Go Goa Gone

Goa has been in my bucket list forever. And it was time to put a tick on the checklist! Nestled in the Western Ghats by the Arabian Sea, this small Indian state is the most popular beach getaway in India. Interestingly Goa is mentioned in the epic Mahabharata as Goparashtra or Govarashtra, meaning “a nation of cowherds”. It…

The Jaipur Rains

Continuing our Rajasthan Saga, the next pit stop was Jaipur, the capital city. The overnight train journey from Jaisalmer to Jaipur was quite uneventful. We reached Jaipur before 5 in the morning. A 10 minute auto ride from the Jaipur Railway station took us to RTDC Teej where we had our rooms booked. Uptil now,…

The Deserts of Thar: Jaisalmer

Traveling to Jaisalmer was like entering a story book and becoming one of the characters of the unfolding tale. There was a detective book and then a movie by Satyajit Ray named Sonar Kella which has introduced Rajasthan in an altogether different light to almost all Bengalies. The morning train journey took us past stations…

The Jodhpur Blues

The fact that what transpired on a lazy Thursday morning in Shanghai would get realized into staunch reality was something that I had not probably realized then. Strange but true; the last fortnight has been just that and probably more! Jaisalmer seemed like a place that existed only in fiction, like Jim Hawkins’ Treasure Island…

Delectable Diu…

The 12th board exams were eventually done after being indefinitely delayed by the ghastly Gujarat riots. There were a good 5-6 months for university to begin. Dad said, “Utilize this time. Learn something new. You’ll probably never get this kind of a break ever again.” Right! So I learnt driving for a fortnight and then enrolled…