International, Kyrgyzstan, Slice of Life

Faces of Kyrgyzstan

The people of this Central Asian paradise nurture their traditions and keep the culture alive and vibrant with their unadulterated bond to their land. Meet Ruslan and his eagle Karabarchin, who make an adorable yet powerful team of eagle hunters. Have it, flaunt it - Akylbek flaunts Karakoz from atop a horse, who in turn… Continue reading Faces of Kyrgyzstan

Asia, International, Kyrgyzstan, Slice of Life

Postcards from Kyrgyzstan

The elements of earth, wind, water combine here with joy, kindness, and freedom. This land brought into my life the kind of happiness I had forgotten for a long time. Here are some snapshots to capture the essence of this place. A bend in the road with yaks dotting the slopes - this country epitomises… Continue reading Postcards from Kyrgyzstan

Asia, International, Kyrgyzstan

A Love Letter to Kyrgyzstan

Hi there, This letter has been long due to you, isn’t it?  For me, you epitomised the elements of nature – I came face-to-face with your concept of open spaces, open minds, and open hearts. I remember landing at Bishkek airport and taking in the landscapes below from the aircraft in awe; you were a… Continue reading A Love Letter to Kyrgyzstan

Asia, International, Kyrgyzstan

The Munushkors of Issyk-Köl

Standing on a semi-dusty lane, outside the gates, in a circle, we listen to Ruslan as he invites us to his country, his home, and how happy he is to have us here.  This is one theme you always come across in Kyrgyzstan – the love for the country first and everything else follows smoothly. … Continue reading The Munushkors of Issyk-Köl

Europe, International, Scotland, Slice of Life

Scottish Highlands and Lochness

The rhythms of Scottish folk songs sway along with the movements of the bus as it meanders through the Highlands towards Lochness.  Our perky driver keeps drawing our attention to some of the famous points on the way through the announcement system.  All the while keeping a sharp eye on the roads that are awash… Continue reading Scottish Highlands and Lochness

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Edinburgh

A hedonistic mix of old and new, this city is a soothing amalgamation of beauty and bliss.  Everywhere that the eyes turn, there is a flurry of history and interesting sounds and smells – from a bagpiper to the classic haggis. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u6f_w4f6-s A bagpiper near The High Kirk, making the gloomy day brighter!

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Sauntering Across London

Having a long free weekend is a blessing in London, especially if the skies are not a dreary grey and there is a hint of sun.  Autumn welcomes you in every corner and during this time of the year, the festive spirit just about starts creeping in. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVEAp6AboHQ

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Birmingham

The one-day road trip from London to Birmingham was filled with the autumnal hues in the countryside, and the city itself had much more to offer.

Europe, Great Britain

Warrior Monks – The Knights Templar

The Knights Templar have captured my imagination ever since I can remember and I have spent numerous waking hours reading about them – some conspiracy theories, but some fascinating facts too.  So, it is of little surprise, when I found out about the existence of a temple connected to the legendary warrior monks in the… Continue reading Warrior Monks – The Knights Templar

Europe, Great Britain, International

All The King’s Horses And All The King’s Men

Today known as the home to the Crown Jewels of the British Monarchy – in particular, the world-famous Koh-i-noor, the Tower of London has a darker and bloodier past.  Cutting across 12 acres, this castle houses the main White Tower with two concentric layers of defence walls surrounded by an outer moat.  Designated as a… Continue reading All The King’s Horses And All The King’s Men