ganesh chaturthi & how it all began

Ever wondered why Ganesh Chaturthi became such a public festival in the state of Maharastra? If you’ve cursed the traffic jams, wondered why religion moved out of homes and considered atheism every time Ganesh comes visiting, then this is the piece for you! Continue reading ganesh chaturthi & how it all began

#100womenproject – sapna, purushwadi

purushwadi, june 2013.   this was one cute, enthusiastic, wide-eyed kid. we were tourists at her house in purushwadi, maharashtra… we walked around, observed her mother pounding rice in the traditional way… sapna (in english: dream) ran around with one kid in her arms. i stopped her, and asked if i could take a picture. she nodded, an all over circle with her head. click. when i … Continue reading #100womenproject – sapna, purushwadi

THIS is YOUR next holiday!

Coming your way are travel suggestions for LONG holiday weekends! 2014 has been a good year as far as long weekends go – of course, depending on the days your office choses as its 10 holidays of the year (since that’s how it works in India). August has two long weekends, one is from 15th – 17th and the other from 29th – 31st. The second one is only … Continue reading THIS is YOUR next holiday!

hide-out, jhadpoli, maharastra – your home in a farmstay

A farm 200 kms from Mumbai, built on land bought 23 years ago, in a tiny village that even State transport buses (at times) don’t pass by, that has more than 20 varieties of bananas and many other fruits, and two dogs and many more passing by! This is an experience that takes you back to the basics, and makes no pretensions about it. Situated … Continue reading hide-out, jhadpoli, maharastra – your home in a farmstay

nagpur – the breakfast story

yesterday we traversed through fort kochi but today let me zip you away to nagpur. if you want a continuous story.. errr… wrong place. i am fickle in all kinds of ways. and today i feel like telling you about this brilliant place we ‘discovered’ in nagpur. yeah, i can see you shaking your head at the word ‘discovered’. it is such an over-used and hazar-abused … Continue reading nagpur – the breakfast story

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai – main exhibits!

An honest confession, I haven’t seen too many museums in India. And the few I have seen are mostly archaeological museums. I enjoy them, but after a point I get a little bored. I’m an interested but not a passionate museum visitor and I need more variety. A line of statues belonging to the same period, are great, but I am unable to see the differences. Imagine if … Continue reading Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai – main exhibits!

The pyaus of an erstwhile Bombay

this piece recently appeared at thealternative.in. i don’t know how many of you subscribe to your facebook page so thought might make sense to paste it here too. let me know what you think. catch the original piece here: the pyaus of an erstwhile bombay. (yes, not everyone appreciates or understands my love for the democracy of smallcase.. so i listen. caps it is)   The … Continue reading The pyaus of an erstwhile Bombay

panchgani & mahableshwar can also be fun

you live in maharashtra and are searching for that ‘lovely’ hill station to escape the heat. (a modern myth – there is no brilliant hill station close by) lonavala is hardly a hill station anymore. it’s definitely not cooler in temperature. matheran – you’ve been there, love it. but it’s too dusty to go in the summers; you need to wait for the rains… you are left … Continue reading panchgani & mahableshwar can also be fun

purushwadi is now up at the alternative!

if i haven’t reached you through facebook or twitter, then i will try and reach out to you here. my article on my trip to purushwadi is now up at thealternative! yipeee 🙂 this is one of my favourite websites for sustainability, though really bad pay masters! if you haven’t come across them earlier, then do visit their site now. they cover a range of really … Continue reading purushwadi is now up at the alternative!

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