Bodhgaya is known for its brick making and its country tiles.  The chimneys of Brick kilns dot the landscape on the drive from Patna to Bodhgaya. The Buddhist trail along the way is a testimony to the use of brick  - in  stupas, the large domes of brick encasing the remains of a learned soul –  in the Nalanda University, and in the  various monasteries and temples that stu...

Its Sunday morning and as I sift through the morning papers the word jumps out at me – the Property Supplement’s use of the word goes far beyond a crutch word – it actually forms the body of the text. And the clear indication is that luxury can be interchanged with ‘expensive’ or upmarket first and then most often “branded” and thereafter sometimes, opulent and crass and...

As we discuss the mindless architecture of Indian cities today – we have often discussed the culprit -  the big bad  G of globalization.  The idea that our porous borders ever since we opened our economy  in the 1990’s has led us, as Indians, to a culture that values and enjoys malls and high rise buildings with curtain glass and Aluminium facades  does have some merit.  B...

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