Oasis at Khuri

“What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery And there it was...A well….well-hidden under the muddy platform with an opening just large enough for only one pail at a time to reach in to draw water but when we had reached the camp resort, there was no activity,…

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A Rainy Day Drive at Tamhini Ghat

A light drizzle that continued from late morning till early evening brought the pre monsoons in Pune. "Ata bagha Tamhini Ghata che thaat"(Now see the beauty of Tamhini Ghat) announced the Marathi newspaper soon after the pre-monsoon showers came thundering down on the parched soil and justified our on the spur decision of driving along Tamhini Ghat.…

Lure of the Taj

"Love is not finding someone to live with; its finding someone you cannot live without" Love is immeasurable...undefined....limitless...boundless...we seek to be loved forever, remembered forever..... Taj Mahal needs no introduction to the people world over. It is the most beautiful symbol of love made by a loving husband, the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, a mausoleum…

A photo journey : Havelock Island, Andamans

I had never seen so many hues of blue till I made a trip to Havelock Island , Andaman Islands. The most popular and the best beach in Asia, Radhanagar beach with its silver sand strewn with thousands of beautiful shells and corals, elephant rides in sea, snorkelling was so breathtaking that I could not stop shooting photographs. Here are…

The Great Indian Thar Desert

"Sir, just for Rs 800 I will take the camel cart to the farthest limit of this desert.....You can see the finest golden sand there...no coarse grain. All films with desert scene are shot in that part, sir!!" Our camel ride guide was trying his selling pitch on us as we stepped down the cart to shoot…

Designs on walls…

When I moved into a new house, I unpacked and put up all those freshly washed and ironed curtains, the polished wood furniture and other small curios to decorate the house but still there seemed something missing in the decor. Ah! Yes! My walls were bare!! When a wall is adorned with paintings, photographs of family, textures…

Where Gods love…..

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” ― Gautama Buddha Sringara is one of the nine rasas, which forms the basis of all classical Indian arts like theatre, music, dance, poetry and sculpture. Rasa means the flavour and 'Sringar-Rasa' is mostly about romantic love, attraction, beauty and erotic love. Indian arts revolve…

Brackets and Corbels :Temples and Forts

The Hindu architecture is replete with magnificent examples of stone work....... embroidered stone! With simple tools like hammer and chisel these ancient stones tell the tales of knowledge and accuracy of workmanship of the craftsmen. A few examples to marvel at(no words required.....) :  

You Are Invited !

Ever asked a street painter to paint an invite on an external wall of your house or your neighbor's wall? No, I am sure no one has. Even I never knew of any such practice until I visited Jaisalmer , a small town in the state of Rajasthan, with ornate havelis (large houses of rich…

Ajanta Caves

Weekends bring along a wish to escape from the routine day's boredom. And having developed a liking towards long drives, I start getting all fidgety as the weekend nears.....I just have to go ......!! At the time we were posted in Pune and on one of our such weekend getaways we visited Ajanta Caves, a…