A Bridge on the Clouds

I cant thank enough my dear cousin, Somdatta, for offering to be a guest blogger and lending a vivid account of her journey through some gems of Meghalaya! Somdatta is a blogger herself and you may visit her blog @ https://somdattachakraborty.wordpress.com/ to enjoy more of her brilliance! “Mawlynnong” – It was a difficult name to pronounce,…

Adab Arz Hai, Lucknow!

Think of tehzeeb (courtesy) and nazakat (elegance), think of heritage and history, think of Nawabs and their extravagant lifestyle – and you will find yourself basking in the legacy of Lucknow! The capital city of the northern state of  Uttar Pradesh, located on the banks of Gomti River, Lucknow is the third largest city in the North…

When my husband went to Beijing…

A sequel to my blog “When I went to Shanghai…“,  this post is an attempt to encompass the explorations of yet another Chinese metropolis – the Chinese capital and the historical city of Beijing, but this time, with a twist. I saw Beijing through the eyes of my husband. Over our daily chats and Skype calls, I felt…

What is Life but…

What is Life but a bar of chocolate, A little wind fluttering the hair, A slice of the juiciest mango, And a chapter of Tom Sawyer. What is Life but an afternoon siesta, A phone call, with a good friend, Revealing the deepest secrets, Dark or not, one ought not to pretend. What is Life but Sherlock…

The night she came…

When she peeped in through the window, to tell you the truth, I was least expecting her. Drawn deep into self pity and my own musings, I sat oblivious to her presence all the while. She hopped in and settled down on the writing desk, against which I sat with my chin in hands, morose, detached, while…

Temple Run: Episode #1: An Introduction

Being an ardent admirer and a fascinated fan of the ancient temple architecture in India, this series of Temple Run is an effort to showcase the treasure house of art that the ancients temples embody! Traditionally constructed as shrines of prayer and worship, the structures themselves are no less than a work of exquisite art….

When I went to Shanghai…

The cabin lights switched on and the captain announced that we have begun our descent to Shanghai. As I looked out of the tiny airplane window into the night, what met my eyes stunned me. The underlying city of Shanghai was shimming and glittering like an open treasure chest. The runway of the Pudong International…

Road Trip to Hampi: The Lost Empire of Vijaynagar

Dil Chalta Hai to Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (For the ignorant, these are blockbuster Bollywood movies) – road trips sound pretty cool! So what if we don’t have Spain in the nearby vicinity of Hyderabad?! 😛 (Again for the ignorant. Spain was the back drop of the movie ZNMD.) We chose Hampi to be our…

The Land of the Golden Temple

Looking for an unusual mix of religion, modern history and patriotism, try out Amritsar! Literally meaning the Nectar Lake, colloquially referred to as Ambarsar and supposedly short for AmritSarovar, Amritsar is situated in the northern state of Punjab in India. Whilst The Golden Temple will touch your devotional chords, the Jallianwala Bagh will invoke moroseness for the unwarranted massacre and…

Kanyakumari: A Dive into Mystical Hinduism

Some experiences just leave an indelible mark. Sometimes a trip can only be the beginning of a longer journey. One such destination was Kanyakumari – literally meaning believe it or not, The Unmarried Austere Girl! Well! It is after all the Incredible India!; located in the state of Tamil Nadu, it is the southernmost tip…

Road Trip to Rayalaseema

Searching for a road trip destination from Hyderabad and having already explored Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal, Hampi and Goa, truthfully speaking, we were not really spoilt for choice. Gandikota, our desi version of the Grand Canyon, was the pick. And so we set out early on a Saturday morning through the Hyderabad Bangalore highway – NH44….