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When one talks about December, in particular in Switzerland, what comes to mind is cold weather, cold and skiing. On the other hand, thanks to innovations around mobile platforms at Swiss Re, my December has been in India, with a sunny weather between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius!

The first series of photos I'd like to share are from the Chennakeshava temple: also referred to as the Belur temple, this monument has been made its way all the way to today from the 12th century. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, it took 3 kings over 103 years to get it to build, and the temple has an impressive architecture as well as very detailed statuettes. You'll also see that some of the art pieces are missing - I've been told they are in various museums in London...


The other series of photos are from the Hoysaleswara, or otherwise known as Halebidu, temple. Also built during the 12th century, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. What makes this monument unique are the huge sitting Nandi (bull) statues, as well as some surprising statuettes on some of the higher walls (click on the second photo to understand what I'm talking about).


After these unusual winter photos, I'll let you enjoy your visit of my site and wish you a joyful Christmas and a fantastic start to 2018. As usual, while doing so please make good use of the Facebook "like" button in the bottom and don't hesitate to contact me for all your comments, recommendations, ideas, wishes (eg. for the MusicBox), and so on, and so forth... Or even, to simply say "hello"!! (look -> the "Contact me" section, i.e. the one with a typewriter icon)

S. Ali Tokmen



last update: 15.12.2017