Reflection

Shinde Chhatri, in Pune, is a memorial dedicated to the 18th century military leader Mahadji Shinde who was one of the three pillars of Maratha Resurrection in India. This note is about the interaction between the archway and window in the picture, that reflect the defiance and strength of memory against mortality.

An Occluded Portal

A tedious 400′ climb from the village of Bhaja takes the interested few to the magnificent Bhaja Caves that were sculpted in the 2nd century. Although they were created in a time that might have a seemingly insignificant impact on the present, the cave effortlessly opens the mind of the explorer to the magic of a period they might not be able to visit otherwise.

Cinderella Stole My Slippers

Every girl who is made to measure herself against the standards set by the society, is put in a painful place where she seems insufficient to herself. Consequently, her uniqueness becomes a burden that she’d hope will someday disappear. The protagonist of the story, ‘Balamani’ whose name translates to ‘Little Girl’ in Sanskrit, might be any child whose happiness is threatened by the set standards. Regardless of who she is or where she is from, it is our collective responsibility as a society to break those standards and pave way for a healthy body image.

‘Cinderella Stole My Slippers’ is a tribute to all the little girls, who were trapped in this fallacy but found the strength to escape it and embrace their uniqueness.

Timeless Exchanges

By virtue of its purpose, The Sun Temple in Modhera has always connected with the lives of common people by both receiving and giving. In this picture, as a lady walks by observing the intricacies of the monument, the shape of the ornate pilasters seem to have been inspired by the flare of her saree.

Frozen Iridescence

In their candid state, the sandstone steps of the Sun Temple in Modhera that reflect the process of their evolution through having stood the test of time, produce the kind of iridescence that stays for one to touch.

Mellifluous Echoes

Built entirely of sandstone, The Sun Temple in Modhera is a beautiful gift from hundreds of years ago, to the modern day India. In this picture, as a young women stops to admire the ornate carvings on the archway, the efforts of the artisans who created this marvel and the virtue of their work from centuries ago, are momentarily glorified.

The Wondrous Common

Like the boy in the picture -who is making the best out of the view before him, despite the squalid land he is standing on- the world is full of people who find happiness in the toughest of times. The Wondrous Common is my tribute to the wonderful people who are united by their optimism, despite their struggles.

Eternal Passage

The Armenian Church built in 1722, is the only remaining testament in Chennai to a settlement that walked all the way from Armenia, through the Hindukush mountains to reach the city.

The Unuttered

The Sun Temple built in Modhera, Gujarat, is a significant piece of history from a thousand years ago. Hence today, the monument is conserved and is no longer a functioning temple. Yet, the women in the picture, like many others, rings a bell to pay her respect to the Gods in the temple.

Versus A Setting Sun

On the ‘Indian Crafts Map’ by Crafts Council was a vessel shaped icon marking a tiny village as a significant craft center in India. After weeks of gathering information, it became clear to me that this tiny spot, along with a few others on the map of Telangana would be pivotal to my Architectural Thesis which…

CAUTION Loses Deposit!

In July 2014 I took a break from the familiarity of Chennai, when I decided to leave for yet another coastal city of Kochi for training. This was the result of a distant, blurred memory from childhood of an ancient canoe, drifting from a setting sun, into a legacy of greenery. An unreasonable hope of…