Motha is a type of frozen dessert from the Jaunsar region of western Uttarakhand. Motha is unique in the sense that it includes natural fresh snow as one of the most important ingredients. I had this experience when Dr. Anil Dutt Sharma, a native of Jaunsar, invited me to try this local recipe at his residence in Tehri Garhwal.
Traveling is not just about visiting the new places and knowing new cultures but also to meet new people and learn new things from them. My journeys have exposed me to some interesting artists and their artworks. Another such artwork, which perhaps I would never become familiar with if not travelling, was Macrame. As far... Continue Reading →
In some of the earlier posts (Secluded Faith, If Technology Fails, Abundance), I have shared the lively experiences and ideas from Mount Abu, the place where I had not only been able to roam but also stayed for 10 months. This post, 'The Indian Redeemer', is a recollection of the exceptional experiences of the first day... Continue Reading →
The most distinctive memories of my first ever visit of Nepal were from the trans-Himalayan region of this Himalayan nation. However, this post is not about the mountainous landscape but about 3 guys, Alex, Bvor and Robin (ABR) who, in an undecided manner, also happened to be my first travelling companions in Nepal for 5 days. During the time with ABR, I developed a better understanding about Nepali people, Nepali culture (songs to be particular), and socio-political complexities of this nation. Besides that they also helped me to escape the region where I had entered without any legal permit.
Although I had heard the term Vipassana (विपश्यना) a long time before, I came to know about this practice from Ashish, my university batchmate, who had attended a Vipassana course in 2008. From his description I came to know that Vipassana was a meditation technique to look passively, with closed eyes, towards the body while being... Continue Reading →
Kolleru lake is described as a large freshwater lake between Krishna and Godavari delta near the coastal part of Andhra Pradesh. Due to the rich biodiversity, especially of both the local and migratory birds, the lake has been declared as a wildlife sanctuary. The lake has also been indexed in the list of Ramsar wetlands... Continue Reading →
In one of the afternoons of my month long time in Pushkar of Rajasthan, we three people, 2 visitors and the owner (named Pradhan alias Ramu) of the Ramues cafe and Shankar Palace where I was staying in, were having the discussion on some random subjects. In that bright and hot sunny day of the summers,... Continue Reading →
While moving up on the stairs from Ganga Beach cafe to the main market street of Rishikesh, a very conspicuous sound, coming from the window of a room, attracted my attention. The sound was characterised by strong unmelodious vibrations but yet mysterious, soulful and attractive. Those vibrations also sounded a little bit familiar to me.... Continue Reading →
One of the most mysterious things of my childhood was a lush green mountain in front of my native home. For a long time, the peak of the mountain was the highest ever point on the earth and I always wondered to imagine the view from the top. I had believed that if my home was... Continue Reading →
Kulam (குளம்) is a word of Tamil language which stands for the pool or the pond. I had noticed the use of this word as a suffix with some places of the south India like Koondakulam, Kunthakulam etc., but had never known its meaning until I landed in the state of Tamil Nadu. Although I... Continue Reading →
We all might have heard of some examples of coexistence of the wild animal species with human societies. Such examples from ancient times, when the primitive societies were supposed to be in close proximity to nature, are quite imaginable. But with any such examples from contemporary times, besides coexistence, we also expect some degree of... Continue Reading →
Sometimes, the answers appear before the questions. I comprehended this aspect when a question, which never existed in my mind, got instantly fabricated after seeing the bright lights of innumerable electrical lamps, the answer, of the Kangra valley and of Dharamshala and Mcleodganj from Triund, a location which is approximately 2800 meters above the sea... Continue Reading →
Life is not only about to seek pleasure in the awaited expected outcomes but also about to wonder the surprising elements. Experiences of unexpected events could be counted as good or bad or neutral ones, but they do not leave without showing those colours which otherwise remain invisible. For me, travelling is meant to increase... Continue Reading →
Suratgarh is one of the nine tehsils of the district Sri Ganganagar of Rajasthan. At the northern end, this district shares border with the Indian state of Punjab and the western limit is an international border with the Punjab of Pakistan. This proximity with the Punjab region explains the presence of significant Punjabi population and... Continue Reading →
Whenever I see any of the mountains for the very first time, my mind starts to imagine about the view of the world from the top, the places on the peak and about the view on the other side of the mountain. This degree of fascination is proportional to the altitude and the difficulty level... Continue Reading →