it was a long wait at kolkata airport for your ‘international’ flight into bhutan which is nestled comfortably between bengal, bangladesh and the north-east. mid-flight, the captain announced into the mike “if you all look out of your window, you will see the Mt. Everest.” thats it. thats all he said. so casually (too casually for me!). of course he must have seen the everest from … Continue reading mount everest from a plane…
i was commissioned (for a lack of any other word) to write audio tours for a company based in europe! at first i was worried. yes, of course i know my city – bombay, mumbai and all of it in between. but do i know it well enough to tell others about it? so i walked, talked, photographed and re-discovered my city!
in this series, i want to document all the little tit-bits that made me get awed, charmed, amazed, angry, delighted and interested in bombay & mumbai!
we begin at watson’s hotel!
i decided to travel into interior maharashtra, accompanying my husband (who was traveling on work), more out of curiosity than with any agenda. i have grown up in pune, but never really gone around maharashtra, except for a couple of visits to nasik, nagpur, mahableshwar and of course mumbai… he needed to go to beed, latur and parbhani, all small towns in the interiors of … Continue reading kankaleshwar temple at beed…
when i visited bath, went for a heritage walk with the locals organised by the abbey. it was a longish walk around town, with descriptions of everything… we had just been awed by the Royal Crescent (there is a similar set of buildings built in Mumbai, the Royal Crescent being the inspiration!) and then near the Circus, i was lagging behind, camera snapping away at … Continue reading the origin of ‘daylight robbery’
the deserts are just another kind of landscape. i went there first in 2008, and its something i didn’t get over! it not something i imagined. the sky is a pristine blue and the ground is lightish, arid brown. and the two don’t meet in a hazy blur as when you search for the horizon on the sea. but in one clear, distinct line, and at … Continue reading the sand dunes of rajasthan
it was my first time in rajasthan. the december of 2008. we were going to spend christmas and new years in this glorious desert state of india. i was excited. and a little cold when i landed in jaipur, a little delayed on my flight and drowsy from my long night at work – trying to wrap up everything before i escaped away for 10 days. i … Continue reading rushing into rajasthan…
i look at it as a mix of an exam and courting for someone, the nervousness of one and the excitement and high energy of the other! there are so many steps, but i always seem to have a blast..!
there are two kinds of travelers : the planner-people and the ‘lets take off’ people! the no-planners, no-googlers, we-are-just-impulsive-you-know, we-never-plan-travelers are cool! we all definitely want to be them, i mean it just sounds better to say, “oh am just taking off to europe (or wherever else), you know, last minute plans… hope we get a place to stay and all!” of course there is … Continue reading hello world!