a quick visit to badami’s hindu and jain cave-temples. short-stops at sites of architectural experimentation at pattadakal and aihole. hampi: dawn on matanga hill ; bouldering, north of the river ; a guided-tour of its monuments, temples and ruins ; and sunset from hemakuta hill. an attempt to cut-off from news and social-media for a week: unsuccessful, because news about india’s chaotic efforts to stymie sars-cov-2 kept trickling gushing in.