50 Shades of Pink

Pink ~Aerosmith Pink it’s my new obsession Pink it’s not even a question Pink on the lips of your lover, ‘Cause pink is the love you discover Pink as the bing on your cherry Pink ’cause you are so very Pink it’s the color of passion ‘Cause today it just goes with the fashion Pink…

500 Posts: Thank You for All the Love

I must confess, for a blog that has been around since January 2011, I should’ve made it to this milestone ages ago. But better late than never, right? As I look back on my journey to 500, it wouldn’t have been possible with all the people in my life, the food that I love, the…

Against Segregation, Really?

India became an independent nation on August 15th, 1947 and on January 26th, 1950 the Constitution of India was implemented, replacing the Government of India Act (1935) that was established by the Brit rulers of the colony. On January 26th, 1930 the Indian National Congress proclaimed Declaration of Indian Independence. Historian believe that Mahatama Gandhi…

Princely Charm

This beautiful statue graces the main entrance of the Lalbaug botanical garden. It’s a tribute to Sri Chamarajendra Wodeyar, the last of the official Kings of the Mysore dynasty; he held the throne from 1940 to 1947, when India declared independence from its British rulers. The princely state of Mysore became a part of the…

Tell Me A Joke

“A joker is a little fool who is different from everyone else. He’s not a club, diamond, heart, or spade. He’s not an eight or a nine, a king or a jack. He is an outsider. He is placed in the same pack as the other cards, but he doesn’t belong there. Therefore, he can…

Another Journey Around The Sun Begins, Again

  A lot of people I know love train journeys. I am one of them, but only if I get to lie flat on my back, when I get inside one. I’ve spent most of my adult life commuting in and around Bombay, and for me local trains were a forced adventure. Many people endure…

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…

Transmogrify. Transform. Morph. Change

This isn’t really a morphed or changed picture. This is just a new perspective to an oft visited tourist spot. While many of us never think about death or plan for it, its always the royal that fuss over respect of their mortal remains. This pictures are from a mosque that oversees the Qutb Shahi…

Immortally & Ornately Blessed

Having friends who are proud of their birth land is a blessing for wanderers. This is what the inside dome of Somnathpur  in Mysore looks like. The last major temple of Hoysala dynasty,  it was constructed in 1268 A.D. in the reign of King Narsimha III by his army general Somnatha. Hence, this Kesava temple…

Travel Woes…

A motorized variant of the cycle rickshaw is a popular fixture in many Southeast Asian countries. It’s called auto rickshaw in India, rickshaw in Pakistan, Bajay or Bajaj in Jakarta,  three-wheeler or tuktuk in Sri Lanka, samosa, tempo, tuk-tuk in Thailand, trishaw, autorick, bajaji in Madagascar and Tanzania, keke Napep or Maruwa in Nigeria, rick,…

Elephant in The Room

An elephant in the room is a popular English idiom, which means “an obvious problem that no one wants to discuss”.  A white elephant is a possession that cannot be disposed off and its cost maintenance outweighs its usefulness. Emotionally, it means an issue that no one wants to address. I once read a beautiful…

The Sweet Sound Of Tradition

In India, married women wear anklets made with silver, or gold as a sign of their marital and social strata. Traditionally, young girls and married women were only allowed to wear anklets; spinsters and widows were barred from this privilege, but not any more. Although an anklet or payal (or golosu in Tamil) is an…