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Ho(o)li-ganism the new definition for the festival of colour – HOLI!

Holi has become synnonymous with hooliganism in India with the rise in cases of molestation on this occasion across the country. Is this then whats left of our culture and tradition? Depravity and harassment in the name of religion/festivities? What have we become?… Read More Ho(o)li-ganism the new definition for the festival of colour – HOLI!

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Monsoon Extravaganza – Visapur Fort Trek [ #Guestpost ]

Read on about Saumy’s adventurous weekend trekking trip to the Visapur fort near Pune. I love the vivid greenery and mist featured in his pics.… Read More Monsoon Extravaganza – Visapur Fort Trek [ #Guestpost ]

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Once upon a time in Jaipur [ #Guestpost ]

Today’s guestpost is by Anjali of Safarnama who is a qunitessential traveller and loves to share her unique travel experiences with her readers. In this post she has covered a trip to Jaipur and all its delightful sights and sounds! … Read More Once upon a time in Jaipur [ #Guestpost ]

Blog Challenge, Festival of Words 2017 by Write Tribe, LadakhTravelDiaries, Travel Tales

| Day-3 | Map to a moonland in Ladakh | WriteTribe – Festival of Words 2017 |

Day-3 prompt in the #festivalofwords is to take a map and detail out a place (virtual or real) and I couldn’t think of a better place than the famous “Moonland” of Ladakh which has stunningly gorgeous landscape, thanks to the nature induced lunar-scape formations. This is also the location of one of the most ancient… Read More | Day-3 | Map to a moonland in Ladakh | WriteTribe – Festival of Words 2017 |

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

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

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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… Read More [R] RavanaHatha in Pushkar |#atozchallenge 2017|

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[N] Nonchalant morning walk on the beach in Fort Kochi |#atozchallenge 2017|

Since I was checking out of my homestay, I decided to spend a leisurely morning at the Fort Kochi beach and try to shoot the famous chinese fishing nets against a sunrise. My nonchalant morning started with a meeting with a trio of really adorable kittens that were as curious about me as I was… Read More [N] Nonchalant morning walk on the beach in Fort Kochi |#atozchallenge 2017|

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

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

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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… Read More [K] Kathakali in Kochi |#atozchallenge 2017|

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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 –… Read More [J] Japanese Kalbeliya in Pushkar |#atozchallenge 2017|

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

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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… Read More [G] Grapestomping |#atozchallenge 2017|

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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… Read More [B] The Bodyart in Bikaner | #atozchallenge 2017 |

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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… Read More [A] April Fools | #atozchallenge 2017 |

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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!!!!!”… Read More #KashmirTravelDiaries: Chasing a snow dream

Blog Challenge, Travel Tales

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… Read More Travel Diaries: Kerala / Wayanad / Pookote Lake

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

Read about my stay in a Treehouse in the rainforests of Wayanad, Kerala at the Vythiri resorts. It was the highlight of my travel – one that I will never forget… Read More Travel Diaries: When I lived in a Treehouse for a day