Tuesday, 7 October 2008


I've been tagged yet again, this time by this little powerhouse called Divlish. This is for you, Devilish Diu! ;)

Aw crap, your iPod's jammed on one song! And you won't be able to get it fixed for a week! What song do you hope to christ it's stuck on?
This song from the Disney classic, Cinderella - "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo". It's such an adorable song!

You learn that your new cable package has the Anytime Movie Channel! Which movie do you immediately flick to?
Madagascar, anytime anywhere.

You walk in the front door and smell dinner cooking! What makes you go, "Oooh, I like that!"?
Chocolate!! Yummm.. I love what my mum makes! She's awesome! Oh yes, I'm capable of having only chocolate (lots of it, of course) for dinner.

What's your favourite season?
I so love the rains. The best part of the whole thing is dancing in the first rains of the season. I miss that so much now.

What's your favourite word?
My favourite word is 'Colour'. I don't know why, but I love it. In terms of word usage, these days I've been using a lot of 'rubbish'. What rubbish! ;)

And your least favourite?
My least favourite word is the word 'mess'. I dislike all kinds of 'mess'. A hosteller would know better. Of course, there are a lot of words I really 'hate'.

If you could be anything in the world when you grow up, what would you be?
A character animator. Everybody knows that! ;)

What's your pet peeve? C'mon, you can tell us! What makes you go, "ARGH!!!!"?
I 'argh' (in my head) when girls gossip. Who cares what she wore the other day?

And finally... Which celeb makes you go all fluttery and swoony whenever you see a picture of them?
Oooh.. Alan Rickman and Antonio Banderas and Meg Ryan!

Great! Now it's your turn to tag some of your friends for this thing!
Tina; Josh Harrow; Amritha and Deepa (if you girls ever start a blog of your own, though I probably know all your answers to the questions ;) )

Saturday, 13 September 2008

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I participated in the divider contest on Smashing Magazine few weeks ago. I sent five entries, out of which four made it to the website, though it didn't make it to the top 25. Not that I ever expected mine to make it there; I'm just an amateur and would never stand a chance against so many professional graphic designers that participated. I'm happy that mine even made it to their website. It boosted my morale and confidence. Just getting selected among the 1000 designs that they received is good enough for me.

Here are the four designs that made it:
And the one that didn't make it (I'm assuming it was because it was too big for a divider):
If anybody wants to use my designs, they may do so without any restrictions whatsoever, that is why these designs were made.
Read more about it, or see more amazing dividers here: [Smashing Magazine]

Monday, 8 September 2008

Painted Umbrella

This idea was originally my sister's, who once told me that she would buy a white umbrella and paint on it. I loved the idea and looked for a white umbrella high and low, in vain. All I could find was this colour, whatever the colour is called. So I sat down to draw one evening, and painted it the next evening with silk paint I had in my room.Unfortunately, for me, I never got to use the umbrella, because everytime I wanted to go out and use it, the rains somehow seemed to know that I was going out, and it would stop raining.

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

EGO by Sebastian Baptista

Gosh, you have to see this. One of the awesomest videos I've ever seen! There is no limit to creativity, is there? I love typography, and this is how typography was used by Sebastian Baptista in his 40 second video on YouTube.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Time-table layouts

Here are the four time-table layouts I made for this semester. Now, which one do I choose?

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Bookshelf Spectrum, Revisited

bookshelf spectrum, revisited, originally uploaded by chotda.

I found this beautiful picture on flickr.com. This is so creative!!

Here's what the photographer, K Santos (chotda) says:
"there seemed to be a renewed interest in my old bookshelf photo, so i thought i would show you what the room looks like today"

Uploaded by chotda on 23 Oct 07, 1.49PM IST.

Sunday, 13 July 2008

Amazing Kid #2: Vaishali Raikwad

Speaking of singing competitions, I also love this naughty little girl, Vaishali Raikwad, from Bhopal. She’s so full of energy! She‘s bold and fearless. I wish I were like that. Here’s one of my favourite performances by Vaishali. She’s singing the song “Cheel Cheel Chillake” from the movie “Half Ticket” on her elimination day (Sa Re Ga Ma Pa - L’il Champs, Zee TV). [You could start watching from 2:25, since the beginning is only conversation between the host and Vaishali]

Amazing Kid #1: Anwesha Dutta

I had to post this video because it‘s so amazing, it gives me goose bumps every time I watch it. No it‘s not scary! It’s a video of a participant, Anwesha Dutta, from West Bengal singing “Mere Dholna” from the movie “Bhool Bhulaiya” in the Voice of India competition on Star TV. Gosh, is she amazing or what!!
She makes me proud to be an Indian. Way to go, Anwesha.

Saturday, 10 May 2008

How A Culture Is Made

Here's a really nice article on How A Culture Is Made. I found it here: Friday Reflections

A group of scientists placed 5 monkeys in a cage, and in the middle, a ladder with bananas on the top. Every time a monkey went up the ladder, the scientists soaked the rest of the monkeys with cold water.

After a while, every time a monkey went up the ladder, the others would beat him up. After some time, no monkey dared to go up the ladder regardless of the temptation.
Scientists then decided to substitute one of the monkeys. The first thing this new monkey did was to go up the ladder. Immediately the other monkeys beat him up. After several beatings, the new member learned not to climb the ladder - even though he never knew why!
After some time, a second monkey was substituted and the same thing happened. The first monkey participated in beating up the second monkey. A third monkey was changed and the same beating was repeated. The fourth was substituted and the beating was repeated again. Finally the fifth monkey was replaced.

What was left was a group of 5 monkeys that, even though they had never received a cold shower, continued to beat up any monkey who attempted to climb the ladder. If it was possible to ask the monkeys why they would beat up all those who attempted to go up the ladder, I bet you the answer would be "I don’t know - that’s how things are done around here."

Look around you, does it sounds familiar? Don’t miss the opportunity to share this story with others, as they might be asking themselves why we continue to do what we are doing if there is a different way out there!

Saturday, 26 April 2008

Dell Inspiron 1525 - A Review

It’s been 2 weeks since I got a new Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop, and here are my thoughts and opinions about it.

First of all, the specifications:

  • Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Processor T8100 1
  • 2.1GHz, 3MB Cache, 800 MHz FSB
  • Genuine Windows Vista(TM) Home Premium - with AERO experience
  • 15.4" Widescreen WXGA+ (1440x900) TFT Display with TrueLife(TM)
  • Design: Street with Custom High-Gloss
  • Integrated 2.0 mega pixel web cam
  • 3GB (1x2GB+1x1GB) 667MHz SDRAM
  • 250GB SATA Hard Drive
  • Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Combination Drive with dual layer write capabilities
  • Intel(R) Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
  • Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945 Dual Band 802.11a/g 54Mbps Wireless Mini Card
  • 1 ExpressCard Slot, (Does Not Support PCMCIA Cards)
  • Integrated Sound Blaster Audigy Advanced HD Audio Software
  • Dell(TM) Wireless 355 Bluetooth Module 1
  • 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
  • Dell Bluetooth Wireless Headset
  • Microsoft(R) Works 9.0 (Does Not Include Microsoft(R) Office 2003/2007 Software)
  • McAfee(R) Security Center(TM) – 30 days trial
  • 8-in-1 media card reader
  • Dell(TM) Keyboard with Touchpad (English)
  • Integrated 10/100 Fast Ethernet
  • Internal 56K Modem
  • RJ-11 Modem cable (AP)
  • Dell(TM) Travel Remote Control
  • Noise Isolation Ear Buds
  • Dell(TM) Media Direct
  • Dell(TM) MediaDirect DVD Kit
  • 1 Year Complete Cover Accidental Damage Protection
  • 1 Year Telephone Technical Support
  • Regional Support Within Asia Pacific Countries For Laptops
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty (Next Business Day Service - parts & labour)

Before I write any further, I must also tell you my background of laptop usage. Prior to the Dell 1525, I had used just one other laptop - an Acer Aspire 5102 (with 512 MB RAM, 1.6GHz, 60GB HDD, AMD Turion processor, Windows XP Home Edition OS, 15.4” Widescreen 1280x800 etc etc..) which my parents bought for me a year and a half ago (Oct 2006, to be precise). The laptop was never without problems, and performance wasn’t good either. Well, to put in few words, it wasn’t a laptop I enjoyed working with.

The Dell Inspiron 1525, however, is a laptop I thoroughly enjoy using. From the time we placed the order (through the Dell website), through the processing of the order, and the delivery, it had been a pleasant experience. Yes, the system was delivered late by a day, but they compensated for it by increasing the warranty period by a year. Dell was very prompt at every stage of the order processing; and listened to and clarified our doubts and apprehensions patiently. I, honestly, was very impressed with their customer service.

It arrived in this big box, neatly packed, all safe within the thermocol casing. As you open the box, you first see the laptop bag. This bag has so many pockets you could use to hide stuff and never find it; very spacious you could stuff a lot of things in there. The quality of the bag is as good as it can get, and the soft pad on the handles gives you a feeling of the laptop losing a few pounds when inside the bag. That’s a good thing because the laptop is, kind of, heavy. Removing the bag, you see another box. This box contains all the CDs, manuals (the owner‘s manual is rather thick and has about 200 pages), cables, and other stuff that a laptop comes with. I was surprised to find a mouse, since I hadn’t expected it. There was the Bluetooth headset as promised, a noise-reduction earphone set (in a small black pouch, at the bottom right corner in the picture) and the remote control. The Bluetooth headphones work fine, though they don’t stay tight on my head and hence can use them only when I wear a pony-tail. The Bluetooth connection stays within the room and gets disconnected when I leave the room (that is, go beyond 12 feet, in accordance with the manual). The noise reduction earphones are really good and the ones I mostly use. The remote control, there’s nothing much to say about it really, except that what’s on the manual, with respect to the control buttons, is a little different from what the actual remote control has on it. I assume that the extra features shown on the manual are for 1526 and not for 1525. Nevertheless, as a remote control, it behaves just like it should be.
Now, coming to the laptop itself, it’s a beautiful piece of technology. The speed and performance is awesome. If there is a problem, then it’s because of the formidable Windows Vista, and not because of the hardware. I’d read in a review (by a professional reviewer) that the laptop that they had received had tiny scratches and the paint on the casing was peeling off. So that was the first thing I had checked before anything else. No scratches, no peeling off anywhere. Like I said, it was safely and neatly packed.

The webcam is good and can take pictures of 3200x2400 resolution and videos(not very impressive) of 1600x1200 resolution. Don’t expect what you expect from your digi-cam though. The webcam software also includes remote monitoring, motion detection and time-lapse video. The webcam console has a lot of features built into it, such as audio effects, video effects, face tracking, pan and zoom, and doodling - all fun to play with.

The display is impressive with no colour-inversion from ‘normal’ viewing angles and is susceptible to finger prints. The speaker, located above the keyboard, is normal for a laptop, nothing to brag about. It doesn’t bother me because I use the headphones/earphones 99% of the time. There are these touch-sensitive buttons for the media player above the keyboard that light up only when pressed. I found the volume control button a bit annoying since it responds to touch only once every second, and hence it becomes difficult to reduce the volume by large amounts. I’m able to use it only when I want to make minor adjustments with the volume/sound.

Now we come to the keyboard; the keyboard is one of the best things of the laptop, and for me, personally, there are many reasons. First of all, it’s the softest keyboard I’ve ever touched. That was the first thing I was really ‘really’ impressed with. Second, the layout of the keyboard was the same as the Acer laptop and so I didn’t have to get used to anything. The touchpad is good, can be over-sensitive at times, but not so much to really bother about. You just need some time to get used to its working. With respect to the touchpad, I will have to agree that my Acer laptop was way better.

I’ve used the Media Direct feature only thrice until now. It truly is Media ‘Direct’, meaning, it switches on almost immediately. But.. Yes, there is a ’but’ here. My computer has about 4GB of music, and it takes a lot of time to show me the list of tracks. I, somehow, am not patient enough for the list to load. The only reason I’m keeping the Media Direct feature alive on the laptop is because it uses the visualizations of Windows Media Player 9, which includes my all-time favourite visualization called Vox, which I cannot let go of. I know, it’s crazy to block 2GB of space because of a small visualization, but.. *shrugs* whatever.

About the graphics card, I don’t really have much to say because I don’t play games. I’ve played Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and that worked fine. I don’t know if it made a difference to you, but that is all I can say at the moment.

The DVD writer is very good. I don’t know if it’s because of the previous laptop, but I was amazed to see that writing a 4.7GB DVD took only 10 minutes as compared to 20 minutes on the Acer laptop.

My laptop gives a battery backup of 3 hours, which I'm really happy with.

The cover of my laptop has a glossy design and is highly susceptible to finger-prints. If that bothers you, then don't go for a glossy finish.

That is all I can write for now. If you want to know more about a feature, or have missed something important, let me know, I’ll include it here.

All in all, I’m in love with my new Dell Inspiron 1525, and would happily recommend it to anybody who wants to buy it, without a second thought.

Update [29 April]: Scratch what I said about the touch-sensitive volume control. It's working perfectly fine and I can make any kind of volume adjustment with it. I still have so much to learn about the laptop.

Thursday, 10 April 2008

The design

Front view

Sunday, 30 March 2008

Trip to Bangalore

This post has been pending since long. Two weeks ago, two of my friends and I and mum and my sister and my friend's friend had been to Bangalore. My roommate and I had been planning this trip since the previous semester, wasting long hours during exams discussing where and when we could plan this trip. We finally got a 3 day long spring vacation (as our American counterparts would like to put it). We planned our trip to spend the three days in Bangalore to simply get away from the monotonous routine and spend quality time with friends. My roommate Cheeky, neighbour and friend, Bunny, Bunny's friend from Bangalore, my mum, my sister and I were there. Neighbour, friend and Bunny's roommate Crystal would've been with us if it weren't for Good Friday and Easter. So out of 4 friends at the hostel, only 3 of us went - Cheeky, Bunny and me. We started on Thursday night by train and reached Bangalore the next morning. Here's a short rundown of our stay there-

Day 1: Our main attraction, Wonderla amusement park. We had the best time ever, all the thrill rides and the virtual reality show and the musical fountain.. just WOW!!. Below are some videos[coming soon] and pictures:

Day 2: We went shopping at Commercial Street with mum and sis, since they would leave early next morning. I bought these:

Day 3: (Window)Shopping with Cheeky, Bunny and Bunny's friend at Garuda mall, Globus and the tibetan shopping area. Bought these:

That same night we (Cheeky, Bunny and me) caught a bus to reach the hostel the next morning. It really shouldn't have been surprising, but I was surprised to see many of my college (and hostel) mates in the same bus.

Monday, 3 March 2008

'to complete' tag

I got this tag from leo1969. You have to complete the 'sentence'
My ex is: inexistent
I am listening to: the sound of keys being pressed on my keyboard
Maybe I should: be more productive
I love: colours and listening to music
My best friend: is my sister
I don't understand: what I was born for
I have no respect for: people who are full of themselves
I hate: being treated like I'm invisible
The meaning of my screen name is: 'blue' is my favourite colour and 'potion' is dedicated to my favourite fictional character Severus Snape, the potions master
Love is: what you can't live without
Somewhere, someone is: looking for me
I will always: follow my heart
Forever seems: like forever
I never want to: be sad

I would like to pass this tag to Ebbtide, CuteFairy, JoshHarrow. But whoever wants to take this, please feel free to do so.

Friday, 29 February 2008

Kudlu Falls

Last Saturday, our class spent one of our best moments as a class together. We went on a picnic to Kudlu Falls near Hebri, about 1.5 hours from our college.

We started at around 8:30 a.m. Around 50 of us were present (of 70+ people in the class). We first stopped to collect food packets for the afternoon lunch.

The bus then took us to Hebri, where the bus was suddenly stopped. When asked why the driver had stopped, we got the shock of our lives. The bus won't go further because the road was too narrow and steep. It would be dangerous to take the bus any further. And that meant, we had to walk. We were told that we would have to walk about 2 kilometres. NOT. We realised that we had to walk 4.5 kilometres. And not ONLY walk, but climb rocks, crawl under fallen trees, cross streams and go through thick wood and narrow steep and dangerous paths. We were optimistic that it would be a piece of cake when we were with friends. Piece of cake, my foot. We climbed and climbed and climbed, and the path never ended. We were dog-tired, but kept going singing along inspirational songs completely out of tune from being breathless. Nevertheless, it was fun, and exciting to be experiencing dangerous steeps and narrow paths.We even enjoyed being breathless and tired.

Finally after about 1.5 hours we got the first glimpse of the waterfall. It was like heaven. On seeing the waterfall, energy piped up in us from nowhere.

On reaching the waterfall, we were awespired! It was beautiful! It was more than worth all the climbing and walking. The waterfall, the rocks, the hills - simply WOW!! All our tiredness drained off. We immediately got into the water. The water was so cold, some of us were shivering inside out. We then went under the cold waterfall and had the time of our lives, playing, singing, dancing, screaming - just freaking out under that cold waterfall. At around 1:30p.m. we had our lunch - delicious biriyani and salad.

After lunch, some of us still weren't finished with enjoying the water. So we played ball in the water (while I watched) for a while. It was soon time to go. We again made the 2 hour trek back toward the bus. The backward journey was easier since we mostly had to climb down the rocks and were already familiar with the route. We reached the bus in 1.5 hours. And no, the fun was not over yet. We climbed over the bus and enjoyed a bit over there. It was 5p.m. by then and it was really time to go back.

Oh, the fun and dance in the bus!! And the body-aches and sprains the next day!! It sure was one of the best times of my life. Since then, our class has become so united, so much more caring and responsible. Wow! I'm proud to be a part of my class.

Just yesterday, our class went to a restaurant for being treated by the valedictorian of the class. Though the number was less than the number that came for the picnic, I was amazed to see how free everyone was. So free that they freely told who their crushes were. Amazing, isn't it?

Sunday, 17 February 2008

Dan Brown

I recently finished reading all the four books by Dan Brown. I'm not a review writer, so I can't really write a detailed account of the experience of reading the books. All I want to say that each book is a master piece. I'm really amazed at the amount of research, study and hard work he's put into writing the books. Clearly, he's one of my best authors. I can't wait to read more books by him. Here's the list of my favourite Dan Brown books, in order of my liking:

The Da Vinci Code (This may be a prejudiced opinion because of the movie and all..) In close contention with Da Vinci Code is Angels and Demons. Then is Digital Fortress and finally, Deception Point.

Thursday, 14 February 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

Here's the wallpaper I made for this special day - a way to celebrate the people you love.

Brushes courtesy: Jason Gaylor

P.S. I don't have a Valentine yet.

Wednesday, 13 February 2008

Colour Tablets

I make a time-table layout every semester. And this one below, is the layout for this semester. I kind of like it, probably because, as you would already be aware, because I love colours.
Six days of college, Six columns

Three Dimensions!!

I found this amazing website that shows you a few pictures and explains how you could view them in full THREE DIMENSIONS!! It's awesome!! Have a look at it. Visit this link: http://www.3d-conversion.com/howto.html


I made a wallpaper for my desktop using 'paths' in Photoshop. I used paths for the first time, and I'm really happy with the result.

Sunday, 10 February 2008

Sending Jelly Fish and Octopuses to Finland

This is my first ever handmade postcard that I'm sending to Reetta of Finland. The postcrosser said, "If you want to make me really happy, sent a self-made card..". So I made her this since she was collecting jelly-fish and octopus themed cards. I hope she likes it.
I discovered my love for the colour purple after this particular endeavour. Purple Rules!!

Saturday, 2 February 2008

Riviera '08 : Day 4 : Shankar Mahadevan's concert

Shankar Mahadevan's concert last night was simply SUPERB! This time I really don't have words to describe my experience. One of the best concerts I've ever attended (not that I've attended many, but still). Shankar Mahadevan is now going into my list of favourite singers, not only because he's such a versatile singer, but also because of his humility and jovial nature. I love famous people who are humble and down-to-earth. I just loved Shankar Mahadevan!! Way to go, Shankar!!! *love*

Here are some pictures of the concert and me ;) --I was trying to look good, but didn't really end up looking ravishing or anything. Anyway, this is me with my favourite Riviera background.

Somebody told me that there would be fireworks before the concert. There wasn't any. I was disappointed (which is wrong, since I have decided to be environment-friendly, but *shrugs* I love watching them *shame* *hides face*). That wasn't for long though, because Shankar gave a break of about 5 minutes for dinner, during which they had this display of fireworks.

And last, but not the least, here are a few pictures from the concert:

Friday, 1 February 2008

Juggling Show by Feeding The Fish

I'm dedicating this post to Mr. Simon Mylius and Ms. Alix Wilding, for the stunning juggling show last night. I found this video on YouTube. A video of their show at IIT, Kharagpur in 2007.

Riviera '08 : Day 3

I had decided never to miss Riviera ever, as long as my parents were working here.And now my determination not to miss is even stronger. I have found yet another reason not to miss it for anything (well, except, may be, exams). Riviera's Day 3 was more awespiring than I'd imagined. And the end of it all, my mouth lay hanging open. Though I didn't watch the prelims of any of the competitions (because of my addiction to the internet, and the unputdownable book I was reading - Dan Brown's Deception Point), I did catch a glimpse of the prelims for the personality contest called Mr. and Ms. Riviera. I was a little disappointed with the entries. Nevertheless, it was fun. I also saw the entries for the finals of the Sand-Castle competition. And this little one caught my attention, and is my favourite. The theme for the competition was "Anything Indian". So this is a model of the Charminar at Hyderabad.

In the evening, at the stadium were the finals of the personality contest, throughout which my parents and me, thoroughly got bored. My mum was insisting that we should go back home. I refused, and it was a good thing I refused, because what happened after that I can never forget in my life. There was this stunning visual glow juggling show by a group called Feeding The Fish (consisting of Ms. Alix Wilding and Mr. Simon Mylius). What kind of juggling articles they used, I have no idea; they were fluorescent, changed a million colours, and most amazingly, even changed SHAPES!! At the end of it, gosh.. I just don't have words to describe what I felt. Truly fantastic, MESMERIZING, I must say. Wow! Visit their website: http://www.feedingthefish.com/

Did I ever think I'd see even more jaw-dropping performances that day! Before the Frisk-Facter (dance) competition could start, the host college, VIT, performed a dance representing five human emotions - anger, happiness, hatred, love and fear. That was AWESOME!! The dance got a standing ovation and the judges invited the whole group to perform at celebrations in various parts of India.

All in all, yesterday was my best day of the whole celebration. I'm sure there's more awating today, because today, a very popular Indian singer, Shankar Mahadevan is going to perform for us. All of the staff who haven't attended the celebrations of the previous two days, have cancelled appointments to attend today's concert. I'm just too excited, and I'm trying to look my best today, even though it's not a necessity because all I'm going to do is SIT and enjoy the show. ;).

Thursday, 31 January 2008

WHA - ?? No Way!!

Never ever in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would see my principal's name alongside my uncle's name (Uncle is a GREAT scientist) in a scientific journal. It did make sense to me though, after my initial surprise, that both of them work in the same field of science, and that my principal is a PRINCIPAL, not just another person. I never really thought of my principal having contact with someone as intelligent as my uncle.

Eeeek!! I'm so *EXCITED*. I don't know why.
P.S. Bhai, this one is for you. :D

Wall Painting

My top 3 favourite entries from the wall painting competition during Riviera '08 at VIT:

And this one below, though not very sophisticated, is one of my favourites for sheer creativity. I simply love the idea.

Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Golden Temple, Vellore

Yesterday, I went with my parents to the Golden Temple. No, not the one in Amritsar, it's down south in the state of Tamil Nadu, in Vellore, to be precise, which is also home to the prestigious VIT (Vellore Institute of Technology).

This temple at Sripuram, Vellore, dedicated to Goddess Narayani, I must say (note that I'm not a 'devout' Hindu), is a beautiful sight, with the ENTIRE temple being coated with pure gold, majestically standing in the middle of a pool of clear water. What's interesting about the pool is that people see it as a wishing-well and have thrown coins into it, which looks through the clear water. The bottom of the shallow pool is now carpeted with coins, and that adds a thing of beauty into the pool. Even the small staircase-fountain pools haven't been spared where people have thrown not coins, but bangles into it. Lol. I also saw an ATM card thrown into it. Anyhow, everything about the main temple is a sight to see. The only things that failed to impress me were the engravings, carvings and sculptures, probably because of my recent visit to Orissa where I saw breathtaking sculptures and architecture.
Another thing I must mention is that it's not that easy to reach the temple from its entrance. You'll have to walk almost about a mile before you reach the main temple after walking round the temple on a star-shaped pathway. On either sides of the pathway, messages of 'Amma' (the 31-year old 'Godman' who conceived and designed the temple) and quotes from the Vedas are displayed.

From what I've read about it, the Rs.300crore temple, situated in the middle of a 100 acres land, took 6 full years to complete and has been made with 1.5 tons of pure gold. While over 800 artisans from Tirupati and Madurai have worked day and night to realize the dream of the 'Godman', devotees of this foundation from around the world made huge contributions to the construction of the temple.

'Amma's' thoughts about the concept behind the golden temple:
"A mother administers sugar-coated pill to the child to heal. It's a physical
ailment. Likewise, I am offering this golden temple to people to impart
wisdom. This golden temple is just a tool to attract the world's attention."

"Some may ask why a golden temple for the mankind and why not a hospital? But in
Sripuram, we bring about a change in people through messages like the nobleness
of human birth and the need to serve the humanity. This will motivate them to
built lakhs of hospitals across the globe," he said.