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Notes on Antique Textiles, Folk Art & Timeless Traditions – Jaina Mishra

Back into the Home & Hearth of the Himalayan Aryan People

October 2016 The kitchen is a very intimate space. It is where many facets of my habits, my work style, my skills, my character, my thinking are revealed. And so, … Continue reading

May 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Living in the Lap of the Himalayas

Notes from a visit in 2016. This village is roughly 200 km away from the nearest airport. The Indus has created a gorge for itself over the centuries with two … Continue reading

March 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Walk in the Himalayas

A small video taking while walking along the Indus river in the Himalayas

March 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Flying over the Himalayas

Got a glimpse of heaven …

March 1, 2017 · 6 Comments

The City of Benaras

“Yeh Benaras Hai” Literally it means “This is Banaras” but the tone included pride and an assurance – a way of saying “Don’t worry – it’s okay – this is … Continue reading

October 1, 2016 · 2 Comments

External Article: The World Nomad Games

Sounds like something I’d like to experience! External Link:  

September 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Journey for the Bucket List

An addition to the Bucket List….
It appears that I might need a second or third life to accomplish it all!

September 11, 2016 · 1 Comment

Palace on the Ganga – Art in Architecture

  Just pictures of a lovely place that has the atmosphere of serenity and quietude. The opulence is in the atmosphere created – rather than in its fixtures.     … Continue reading

September 5, 2016 · 3 Comments

The Land of the Sufi

Istanbul – almost exactly a year ago, I spent almost every evening eating at a small place near Topkapi palace. It was an open air restaurant with a basic menu … Continue reading

July 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

I played with the Big Cats

Not art. Not Culture. Just a travel experience. One that has me craving for more. One that will feature on my list of answers when asked Q: “What did I … Continue reading

May 8, 2016 · 2 Comments

When Life Happens… 

Sometimes life happens too fast. And there is hardly any time to keep up with reality -leave alone document it!  No time to blog out the memories for a future-self … Continue reading

April 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Waiting to Grow Old

A friend reminded me that at 50, we are the youngest of the old people. But I cannot wait to get to the next stage and become the oldest of … Continue reading

March 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

WHY I travel

A note on the ‘Why’ of travel – by a woman who lived a hundred years ago and traveled solo in those days [with servants]

January 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Kiss of a Komodo Dragon

The concepts of mythology was always one that could not explain itself. For, ideas like dragons and demons (and flying chariots) were always written off by the modern world as … Continue reading

January 3, 2016 · 1 Comment

Jewels of Serendipity

When I look at the whole picture of my life, I have no doubt that I am on the right side of the luck line. But in every segment of … Continue reading

December 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

Indonesian Archipelago Diaries

Traveling through active Volcanoes that spewed ash just 2 months ago! Ancient Temples & Prehistoric Dragons, Coral reef snorkelling (and a few lectures) beckon! The villages of Borobudur &  Prambanan … Continue reading

December 15, 2015 · 15 Comments

Interesting Istanbul 2 – The Shoe Shine Men

Just outside the Topkapi Palace…. A shoe shine man with a glamorous set up! This was not just a scene of a service provider and a customer. It was a … Continue reading

July 11, 2015 · 1 Comment

Interesting Istanbul 1 – Artistic Locks

After hearing a story of my friend’s credit cards being stolen from the overhead compartment on a flight on one of the world’s best airlines, I have begun using locks … Continue reading

July 7, 2015 · 2 Comments

Who Knew! Forts of Maharashtra

Who knew that Maharashtra had over 75 forts!! Seventy Five!!!   And who knew that there are nearly 200 groups that organise trekking & hiking day / overnight tours to … Continue reading

July 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Walk through the Grand Bazar of Istanbul

Too often as I stroll through a market and like something, I do not buy it right away – thinking that I will pick it up on the way back.  … Continue reading

June 29, 2015 · 1 Comment

 Lost & Found – An Ancient City in Northern Thailand

An experience from 8 years ago almost lost in my memory… revived through photos. In 1984, some ancient tablets were found at a site about 5km from Chiang Mai in … Continue reading

June 25, 2015

Intrigued by the Past – Cappadocia 1

 The viewing is done, the guide’s explanation of possible theories has been heard and some basic material on the land formations and subsequent habitation has been read. But questions remain … Continue reading

June 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

Life begins at the End of your Comfort Zone…

This timely advice was given to me by my daughter when I was choosing a travel destination. The other options were 2 places near Singapore – Bagan & Bali. But … Continue reading

June 12, 2015 · 2 Comments

Caving in Halong Bay – First Adventure

Well ‘almost’. Caving is the recreational pastime of exploring wild generally non-commercial cave systems. The beautiful Halong Bay in Vietnam with its 2000 towering limestone islands and islets offered me … Continue reading

May 4, 2015 · 4 Comments

Strength to Nepal Earthquake Survivors

Love & strength to all Nepalis. 😦 Memories from a few years ago.   All these places are beautiful and it is sad that some of these did not survive. … Continue reading

April 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Charm of a Small Town – Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Until my ship sailed to Sihanoukville I did not even know that such a town existed. Cambodia is usually all about Angkor Wat and being the blind tourist that I … Continue reading

April 26, 2015 · 3 Comments

A Resting Place

Somewhere in Sikkim – a place of complete silence. What a desirable resting place that is! jm April 2015

April 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Wealth of South Asia – Sun, Sea & Islands

Some phenomena, try as we might, cannot be conveyed in words. They can only be experienced. Try as I might I cannot convey the taste of Pani Puri with words. … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · 2 Comments

Asia Travelogues Coming Soon

The Wealth of South Asia  – Islands, Sun & Sea Vietnam: Caving in Vietnam Vietnam:  Just what were you thinking? Guerilla Jungles & Tunnels Vietnam: The Tale of a Refugee … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

50 Shades of Blue

Not actually 50 … but many many shades of blue. This post has nothing to do with culture or art. But in my pursuit of these two aspects of life, … Continue reading

April 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Temple Lies Locked

Many temples are run by trusts. Trusts that are made up of people. Sometimes people disagree. And fight. And over time, with the addition of ego and the passage of … Continue reading

April 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

We all love a good story! – Street Photo – Lambani Gypsies

We all love a good story! We all love some details of other lives. This inherent trait of humans across cultures is probably one of the biggest advantages of the … Continue reading

March 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Transport in the Olden Days

I have not travelled in ANY of these! Or even SEEN any in use! 1. A hand-pushed Rickshaw 2. A rough Palkhi 3. A Palkhi 4. A Bullock with wheels? … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Going Solo Again

Another speaking assignment – another fantastic cruise ship and a whole lot of new places waiting to be seen! A month ago I was in the Andaman Seas – stopping … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · 3 Comments

A Walk through Penang

Well – not exactly a walk! I rode through Penang in a cycle rickshaw. Driven around by the most entertaining & the most spirited driver I have ever met – … Continue reading

February 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Shedding Draupadi’s Sari before the Ocean

Yes – these are the true colors of the ocean in Phi Phi island, near Phuket Thailand. Yes I am extremely fortunate to have seen such waters several times in … Continue reading

February 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

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