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…

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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…

Romancing The Rain: A Trek To Bhimashankar

I have never been keen on getting wet in the rain...so much so that when a few years ago, darling husband had very romantically suggested a motorbike ride to Lonavala in thick of monsoon I had, with an equal ardour, convinced him to cozy up at home instead of getting wet and cold in the rain! But a few…

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.…

Lord Ganesha’s visarjan (departure)

For ten days since Ganesh Chaturthi which is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada (August-September), starting on the fourth day of the waxing moon period, the atmosphere reverberates with songs and prayers in praise of Lord Ganesh. This is particularly a major festival for the state of Maharashtra. Lord Ganesha idols are installed in homes and…

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…