The Vanishing Stepwells of India
18 March 2017 | Media
The Vanishing Stepwells of India by Victoria Lautman (with a foreword by Divay Gupta) is a stunning large format coffee table book about stepwells. Global Heritage Fund, the archaeology organization I work with, had stepwell projects a few years ago and their descript...
Cars in India, Cars in Hong Kong – Nanos & Tesla
15 October 2016 | Transport
▲ Tata Nano in Ratnagiri
The Tata Nano launched in India in 2008 with the aim of being the world’s most affordable car. The tiny two cylinder 624 cc vehicle was going to get people off their family motorcycles (typically carrying husband, wife and several children)...
Hampi in India – take 2
9 October 2016 | Places
This is my second Hampi report, following the earlier account of a visit to the Chandramauleshwara Temple. I only had two days in Hampi, there’s so much to see another day or two would have worked very well.
▲ In the Royal Enclosure the imposing Mahnavami Dibba pla...
Hampi in India – take 1
7 October 2016 | Places
I’ve reported on my visit to Global Heritage Fund’s Chandramauleshwara Temple at Hampi and how pleased I was to finally get to this wonderful temple-studded abandoned city in southern India. So here’s a random selection of images from my recent visit. I’ll post some m...
Visiting the Chandramauleshwara Temple in Hampi
5 October 2016 | Places
For years I’ve been meaning to visit Hampi, the extensive city of temple ruins in the state of Karnataka. It’s an overnight train trip from the southern metropolis of Bangalore or a slightly shorter trip from Goa on the coast, the difficulties of getting there perhaps...