In Pics: The Island God

Indian mythology has some fascinating tales. An hour-long ferry from Gateway takes you to Elephanta or the Gharapuri Island, where different forms and facets of Shiva are laid out in vivid detail. The imposing figure of Sadashiva (above) is the tricky one – even at 17-feet, it shows only three faces of the hermit God;Continue reading “In Pics: The Island God”

Melting Pot

It was evening when we walked into the blue gates of Andretta pottery. Country music was spilling out into the lane, blending perfectly with the whirring of the wheel even as the hands guided the clay. The mound was thrown, centered, shaped and lessons imparted as we stared, tapped our feet a little and soakedContinue reading “Melting Pot”

Rock fusion

In the winding lanes of Panchgani, animals and birds take on a different sheen. The peacock by the tiny lotus pond is easily spotted, but the frogs not so much. Neither the eagle awaiting flight at the back. At Devrai, in fact, exploration leads you to Iron Man. The bust replica, jutting out of theContinue reading “Rock fusion”

Shades of love

Modern love may be a swipe away, but it’s still messy. Ask Mumbai-based illustrator Indu Harikumar. When she started 100 Indian Tinder Tales in 2016, it was through the prism of her own experience. As the circle expanded, out came stories of gay men finding love, extra-marital affairs, fleeting encounters, couples tying the knot, rather funny tales involving hair dressersContinue reading “Shades of love”

Art by the bay

You smell Sassoon Docks before you see it. The olfactory hints grow stronger past the red and white archway, as you do some quick-stepping to avoid the strewn prawn shells that litter the way to the jetty. But few take this short walk by the warehouses, save the amateur photographer, curious visitor or restaurant owner.┬áIt’sContinue reading “Art by the bay”