Posts Categorized: history

The Patron and The Muse: What Stepwells Tell Us About History’s Forgotten Feminine

On the connection between water and women, as conveyed by the architectural marvels of Gujarat.   In the book ‘The Alphabet Versus the Goddess’, Leonard Shlain eloquently argues that the worship of the goddess was a ubiquitous ancient phenomenon world-over, and that male gods rose quite suddenly to usurp their thrones. The book strongly makes a case for…read more

Leonard Shlain on How the Alphabet Triggered Patriarchy and Consequently, Madness

And what today’s ‘civilization of the image’ is doing to rewire our brains and restructure gender dynamics    As a hoarder of images and words, I was immediately drawn to Leonard Shlain’s book The Alphabet Versus the Goddess – a bold exploration into the interplay between words and images throughout history, and their subsequent impact on…read more

The Gothic Spirit: How a Spirit of Verticality and Sublimity Enthralled the Architectural World for Nine Centuries.

A brief history of the eternal style.   Over the course of the history of Western architecture, diverse movements representative of the spirit of their times have captivated the collective creative imagination.  Every such movement clamours for an identity, represents certain ideologies and philosophies, and ultimately respectfully gives way to the next evolutionary step. What remains…read more