Naga Nrithya

  The story of nag nrithya is very popular in Indian scriptures. Kaliya was said to be a multi-headed poisonous snake that had made Yamuna river in Vrindavan his home. The snake had spread its venom and poisoned the river, ensuring no living creature could use the water. Garuda, the foe of all serpents was cursed out of Vrindavana and…

Let Us Prosper

As I was born and brought up in Maharashtra, the Marathi harvest festival/new year (according to the lunisolar Hindu calendar) known as Gudi Padva is a celebration I look forward to. Padva in general means festival or celebration and the Gudi is a “flag”  of the Hindu god Brahma (Bhramadhvaj), who is believed to have created time and…

Tangy Memories

  Chana jor garam is a ‘fast-food’ made from cooked chick-peas that are flattened, fried, and seasoned with rich and tangy spices. It is served with chopped onions, tomatoes, fresh coriander, chaat masala and topped with lemon juice. It was on my must-have list when ever we took a trip to the beach. Being a…

The Merry Crowd

Pune is considered as the cultural capital of Maharashta. To see the city in its full festive glory you need to be there on the morning of Ananth Chathurdashi, or the tenth day of Ganesh Visarjan. With chants of ‘Ganapathi Bappa Moriya’, you will be greeted with the energetic beats of local bands called Dhol…

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…

Rainbow of Love

Most of the rainbow cake recipes I have seen online (no, I don’t fancy baking, just watching) are usually a single-flavored cake in different hues, and the same frosting. This little devil that I devoured with friends was something else. To start with, the pastry comes with millimeter-sized cake layers in different varieties and different…

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…

Adventure Inc

As I put in the mountain post a few days ago, I was reminded on the time I turned 30. Newly alone, it was my first solo trip and a self- discovery of sorts. As the weekly photo challenge topic popped into my mail box, left me thinking; who is my beloved? The perception of…

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…