Travel · West Bengal

Indigenous creativity: Idol makers of Kumartuli

One of India’s biggest and most colorful festivals Dusshera or Durga puja is celebrated in a variety of ways in different parts of the country.  The festival is a riot of colors, pomp and gaiety right from Kulu in the north to Mysuru in the south. For the uninitiated, Durga puja is celebrated to mark… Continue reading Indigenous creativity: Idol makers of Kumartuli

Travel · West Bengal

Kolkata: the quintessential charm of the City of Joy

On my first visit to the second largest city of India, I quickly realized that Kolkata has a charm like none other.  The cultural and intellectual capital of India presents an eclectic mix of the old and the new with art, culture, cricket, football and festivity ingrained deeply into the ethos of the city. Located on… Continue reading Kolkata: the quintessential charm of the City of Joy

Travel · West Bengal

Gangasagar: of holy confluence and religious heritage

Endless stretches of soft silver sand amidst clear skies and gentle winds greeted us as we approached the holy waters of Sagardwip or Gangasagar. The pristine beach waters were fairly quiet and despite the soaring temperature, we had a great time as the frothy waters gently rippled around our feet. One of the most popular… Continue reading Gangasagar: of holy confluence and religious heritage

Travel · United Kingdom

Stratford-upon-Avon: a visit to Shakespeare’s birthplace

While the literary genius of William Shakespeare (April 1564 – April 23, 1616) may have left the world 400 years ago, his legacy lives on even today. His timeless comedies, tragedies, sonnets and verses have contributed to English drama, theatre and literature in a manner that is incalculable and remains unparalleled. As the world celebrates his 400th… Continue reading Stratford-upon-Avon: a visit to Shakespeare’s birthplace

Karnataka · Travel

Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple: an ancient wonder

Located just under 60 km from Bangalore, is the remarkable Bhoga Nandeshwara temple in the quaint village of Nandi.  One of the oldest temples in Karnataka, the place is located at the foot hills of the popular Nandi hills and is a great idea for a day trip from Bangalore. What struck me was not… Continue reading Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple: an ancient wonder

Karnataka · Travel

Rustic scenes and rural experiences in and around Mosale

While most of my travel posts till date have been on destinations or particular attractions, this one is about some of the most simple yet insightful sights that one comes across while travelling through rural India.  Lush green fields that come across as a breath of fresh air, both literally and figuratively, are a common… Continue reading Rustic scenes and rural experiences in and around Mosale

Karnataka · Travel

Nageshvara-Chennakeshava temple: monumental twin temples of Mosale

While the magnificence and ornate architecture of the Hoysala temples is, usually, synonomous with the temples of Belur and Halebidu, a visit to the sleepy hamlet of Mosale proved me wrong.  Located just about 15 km from Hassan, on the Hassan-Holenarasipura Road, the twin temples found in this village is a definitely a hidden gem. The ancient… Continue reading Nageshvara-Chennakeshava temple: monumental twin temples of Mosale

Travel · United Kingdom

Gorgeous Grasmere: a slice of the old world charm

Bewitchingly beautiful and absolutely angelic, Lake District is one of the most picturesque and popular destinations in England.  With a plethora of things to do and see, our trip to this wonderful mountainous region ranks as one of my most memorable holidays.  Among the splendid places we visited, the garden village of Grasmere, however, remains my… Continue reading Gorgeous Grasmere: a slice of the old world charm

Karnataka · Travel

Rosary Church, Shettihalli: a journey back in time.

A recent visit to Hassan took us to one of the most stunning places I have visited of late.  About 25 km from Hassan, on the Hassan-Shettihalli Road, lies the gorgeous remains of the Holy Rosary church.  Situated on the banks of the Gorur-Hemavathy reservoir, this church is believed to have been built by the French… Continue reading Rosary Church, Shettihalli: a journey back in time.

Karnataka · Travel

Color, creativity and craftsmanship: Mangalore Flower Market

Flowers are an integral part of Indian culture and occupy a very significant place whether during daily worship, festivals or any special occasions or celebrations.  Visiting flower markets in any Indian city can be quite an experience. It is, according to me, a great place to soak in the local culture, customs and craft as… Continue reading Color, creativity and craftsmanship: Mangalore Flower Market