Hampi, India, South

Echoes Of A Timeless Empire: Hampi

Once a thriving empire on the shores of River Tungabhadra, Vijayanagara or Hampi as it is known today, is considered the second largest open-air museum in the world.  The ruins of this ancient empire spread across 25 square kilometres, is a spectacle of piled boulder landscapes and excavated sites.  Derived from the name Pampa –… Continue reading Echoes Of A Timeless Empire: Hampi

Asia, Bhutan, International

The Call Of The Druk Yul: Bhutan

The Land Of The Thundering Dragon (Druk Yul) that is what Bhutan calls itself, and it is anything but that.  The name is derived from the strong gales that howl throughout this mountainous region, and yet in a dichotomy to its name, it is one of the calmest, serene, and most peaceful places I have… Continue reading The Call Of The Druk Yul: Bhutan

One of the concave ribs washed up in lights.
Asia, International, Singapore

Of Waves, Winding Roads and Bells

“I didn’t quite like the place, there is something so artificial about it all”, I quipped on my very second day at Singapore.  In the moment that I forgot about my staunch travel manifesto – do not criticise any place, instead experience it all – I also managed to upset a few people.  Even though… Continue reading Of Waves, Winding Roads and Bells

East, India, Ranchi

A Bard’s Retreat

The singer alone does not make a song, there has to be someone who hears: One man opens his throat to sing, the other sings in his mind. Only when waves fall on the shore do they make a harmonious sound; Only when breezes shake the woods do we hear a rustling in the leaves.… Continue reading A Bard’s Retreat

Bangalore, E-Samskriti, India, Publications, South

ESamskriti – Nandi Bull: The Mysterious And Unknown Temple

I get down from the auto rickshaw at the Temple Road in Malleshwaram – one of the oldest settlements of Bangalore.  I take a seat outside the ornate compound wall of the ancient Nandi Bull temple – Sri Dakshina Mukha Nandi Thirtha Kalyani Devasthana – and wait for Renu, who is running a few minutes… Continue reading ESamskriti – Nandi Bull: The Mysterious And Unknown Temple

Channapatna, India, Pink Pangea, Publications, South

Pink Pangea: The Toy Artisans of Channapatna

A cloud of dust billows up as the rickety state run bus leaves the bus stop.  One hour back, en route to Bangalore from Srirangapatnam, Michelle, Nisha and I, spontaneously decided to get down at Channapatna – the land of toys.  We head to the auto-rickshaw stand and hail a vehicle towards the toy factories. … Continue reading Pink Pangea: The Toy Artisans of Channapatna

East, India, Kolkata

The City Of Joy

The announcement from the flight attendant woke me up from the mild slumber and I looked down. The display of small bright lights seemed to decorate the whole city and gave its meaningful name The City of Joy! After all the waiting in queue for check-out and baggage, I exit the aerodrome and hail a taxi.… Continue reading The City Of Joy