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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Modern Art in a Cave: Amdavad ni Gufa

What would someone expect when two great minds.... one who conjured up three-dimensional contemporary spaces with traditional concepts and another who with just a stroke of his brush created images on the canvas, amalgamate their ideas? Yes! When art and architecture join hands.....it gives birth to this cave like Art Gallery under the ground to…

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.…

Modhera Sun Temple

The Fire Altar : Sun Temple at Modhera, Gujrat

The  first soft yellow light of the early morning fell on the face of the gold idol of Surya, imparting a resplendent glow shattering the darkness......It seemed as if the Sun God himself emerged from the sleepy confines of the garbha griha of the temple riding his golden chariot heralding the dawn of a new day. The…

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…

Keoladeo National Park

There are but few National Parks in India that have been given a status of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Keoladeo National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary as it is better known as is one of those. As a kid in Ghaziabad near Delhi, I remember, my father planning a visit to the sanctuary. I was…

Golu Devta Temple,Ghorakhal, Nainital

My parents had come visiting and in a bid to escape the heat wave at Bareilly, all five of us, my parents, me, my husband and our daughter, left for Nainital for a long lazy weekend. We stayed at a private residence a part of which was converted by the family into resort known as…