February 1st, 2012


Origami with Krishna Panyam, Jaaga, 300112

I have had, as usual, a lot of interesting things to do...and one of them was the Origam workshop I attended at


I found that the teacher, Krishna Panyam, was someone I had met earlier, on the bus tour of the lakes of Bangalore

Here's one of the pieces that Krishna made:

More photos can be seen on my FB album, if you

click here

(you need a Facebook account).

Here is Krishna, starting the workshop:

krishna starts orgmi 300112

Here are some samples of his work:

some smpls orgmi 300112

some more smpls orgmi 300112

rose orgmi 300112

Here's a sample of (very difficult) curved origami:

Curved origami Krishna 300112

For more pictures, visit

Krishna Panyam's Facebook album, click here

Wonderful....I enjoyed myself very much, as did all of us.

Inverted comma-ization....

I do not often indulge in nostalgia, being a person who enjoys the vibrancy of the present as much as the glow of the past. But once in a while....

It was saddening to read of

the closure of Hotel Brindavan, on M G Road

here is a link, with reviews, to the hotel

My cousin got married in this hotel.It was an oasis of peace on M G Road. Well, certainly, service and the quality of food at the restaurant and hotel had been dropping of late..just like at the erstwhile India Coffee House, that also once stood on the same road.

The value of everything seems to be reckoned only in money terms, in Bangalore, at least....there seems to be no value for heritage, history or culture...except if they can be marketed as "heritage", "history", and "culture". Otherwise, it is all "real estate". Sad at the inverted-commaization of our inheritance...we are now camera-toting tourists, treading over our own pasts, while commercial buildings of chrome, steel and glass mushroom in the spaces where gracious bungalows and majestic buildings stood. Cars bearing tycoons whizz by where immemorial trees shaded the roads. Truly public spaces are shrinking, and there is no plan for creating any more. Some things about Bangalore make me sad. Our quality of life has become much worse, and continues to deteriorate. Money talks, and commerce seems to be the only common language of our city.