Miscellaneous · Travel

Chennai: The charismatic coastal city of South India – Guest post

I am very excited to share my first guest post that I wrote for the Wild Book Company managed by the wonderful Lois Key.  It is a photo essay on my experience in the multifaceted city of Chennai. True to its thriving cultural, economic and cosmopolitan nature, Chennai is multifarious.  While the city boasts of… Continue reading Chennai: The charismatic coastal city of South India – Guest post

Karnataka · Travel

Devaraja Market, Mysore: a potpourri of color, customs and culture

With a penchant for exploring the native spirit and culture of a place, I stepped into the renowned Devaraja market of Mysore on my recent visit to the city.  Over 100 years old, the market is the epitome of vibrancy, activity and vivacity.  A prominent landmark of the heritage city, this market is literally the… Continue reading Devaraja Market, Mysore: a potpourri of color, customs and culture

Miscellaneous · Travel

DakshinaChitra: a slice of South Indian culture and heritage

If you are a lover of heritage houses, ancient culture, folklore and traditional arts and crafts, DakshinaChitra is the place for you.  Located about 25 km from the metro city of Chennai, this centre has been open since 1996 and is managed by the Madras Craft Foundation (MCF).  Modeled on the lines of a cultural village, the… Continue reading DakshinaChitra: a slice of South Indian culture and heritage

Travel · West Bengal

Hooghly Imambara: grandeur of the yesteryears

An architectural masterpiece of the 19th century is the magnificent Hooghly Imbabara in the town of Hooghly situated in the state of West Bengal. Hooghly or Hooghly-Chinsura as it also known lies about 30 k from the metro city of Kolkata.   Built by Hazi Mohammad Mohsin between 1841 and 1861, this historical structure doubles up… Continue reading Hooghly Imambara: grandeur of the yesteryears

Karnataka · Travel

Mysore: along a heritage trail

Easily one of the most popular tourist destinations in India, the heritage city of Mysore (recently renamed Mysuru) is synonomous with resplendent royalty, its larger than life Dasara festival, gorgeous silk saris and exquisite Mysore paintings.  Known as the city of palaces, this famous South Indian city lies in the state of Karnataka about 150… Continue reading Mysore: along a heritage trail

Miscellaneous · Travel

The Portuguese connection: Loutolim, Goa

Guest post: Bindu Gopal Rao Think Goa and you might immediately connect with images of beaches and night life. But there is so much more to Goa than partying that you can discover in India’s best loved beach state. And if you like me, are the kind who likes architecture, stop by at Loutolim a… Continue reading The Portuguese connection: Loutolim, Goa

Miscellaneous · Travel

Hyderabad: enamour of the Old city

Often called the city of pearls, the historic city of Hyderabad is truly multifaceted.  While the booming IT industry in the last decade and a half has given the name Cyberabad to the city, the good old charm of the city is still intact despite changing times. This is especially evident in the area of the… Continue reading Hyderabad: enamour of the Old city