Traversing the Root Bridges at Mawlynnong,Cherrapunji

A trip to North Eastern part of the country was always relegated to next year due to some or the other reason. And then a trip to Kaziranga National Reserve along with a short two day halt at Shillong for shopping, eating and visiting friends came to fruition suddenly. However, the whole group of seven…

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When Being Indian Made Me Feel Proud….

We are a Tenacious lot...we Indians....Invaded and plundered we reeled but refused to succumb. British ruled for 400 yrs hoping to tame us, converts us, teach us their ways...but we emerged as our own...safe in our beliefs, our traditions, our culture, our rituals, our faith...so much so that world today is looking at us in hope…

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…

An Unfinished House Of Prayer

Whenever I have visited any place of worship, a sense of peace has prevailed…. I can hear my heart beating, the rhythmic breathing and my brain clock ticking. I have realized I can ‘talk’ to ‘HIM’ to my heart’s content when I am inside a place of worship….but I usually avoid the time of the day when…

New York: The City That Never Sleeps

A city wears its attitude on its sleeve...New York flaunts it. Glitz, glamour, art, fashion and big bucks....they don't call New York City the cultural and financial capital of world for nothing. And I was one wide eyed tourist on her first trip abroad....my city seemed dwarfed compared to that steel and glass opulence which…

The French Footprint

I was visiting Pondicherry after a long time again. This time with the sole aim of visiting the Matri Mandir at Auroville. I was always intrigued of this golden orb and its French Connection! It was in 1673 that French first set their foot on Indian shores. The French East India Company set up five trading posts…

Outbound From Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport T2: Few Basics

I was over the moon....after all it was my first international trip! I was flying to New York from CSIA's T2, Mumbai and the excitement was palpable no matter how hard I tried to keep a lid on it! I was supposed to rest since the flight to Newark was at 2 am but sleep had long…