“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… Continue reading A Glimpse Of Love
The purple knee-length dress flutters at the hem, as I walk along the cobbled road flanked by rows of wood apple and bamboo trees. In the early hours, the residents of the Osho Meditation Resort in Pune, dressed in flowing maroon robes and bamboo sandals, are returning from their breakfast at the German Bakery located… Continue reading Old Man By The Road
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
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!
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
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.
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… Continue reading Dev Diwali
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… Continue reading Postcards From Varanasi