Overcome Evil With Good

    Noted as one of the oldest dance forms, Kathakali is an integral part of the Hindu culture in Kerala. Katha means story and Kali is drama in Malayalam. Based on the vedas, the performance brings the Samaveda (lyrical form of the vedas) to life. The intricate facial paint is non-toxic and made using…

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…

Older, Wiser, Stronger

The first few days of the year often take me on the road to memory lane, it is my time to look back and be grateful. I turned 33 in 2017, and it was a year of new beginnings. As I reminisce, I seem to be stuck on this one picture taken on my birthday….

Hallowed Be Thy Name

  The year 2017 was possibly the most beautiful years in my recent past. It was probably just as good or bad as 2016, but what changed was the way I dealt the cards life handed me. I fell in love with all my flaws, my false steps and learned to deal with situations head…

Over the Rainbow Under the Sea

Over the rainbow, under the seas, Looking for unicorns, running with the breeze. Sing a lullaby, sleep in peace; As dreams fill your mind, let your troubles cease!  

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved

An old memory, Tinkle surely would’ve been a fond reminder of a happy childhood for many Indian kids my age. And to this day, I love the comic! In fact such was the fanaticism of this publication in my household that my dad diligently collected and preserved hordes of the magazine to bind them into two sets of collectibles….

Music Mania

You cannot go to Rajasthan and come back unmoved after getting a taste of the local Folk art. Jodhpur is considered as an integral part of Indian Folk Music, and the place lived up to its reputation. While we’ve been quite exposed to such art through films and television, seeing the musicians live, and more importantly enjoying and appreciation their own art is…

Democracy, Really?

India adopted the Constitution on 26th January, 1950, and we celebrate that day as the Republic Day with much fanfare. The Constitution declares India to be a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic that promises its citizens justice, equality, and liberty along with promoting brotherhood among them. The annual parade at Delhi is a show of how potent our armed forces are, and the…