A Glimpse Of Love

“If you ever write about this, name it The Search For A Perfect Thangka,” says Norbu, my guide, and displays his pearly whites in a smile. “Very funny, but I will consider it,” I respond, “and you can be my editor for the article!” After driving me around for almost two hours in a near-deserted…

River Ganges at Rishikesh

A Banter In The Mountains

The crisp morning Himalayan air whips through my hair.  I look out at the first glow of sunrise from my hotel balcony.  I have been coming to Rishikesh every year and the stay at Divine Ganga Cottage is becoming a norm.  I particularly love the fact that, in this hotel, I find the quiet and…

An Arduous 2-Day Train Journey In India

There is a sea of pilgrims at Jammu’s small railway station.  I am travelling with my aunt and grandparents and the only way to travel is the 32-hours train ride to Calcutta.  We wait among the Victorian wooden pillars and arches.  Wafting aromas of cinnamon and tea leaves fill the air from the little tea…

Pink Pangea: From Wall Street To Wanderlust

“You don’t ever go home, do you?” asked my colleague sarcastically. “I do, but not that often.  I like going to unfamiliar places.  That is my idea of a vacation,” I replied. In the long conversation that ensued, I did not know how to explain to my colleague why I keep wandering from place to…