Books, New Post, Women authors

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen | Book Review |

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen is that perfect book to encapsulate the circus life in Post depression America when alcohol prohibition was on an all time high. The romance shown against this backdrop is beautiful and makes you feel warm and tingly inside. Read on my review of this 5/5 rated book.… Read More Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen | Book Review |

Tree love

Under the protection of the Arjuna tree | ThursdayTreeLove |

Thursday tree love is a forthrightly feature with Parul and it allows me to showcase the trees I meet on my walks and rambles. I try and find out legends and anecdotes about the trees and present them in these posts.… Read More Under the protection of the Arjuna tree | ThursdayTreeLove |

Guestblog, KashmirTravelDiaries, New Post, Travel

13 Incredible Shrines of the Kashmir valley | Travel Tales |

Today my guest blogger Namrata Wakhloo takes us through the Kashmir valley to talk about the beautiful shrines that are there. Kashmir was known to be the land of the sufis and saints.… Read More 13 Incredible Shrines of the Kashmir valley | Travel Tales |

Fiction, New Post

What is in a name indeed | Fiction Writing |

“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” ― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet One day my mom and her college bestie were musing over what they would name their first born babies. My mom had a liking for the word Shaleenta as is means decency/modesty… Read More What is in a name indeed | Fiction Writing |

Guestblog, New Post, Travel

Delicious Food Bytes from Uzbekistan |Travel Tales|

A veritable food guide to eating your way through Uzbekistan which has some of the most incredible dishes I have seen anywhere. A guest post by Namrata Wakhloo who is an avid photographer and traveler. All the pictures here have been taken by her. … Read More Delicious Food Bytes from Uzbekistan |Travel Tales|

New Post, Stay, Travel, UttarakhandTravelDiaries

Gourmet affair at the Garden Valley Resort, Uttarakhand | Travel Review |

In March 2020, I was vacationing in the hills of Uttarakhand and happened to visit the Garden Valley Resort for a meal. This is my unbiased review of the food, service and the place. The meal was paid for by us and in no way is this a sponsored post. I was vacationing in Cloud… Read More Gourmet affair at the Garden Valley Resort, Uttarakhand | Travel Review |

Tree love

The Flamboyant Gulmohar | ThursdayTreeLove |

Thursday tree love is a forthrightly feature with Parul and it allows me to showcase the trees I meet on my walks and rambles. I try and find out legends and anecdotes about the trees and present them in these posts.… Read More The Flamboyant Gulmohar | ThursdayTreeLove |

Gratitude List, TLC

In order to write about life, first you must live it | Gratitude |

Joining with Vidya Sury in the Gratitude circle every month to share the gratitude for the joys received in the month gone by. If you have written a post too, please drop it in the comment section and I will get to it. … Read More In order to write about life, first you must live it | Gratitude |

New Post, Stay, Travel, UttarakhandTravelDiaries

The Chirping Tales Cafe in Mukteshwar Hills | Travel Review |

I had the opportunity to visit the Chirping Tales Cafe during my last visit to Mukteshwar in March this year. Its quite a charming and rustic cafe in this region with some nice food and beverages.… Read More The Chirping Tales Cafe in Mukteshwar Hills | Travel Review |

Books, New Post, Women authors

10 Minutes 38 seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak | Book Review |

Having read The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak, I had a great many expectations from this book. Happy to say I was not disappointed at all. This book has been shortlisted for the Booker award. I had picked up reading or rather listening to this book on the Audible for the book prompt… Read More 10 Minutes 38 seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak | Book Review |

KeralaTravelDiaries, KochiTravelDiaries, New Post, Travel

[N] Nonchalant morning walk on the beach in Fort Kochi | Travel Review |

Read all about a calming walk on the Fort Kochi beach one early morning during my visit to Kerala.… Read More [N] Nonchalant morning walk on the beach in Fort Kochi | Travel Review |

Books, Fantasy Fiction, New Post, Women authors, Young Adult

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor | Book Review |

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – This one is my latest read from this author who is fast becoming a favorite as far I have read 5 books by her and loved them all. Catch my review here to know how this one fares… Read More Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor | Book Review |

KarnatakaTravelDiaries, New Post, Travel

Grape Stomping in a Vineyard in Bangalore | Travel Tales |

Have you ever been to a vineyard and participated in stomping on the ripe grapes in a huge barrel? I did just that with a group of friends and just have to share the memories of that perfect day here.… Read More Grape Stomping in a Vineyard in Bangalore | Travel Tales |

Earth, Tree love

The Fluffy Fascination of the Silk Cotton Tree | #ThursdayTreeLove |

Thursday tree love is a forthrightly feature with Parul and it allows me to showcase the trees I meet on my walks and rambles. I try and find out legends and anecdotes about the trees and present them in these posts.… Read More The Fluffy Fascination of the Silk Cotton Tree | #ThursdayTreeLove |

AtoZ, Blog Challenge, KochiTravelDiaries, New Post, Travel

A Quirky cafe in Fort Kochi | Travel Tales | #atoz

Read all about a quirky cafe in Fort Kochi where the food, beverages and the crowd is simply superb. Its the perfect hang out space and located very close to the beach.… Read More A Quirky cafe in Fort Kochi | Travel Tales | #atoz

Books, New Post

Wild by Cheryl Strayed | Book Review |

“The universe, I’d learned, was never, ever kidding. It would take whatever it wanted and it would never give it back.” ― Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail I happened to watch the movie based on this book before I got around to reading it. The role is essayed by Reese… Read More Wild by Cheryl Strayed | Book Review |

AtoZ, KochiTravelDiaries, New Post, Travel

[K] Kathakali in Fort Kochi, Kerala | Travel Tales | #atoz

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 dependent on the facial expressions… Read More [K] Kathakali in Fort Kochi, Kerala | Travel Tales | #atoz

Books, Fantasy Fiction, New Post, Women authors, Young Adult

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern |Book Review|

“We are all stardust and stories.”― Erin Morgenstern, The Starless Sea This year I was somehow gifted The Starless Sea by three bookish friends. While one copy I gifted back to one of them, I now have one more spare to gift out to someone who wants it. Just need the Covid situation to get better for… Read More The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern |Book Review|

AtoZ, New Post, RajasthanTravelStories, Travel

[B] The Body Art in Bikaner, Rajasthan | Travel Tales | #atoz

While visiting Shekhawati, my home stay 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. ⇐ Shekhawati is known to be… Read More [B] The Body Art in Bikaner, Rajasthan | Travel Tales | #atoz