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Festival Time – Mumbai Style

This week it’s Janmashtami that the city celebrates – the birth of Lord Krishna. Baby Krishna loved home-made butter and he’d help himself to all the butter pots in the … Continue reading

August 20, 2022 · Leave a comment

Tanjore Diaries

They say, one makes it to the big temples of India, only when they call out to you. Maybe they do. But maybe my senses are not tuned to hearing … Continue reading

August 18, 2022 · Leave a comment

The Thanjavur Maratha Palace

Every now and then, I come across interesting people I yearn to meet. No – not Brad Pitt or George Clooney. But people like Dostoevsky. And Lee Kuan Yew. Chanakya. … Continue reading

August 18, 2022 · 1 Comment

Heritage Homes of Tanjore

Life is lived every minute of every day. And so, long ago, we decided to surround ourselves with beautiful things. In the choice between return on investment in financial terms … Continue reading

August 17, 2022 · 1 Comment

Art in Architecture – Tanjore Temple

Traveling again. Gaining experiences. Learning more. Feeling more. And hoping to share them all here. *** Contrary to intuition, on this trip I learnt that the time spent on an … Continue reading

August 17, 2022 · 1 Comment

A Fabulous Walk in Ladakh, 1982 – Guest Photos

I’ve always felt that I am one of the extremely fortunate ones on earth defying the odds of an average or even sub-average life. For, how else can one explain … Continue reading

April 21, 2022 · Leave a comment

Pollution in the Ganga

They say the Ganga is polluted. Yes. After days of sitting on her banks with my feet in the water I can confirm that. Here are pictures of the pollution: … Continue reading

April 19, 2022 · 1 Comment

Ganga Arti, Haridwar

The city wakes up to attend this pre-dawn arti, in which the Ganga is worshipped with lamps and flowers. The devout take a bath in the chilled waters of the … Continue reading

April 19, 2022 · 1 Comment

Chance Encounters / Haridwar

Just walking around absorbing the culture of Haridwar and I get to witness some important ceremony by Radha worshippers: p.s. the music is original – a little live band led … Continue reading

April 19, 2022 · 1 Comment

Ganga Relationships – The Coconut Man gives back

The devoted offer coconuts, fruits & flowers to the Ganga. This man, in doing service to himself & his family, works all day in the sun using his skill to … Continue reading

April 13, 2022 · 1 Comment

The Flow of Ganga – A lesson learnt

When one thinks of the Ganga, one thinks of serenity and calmness and peace. But the form that the river takes in Haridwar is anything but that. She is more … Continue reading

April 13, 2022 · 1 Comment

Life by the Ganga – Street Scenes

“Those who believe there are only 7 wonders in the world need to explore more ….” And I see too many daily-life scenes in Haridwar by the river Ganga that … Continue reading

April 13, 2022 · 2 Comments

Quality Time with Came Herders

Just a whole lot of beautiful moments with beautiful people

November 11, 2021 · 1 Comment

A Day in the Life of a Camel Herder

The diet of camel herders is heavily dependent on camel milk. Several times during the day, boiled camel milk was consumed. And at least 3 times I was offered tea … Continue reading

November 11, 2021 · 1 Comment

Forest Bathing at Sunrise

September 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

Monk’s Cham Dance / Ladakh

Just posting a video of a Cham Dance during Spituk Gustor held in winter. See more photographs of costumes of monks including Pattu Hats, Gyaser brocades and textiles in monasteries … Continue reading

April 27, 2021 · 3 Comments

Life & Death & Thanatology

The first trip to Banaras in 2016 had a spiritual purpose: to immerse the ashes of my grandma in the Gangaji. Death brought me to Banaras the first time. And … Continue reading

August 4, 2020 · 1 Comment

Blessings of Banaras – 2019

Sometimes real life is so intense that I forget to leave its shadow on the internet in  the form of posts on the blog or on facebook. And then on … Continue reading

August 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ruins of Ladakh

Over the 10+ road trips through several naalas of Ladakh, several ruins of old buildings would zip past my car at a height or at a distance that was two … Continue reading

August 7, 2019 · 1 Comment

Floods of Ladakh

The mighty force of the Himlayas – its mountains, its glaciers & snows and its rivers – can be imagined just by seeing the scale and magnitude of its being. … Continue reading

July 31, 2019 · Leave a comment

Goatherding with Gutthu – Travelogue

Gutthu sat on my lap staring into my eyes. Was there love? Was there bonding? Was this  unbroken stream of photons resulting in any emotional bonding from his side? Would … Continue reading

July 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

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