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,…

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,…

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…

1971, Battle at Longewala

A cricket match between India and Pakistan  is no less than a war....emotions run high with people on either side praying for victory of their teams, betting high stakes or promising lavish parties post a win. The players are under huge pressure to play well because a defeat causes so much of heartbreak and  depression that people burn effigies of…

Sun City: Jodhpur

A hot cup of coffee is my utmost requirement when I am tired and post my shopping adventure I sure was tired, famished and in no state to go searching for a coffee cafe near the "Clock tower" of Jodhpur though it has many eateries catering quick bites. The market place near the clock tower is the much…

The Great Indian Thar Desert

"Sir, just for Rs 800 I will take the camel cart to the farthest limit of this desert.....You can see the finest golden sand there...no coarse grain. All films with desert scene are shot in that part, sir!!" Our camel ride guide was trying his selling pitch on us as we stepped down the cart to shoot…

chand baori

Jaipur: Chand Baori (Abhaneri Stepwell)

Step Wells or Baodi were integral part of Indian villages before the British imposed their way discarding the need of such water reservoirs and belittling the societal functioning of the villages. Some step-wells of note were Agrasen ki Baoli (New Delhi), Rani ki vav (Patan, Gujarat), Adalaj Vav,  Chand Baori in Abhaneri (near Jaipur, Rajasthan),  Pushkarani (Hampi, Karnataka) which now lie in neglect and hence…