt familiar, but I felt disorientated. I scrunched my eyes, closed them to dull my ‘am-awake-lets-go’ over-active morning senses and heard my brain ask, “Where am I?” ** Rarely do I stay in a hotel that […]






Zaha Hadid: Fearless Energy

Zaha Hadid: Fearless Energy

Can architecture have a gender? A feminine perspective maybe? Especially if it is a Zaha Hadid building? Frozen like a giant wave between the earth and the sky? Immovable but fluid? Like time made visible with its many flowing curves and pauses? The geometry in Hadid’s work demonstrates that the source of creation has no gender. A creative impulse […]






Frank Gehry: The Deconstructionist

Frank Gehry: The Deconstructionist

Structure is at times over-emphasised in architecture. It is not just what is seen and what can be touched that is important in a building but what flows inside it..what can be felt. Frank Gehry, arguably the most famous architect in the world today is a master orchestrator of subliminal experience. Of creating buildings that come across as […]






Jackson Pollock: Art That Roared

Jackson Pollock: Art That Roared

There is a moment in the 2003 Julia Roberts starrer  Mona Lisa Smile where Katherine Ann Watson, an art lecturer  introduces her students to Jackson Pollock’s art and there is a hush in the room as a larger-than-life canvas fills up the silence with a wordless roar. There is nothing to say really because Pollock’s art […]






Louis Kahn: The Tragic Genius

Louis Kahn: The Tragic Genius

Linear perfection. Monastic lines. Reductionist volumes. Unadorned surfaces. Geometric harmony. That in a nutshell was the work of Louis Isadore Kahn (born Itze-Leib Schmuilowsky), widely known as one of the most influential architects in the world. There was something starkly original and intellectually stimulating about his work. His buildings were like mathematical theorems, well-realised to the last brick but with […]






Qutub Shahi Tombs: Where Emperors Sleep

Qutub Shahi Tombs: Where Emperors Sleep

  I recently visited Qutub Shahi tombs, where seven generations of Emperors are resting. The tombs are on the way to  Golconda Fort but are normally given a miss by most of the visitors. But once you visit the tombs you will realize what you would have missed. I think it won’t be wrong to say that Qutub […]






Botanical Walls

Botanical Walls

There may come a time when there won’t be enough land for vegetation to grow upon. When we will have more buildings than trees and open tracts of green will be a fading memory. Look around you. It is already happening. The land feuds. The scramble to build more and more concrete jungles where an overture to a […]






Buildings On Film

Buildings On Film

Taj Mahal. A beautiful mausoleum that in popular culture, in poetry and in cinema,  has come to embody deathless romance. Princess Diana on her much celebrated visit to India posed alone on a bench with the Taj as a backdrop just to rub her loneliness in and to make the absence of her spouse obvious . […]






Green Luxury

Green Luxury

In the Kamal Haasan starrer Pushpaka Vimana (1987), the story unfolded in the suites, balconies and gardens of a five star hotel. The idea was to pit a few ordinary mundane lives against excessive luxury. The idea of luxury then was limited to carpetted rooms, fluffy beds, marble floors and blinding chandeliers. Over the years however the idea of […]






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