Guthu House in Pilikula

The Bunts have their origins in Mangalore, the popular ones being Aishwarya Rai and Shilpa Shetty. Most today are in the restaurant business and run these eateries in Mumbai.  I came across many Bunt houses in the hamlets around Mangalore during my stay in Dakshin Kannada.

Sunrise at Halebid

An edited version of this article was published in The Hindu on 28th March’15 I waited outside the premises of the Hoysaleshwar Temple that had long stood the test of times. A padlocked gate separated me from the magnificent edifice. I had left Chikmagalur in the wee hours of the day and was too early to pay my tributes to this living testament of India’s glorious past. I walked around the small sleepy town of Halebeedu which was yet to wake up to the first morning rays. I…