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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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Banarasiya- the essence of Banaras!

          I was revolted at the sight of the holy city of Banaras during my visit in December 2013 – the garbage heaps, people spitting with gay abandon, peeing on roadsides with zero bashfulness, the dug up roads, and the stench; that god-awful stinking stench which just doesn’t seem to get […]

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Tripping in 2013!!!

I realised travel has become a synonymous part of my life when I sat down to review my year that was. I want to share a conversation that I had with someone over my travel ambition in 2013. I had just quit my corporate job and one of the reasons was that I wanted to […]

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Note from Banaras – spirituality

Having heard so much about the ganga aarti at the dashvamedh ghat, we ventured out for it one evening and couldn’t have asked for a better spend of our time while in Banaras. The ghat was all prepped up with seven prayer stations set up on raised platforms, each framed by an arch; for the […]

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Note from Banaras – A jaunt through kachori gali

Yesterday evening I went pickle shopping in Banaras with our erstwhile and very resourceful guide who took me to a lane called kachori gali. And there was this Willy Wonka’ s version of a pickle shop with all kinds of sweet and savoury preparations in huge glass jars -some were yesteryear friends like mango, chilies, […]

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