Anuradha Shankar

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Traveler, mother, bookworm, Blogger. Not necessarily in that order. I love exploring less known corners of India and sharing them with the world!

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The Mumbai skyline and the choppy sea... A sight I can never tire of. 
#mumbai #mumbairains #rains #monsoon
Learning to swim in knee deep water.... It's interesting the kind of things we can see from our window 😀

#mumbai #rains #mumbairains
This morning , remembering a train journey , one that took me back in time.... #linkinprofile 
#mhow #madhyapradesh #train #india #indianrailways
After a very long time , some unintentional #birdwatching. We spotted a Night Heron... Somewhere in #chembur #mumbai 
#birds #instabirds #indianbirds #nature
Sitting at the window in my mom's house , watching the skies change. It's suddenly cooler and we are hoping it will rain. 
#weather #sky #skywatch
Mahishashuramardini - the goddess who slays the buffalo-demon, Mahisha. The depiction is typical, she has 16 arms, holding various weapons , she has one foot on the buffalo , whom she has beheaded , the head lies at her feet ,her lion is right behind , it's teeth and claws into the buffalo as well. There is a figure on the left which could be the demon who has emerged from his buffalo form. 
This image however is from the yogini temple at Bhedaghat, where she is called Teramva. A name which is interesting, since it makes me wonder about its origin. Could it mean that she is the thirteenth in a series of goddesses ? (Terah in Hindi means 13) I have only heard of series of seven or nine goddesses , or of course the 64 yoginis. Could she be part of a smaller group within the 64, or does the name have some other explanation? 
What do you think ? Have you been here and have you seen her ? 
#goddess #formsofdevi #bhedaghat #yogini #temples #64yoginis #madhyapradesh #jabalpur #india #heritage #art #indianaesthetics #indianart
Doesn't that pile of rock look like an elephant ? Somewhere in Tamilnadu, from my recent trip down south.  As a kid I enjoyed finding shapes like this in the landscape when we travelled. Then , as a mother , I delighted in searching for shapes along with my son, keeping him busy and engrossed in the landscape , keeping him from asking "when will we reach ?" Now that he's all grown up , I am back to looking for these shapes on my own , as he listens to music through his earphones , no matter how long the journey. 
#landscapes #travel #thoughts
Even abandoned railway stations can look beautiful. This is the Willingdon island railway station which is no longer operational. Originally called the Cochin Harbour Terminus , the station is now being renovated and plans are afoot to connect it to the Kochi suburban rail network. 
#cochin #kochi #train #railways #india #kerala #ernakulam
Remembering our visit to the Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple at Bangalore last week .... And this beautiful Kalyani or step well .

#heritage #temples #temple #india #bangalore #
Good morning, Mumbai. The trip was great but its good to be back home. And to see some of the art work in the Arrivals section of the @jayahemuseum too 😀

#airport #museumsofmumbai #museum #india #mumbai #mumbaiairport
Trying out Bangalore metro to get from one end of the city to another as we try to visit as many relatives as possible in the short time we have. And it's so good to see it completely crowded , even in the afternoon. Good to see it being used. 
And now we have tried out the Kolkata metro , the Delhi metro , the Kochi Metro , and the Bangalore metro , not to mention the Mumbai metro , which we use quite regularly. 
#metro #train #india #bangalore
A big bunch of Kanakambaram flowers in my hair, as we leave Tiruppur for Puttaparthi. 
The old lady who heps my sister-in-law with chores around the house brought them by, early this morning since she knows how much I love them. So thoughtful of her ! 
#flowers #kanakambaram #tamilnadu