November 22, 2010

Vidhana Soudha

The photographs here are of the Vidhana Soudha, located in Bangalore (Bengaluru), which is the seat of Karnataka’s secretariat and legislative assembly. It is constructed in the Neo-Dravidian style and also incorporates Indo-Saracenic elements of architecture.

Ayyo Appa...

Constitutional breakdown
Conflicts and conspiracies
Peddling of politicians
Land grabbing, horse trading
Land scams, struggle for power

Kidnapping, goons ruling
Ruthless and tyrannical
Defections, corruption rampant
Situation out of control
Deterioration by the day

What use of prayers and rituals
To idols and the gods
While poor are not cared for and die
When will the so called leaders
End such insolent autocratic rule?

What happened to oaths and duties
Morals and responsibilities
Integrity and honesty
Has it all been thrown in the winds
Gone for a toss so easily?

Is there anyone out there
Ready for selfless and honest service
To bring about needed change
Raise the standard and dignity
In the life of the common man

I think they were around
During the freedom struggle
Can we not find them anymore
Except in movies and books
Or should we seek them in statues?


Photographs shot: 24 December 2009
(during my last visit to Bangalore)

Poetry created: 22 November 2010
(keeping in mind the present chaos and political crisis
in Karnataka, the state I was born in)


indicaspecies said...


Sylvia K said...

Superb captures, beautiful words and a very interesting look at your world! Thank you for sharing it with us today! Hope you have a great week!


Ebie said...

You write well, and your words are true.

My favorite of your shots is the second to the last with its silhouettes. Nice composition too.

Anonymous said...

you are a poet too? how cool.

EG Wow said...

Excellent question (Is there anyone out there/ Ready for selfless and honest service) and I fear there aren't many. It's true here in Canada too, unfortunately.

There's so much beautiful architecture in India!

Kay L. Davies said...

Aha, my friend in East Gwillumbury said it for me. "It's true here in Canada, too, ufortunately." Very true here in Canada. The common man, especially the poor common man, means nothing to our present federal government. I particularly like this verse:
"What happened to oaths and duties
Morals and responsibilities
Integrity and honesty
Has it all been thrown in the winds
Gone for a toss so easily?"

-- Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Life Ramblings said...

lovely architecture with nice accompanying words.

Denise said...

Superb photos and a wonderful post to read.

Indrani said...

The dramas in politics can be disturbing. Great lines, terrific shots too.

Rajesh said...

You have photographed this architectural masterpiece beautifully.

Saurabh Saxena said...

Hats off to you, present situation of Karnataka is very nicely described here, but how true it is that only place to find such people are now in statues only.

Babli said...

Very beautiful pictures. I appreciate for your wonderful poem. Brilliant post.

Bhupesh said...

superb pic and great words

P.S: Why don't you use a single column template for your blog?

BraCom (Bram) said...

Beautiful My World Tuesday posting

Have a nice week,
Greetings, Bram

Link to My Word Tuesday post!

Seen on My World Tuesday

Anonymous said...

hi nxt time u ar in town let me know we will go on a culinary journey (MTR,CTR...) nicely captured the seat of power namma bengulrooo

magiceye said...

loved the pics with the statues in it..
the politicians have become so arrogantly corrupt now its a shame

sandeep said...

ahhh .... too bad u reminded me of the political situation in karnataka. its nothing but embarrassment for indian democracy!

abt the pictures, why no full view of the saudha? its indeed a beautiful building.

AJEYA RAO said...

Totally agree with you. Something is wrong with the nation not just karnataka - Flats for kargil army to relatives of CM in Maharastra, 2G scam of crores that doubts to have involved even PM everything is so horrible. Be away from political parties. :-)

Lakshmi said...

A very timely and apt post..we need to be ashamed of ourselves

PN Subramanian said...

Beautiful pictures. When Such things can happen in the Parliament, Vidhan Saudas (Sabhas) can not remain aloof. This is the Indian ness we have created. Sorry.

Anonymous said...

The Vidhana Soudha is a beautiful building and your shots are always excellent! As for the politics~it's mostly dirty. Your words ring true of not only Karnataka but of other states as well. Very well put.

Savaari said...

The clarity of the camera is so good. Which pixel camera do you have???