A Slice Of Pav And Blob Of Maska: Glimpses Of Parsi Eateries At Pune

When Alka Kaushik and Puneetinder of Travel Correspondents & Bloggers Group suggested a curated Parsi food walk at Pune with food critic Jayesh Paranjpe who also runs travel company The Western Routes, I wondered if I could do justice. I am not much big on food though I do experiment with food during my travels. But…

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Baby Olive Ridley Turtle

Olive Ridley Turtle Festival, Velas Beach, Maharashtra

Every Year November to December the two feet long adult female Olive Ridley Turtles also known as Pacific Ridley Turtles, return to the sands to nest. The turtles create a sand pit laboriously digging with their flippers and lay 80 or more eggs at a time. Left to incubate thus, these eggs hatch in about…

Mega Kitchen

Inside The Mega Kitchen At Shirdi

One of the ten Mega Kitchens in India, Shree Sai Prasadalya in Shirdi feeds free food to as many as 70,000 people on a busy day. I have made many trips to Shirdi Sai baba temple since childhood and have literally seen it transform into this tiled huge complex with various sections for different requirements…

Bhillar, The First Book Village Of India

“What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows it’s not foolin’ a soul.”  Neil Gaiman-American Gods I wonder what American Gods author, would say if he heard about 'Bhillar'.   Tucked away in the folds of idyllic Western…

Monsoon Fort Treks Near Pune

The first heavy monsoon shower arrived with not only the intoxicating pleasant petrichor but also brought back a longing to be on the green slopes of Sahyadris with gentle breeze ruffling my hair. I love to be in open air near the cool gurgling streams, listening to chirping birds hiding behind emerald green fresh leaves…

Heralding The New Year With Gudi Padwa

It is that time of the year again when spring manifests itself in the myriad colorful blooms all around...trees wear a fresh look with the newly sprouted leaves glinting like little emerald jewels in the glaring sun, crops are ready to be harvested and festivities are just around the corner. Indian calendar is dotted with numerous…

Matheran Nostalgia

It is that time of year again, when the love-struck couples make a beeline to Matheran, the cozy and tiniest hill station in India. Located in Western Ghats of Raigad district in Maharashtra, Matheran, a quaint little town, the name of which literally means “forest on forehead of the mountain”,  is Asia’s only automobile free…