The drive from from Pushkar to Chittorgarh was pretty long. New year revelries on day one had quietened down. The next morning began with an expectation of the highlight of our Rajasthan tour. The majestic Chittorgarh fort that carries within its ramparts a turbulent history spanning over 1200 years, was our next stop. Added to its illustrious history was the buzz created around the release … Continue reading Monument, movie and much more on a guided tour to Chittorgarh Fort
The glistening eyes of the langur perched elegantly on the steps of the Pushkar sarovar watched intently at the tossing heads of the devotees taking a holy dip. As each of the heads popped above the water, the monkey swirled its long tail. The ghats of the sacred lake in Pushkar were humming with hymns and chants even as the jet black faces of the langurs … Continue reading THE MYSTIC ALLURE OF PUSHKAR
This is not the town of Hamelin in Brunswick. Nor are the people of this town racking their brains to seek a remedy to a menace. Yet one feels that the Pied Piper, the tall man in quaint attire from Hamelin, must have led the band of rats straight into this desert town of Rajasthan. And as he charmed the rats with his magical pipe, … Continue reading A Sacred Race at the Temple of Rats – Karni Mata Mandir
“How many of us know the true and real stories of our parents and grandparents? How many of us tell our own children the stories of our lives? What a loss to the children if we don’t. What are we but our stories?” There was this interesting, little-big novel by James Patterson which I read recently. “Sam’s letters to Jennifer” — the book that unravels … Continue reading Reading between a novel and a poem….Is that how life works?
“The true power of the king is neither in his crown nor in his throne; but in his queen….” Remembered reading this somewhere. But then it is apt, isn’t it? Today being International Women’s Day, it’s mighty flattering to hear this! Power be with all the queens and the princesses…eh! I am not sure as to how many kings would trace the source of their … Continue reading PLEDGE FOR PARITY ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
Time stands still in the elegant corridors; Silence reigns amidst hushed whispers of history; The shining pillars of teak stand testimony to the robust features of architecture of the Travancore era; Sunlight and shade play a magical game of light and shadow; Lotuses and roses on the ornate ceiling fill the air with the fragrance of antiquity; The picturesque wall murals depict the … Continue reading PADMANABHAPURAM PALACE – A MAGNIFICENT EDIFICE OF HISTORY, ART AND CULTURE
The froth boils over and spills forward with a roar in rage. Spreads across the sandy bed, the roar now tuned down to a gurgle. Hastily it binges on the drenched sand, runs hither and thither, demolishing the dunes and smoothening the surface. The search for the vanished ends as the tamed wave recedes in quietude like a vanquished and broken soldier to be gulped … Continue reading The search never ends….. at the Muttom beach