Friday, March 09, 2018

Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 11

For the benefit of those who call from India to the U.S. and vice versa:

Daylight savings time (DST) is the practice of advancing clock by one hour so that evening daylight lasts longer.

This year (2018), DST begins on Sunday, March 11 in the U.S. The time difference between India and U.S. time zones will decrease by 1 hour. IST is UTC +0530.

Daylight Savings Time (select image to enlarge)

Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India

"One of the most intriguing series in Rembrandt's oeuvre comprises his drawings made in the style of artists serving the Mughal court in India."

Shah Jahan and Dara Shikoh

The exhibition Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India, which juxtaposes Rembrandt's drawings with Indian paintings and drawings of similar compositions, opens March 13 at the Getty Museum in LA.

Picture credit:

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (Dutch, 1606 - 1669)
Shah Jahan and Dara Shikoh, about 1656–1661, Brown ink and gray wash with scratchwork
21.3 × 17.8 cm (8 3/8 × 7 in.)
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Rani Abbakka: An Untold Legacy - HT Swarajya

Rani Abbakka Devi Chowta, a Tuluva queen from Karnataka drove away the Portuguese in the 16th century CE, and Karnataka recognizes her with a crude statue:

Rani Abbakka Devi Chowta
Rani Abbakka Devi Chowta

Source: Raghuram, M. “Rani Abbakka: An Untold Legacy.” Swarajya Read India Right, 8 Mar. 2018,

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Bengali and Devanagari scripts

I think that if I look at these diagrams often enough, I'll learn the Bengali script ☺

Bengali and Devanagari scripts

While we are talking about scripts, check out Indian Type Foundry (ITF). ITF designs and distributes retail and custom Unicode-compliant digital fonts for both Indian and global markets. Unicode enables people around the world to use computers in different languages. Freely-available Unicode specifications and data form enable software internationalization in major operating systems, search engines, applications, and the Web.

Friday, March 02, 2018

Happy Holi!

Happy Holi!

Bhagavad Krishna and Radha celebrate Holi
Factoid: did you know that Radha was not mentioned by name in the Bhagavata Purana?  While he has a favorite gopi, she is never named.