Friday, February 16, 2018

'The French and their dogs...' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

I visited a small town called Peronne in France in 2017. It is 126 kms north of Paris. It is a commune, with a population of 7800, of the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France. It is close to where the 1916, first 1918 and second 1918 Battles of the Somme took place during the First World War. I went to this place as there is a British & Indian cemetery here where 318 Indian soldiers, who died fighting and defending Frnce during the WWI, lie commemorated. More on that seperately.

I was amused to find this Saloon for dogs while strolling through the place. The French want their dogs to be as well turned out as their owners. Incidentally it is whispered that the French take a bath rather infrequently and the perfume industry is flourishing because of that. Mais c'est pas vrai!

Ah, these French!

 Psst...dont miss the dog crouching in the first floor window of the building.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

'Shockingly high fees at Alliance Francaise Chandigah-Annexe Amritsar' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

Alliance Francaise Amritsar is an Annexe of Alliance Francaise Chandigarh as their advertisement indicates.

One is shocked to notice the high fees. 

The aims and objectives of the Alliance Fran├žaise is supposed to make French thought through culture, language or art and to promote understanding and friendship between the people of India and the people of France and French speaking countries by conducting French language courses........... 

The objective should not be to make money! The fee, if any should be nominal if the idea is really to propagate French language and culture.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

'Oh Paris! Comment je t'aime!' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

Photo source: Galeries Lafayette Haussmann by Krystal Kenney/

I am convinced that the French have a special gene for creating and appreciating beauty..... Merry Christmas.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

'Photos of photos/posters taken at Charles De Gaulle Airport, Paris- Part-II' by K.J.S.Chatrath


It is such a wonderful idea to keep a piano in the waiting longe of the airport. I enjoyed listening to this young man playing very deftly. Some time back  I had seen a similar presentation by a ten year old Indian boy at Tokyo or Singapore airport. After that the entire waiting crowd was on its feet to give a standing ovation to that young pianist.

I am convinced that God has given a special gene for appreciating and creating beauty to the French...

 I had noticed the 'air of Paris' being sold in small cans at the airport here on my first visit to France in 1982. So it is still continuing...


Friday, September 22, 2017

'Shaiklabhanjika in Musee Guimet, Paris, France' - by K.J.S.Chatrath;

I visited Musee guimet in Paris in June this year. Its collections focus on  South East Asia. I found the following statue of shailabhanjika to be very fascinating. 10th or 11th century AD- Source...Madhya Pradesh or Rajasthan.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

'Centenry of Indian soldiers liberating the French town of Peronne, France on 17th September, 1917' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

Photo taken at the La Chapellette British & Indian Cemetery in Peronne in France by me in June 2017. On 17th September 1917 Indian soldiers had liberated this French town and yesterday this small town celebrated the centenary of its becoming free again.

'Oh, these French!' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

Photo taken at Peronne, France in June 2017 when I had gone there to pay my respects to the 318 Indian soldiers who lie commemorated in the cemetery there. They had gone there to defend France and became martyrs during the WW-I