Saturday, December 24, 2016

TALES FROM THE CAPITAL CITY – LXCI

                                                      HARMONIOUS BLEND OF STYLES

'Harmonious blend of styles' write-up on Anantha Vilasam Palace. constructed by Visakam Thirunal Rama Varma in 1882, The Hindu, 24-12-2016.


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

TALES FROM THE CAPITAL CITY – LXXXX

                                                        A MUSEUM OF THE ROYALS

'A museum of the royals' write-up on the historic Ranga Vilas Art Gallery located inside fort area, Thiruvananthapuram, The Hindu, 10-12-2016.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

TALES FROM THE CAPITAL CITY – LXXXIX

GRANDEUR OF A BYGONE ERA

'Grandeur of a bygone era' write-up on Iron Villa Park, aka, Thekkae Theruvu Maidanam, an urban open space in the historic fort area of Thiruvananthapuram, The Hindu, 26-11-2016.


Friday, November 11, 2016

TALES FROM THE CAPITAL CITY – LXXXVIII

MAGNIFICENT WINDOW TO REGAL TIMES

'Magnificent window to regal times' write-up on the Thekkae Theruvu Malika, the two hundred year old durbar hall of the Travancore royals, The Hindu, 12-11-2016.


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

TALES FROM THE CAPITAL CITY – LXXXVII

MEMORIES OF ANOTHER DAY

' Memories of another day' write-up on the ancient Kallampalli Ammaveedu and Eraniel Ammaveedu, The Hindu, 29-10-2016.



Friday, October 14, 2016

TALES FROM THE CAPITAL CITY – LXXXVI

BASKING IN THE GLORY OF YESTERDAY

'Basking in the glory of yesterday' write-up on Thalakulathu Mele Veedu, Kanyakumari District, Tamilnadu, The Hindu, 15-10-2016.


Friday, October 7, 2016

TALES FROM THE CAPITAL CITY – LXXXV

CARVING A NICHE FOR ARTISTS

'Carving a niche for artists' write-up on the history of College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram,  The Hindu, 01-10-2016.



TALES FROM THE CAPITAL CITY – LXXXIV

ONAVILLU: BOWS AS PRAYERS

'Onavillu: bows as prayers' write-up on the craftsmen associated with the longstanding tradition of consecrating Onavillu at Padmanabha Swamy temple, The Hindu, 17-09-2016.


Saturday, September 3, 2016

TALES FROM THE CAPITAL CITY – LXXXIII

                                                     DESIGNING CITIES FOR TOMORROW

'Designing cities for tomorrow' write-up on Dr. G.H. Krumbiegel, horticulturist and architect behind the design of Kowdiar-Vellayambalam Avenue and several other important roads in Thiruvananthapuram, The Hindu, 03-09-2016.
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/designing-cities-for-tomorrow/article9067422.ece

Friday, August 19, 2016

TALES FROM THE CAPITAL CITY – LXXXII

                                                                   STANDING TALL

'Standing tall' write-up on Pulluvilakathu Mele Veedu, a.k.a., Muttalakurichi Sarvadhikaryakkar Veedu, near Thucalay - the house of the trusted officials to the erstwhile rulers of Travancore, The Hindu, 20-08-2016. 
Link: http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/society/historical-signifance-of-pulluvilakathu-mele-veedu-in-muttalakurichi/article9007948.ece


Sunday, August 7, 2016

TALES FROM THE CAPITAL CITY – LXXXI

                                                              DEPTHS OF MYSTERY

'Depths of mystery' write-up on the old Charode palace and the secret tunnel connecting it with Padmanabhapuram, The Hindu, 06-08-2016.
Link: http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/society/interesting-facets-about-charode-palace/article8948389.ece

Friday, July 15, 2016

TALES FROM THE CAPITAL CITY – LXXX

                                                   THOSE EMERALD FIELDS OF YORE...

'Those emerald fields of yore...,' write-up on Panniyarathala Veedu, Jagathy, one of the few homesteads in Thiruvananthapuram to preserve traces of an agrarian past, The Hindu, 16-07-2016.
http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/panniyarathala-veedu-and-its-agrarian-connect/article8855225.ece


Friday, July 1, 2016

TALES FROM THE CAPITAL CITY – LXXIX

                                             HOW GREEN WAS THIRUVANANTHAPURAM!

'How green was Thiruvananthapuram!,' write-up on the various varieties of vegetation that once dotted the landscape, Thiruvananthapuram, The Hindu, 02-07-2016.
Link: http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/literary-pieces-have-painted-vivid-descriptions-of-the-flora-of-thiruvananthapuram-of-yore/article8797178.ece

Friday, June 17, 2016

TALES FROM THE CAPITAL CITY – LXXVIII

                                           THE RISE AND FALL OF ERANIEL PALACE

'The rise and fall of Eraniel palace,' write-up on the ancient Eraniel palace and the cultural heritage of the region, Thiruvananthapuram, The Hindu, 18-06-2016.
http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/society/eraniel-palace-then-and-now/article8741457.ece

Monday, June 6, 2016

TALES FROM THE CAPITAL CITY – LXXVII

                                                            PORTRAIT OF A TEACHER


'Portrait of a teacher,' write-up on K. Janardhanan Pillai BA LT, the former Head Master at Govt. Model School, Thiruvananthapuram, The Hindu, 04-06-2016.

http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/society/k-janardhanan-pillai-who-was-an-esteemed-teacher/article8686720.ece


Sunday, May 22, 2016

TALES FROM THE CAPITAL CITY – LXXVI

                                                           STORE OF REMINISCENCES

'Store of reminiscences', write-up on erstwhile Travancore's association with Nanjinadu and the tangible remains of that past, The Hindu, 21-05-2016.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

TALES FROM THE CAPITAL CITY – LXXV

HOME OF THE BRAVE

   'Home of the brave', write-up on Thalakulathu Valiya Veedu, the ancestral home of Velu Thampi Dalawa, The Hindu, 07-04-2016.


Friday, April 22, 2016

TALES FROM THE CAPITAL CITY – LXXIV

  THE ROYAL CONNECTION
                         'The royal connection', write-up on the ancient Kaipally Veedu, Palkulangara,                    The Hindu, 23-04-2016.

Friday, March 18, 2016

TALES FROM THE CAPITAL CITY – LXXII

                                                                  ART IN HIS HEART

'Art in his heart', write-up on the veteran artist P. Siddharthan Nair, who still runs an active studio in Kuravankonam,The Hindu, 19-03-2016.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

TALES FROM THE CAPITAL CITY – LXXI

                                                       SACRED POND OF MEMORIES

'Sacred pond of Memories', write-up on the ancient Padmatheertham pond associated with Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple,The Hindu, 05-03-2016.


Saturday, February 20, 2016

TALES FROM THE CAPITAL CITY – LXX

                                           HAUNTING STORIES FROM THE CITY

'Haunting stories from the city', Ottapanamoodu had several creepy tales associated with the history of erstwhile Travancore,The Hindu, 20-02-2016.

  • Dear readers please note that the mysterious death of Raja Kesavadas, the Dewan took place before the cold blooded murder of the Thampis and not after the Ottapanamoodu incident.

Friday, January 29, 2016

TALES FROM THE CAPITAL CITY – LXIX

TRIBUTE TO THE KING

'Tribute to the King', write-up on the majestic statue of Sree Chithira Thirunal Bala Rama Varma,       The Hindu, 30-01-2016.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

TALES FROM THE CAPITAL CITY – LXVIII

CROWNING GLORY OF CHITARAL

'Crowning glory of Chitaral', write-up on the ancient Jain temple in Chitaral and the intriguing story of its gopuram,The Hindu, 09-01-2016.