Jatayu Earth Centre

Recently when I was in Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum (the capital city of Kerala, India), went to the Jatayu Earth Centre about 60km from Trivandrum. Situated in Kollam district of Kerala, this is the largest bird sculpture in the world. Sculpted by artist Rajiv Anchal, this is a joint initiative by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation, Government of Kerala and built based on the story of Jatayu, the vulture which tried to save Sita, wife of Lord Ram as per Ramayana, the epic. Jatayu is supposed to have fought with Ravana (who kidnapped Sita to Srilanka) and succumbed to injuries. Thus Jatayu is portrayed as a protector of women and the earth centre is built on this concept.


The earth centre is still in construction and will have a mini-theatre inside it.


The head of Jatayu with the eyes as a window…


The sculpture is made of rock and concrete and the false colour image shows the intricacy of the work done by the artist Rajiv Anchal.



Almost after about five or so years, I am about to start my writing again. Things have not changed much since then. The city – that is Pondicherry- or Puducherry – is the same. The chaos has only increased. The same traffic – a bit more unorganized, the same law-less citizens, the don’t care attitude of the law enforcement police – the same attitude towards – or lack of it – the safety of pedestrians – it’s all the same. That is Pondy, the way people call it. The small, tiny metropolis of India. The roads are still ridden with potholes – only locations have changed. So still has a lot to share and in the coming days, I intend to share some of my random thoughts again in these pages.

I have changed a lot in these five years, and so is also my outlook.. Let me unveil me, unravel me and unwind me in the coming days.