Beautiful India

A poetry in stone: Ranakpur

“Behen ji, ek shawl pehan lo….mandir me jaane nahi denge aapko!” You see, I was wearing a sleeveless kurti with chudidaar leggings and no dupatta…. At the ticket window of Ranakpur Jain Temple, one man cheekily informed me to take a shawl or else I wouldn’t be allowed inside the temple!! I had convinced Aby, my hubby dear, …

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….. One man who has been able to let his love for his wife known to the world was the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan….His undying love survives even today in lore …

Rani ki Vav(Queen’s Stepwell): Patan, Gujrat

Back from a long vacation recently, there was no agenda of another holiday. However a last-minute decision to join in a family get-together was the reason that we stayed overnight at Ahmedabad, Gujrat while returning from Pune. The next day being Sunday we were in no particular hurry to make it to Badmer, Rajasthan, our city of …