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Mundane Mondays #109


Traditional architecture

Though rampant modern construction has blighted Manali, making of at times a truly ugly spectacle, a few pockets of the old, indigenous architecture remain. I was quite enamored of the overhanging balconies. 🙂

A morning bath

A yak getting its morning bath. Yaks are still used as pack animals in the upper reaches of the Himalayas, although in Manali they are just as popular as children’s rides.

Mundane Monday #108


Ghatotkacha (nameed so because he was bald-headed and his heat resembled an upside-down pot), was another character from the Indian epic, the Mahabharat. A son of the second Pandav brother, Bhim and the forest dweller (rakshas) Hadimba, he was incredibly strong and well-nigh unbeatable. He plays a minor role in the epic narrative but it … Continue reading

Hadimba Temple

Hadimba (Hidimba) is a small figure in the Mahabharat, the great INdian epic. She is a rakshas (inhuman, probably a reference to her purported hill tribe origin). She marries one of the heroes of the epic and has a son who goes on to play a small but significant part in the great battle the … Continue reading


I’ve seen this before, but it still is an arresting sight; you cut a tree down to the ground, but it rises anew…

Unlikely links

This graffiti was a mystery to me when I clicked it, I thought it might be a personal tribute of some sort. That was, until I googled the date and “cycling”; this was the anniversary of the day Albert Hoffman discovered the full effects of LSD, while cycling (hence known as Bicycle Day) in, of … Continue reading

The Mall area, Manali

Another Hindu temple with Buddhist architectural overtones in the Mall area at Manali. A part of the reason for the slanting roofs is the seasonal snowfall of course, but the porticos all around and other clues tell of its composite, syncretic history.

The winding path

The way from our hotel to the old town was via this lovely path winding through boulders down a hill-side; with a couple of level clearings to stand and enjoy the view. With my addiction to panoramic shots, how could I resist?