Cords and Stones (Macrame)

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 as I remember, my first conscious encounter with the term macrame was at New Lucky Cafe of Rishikesh where a Nepali guy, named Kapil, usedRead more

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The Indian Redeemer

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 of my entry into the Mount Abu wildlife sanctuary. My first day in Mount Abu was definitely one of the most wonderful and mysterious daysRead more

Vipssana (विपश्यना)

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 completely silent for the entire period of meditation. But I was not much enthusiast for this meditation practice until my another close friend had participated inRead more

The Kolleru Lake

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 of international importance. On my maiden visit to that region, contrary to the gained assumption, Kolleru did not appear as any continuous lake but asRead more

The Flying Cobra

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, we all were restfully seated on the chairs placed under the shadow of the trees which were planted in the roofless central ground of theRead more

Prakash Didgeridoo

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. From outside, that room appeared as if installed later in an old building. My eyes started to scan the walls of the building for anyRead more

Around the Kulams

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 had seen many ponds, lakes and wetlands before, the chance to visualise the life around any place with suffix Kulam was received at Kanyakumari, theRead more

Coexistence and Expressions

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 compromise. During my time in South India, I came across a few villages where the wild waterbirds coexisted with the human societies; Kokkre Bellur being oneRead more

Dance of Contentment

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 the probability to feel this dimension, of surprising elements, of life. I had one of such random experiences when I unintentionally reached around Foy Sagar,Read more

Saach-pass

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 to hike over the mountain. Harder the mountain, the more mesmerized I feel to imagine all this. That’s why the feelings to view the partsRead more

Abundance

Perhaps the most common desires among most of the people around the globe are the desires of everlasting happiness, neverending love and to witness novelty from time to time. If these ‘everlasting’ and ‘neverending’ labels sound too subjective, proper alternative terms could be ‘abundant’ or ‘overflowing’. In an ideal boundless life, which is usually considered an imaginary one, everything we desire is plausible indeed and there are myriad ways to achieve what we want. But certain fears regarding life andRead more

Secluded Faith

The Indian subcontinent is known as a region of polytheistic faith, always ready to accommodate any of the alternative views; one of the reasons that multiple faith systems originated and peacefully coexisted at this place from thousands of years. The Indian society has been known for its diversity at multiple levels, including the faith. That’s why we see unlimited number deities in this region of the globe. Mythologically, Mount Abu has always been seen as a holy place which, accordingRead more