chennai “rediscovered” (coming up soon)

i’m off to chennai… the land of my forefathers and the land of my parents. i never grew up there but in pune. i recently read degree coffee by the yard and you might have read my review here. it got me thinking that i didn’t know the history of chennai. so while this trip is a family reunion, it is also about me rediscovering, … Continue reading chennai “rediscovered” (coming up soon)

five best places to celebrate holi

First published on theĀ AudioCompass Blog, written by moi šŸ™‚ This is the link to the piece there: Five Best Places to Celebrate Holi Holi, the wildest Hindu Festival is loud, chaotic, lively and colourful. And, of course, you want to celebrate it. This festival is not celebrated in the South of India, so we focus our lens to the cities and towns in the rest … Continue reading five best places to celebrate holi

the non-religious origins of the festival of HOLI

holi is not one of my favourite festivals. i know its got tomatina festival like status amongst tourists, but growing up in india i did not like it. playing as a child 0f 7 and then later asĀ an adolescent of 15, this festival takes on different colours! i did not like the free license it gave boys to touch girls, anywhere. it was like during … Continue reading the non-religious origins of the festival of HOLI

the ghats of varanasi

The ghats of Varanasi are a fantastic interaction with India in all shapes, sizes, forms and volume levels!Ā Like a densely packed Gujarati thaali, there is always something new and lots of choice to find your favourite!Ā  Cows jostling along with the faithful, and then street dogs chasing each other. In the water, the fervent believer dipping his head in the water, making his offerings to … Continue reading the ghats of varanasi

basalt rock cut temple

two places off the goa tourist map: budbudi tali & tambdi surla

we started the day early (atleast by goan standards). we had to cover great distances in one day, and had to get cracking, immediately. water bottle filled to the brim, camera battery charged, petrol filled in the car we headed out from bogmallo towards the south of goa by 10am. we were traveling right across the state! one must say that the roads in goa … Continue reading two places off the goa tourist map: budbudi tali & tambdi surla

why i love homestays…

travel for me is about stories, about places, people, where they have been, and how they got here. i like travel, not just for mad travelers and their envious around-the-world tales but for experiences, stories, histories. for living, in a place, that can only come from sticking, staying put. i can’t always do that! don’t have the money or time to live in another city … Continue reading why i love homestays…

discovering bombay in mumbaiā€¦ part 2

the gateway of india. i have been there many times… walked by, read the carved words on the top ‘built to commemorate king george Ā V’s trip to india’… stood under the shade as i waited for my ferry to alibaug or elephanta caves… read about it the news when a girl was molested on new years’ eve… this was remnant of the past, of another … Continue reading discovering bombay in mumbaiā€¦ part 2

20 & more things to do on a first visit to south mumbai!

my first guest post at! thanks andrea for posting my ‘what to do list for a first visit to south mumbai’ at her travel blog! over to the guest post…

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hill top view

10 reasons why everyone should visit matheran

matheran is very close to where i spent most of my growing years, but was never tempted. even been dissuaded by friends.

i went there for the first time 5 years ago, and then willingly went again last year! and i wish to make it a hat trick with one more visit in the coming months!

hill top view

here are my TEN reasons why you MUST MUST MUST visit matheran!Ā 

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when mumbai came to a standstill…

i do not get politics and i don’t like to get involved in it… but this has touched a vein deep somewhere. while i am not equipped to comment on politics (don’t know much, or follow much), i am certified to comment on my life! over the last two days, mumbai has been held at ransom. i work from home and have a cocoon-like existence … Continue reading when mumbai came to a standstill…