The Mountains Echoed

I am not a trekker, far from it. I am not averse to the idea of climbing mountains, but I prefer the activity when there are no seasoned trekkers in tow. You see, I suffer from intense fear of descents (not heights, but slopes and stairs), and climbers will never understand how gripping this fear…

Buttermilk, Anyone?

This is the Jhari Waterfalls in Chikmagalur, also know as the Buttermilk Waterfalls. The name comes from the speed of the fall that resembles churned buttermilk. Reaching the place from the main motor-able road is a journey in itself. You sit in a rickety, yet fancy jeep and need to endure a very bumpy ride….

Road to Nowhere

A lot many years ago, when I used to teach for a living, I would often give pep talks to my students. I’d often tell them to take the sessions I taught them to be the easiest in the world. I continue to live by this logic, the easiest things are what you believe you…

Lavender Skies

You were red, and you liked me because I was blue But you touched me, and suddenly I was a lilac sky Then you decided purple just wasn’t for you ~Colors, Halsey I love purples, violets, blues and greens, just not on the walls of my house. I remember feeling this absolutely morose feeling of…

Jello-ed Life

Jellyfish have no brain, heart, bones or eyes. They have a smooth, bag-like body and tentacles stinging cells. They use their stinging tentacles to stun or paralyze prey before eating and quickly digesting their food. The jellyfish’s mouth is found in the center of its body. They can be bio-luminescent, and not all species sting…

Stuff of Dreams

I am a thorough water baby, and I miss the ocean so terribly. I would spend all my idle time near the sea. The back waters in Mumbai has been witness to all my sadness, sorrows, disappointments, anger and happiness. For the past five years, the places I called home kept me away from water…

Color Me, World…

Spring has different ways to color the world around us. In my home state of Maharashtra, Gulmor or forest fire blooms in its full glory. In Japan, it is time for Cherry Blossoms. And across the country, we celebrate Holi or the festival of colors. For many, spring and fall are those times of the…

Wild and Free

“It is easier to tell a person what life is not, rather than to tell them what it is. A child understands weeds that grow from lack of attention, in a garden. However, it is hard to explain the wild flowers that one gardener calls weeds, and another considers beautiful ground cover.” ~Shannon L. Alder

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…

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…