Authentic Traditional Crafts Of Thanjavur With Geographical Indication Tag

A religious, cultural and heritage hub, Thanjavur in Tamilnadu has four authentic traditional crafts recognized as Geographical Indication. When we were posted to Thanjavur, Tamilnadu my first reaction was not very favorable. My apprehensions to move to the place were not unfounded and initial few months in Thanjavur seemed frustrating with sign language conversations and a little-uncomfortable-for-me conservative…

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Mysteries, Moments, Mortals And Mirth

Before traveling unknowingly became a part of life, I was stuck in a 4 ft x 4 ft cubicle designing houses and bungalows for rich clients. I would listen to the client's brief where they would ask for something in their homes that they had seen on a holiday to exotic places. While I was…

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…

Shimla Sojourn

Vacationing in Himachal, was a long overdue plan. Then things fell in place with a short trip to Manali and Shimla. After spending a day in Manali, we decided to drive to Shimla as well with sight-seeing at Kullu naturally fitting in the itinerary. Nothing could have prepared me for the beautiful landscape that unfolded…

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…

Festivals of Goa

There is more to Goa, the most favored destination for fun-loving travelers, than just sea and surf or sun and sand or overflowing spirits for that matter. Mere mention of Goa conjures up the images of colorful gaiety, exuberance, festooned decorations, merry revelers, foot-tapping music and joyous vivacious dances and for me....most definitely the caricature art depicting local…

When Phoolandevi refused to budge!!

Phoolandevi refused to budge ....no, not the dacoit of 1980s, but the great Indian tusker at the Kaziranga National Park!! She stood still attentively listening to the sounds that the wind carried and trumpeted loudly, searching and signalling... desperately. She stopped in her tracks and would take us no further. A mother always worries...and wild beast…