The Golden Cave

The Golden Cave Temple in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, dates back to 1st Century BC. Spread across five caves, the caves detail the life of Prince Siddhartha after he became Buddha, the enlightened one. These cave are also said to be home to Buddhist monks before Sri Lanka embraced the religion at the scale it is…

Doctor Fishes

When you take a ride around the Madu river in Sri Lanka, there is a pit-stop at the cinnamon farm and a pedicure treatment with the Red Garra Rufa nibbling the dead skin from your feet. These fishes, as I have learnt, are native to Turkey, and the spa is banned in several US states…

Nirvana

There is something inherently beautiful about faith. If you look closely at all religious teachings, there is a very layered overlap. Each culture explains moral and ethical implications of every action and decision we make. What sets them apart is the way in which these are explained, giving us an insight into the socio-linguistic fabric…

Everyday Scene

This gorgeous mosque caught my eye when I first landed in Bangalore. I’ve been always slightly apprehensive to click the place in it’s entire glory. This has probably been my best click of the lot, from a car stuck in traffic. A perfect shot for the holy month of Ramadan , some day I will…

The Hung Tales

If there is something that puts me off more than an unintelligent and/ or vague conversation, it has to be books series. In the past two years, I’ve probably not read a lot new things outside my genres of comfort, mainly because I lost touch with the wonderful book club in Pune, which made me…

Stuff of Dreams

I am a thorough water baby, and I miss the ocean so terribly. I would spend all my idle time near the sea. The back waters in Mumbai has been witness to all my sadness, sorrows, disappointments, anger and happiness. For the past five years, the places I called home kept me away from water…

Fields of Gold

This place is called KGF by locals in Bangalore, short for Kolar Gold Fields or Chota Ladakh by others. Located about 100 Kms from Bangalore, the crater which is now filled with rain water was once known for gold mining for over a century. With the dwindling level of gold production, the mine was closed…

In Peace

I have beautiful memories of my time in Sri Lanka. I fell in love with the diversity of the people and place there. It was absolutely impossible to find any signs of the two-and-a-half decade long of civil unrest. We happily strolled in and out of Buddhist Viharas and Hindu Temples, with full honor of…

Niagara Falls, India!

I have been visiting several spots around Bangalore with my mother. This place I discovered, thanks to a friend. Then I looked up more information about this weekend spot that I wanted to visit. Although we are at the peak of summer, the Kaveri river, which lends its water to the falls, is gently flowing….

Cricket Fever

I love cricket, just like every other regular Indian my age. What irks me most though, is how I lauded for my interest, despite being a girl. The sport has changed over the years, and gone are the days when unfit men would not dive to stop the ball from crossing the boundary line. All…