first of firsts – two articles published on the same day

two articles were published today on two different e-zines (is that what you call them?) one of them is on my favourite topic – graffiti; but with interpretations or musings… tell me what you think. where did the wall graffiti at fort kochi come from though i prefer my title – “kochi – art or wallpaper?” and the other, a first for me. a poem, … Continue reading first of firsts – two articles published on the same day

lavender flowers and whispers

this was the first time i have consciously seen lavender flowers (and i think these are lavender flowers). i saw them from a distance and went running saying, ‘lavender, lavender…’ so if these aren’t lavender flowers please don’t tell me so, i’m oblivious-ly happy. (pun completely and totally intended; i thought through it – i wonder why people say unintended!) i have heard about those beautiful … Continue reading lavender flowers and whispers

varanasi by the ganga: a sketch

it was the first night at varanasi. as i decided to venture into the dark  & dingy ganga-fuji restaurant. the owner waxed eloquent about his food and chatted about tourists, varanasi and everything by the river. the food turned out to be decent though not as brilliant as he promised it would be. he was warm and chatty and made the experience interesting. what i liked … Continue reading varanasi by the ganga: a sketch

why i LOVE to HATE varanasi

I love Varanasi. And at the same time, I hate Varanasi! Read no further, if you cannot understand this emotion… if you think you feel the same, continue.  Varanasi startles each of my senses every time I visit… and it always takes a little time getting used to the city. From the loud, incessant horns and the clanging temple bells to the dung-lined lanes with … Continue reading why i LOVE to HATE varanasi

desilting the ghats of varanasi

every year, the ganga changes during the monsoon. she becomes mightier than ever… moves swiftly, charging down the slopes, and everywhere by her banks are signs of warning. “do not enter the water”. she becomes inaccessible to the fervent pilgrim & untouchable to the adventurous rafter. she courses down the mountain, as if she owns the land. as if she was never tamed in shiva’s … Continue reading desilting the ghats of varanasi

borivali national park: the upper kanheri trail

it started with the first visit to the sanjay gandhi national park or borivali national park with two others. the first time we went, we were amazed that we lived so close to such a large track of nature, and hadn’t explored it for so many years! in the urge to share, last weekend, i smses many friends and so did aurla… we were headed … Continue reading borivali national park: the upper kanheri trail

borivali national park, mumbai: the urban jungle

the sanjay gandhi national park or borivali national park, as its popularly known, lies in northern suburb of borivali, mumbai. it is 104 km2 (40 sq mi) of forest surrounded by the traffic, noise and the chaos of one of the most populated cities in india. it is remarkable that such a large national park exists INSIDE a city! it has a vast population of flora and fauna; some … Continue reading borivali national park, mumbai: the urban jungle

10 things to know before meeting fireflies at purushwadi, maharashtra

these are ten good-to-know things before you make that trip to purushwadi, maharashtra where valleys twinkle with the little flashers aka lightning bugs aka fireflies… and some of them are things i didn’t know before i went there.. hope they are helpful! 1. there are more than 2000 species and each has a unique flashing pattern 2. they are alive for only 2 months of … Continue reading 10 things to know before meeting fireflies at purushwadi, maharashtra

gorgeous landscape through the journey

meeting the twinkling bums: fireflies at purushwadi

twinkling bums… that is what they are right? the twinkling back-sides of fireflies. imagine fireflies on the road as you walk by, fireflies on the bushes and trees, fireflies crisscrossing… and imagine a firefly on your hand, twinkling along your palm… that’s what happened at purushwadi, off the mumbai-nasik highway. but wait, let me start at the beginning. day 1 at purushwadi…  we reached purushwadi in the … Continue reading meeting the twinkling bums: fireflies at purushwadi

weekly photo challenge: golden hour

as bombay begins to get warm again, i dream about the himalayas, which means the abode of snow (from hima “snow”, and ālaya “abode”)… when i was there december, i woke up early morning, shivered my way out of the room hoping to catch the first rays of the sun light up the snow-capped range in front of me… there was little sun but more clouds. so i shifted … Continue reading weekly photo challenge: golden hour