The Golden Cave

The Golden Cave Temple in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, dates back to 1st Century BC. Spread across five caves, the caves detail the life of Prince Siddhartha after he became Buddha, the enlightened one. These cave are also said to be home to Buddhist monks before Sri Lanka embraced the religion at the scale it is…

Doctor Fishes

When you take a ride around the Madu river in Sri Lanka, there is a pit-stop at the cinnamon farm and a pedicure treatment with the Red Garra Rufa nibbling the dead skin from your feet. These fishes, as I have learnt, are native to Turkey, and the spa is banned in several US states…

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…

In Peace

I have beautiful memories of my time in Sri Lanka. I fell in love with the diversity of the people and place there. It was absolutely impossible to find any signs of the two-and-a-half decade long of civil unrest. We happily strolled in and out of Buddhist Viharas and Hindu Temples, with full honor of…

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

I’m not a trekker, not even close to one. I have a morbid fear of descents (that I spoke about), and I am not in the best shape physically either. I am not a slow trekker, but I am a reluctant one at best. I don’t enjoy climbs very much, but I am a sucker…

Dhal Gaya Din

There is so much segregation around us. Gender, age, color, caste, race, religion, language, income, salary… there are so many silos, slots and diversification. There is no reason to embrace diversity, if you didn’t slot people into categories. When people feel the need to adorn a building or a compound with an “Arbeit Macht Frei,”…

Walking Around Water

At 109 meters (or 358 feet), the Ramboda Falls is considered to be the 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. Located in the Pussellawa area, the falls are formed by Panna Oya, a tributary of Kothmale Oya. Since I visited in the end of February, I couldn’t witness the falls in all of its glory….

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…

Fly Away From Here…

I’ve always wanted wings. Some of my friends say I’ve always had them and no, they are not clipped. Yet I just can’t seem to take off. Imagine, I am even struggling to keep this blog afloat with just one post a week! Well, fresh off a vacation I did manage to put in two…

Fur Buddies

I love animals, sometimes a little more than people. I couldn’t stop myself from dropping some open change to support the animal welfare NGO in a Sri Lankan mall (how I wish we could be just as open for donations in India too). The rice guards I spoke about in my previous post are the…