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Rajasthan - the land of shifting sands, heritage structures, cenotaphs and vibrant handicrafts - has always fascinated me and I was quick to grab the first opportunity to visit Jodhpur, the state’s second-largest city punctuated with palaces where Rajas and Maharajas still reside. The city is a bit of...
I made another trip to Delhi recently, sepia-tinted memories of which are framed in the imaginary photo frames of my mind, waiting to be pulled out of those recesses and recounted. The trip was memorable as almost all my trips to Delhi are. I did try a couple of...
Kerala was recently hit by the worst and the most devastating floods it has seen in more than a century. Many organizations are involved in flood relief work and showing their solidarity for the cause by raising funds and sending aid to the flood-affected areas in Kerala. If you...
A visit to the world’s famous sculpture temples of Khajuraho was long on my wish list. Khajuraho, the UNESCO World Heritage site in Madhya Pradesh, was once under the reign of the Chandela Rajputs. Devoted to Lord Vishnu, Shiva, Brahma, Sun, and Moon Gods, Khajuraho, the city capital of...
They say you can regret your words, but never your silence. Indeed, silence sometimes speaks much louder than words, caressing softly when the starkness of words fails. Aptly named Khamoshi Sili Sili (the damp silence), this play has a similar impact on the audiences. The musical softly and gradually...
We often admire the lovely landscape and splendor of nature but few are actually inspired to come up with a creative art form. For the people of Bengal and Odisha, the beauty and bounty of nature have acted as a muse and the native folks have, since eras, produced...
Three regions, different religions, different landscapes are all connected by one singular fact: beauty. Jammu & Kashmir is one of the most strikingly gorgeous places you will ever see. Territorial conflict may dissuade some from venturing to this northern Indian state, but it’s done little to diminish its alpine...
Goa with its lush paddy fields, verdant hills, and the gushing shoreline is my go-to destination in the rains. This year, my stay in the most sought-after room (with a swing in the sit-out and easy access to a private beach) at the iconic Cidade de Goa Resort in...
Padharo Mhare Des! This literally translates to ‘please come to our country’. With a tagline that is so warm and convivial and a welcome that is even more warm-hearted, Panchavati Gaurav offers so much more than one of the best thalis in the country! Being a vegetarian and a big...
Today, Gurpurab or Guru Nanak Jayanti (the birth anniversary of the first Sikh guru), also known as the Prakash Utsav, is being celebrated with much aplomb in India and amongst the Sikh community and followers of Guru Nanak Dev all over the world. Prabhat Pheris (early morning singing of hymns starting from...
Delhi means so many things to so many people. For people living in Delhi, no other place compares to it. Having spent my childhood in Delhi, having worked there in later years, and having close familial ties there, I have a fondness for the city that ensures I keep...
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...
Once upon a time, there was a town that was frequented by adventurous travelers who did not mind driving over bumpy, narrow roads for four hours. After all, it was the only way to get to the Scotland of the East. Today, this picturesque town can be reached in...
It’s festival time at the Baluchi – The LaliT Mumbai’s signature restaurant – which is hosting the Goan Food Festival from the 21st to the 30th of July. It is rightly branded as Susegado Mumbai, ‘Susegad’ meaning a relaxed attitude and enjoyment of life to the fullest. Not just...
Dwarka, one of the char (four) dhams, is a must on every Hindu pilgrim’s itinerary. It has been referred to throughout history as “Mokshapuri”, where the soul attains salvation. It is also known as the kingdom of Lord Krishna, where he came to live after slaying his evil uncle...

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