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The wrath of God.

Narasimha the 'man animal' avtaar of the Hindu god Vishnu, sits at the entrance of the National Museum Delhi with a story every Indian is familiar with.

What a sick planet dreams of.

The wetland of the Keoldeao National Park in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India is more than home for the birds that annually visit in winters, the swampy water body is vital for the well being of the planet.

Summer interrupted.

In the month of April, when the North Indian plains burn with summer heat, Bhuntar in Himachal Pradesh, seldom stays hot for long. Unpredictable but short thunder showers, act cohesively to keep the temperature in check.

The pure copper in Buddha.

Ancient Tibetans valued pure copper as sacred metal for creating the Idols of Buddha and the Bodhisattva But instead of mining their own land for it, they ordered the metal from distant regions.

The one that started a trend.

Behind the huge dome tomb known as the Bara Gumbad in Lodi Gardens, sits the prototype that revolutionized mosque architecture in India. Its builders speculated to be Hindu artisans working for their Afghan overlords.
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Delhi’s underground summer retreat.

Dug deep into the earth to tap subterranean ground water, the stepwells of India were once a popular retreat for the common man to escape the blistering summer heat - a film by Wilderness Films India.

Bustling when not sleeping.

From obscure origins to a thriving town, explore the metamorphosis of Bhuntar - an unheard of mid size town in Himachal Pradesh, India.

Blockbuster ideas.

Small towns can surprise one with their unique ability for improvisation and spirit of enterprise like the once popular video hut that let local inhabitants and school boys on town leave indulge their love for the movies before the advent of cable television.

The dharma abode of great bliss.

True to its Tibetan name, the Dechen Choekhor Mahavira sits in the midst of peace and tranquility on a small hilltop overlooking the scenic outskirts of Bhuntar, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Under the shadow of the Rana Mahal.

The Rana Mahal - an imposing structure built by the far away Hindu Rajput kings to commemorate their one true faith and perhaps attain Moksha by living out their last days in the holy city of Varanasi, India.