Street Art is increasingly playing a vital role in reeling out social messages.

While you travel within India keep a sharp eye for Graffiti and Street Art, I would even  do a Street Art Tour.

The series of artworks that follow were captured near the Middle Circle of Connaught Place in New Delhi.

They reflect the ever changing landscapes, paradoxes and social reality of  a metropolis weighed down by old baggage and striving  to be a Smart Modern  City.

Women and their place in any  social system is often a great indicator of the state of a society, system and civilization.

This picture shows the skyscrapers in the background,youngsters leaving the metro with backpacks and in sharp contrast a semi clad vagabond on the extreme right.

In the centre is the colourful street art of a women speaking of violence sitting on a Tiger. She represents the Women  ruling the Middle World, Earth.

There are many elements in this picture, so do give it more than a passing look.

Please share your thoughts as well.

Women Rule the Earth

Women Rule the Middle Kingdom,  Earth

The following picture symbolizes that women rule the Seas as well, The Nether Worlds.

Do observe the change in attire and skin colour when compared to the first picture. The body language of the Woman is noteworthy as well.

The rundown brick wall and the bill board marked Internet on the left , reflect the change brought about by this Installation of Art.

                                                                                  Ruler of The Nether World

The last in the series is the largest and what caught my eye first in the short walk from the Metro Station to Cha bar.

Here the Woman Ruler of The Skies is represented by a Thumbelina look alike  Girl .

She soars above a passerby on an Eagle with quite an EYE.


Soaring above

Do comment and share your thoughts. It could be the Forum of am interesting  debate.


Painted forests in Bandavgarh

As I began blogging , I had never imagined i would share  a section on paintings and artworks.

Am into chapter two and have still not reached the BANDAVGARH TIGER RESERVE. So many stories to tell….

However  Nature and   ‘The Almighty’ have their own ways.

All the paintings depicted are photographs taken at the Samode Safari Lodge . I hope they are still there.

Am sharing them with you as they reveal stories of wildlife and nature in flamboyant colour and incredible detail. They depict the story of  INCREDIBLE INDIA perfectly.

The wall paintings are done by “GOND” aritsts , ( tribals from Central India who inhabit forests )  and  have a unique and discernible  style .Do you recognize it?

The three that follow are fabulous wall paintings I spotted in the washroom of our cottage suite .

wall painting of a tiger
wall painting of a leopard and a bird on a tree
Stripes of a tiger
birds and trees
birds and trees

The main theme of the “GOND” artists are the  flora and fauna  of the   forests they inhabit. Hence very dear to me.

Do see the featured image of about 30 paintings each depicting the fauna of the forests of the area.

The other artist I discovered , was at the Spa of the Lodge.

A gorgeous painting of Lord Hanuman ( the monkey God  ) adorns the wall at the entrance to the spa. If you wish to see more details  can email  pictures with a high resolution as well. Do ask.

The beautiful  baskets on the table are  made by village folk and collected from different parts of the country.

The forest and Hanuman
The forest and Hanuman

The  artist  is from the South of India and depicts stories of Hindu mythology. I had seen some of his spectacular paintings in Delhi and thus recognized his unique signature.

The details in the paintings unveil  stories from the Ramayan ( an epic) related to magical beings which inhabit the oceans , fruit bearing trees and life restoring plants . Followers of movies like  Harry Potter and AVATAR will relate immediately to these  magical creatures and plants.

Thus when you travel with me,  not only will  you see the unusual  but will also be enthralled with stories from Ancient India  .


Umaria is a tiny sleepy village  town in the state of Madhya Pradesh,India.  Its claim to fame  ; it’s the nearest railway station to the famous Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.

An overnight train from New Delhi takes you directly to Umaria. The train stops only  for a few minutes only so be sure to get off.

(do keep a watch out for write ups at http://www.enchantedforests.wordpress.com on Bandavgarh Forests)

sleepy UMARIA ( i love it)
sleepy UMARIA ( very calming for a city dweller)

Our destination is the SAMODE SAFARI LODGE which is a gorgeous  stand alone property in the buffer zone of the forest.

morning sun rays filter through the trees
morning sun rays filter through the trees in the forest

Do tell the driver to drive slowly as  a forest can give you glimpses of its treasures anytime anywhere.

keep the windows down  though its nippy in Decmeber
keep the windows down though its nippy in Decmeber

I would recommend a romantic  getaway to this ultra luxurious quiet and peaceful lodge in the midst of a jungle even if you are not a  wildlife enthusiast..

Sanode safari Lodge
Samode Safari Lodge

The entire premises are beautifully merged into the surroundings and the construction is inspired in large measure by the neighboring village. No manicured gardens, all are permitted to wander without restraint. There is total Freedom.

The large metal containers are used to store grains.

the first glimpse of the dining area
the first glimpse of the dining area

A short walk  and we see glimpses of  the charming  mud  cottages ( suites) assigned to us.

charming wooden bridges form part of the walkways
charming wooden bridges form part of the walkways
mud homes and terracotta tiled roofs
mud homes and terracotta tiled roofs

Each cottage ( suite) has a unique private entrance modeled after a home in the village next door.

Swagatam inscribed in Hindi, means welcome
Swagatam inscribed in Hindi, means welcome

The cottages are the ultimate in Luxury. The artifacts and furniture are very carefully selected and i shall write on them in chapter two of this article.So follow my blogs to be updated.

For now i stick to three topics: Luxury: Village & the Tropic of Cancer.

The musical view from the bed
The musical view from the bed

Utter bliss: what can be better than a sun-downer, a book and the fabulous forest that  envelopes you.

the verandah attatched to every bedroom
the verandah attatched to every bedroom

As i dream of the lovely Samode safari Lodge while i write ,I do realize I will be compelled to add a Chapter two as well .

So lets get out of these luxurious rooms and go for a walk to the neighbouring village to see the life of  an Indian village on the fringes of a Tiger Reserve.

Do compare the pictures to those posted above.

Its the village not luxurious samode safari Lodge
Its the village not luxurious samode safari Lodge

A  terracotta tiled roof cottage in the village.

similar to our room?
similar to our room?

The verandah of this cottage is so similar to the luxury resort.

Verandah of a home in the viilage

Edible roof ? Hansel and Gretel

Organic homes for cattle
Organic homes for cattle

Do keep a watch out for more stories on this amazing destination  in the days to follow.

Umaria is also known for an important key geographical feature.

The TROPIC OF CANCER, passes through the  eco-friendly  village ,Samode Safari Lodge and the sleepy town UMARIA.

Dedicated to Charlie my geography teacher in school.
Dedicated to Charlie my geography teacher in school.

The  black line on the maps in geography classes  in school had suddenly sprung to life.