am off! to go see valley full of fireflies at purushwadi, near mumbai.. excited! the day began later than we expected with multiple delays as went on – from a maid who came back after two days and insisted on not being laid off, a flat tire to be fixed, a thirsty petrol tank to be quenched and no petrol pump in sight, a never-ending … Continue reading fireflies twinkle at purushwadi
its june. its monsoon. and its mumbai! and right now it seems like the monsoon is going to be good this year! its been pouring cats, dogs and elephants for the last two days… roads are flooded (thanks BMC, you guys always do a superb job ensuring there is water all over) right now, the rains are here. the skies have opened up and its … Continue reading how do you enjoy the rains?
We were in a forest, in Kaziranga, Assam. Maybe not as dense as you imagine in your head, but a forest with pathways and wild elephant dung in a path that criss-crossed ours as we climbed up and up, his footsteps trampled the grass and shrubs, he made his own way, while we followed the much flattened and smoothened way of the villagers who lived … Continue reading … … burning bright, in the forests of the night… courtesy: mr blake!
it was the summer of 2010. my first trip to the ‘west’, my first to the country that was the setting for some of my favourite stories growing up. i had quit my job and was using (or blowing up) all my savings in a 40 day trip all over europe. big-eyed, open to discover, uncover for myself i set out to walk all over … Continue reading it’s raining elephants in london?!
there are many beliefs about solar eclipses in india… superstitions. i had heard all these growing up!
bad time. deformations. don’t go out. don’t look at the sun. stay indoors. don’t go out!
in 2010, when the annular solar eclipse was passing and would be visible in india, i decided to go and watch. the inspiration came from a friend who was planning to come down from pune for this, but cancelled her trip. i am no star-gazer, or astronomer. i have studied about eclipses in school, but forgotten most about it. i went because i was curious – to watch a total solar eclipse, to visit rameswaram again.
i had never ‘met’ an elephant!
growing up in india, i have seen many elephants of course. and not in zoos! a lot of big temples in the south would still have their stable of elephants. plus occasionally an elephant would walk down the road… and we kids would rush to see… peep out of windows… bend over from the balcony… run down the stairs and stare… in wonder…
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