Thursday Doors – A Tiny Door in Varanasi, India


This was taken in 2009, in one of the unbelievably narrow alleyways of Varanasi, India.

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Thursday Doors: Coffee Plantation Bungalow Doors

Taken at a coffee plantation in Chikmagalur, South India, I love the reflection of the hills, trees, plants and flowers in the glass on these doors.



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Thursday Doors – St. Andrew’s Church, Bangalore, India.




Today I did something I haven’t done in at least five years. I went somewhere with the specific purpose of photographing something.

For Thursday Doors, which is “a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world”, I visited St. Andrew’s Church, something I have been wanting to do for years! There is something about human nature that makes us put off doing things that are so easily accessible to us. I have lived in Bangalore for many years, yet have only made the time to do this today. I really hope this is a sign of things to come. I guess I owe a big thank you to Norm’s Thursday Doors!

It was a rainy, dull day, so I didn’t have the sunlight to help me in my photographic endeavours and I also realised that I perhaps need to consider buying a new camera to replace my seven year old one! Nevertheless, I was so happy to have dedicated some time to a hobby of mine that mostly lies dormant these days and also to have visited a beautiful church that is a part of our country’s rich heritage.













Inside, the design of the church is simple and quaint, contrasting well with the vibrancy of the beautiful stained glass and the magnificence of the pipe organ, which was installed in 1881.

I was astounded to learn that the church was built in just two years, between 1864 and 1866!

Several plaques and tablets adorn the walls, alluding to the rich history of this originally Presbyterian Scottish church, named after the patron saint of Scotland.

One plaque was dedicated to the N.C.O’s and men of the 2nd Battalion, Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, who died between 1910 and 1913, while stationed at Bangalore.

Another is dedicated to The Reverend James Jollie, Senior Chaplain Church of Scotland, who served as the minister of St. Andrew’s Church for eight years. He was born in Leslie, Fifeshire, Scotland in 1844 and died in Madras, India in 1889.





I have borrowed excerpts from the church’s website, which says that, the foundation stone for this magnificent structure was laid on Nov. 22, 1864 by Lady Grant, wife of Lieutenant-General, Sir Hope Grant, the then Quartermaster-General of Her Majesty’s Forces and the building was completed and opened for Divine worship on Nov. 18,1866 within a period of two years at an overall cost of Rs. 45000/- including the land. The dedication sermon was preached by the Rev. Stewart Wright, one of the then chaplains of the Church of Scotland in the Madras Presidency, and pastor in charge of the newly formed congregation.”

In 1866, The Illustrated London News reported that The church building is purely Gothic, measuring 105 ft in length by 57 ft in breadth with a height of 43 ft. The height of the tower is exactly 90 feet. The interior of the building is extremely beautiful. The windows including a very large gable one are filled with stained glass. The pulpit is of teak wood richly carved and in keeping with the style of the building. The pulpit, velvet cushion and hangings along with a very fine harmonium were the gifts of the ladies of the congregation to their pastor. The whole cost of the building including the ground on which it is erected amounted to 4500 pounds Sterling, which was partly defrayed by Government and by private subscriptions. Altogether it is one of the handsomest churches in India doing great credit to Major Sankey, chief Engineer and to Mr. R. C. Dobbs, the Executive Engineer of Mysore”



Thursday Doors – Balcony Doors in Porto, Portugal

My entry for last week’s Thursday Doors challenge featured the striking yellow and blue balcony doors of the Plaza de la Constitución in San Sebastian, Spain.

I thought I’d stick with balcony doors this week too, so here is my entry, taken in Porto, Portugal. I am a big fan of Azulejo tiles!


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Thursday Doors: Plaza de la Constitución, San Sebastian, Spain



Constructed in the early 1800’s, San Sebastian’s main square, the the Plaza de la Constitución, plays host to the city’s major events, including feasts of saints, important festivals and other celebrations. Continue reading

Doors in Rural Tibet

I was quite happy when I saw this week’s Discover Challenge topic. I am already a big fan of and have participated a few times in Thursday Doors by Norm 2.0 so it is a happy coincidence that the two challenges appear have coincided with each other.

When I first heard about Thursday Doors I began looking back at photographs I had taken over the years on my travels and I was surprised to see how many pictures of doors I had unintentionally already taken!

Now I find myself making it a point to look for interesting doors when I am out and about.

So I guess my story behind the doors you will see on this blog is of a latent hobby, one that already existed, but just hadn’t been brought to light.

Before I move on to today’s entry, here are the links to some of my favourite previous posts on doors, the first being my most favourite, simply because of the number of fabulous and unique doors contained in a single property.

  1. Doors at Neemrana Fort Palace, India
  2. Door at Obidos Castle, Portugal 
  3. Door at Vista Alegre Bullring, Spain 

For my entry for the WP Challenge, here are photographs I took of a few doors in rural Tibet, while on a road journey there in 2009.




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Thursday Doors: A Chapel Door in Goa, India

While on holiday in Goa recently, I came across this pretty little door of a quaint chapel in Candolim. Goa is dotted with any number of similar little chapels. I loved the whitewashed exterior, the encircled carving on the door and the broken-tile flooring around the chapel. I had to take the picture from very close to the chapel as the narrow road beside which it stood was bustling with traffic. Hence the angle is not the best.






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