Welcome To Kalpana
Kalpana is a trilingual website, in English, Hindi and Italian. It is a mix between personal web-pages and a webzine, mainly about India and Italy. You can read more about Kalpana and about me (Sunil) by clicking here.
Recent Additions on Kalpana
Matru, Bijlee and Bhardwaj's Nautanki: A review of Vishal Bhardwaj's "Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola"
Meeting Amitabh Bachchan, the well known Bollywood actor (Added in February 2013)
Images from South Africa, October 2012 - V and A waterfront Cape Town - Cape Town city (1) - Cape Town city (2) - Table Mountain - Company's gardens in Cape Town - Camp Bay to Misty Cliffs - Cape of Good Hope - Penguins in Boulder (1) - Penguins in Boulder (2) - Kirstenbosch botanical gardens (14 October 2012)
Images from Gay Lesbian Bisexual Trans-sexual and Inter-sexual (GLBTI) Pride Parade of Bologna, June 2012 - images of persons, parents, families, organizations, beautiful costumes, body paints, joyful dances asking for equality and human rights. (5 August 2012)
Most Popular pages on Kalpana
The most clicked pages in the English part of Kalpana include: articles about documentary film makers such as Arun Chadha, pages about Indians and Indian associations in Bologna (Italy), introductions to Indian writers who write in Hindi and other Indian languages and are often not known outside India such as Shivani, and some of Sunil's articles such as the Sonali Dasgupta Rossellini story and his selection of best desi blogs from Indian blogosphere.
Recent Updates on Sunil's Blogs from Twitter Timeline
Arre kya baat hai is Sunil's English blog on books, authors, travels, personal reflections, sexuality, India, Italy, art, history and many such themes. The title Arre kya baat hai comes from Hindi, an Indian language and depending upon the tone of the voice, it can mean "What's the matter?" or "Wow, how wonderful". This blog was started in 2005. Some of the more popular posts on this blog include the following: Women changing rural India - Sarpanch sahib, Films at human rights night film festival of Bologna, a photo-essay on a journey in Mongolia, Right to orgasm, Roberto and Sonali Rossolini story, Dams, development & poor - Medha Patkar, Arundhati Roy's speech, Coffee art, Only sex wins, Off the beaten track in Delhi, and Spirit of Dilli in Bollywood films.
Read Arre kya baat hai (it will open in a new window)
The word Chayachitrakar comes from hindi and literally means, Painter of Shadows. The text accompanying the images is in three languages English, Hindi and Italian. It is Sunil's picture blog.
Digital cameras have given me an opportunity to document my frequent travels to different countries. Each professional passion had its own hazards. Persons writing a lot could end up with writers' elbows and people tapping away on type-writer or computer keys could end up with carpal-tunnel syndrome. Similarly, all of us crazy about digital cameras, could end with a disease called clickitis with stiff and painful index fingers. The images on Chayachitrakar cover different geographical areas in Asia, Africa and Americas and a wide variety of subjects from people, daily life, arts, monuments, dances, animals, flowers, etc.
Take a look at Chayachitrakar (it will open in a new window)
Best Indian/Desi Blogs Kalpana Recommends
Looking for the best in Indian blogosphere - blogs by Indians, by persons of Indian origins, by adopted Indians and by persons who love India? Check Kalpana's list of best in the Desi Blog world including recipe blogs, general blogs and photoblogs. If your favourite bloggers are missing from this list, suggest it by writing to sunil(at)kalpana(dot)it
Kalpana Image Archives
Kalpana image-archives have thousand of images from different parts of the world. You are welcome to use these images for your blogs and other non-commercial websites, but remember to give proper credit and a link to Kalpana.it. If you would like some images in higher resolution, contact me.
The images in the Kalpana Image Archives are organised in different categories. You can get a preview of kind of images on Kalpana.it by checking Akashganga - my Image Wall. You can also explore the images by clicking below on the specific category or albums:
There are images of different animals from different parts of the world in this section.
Under this group, you will find images from China, Mongolia and Nepal.
There are images from Thailand here.
There are images different birds from different parts of the world in this section.
This group presents images of modern and traditional dances from different parts of the world.
There are images of trees, plants and flowers from different parts of the world in these pages.
In this group you will find images in the following groups: Bologna museums and places to visit - Bologna Par Tot Parade - Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-Transgender Pride Parade of Bologna - Art, culture & dance events from Bologna and Images of Venice
Download Kalpana Wallpapers
Are you looking for a different look to your desktop or Laptop? Check the colourful Kalpana wall papers - there are hundreds of them to choose from and they are all free. They are organised in different categories such as roses, yellow flowers, monkeys, gods, dances, etc. Come and take a look. Wallpapers 1 and Wallpapers 2 .