Postcard: Fishing for Mussels

Alleppey, Kerala, India (28th January 2015) Going around the backwaters of Alleppey provides a fascinating sneak peek into the different facets of local Keralan life. One such example was when I saw a man dipping into the water repeatedly and emerging after a few moments. I thought he was taking a bath or probably swimming.…

Experiences: Been There, Done That

It’s a new year! And like all new years it is time for a fresh start! So after a long gap, I am reviving this blog by introducing a new section called ‘Experiences: Been There, Done That’. Whenever I sit and think back on all the travels I have done for the last few years, there…

Postcard: The Pantheon of Deities

Shravanabelagola, Karnataka, India (15th August 2014) Hinduism as a religion is a very attractive lure for many foreigners visiting India. More often than not belonging to a monotheistic faith themselves, they marvel at the hundreds of gods that Hindus worship. As I was walking near the Shravanabelagola temple in Karnataka, I noticed these idols of…

Postcard: Been There, Seine That

Paris, France (21st September 2008) No river captures the essence of a city like the river Seine does. The river is the lifeline of Paris, and also it’s most beautiful attraction. It is no wonder that the city developed around this huge water body and most of the major sights in the city are located…

Postcard: Desert Violin

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India (25th December 2013) As we were strolling through the by lanes of desert town Jaisalmer, some soothing Rajasthani folk tunes wafted out from nearby, something which we had heard in other parts of Rajasthan also. We found the source of music to be a middle-aged turbaned man, presumably from the desert, playing…

Postcard: Over the Mighty Mountains

Over the Himalayas, India (3rd September 2011) As I boarded the Delhi flight from Leh after an eventful week in Ladakh, I prayed to the Gods for clear skies for the next couple of hours. This particular flight, which flies over the vast Himalayan range, is famous for its breathtaking views of the mountains, provided…

Postcard: The Terraces of Life

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia (22nd April 2011) While Bali’s beaches are one facet of the amazing island, the center of the island offers quite contrasting sceneries. As we were coming back from the Goa Gajah temple near Ubud, our driver stopped at a spot in Tegalalang village which was surrounded by lush green paddy fields. Standing…

Postcard: History for Sale

Berlin, Germany (19th November 2008) One of the most pivotal moments in modern European history was the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1990, when East and West Germany got reunited with people from both sides breaking the wall and ending decades of separation. Almost two decades after the event, I still found graffiti strewn…

Postcard: The Chinese Calligraphist

Chinatown, Singapore (26th September 2009) As I walk through Singapore’s Chinatown, I couldn’t resist stopping by this shop which had all types of traditional wall scrolls displayed with lovely Chinese calligraphy. I just love calligraphy, an art which transforms the written word itself into an image with an aesthetic value. Whether it is cursive and…