Monthly Archives: January 2015

‘Carvings on Vraha in the Vraha temple, Khajuraho, India’ by K.J.S.Chatrath



Carvings on the statue of Vraha in the Vraha Temple 580 50The Varaha shrine, built on a lofty plinth, is essentially similar in design to the Lalguan Mahadeva Temple, but is simpler and more modest. It is an oblong pavilion with a pyramidal roof of receding tiers, resting on fourteen plain pillars and enshrines a colossal monolithic (2.6 m long and 1.7 high) image of Yajna Varaha (incarnation of Vishnu) which is exquisitely finished to a glossy luster and is carved all over with multiple figures of gods and goddesses. The flat ceiling of the shrine is carved with a lotus flower of exquisite design in relief. The shrine built entirely of sandstone is assignable to circa 900-925.  (Text source: Archeological Survey of India)

“North-Indian ‘Thali’ meal” by K.J.S.Chatrath

thali meal 003 580 85This is a vegetarian meal- rice, piping hot roti (freshly baked bread), lentils cooked on slow fire, paneer (cottage cheese) curry, mixed vegetables (carrots, peas etc) and onions soaked in vinegar. It is not very spicy or hot though it may appear to be so from this photo.

This may cost the equivalent of around 2 USD!

It is one of the thousands of varieties of meals that we Indians have.

Come visit my India!

‘Beer bottle covers in Brazil’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

DSC08764 400 33I was somewhere in Brazil and ordered a small 330 ml beer which was served to me swiftly. Then I noticed that people sitting at the adjoining tables were served some big bottles with unusual looking plastic covers.

My son saw my anxiety and ordered a big bottle (650 ml) for himself. When it came, and the waiter left, I fiddled with the cover as casually as I could. It was a removable cover to ensure that the chilled beer remains cold till one finishes it off…and orders another.

And since that was Brazil, the cover, quite predictably had sketches of football and foot ball players.


(Warning: Alcohol is injurious to health. Please drink in moderation only)