The Wonders of God’s Own Country

Kerala is a beautiful state with mesmerizing views. While I didn’t go house boating in Alleppey, the sights and sounds in Kochi definitely makes me want to explore each part of the state in great detail!

Close Encounters With No One

  When you visit St. Mary’s Island off Malpe, Karnataka, you realize how connected the world truly was; in the physical sense. Popularly known as the Coconut Island and Thonsepar, these four small islands have been formed from columnar basaltic lava. It is said that the basalt was created by sub-aerial sub-volcanic activity, from Madagascar,…

Sands Of Time

A Psalm of Life~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime, And, departing, leave behind us Footprints on the sands of time

Nightfall

The River of Dreams ~ Billy Joel In the middle of the night I go walking in my sleep From the mountains of faith To a river so deep I must be looking for something Something sacred I lost But the river is wide And it’s too hard to cross And even though I know…

Wavering Minds

I am a through water baby, and the Malpe beach in Karnataka certainly doesn’t disappoint. It’s possibly the cleanest beach with the roughest of waters. But the rough seas and seashell-laden beach with golden sands reminded me of how my own mind functions. As I went deeper into the sea, the waters got rougher; not…

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 picture…

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…

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…

Black Noise

Silence is a rare commodity in our fast-paced lifestyle. But seek and you will find your moments of solace. The Hussain Sagar lake that divides the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secundrabad is anything but clean and quiet. It is popularly called the ‘Heart of the World’ by United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), as…

Unnatural India

Shifting bases from one part of the country to another in a diverse country like India is no less than moving countries. People are way too different, and at times, the cultural shocks are too much to digest. When I first moved cities across the same political state, I realized that although we are all…

The Grandness Of India

Known as the Grand Canyon of India, this little forgotten paradise gorge is called Gandikota and is located at the Pennar River in Andhra Pradesh. Gandi means gorge and Kota is fort in Telugu. This beautiful and very abused natural wonder in the country is in a district called Kadappa, which is also form of…

A Prized Catch?

Any one who has ever visited Kochi, would identify these iconic Chinese Fishing nets. They are iconic, but not for reasons that they were first installed. When I zeroed in on Fort Kochi as my destination, I realized that they have been reduced to yet another tourist attraction. It is lowered and hoisted back with…