The Soul of Kashi

In Greek, “nostalgia” literally means “the pain from an old wound”. It’s a twinge in your heart, far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn’t a spaceship, it’s a time machine. It goes backwards and forwards, it takes us to a place where we ache to go again. ~ Don Draper This is the

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A Rustic Akhara

In a bylane of Banaras, we went to witness the age-old tradition that is still kept alive in these parts of the country – an akhara.  The traditional wrestling format imbibes the spirit of guru-shishya traditions.  In the early hours of the morning, seeing these athletes in action was an experience like never before.  

Dev Diwali

Varanasi celebrates Dev Diwali – Diwali of the Gods, which takes place 15 days after the usual Diwali festival on the full moon day.  Morning sees the devotees swarm the riverbank to take a dip in the holy river and as the sun sets, the ghats are lit up with a million tiny lamps to honour the

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Postcards From Varanasi

Kashi, or Varanasi/Banaras as it is known today, is the oldest continually inhabited city in the world.  The history of the place is writ amongst its charming ghats to its maze-like by-lanes.  Life here is bodacious, vivid and gives you a sense as old as time itself. The Ghats This place is an important site

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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

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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

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A Walk Down Thames

The mighty River Thames, that cuts across London is not only a prominent water feature of the city but also a cynosure of its art and culture.  Take a walk down the Thames on the South Bank and you will find art installations and artists who all have a story to tell. Here I have

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Sights and Sounds of Notting Hill Carnival

A numb thumping sound catches my attention and I look towards my friend inquisitively, amused to see the same look on her face.  We are seated in a fairly, packed evening commuter carriage of the Circle Line, having changed from Metropolitan at Baker Street, headed towards my apartment near Tower Hill.  Just as the carriage

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