Le Tour De Chandanagore

35 kms north of Kolkata, on the Howrah Burdwan railway line is the town of Chandannagar.

It’s small but busy railway station does not look much different from the ones that one passes on the short train journey from Howrah to Chandannagar. A quick trot to the rickshaw stand. Still nothing remarkable. Narrow, wayward streets cramped with unplanned construction on either sides, unruly pedestrian and vehicular traffic and a web of electric cables running overhead. Standing here, one would never be able to guess that this unremarkable suburban town of Kolkata was once a flourishing French settlement and an important center of European commerce in Bengal. Continue reading “Le Tour De Chandanagore”

Lights. Camera. Kalaripayattu!

Think Martial Art. What comes to mind?

Judo. Karate. Tai Chi.

Think Martial Art from India. What comes to mind?

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A time machine called Hampi

It was probably in my fifth or sixth standard history class that I first came to know about Hampi.

I remember being wonderstruck by the black and white picture of the bird’s eye view of Hampi as the teacher proceeded to tell us about the capital city of the once powerful Vijayanagara Empire that was lost till its ruins were discovered. For my naive mind, the tale of a 600 year old city with its ornate temples, grand palaces, imposing gates, bazaars consisting of straight parallel rows of shops, tanks and bathing ghats still intact was like the proverbial time machine. All I wanted to do was to ride that time machine for a glimpse of the fantastical past. Continue reading “A time machine called Hampi”

Nalsarovar – A Photo Blog

They say that a picture speaks louder than words. So, this time I thought of cutting down on words and let pictures do most of the talking.

The Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary near Ahmedabad in Gujarat consists of a 120 sq km shallow lake and marshes. Situated 65 kms away from Ahmedabad, the lake attracts a wide variety of migratory birds in winter and spring.

The shallow waters of the lake and grassy marshes are favorite feeding and nesting grounds for migratory as well as indigenous birds. Continue reading “Nalsarovar – A Photo Blog”

Rann Baby Rann (Little Rann of Kutch)

A few years ago we made a trip to the lesser known cousin of the Great Rann of Kutch, the Little Rann of Kutch. I must admit that it was a case of mistaken identity but after the initial disappointment washed over, we were quite awed by all that the region had to offer in terms of wildlife, history and warm hospitality. Continue reading “Rann Baby Rann (Little Rann of Kutch)”