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 Hindu... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Postcard: A China in Every Town

Chinatown, Singapore (26th September 2009) I have never been to China, but I have had ample glimpses of that country in cities such as New York, Paris, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Yes, I am talking about the ubiquitous Chinatown, the ethnic enclave of Chinese people which is present in every big city spread across the... Continue Reading →

Postcard: Snow, Snow, Go Away!

  Gulmarg, Kashmir, India (25th January 2009) January is one of the best months for skiing in India. But it is also a one of the trickiest months as there is always the risk of heavy snowfall ruining your plans. When we visited Gulmarg, a popular skiing destination in Kashmir, the weather was luckily perfect... Continue Reading →

Postcard: A View from the Top

Halong Bay, Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam (28th December 2012) Vietnam’s Halong Bay is known for its thousands of limestone islets jutting out of its waters, and it is always a special feeling when you take a cruise boat which glides through the bay amidst these giant krasts. Fortunately, our tour also had an optional extra... Continue Reading →

Postcard: Reading in Peace

Baga, Goa, India (14th April 2013) At dawn on a midsummer morning in Goa, I strolled on to the Baga Beach with my precious book in hand, found a beach chair and made myself comfortable. With a gentle early morning breeze blowing and the ubiquitous sound of waves in the background, I got immersed in... Continue Reading →

Postcard: Walking Through the Ruins

Mỹ Sơn, Quảng Nam Province, Vietnam (2nd January 2013) During our stay in Hoi An, we decided to visit Mỹ Sơn, the ruins of the Champa Kingdom whose kings had ruled Vietnam between the 4th and 14th centuries AD. While we were expecting nothing more than a couple of old abandoned buildings in a compact... Continue Reading →

Postcard: Mango Delight

East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh, India (2nd May 2010) While India is known for its sweet tooth and a range of tasty sweet foods, I have seldom seen how they are actually made. Fortunately, I got this opportunity rather unexpectedly while travelling through the villages of East Godavari district in the Southern Indian state of... Continue Reading →

Postcard: The Buddha Tree

Ayutthaya, Thailand (16th April 2011) During my travels in Thailand, I had seen a lot of statues and idols of the Buddha. However, I found a very peculiar one in Wat Maha That temple in Ayutthaya. Here, the Buddha's head is lodged in the tangled roots of a large tree and there is also a... Continue Reading →

Postcard: Rice Art

Hoi An, Vietnam (1st January 2013) Being one of the largest producers of rice in the world, Vietnam has managed to find other ingenious use for the food grain – that of creating art. I came across these rice paintings in a little shop in Hoi An, and stood fascinated before them wondering how much... Continue Reading →

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