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#Reflections – My first and I loved it | #AtoZchallenge 2017|

I had missed last year’s #AtoZchallenge by a whisker, prompting me to make a strong mental note for 2017. When March rolled in, I posted my theme reveal post with loads of fanfare. But when the other bloggers started panicking over themes, how many post written, etc I started to re-think this challenge. After all these were […]

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[S] A Summer Palace in Bangalore |#atozchallenge 2017|

2010: I had moved to Bangalore as an experimental stint and spent that year in exploring it as much as possible. I had been researching the net and listed out places to visit and photograph. So, one fine morning, armed with my trusted Canon DSLR, a bottle of water and some snacks, I headed out to […]

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[R] RavanaHatha in Pushkar |#atozchallenge 2017|

2013: I was meandering on the streets of Pushkar, dodging the army of photographers who had descended in locust proportions onto the city (Oh yeah, I was one of them too 😉 ) Nearing a large open field full of camels, the soft strains of a stringed instrument reached my ears and I started to look […]

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[M] Mother India Temple in Benares |#atozchallenge 2017|

The holy city of Benares seems to be teeming with gazillions of temples; in fact there seems to be a temple for any and every excuse and on every street corner and entry of buildings. When I first landed in the city in December 2013, that was my impression, apart from the filth, stench and […]

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[L] Leather that weathers in Pushkar |#atozchallenge 2017|

Do you know what these are? I didn’t at first when I chanced upon them as I was meandering the streets of Pushkar. But these leather object caught my attention for sure. In fact the whole of Pushkar streets was filled with shops full of items made out of leather in all shades, shapes and […]

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[K] Kathakali in Kochi |#atozchallenge 2017|

Kathakali is a traditional dance of Kerala wherein (only men perform) the men dress up as mythological characters and present the tableau in form of a dance (with no words, except the music on instruments and a pre-commentary on the act about to be presented) and the performance is totally dependant on the facial expressions […]

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[J] Japanese Kalbeliya in Pushkar |#atozchallenge 2017|

2013 – I was in Pushkar, Rajasthan with a photography club to shoot the famous camel fair which is an annual affair. My first impression was that there are more photographers than camel 😉 At the opening ceremony of the festivities, I was all set to watch a performance of the traditional Kalbelia dance – […]

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[H] Halitosis* High at Chang La Pass |#atozchallenge 2017|

September 2012 I was on a road trip from Srinagar to Ladakh with one of my closest school mates Yasmin. The two of us had planned out this much awaited trip to the Himalayan Kingdom of Leh-Ladakh. Our entire trip was punctuated with endless hilarity and adventures – all courtesy a much aligned sense of […]

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[G] Grapestomping |#atozchallenge 2017|

Ever since I started preferring to drink wine over any others alcohol I began to be fascinated with the concept of vineyards and wine tasting events. In wake of this quest, I visited two notable vineyards in France and one in Nashik, India but at neither places did I get around to experience the (seemingly) glamorous […]

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[B] The Bodyart in Bikaner | #atozchallenge 2017 |

While visiting Shekhawati, my homestay manager suggested we check out the camel fair that takes place annually in the desert, just 40 km from Bikaner, where cattle owners come to sell their livestock and it’s quite a catwalk event as the animals are dolled up for probable sales. Intrigued, I set out for an amazing […]

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[A] April Fools | #atozchallenge 2017 |

 ** April fools day falls on 1st April everywhere and is celebrated by playing jokes/pranks on each other. ** India is exceedingly rich in heritage treasures – be it monuments, textiles, culture or artifacts we have some of the most exquisite hand crafted treasures. But sadly we lack the sense, pride, joy or the finances to […]

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#KashmirTravelDiaries: Chasing a snow dream

Every year, the onset of winters brings me to dreaming of seeing snowfall- a childhood wish. This year the hilly regions of Himachal and Kashmir have been seeing more than abundant snowfall as evident from tantalising pictures on FB. To make matters worse, my inner devil decided to chant ” I want to see snowfall!!!!!” […]

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Travel Diaries: Kerala / Wayanad / Pookote Lake

Pookote / pookode Lake is a charming jewel in Wayanad’s crown. 15 Kms from Kalpetta, this serene freshwater body lies surrounded by thick-set rainforest on all sides. The state tourism department has developed a children’s park, boating facility, fresh water aquarium, handicrafts & spices emporium and a walking path all around the perimeter of the lake […]

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Travel Diaries: When I lived in a Treehouse for a day

Surreal right? Thais precisely what I felt while being perched that high up above the ground, overlooking huge and green treetops which spanned as far as the eye could see. I am sure I was a  specimen for the birds and butterflies to gawk at; after all this high up, they must not be used to […]

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My New Year’s Resolutions – tell me yours!

Well here is another new year that’s rolled in and to me it feels that it rolled in a bit too fast! As usual, the “what’s your resolution” refrain rang out all around! Got me thinking – what were my last year’s??? AAAAHEEEMMMM!!! Cant remember now! So then should I make new ones? (damn the […]

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When I got to be a Bond Girl!!!

Saturday afternoon saw me flitting about in the latest food festival in town – The gourmet High Street. A gentleman hailed me and said that there is a mixology session about to start with the Speakeasy ( a popular bar n restaurant in gugraon) Bartender – Yangdup Lama! And its a complimentary session (they were […]

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Superfast or Superslow?

I have been a big advocate of traveling by train and have some lovely journey memories too; but some of my recent experiences have left me in big big doubt about their reliability now. There was a recent news article about the scam concerning the Rail Neer where the contractors and railway staff had colluded […]

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Of lazy breakfasts & beach bumming!

While planning the Goa trip, the gourmet offerings of this beach city were top of our list to explore. Needless to say, we researched some food and travel blogs, got tips from friends and family and made a sumptuous list which looked too big for our four days there. Undaunted, we went at with a true […]

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Long Nights of Literature

Recently attended a very novel and “hatke” concept of “speed dating with literature” at the Spanish Institute in Connaught Place. It was an excellent evening of literature with readings by several well established poets/authors/playwriters from India and Europe. The concept was designed in such a manner that groups of audiences were to be read to […]

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