Getting a flavour of Buddhist way of life in Shey, Ladakh

Rarely are work trips, or in journalism terms junkets, fun despite being fancy. You are tucked up in fancy 5-star hotels and pampered with five-course meals. But then you will have to attend mostly boring seminars that make you sleepy the whole day. But the recent junket to Leh was probably one of the best.  I…

A crash course on Kalinga architecture in Bhubaneswar

I think the Ekamra heritage walk starting from Mukteshwar Temple to the medicinal herbs garden Ekamravan in Old town Bhubaneswar have to one of the best parts of my recent trip to Bhubaneswar. The walk started at 6.30 am and went on till 11 am and I hardly realised that I was walking for over…

King’s feast at the 13th Century temple kitchen in Bhubaneswar

Having lunch in a new city could be trying, especially when you a vegetarian and have no idea about the kind of cuisine you will find. Should I go with South Indian cuisine to play safe or try local cuisine? If I’m trying local cuisine is it possible to get good vegetarian dishes? What should…

A lesson in history enroute to Tirunelveli

I love travelling in interior Tamil Nadu. Green fields, weird dialects, rarely any good eateries in sight but amazing hospitality and lot of open space. You could actually feel the time passing by as you walk but the picturesque lakes and mountains. It makes the journey worthwhile everytime and this time for me was no…

Enroute to Nagercoil, my hometown, in pictures

There is no place that would bring me a greater than my hometown Nagercoil. Everytime I visit the place I’m hit by the nostalgia. Everytime I visit there Iearn something new about the legends and temples. The laid back town that has not changed a bit is my haven. These are snapshots of various cultural…

When nature takes you for a ride

Nature. Man is yet to find something that is more mysterious than nature itself. Nature, with all its mystical qualities, makes you wonder; makes you ponder. It always takes you unaware just like last weekend when I was travelling to Vellore for my friend’s wedding. As cliched as it sounds, the sky was blue. The…

Coffee plantations, perfumeries and cave temples of Yercaud

Yercaud. It is a small tourist area set amidst the misty mountains, rocky terrain and picturesque valley. The place is like a breath of fresh air from the chaotic city life. You will never see another human being if you do not wish to. There are no sounds except for chirping of birds and rustling…

Remnants of our Colonial past in North Madras

I had in fact forgotten how beautiful North Madras could be. It is so easy to forget that it was where the British had their headquarters during the time they ruled, before the commercial hub T.Nagar and orthodox Mylapore became the ‘cultured part’ of the city, tourists usually frequent. But the only part of Chennai…