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Doors Of Southern India: A journey with Tata Pravesh

We travel to learn and sometimes, unlearn. We travel to open the doors to the unknown and cherish the known. There are explorations that we undertake to know a region well, to get acquainted with a different culture, to meet people, to gorge on delectable food. Then there are explorations…

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Reasons to love Myanmar

The clouds cleared as I peered outside the plane window, revealing patches of green. Golden stupas stand tall, scattered intermittently in the green mesh. I have travelled to Myanmar in a lush green morning of the year 1104. Aerial view of Mandalay “Welcome to the land of Golden pagoda”,  the foreigner…

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A meditative trek to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Bhutan

My mind knows I can’t do it. It’s an arduous trek. With poor stamina levels and a sorrowful state of health, I try to convince myself that it is perfectly okay if I don’t attempt the six hour treacherous journey. Tiger’s Nest Trek Base But of course there is a…

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A day at the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah

I feel a strange, inexplicable connect at Dargahs. The feeling is beyond language, religion and and other "man- made" barriers. I have written about this connect with sufism many years…
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The Women Of India Series #6

It is Dussera and the roads are full of orange flowers. Everyone wants torans for their homes, cars, workplaces. The saffron wave is a delight to the eyes. And behind…
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The Women of India Series #5

Meet Ritu. She is from Bengal. Living in Vrindavan. No. She doesn't beg. She washes dishes for a living. Sadly her own sons disowned her after the death of her…
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Himachal Diaries: The school kids who refused to attend the assembly

Himachal is where I have spent almost all my summer vacations. My grandparents lived in a tiny town, nestled in the hills in the district Sirmour. Whenever I visit the…
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The Women of India Series #4

People hurriedly climbed the steps of the Brahma Temple, The camera wasn't allowed inside the temple, so I had deposited it in their lockers. While taking it back , I…
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The Women of India Series #3

Manali is home to umpteen Buddhist Monasteries. Seeing my enthusiasm to visit them ,the server at my hotel said " why don't you visit the Nyingmapa Buddist Monastery. Its just…
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Snapshots of the Ganpati Visarjan ( Idol Immersion) , Mumbai

One of the most vibrant and colorful festivals in India, lasting for 10 days. The drum beats , the fire crackers and the colors are worth witnessing. A treat to the…
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The Women of India Series #2

Meet ' Heero'- The girl I met at Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh.There was a bunch of school kids, playing around near the village temple. When I stopped and asked them why…
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The Women of India Series.

She is traditional.She is adorable.She is deeply rooted to her family.Her strength is impregnable.A new series to celebrate Indian women I have met during my trips.Meet the lady with a…
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