How Much Is Too Pink?

The Hawa Mahal, or Wind Palace, is one of the most famous monuments in the Pink City of Rajasthan, Jaipur. The Jharokas or colourful window panes have an amazing effect on when you walk inside the majestic palace. But when night falls, the windows look even more magnificent from the outside. Wonder what stories these…

Skies Are Calling

Rainbows seems more like magic than science. What else could explain the skies on the right turning into the scene on the left? To repeat the words of artist Gilbert Baker: We needed something to express our joy, our beauty, our power. And the rainbow did that. The rainbow is a part of nature, and…

Fishing For Food

I grew up in near the Koli (fisherman) community in my formative years, and their culture was fascinating to view from a distance. Their colorful attires, strange floral hair strings, love for bling and smell of the sea was very interesting. Their celebratory dances lacked finesse but made up in enthusiasm. With time, modernization took…

Lion’s Share

Like I mentioned before, I just cannot trek down. My only successful treks have been to Forts in Maharashtra where there were stairs etched out steps. However, this trek to the magnanimous Sinhagad Fort was different. We trekked up rocks and boulders, and I was with some 20-something kids so didn’t want to be caught…

Tiny Glory

Glorious cities often seem pale in the face of its rich history. Although it is no longer a shadow of its once opulent self, most of the princely Indian cities still continue to hold charm in for those looking to dwell deeper from the surface. This lovely picture overlooks the quaint town of Hyderabad from…

Just Mooning Around

  Last night was special, a lunar eclipses with a blood moon, a “blue moon” and a super-moon. Not only will it be the second full moon of January, it is also closer to the Earth than usual (but this is not very obviously noticeable, I blame Bruce Almighty for such unwanted expectations). The first…

When Mountains Echoed

No, I am not a trekker, worse I have a morbid fear of descents (not heights, but depths of a water body or slopes of any kinds). I can go for a SCUBA dive but I panic when I go snorkeling. Likewise, I can para glide or para sail but not climb down mountains. But…

Floral Beauty

    In our part of the world, it’s quite common to spot women adorning their hair with strings of flowers. Every flower has a significance and is believed to bring love, luck, prosperity, and above all happiness to the wearer. Women also believe it brings abundance to their households. Some of these have medicinal value too;…

A Place Called Home

Home is one of those places where you can be your uninhibited self, where maps don’t make sense and you are never truly lost. No matter how many changes happen, it will always be your haven. That said, it is very easy to take this comfort zone for granted. When I had the liberty to…

Rhythm of The Falling Rain

This popular step-well or Baori is at the Pushkarni Tank in Hampi. An excellent example of the 15th century Chalukya architecture was built during the Vijayanagara Dynasty. It is also an exemplary reminder of understanding the effects of  deforestation and rainwater harvesting. However, there are people who love spoiling it for all of us, so…

The Road to Salvation

It’s been a good 30 years since my dad took off on his journey to salvation into the spiritual realm. All he left behind was a home to call our own and a lot of fading memories that we have be trying to hold on to. As I grow older, I assumed it would be…

In Wilderness

It is easy to be controlled, restrained and cultured; after all that how all of us were taught to live. Just the other day, I was talking to a friend about how as kids being wild and free came with conditions (read not being caught by parents). But there is a different kind of thrill…