It is the month of Shravan and the atmosphere is resplendent with devotees thronging temples, offering obeisance to their favourite Lord Shiva, also known to be quick to grant wishes or bholenath. Men and women offer water, milk, honey, bhasm, fruits, dhatura, flowers and garlands to the shiva lingam...
Another IPL - and Mumbai Indians' stroke of luck is becoming staid! First, a great win against CSK, then a close call against Kings XI, and now, once again, sweeping away Delhi Capitals with ease (and luck, of course, which is becoming characteristic of its matches). MI chose to bat...
Alibaug (Arunima Takiar, 2019) Cracked seashells, your pointed edges lucidly reveal intact sand grains wrapping fervently around your body parts, twisted in unfamiliar time zones fast-forwarded from a past of splinters that defied permanence, trodden by unknowing feet on happy sojourns, (broken) not lost, vestiges in shining  specks of beach shimmer that defy impermanence. When yours truly wanted to escape for the weekend and was looking for inspiration to write a poem, a...
Located in the western state of Rajasthan, Alwar is a small city that is rich in culture and is often visited by domestic and international tourists. Home to a fascinating museum and a gorgeous fort, Alwar shares close proximity to the Sariska Tiger Reserve, making this city all the...

Magical Mathraki

There is a tiny island in the Ionian Sea where time stands still. Home to just 30 people, four taverns and one hotel, this little slice of heaven is Mathraki, one of three islands just off the coast of Corfu called the Diapontia Islands. I discovered this tiny gem...
It’s common knowledge that no road trip is ever successful without indulging in finger-licking food that features local delicacies and simple preparations. A vital aspect of travel, food brings about a sense of comfort and warmth that is satisfying for the mind, body, and the soul. For a true gourmand,...
What an amazing match! I cannot remember ever enjoying a match so much before this. A faceoff between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab, a team much higher in the league charts. But the stadium was reverberating with chants of Mumbai, Mumbai! And that clinched it for them. Or...
India Beckons wishes its readers a very Happy Gudi Padwa! Gudi Padwa (the first day after the new moon day or amavasya in the month of Chaitra) is celebrated as the New Year day in Maharashtra, while it also is commemorated in different parts of the country as Ugadi (Telugu...
Another action-packed IPL evening peppered with some pampering at an elegantly-designed art deco style hotel in the Heritage Precinct of Mumbai made for a great mid-week outing. IPL was fun and thrilling, in turns! Much to the relief of Mumbai Indians supporters this time, the MI gave a decent target to...
It's the Indian Premier League (IPL) season, and I caught one of the first matches kicking off the season at Wankhede Stadium yesterday between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Delhi Capitals (DC). It was a great match - quite enjoyable and exciting as the whole stadium was reverberating with calls,...
Stretching from the arid landscapes of the Sahara Desert to the steamy jungles at the heart of the continent and the Southern wine country, Africa’s vastness and diversity are staggering. After four trips exploring all corners of the continent, I have still only just scratched the surface and never...
The spring celebration of Holi sees many parts of India erupt in colour but perhaps the best place to witness it in all its glory is Mathura, home to Vrindavan and Barsana. Here, the festival can last for two weeks. Thousands of tourists descend on the region for a...
Vacations and long weekends give us an opportunity to explore locations that we normally would not have time for on a regular weekend or for a quick night out with friends. They also give us the chance to explore attractions and landmarks that not only provide amazing photo ops...
Touristy places are incredibly convenient as they boast infrastructure and amenities for the comfort of visitors. But if you are someone who prefers to take the road less travelled and cannot be too bothered with amenities or the lack thereof, India has some fabulous offbeat places to visit. Check...
A land of many cultures, several factors over the centuries have influenced the architecture of India. From the artisans who came to the country and built monuments of grandeur to the distinct seasons of its regions, inspiration from diverse sources resulted in unique and spectacular buildings that have stood...

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