Tamil Nadu · Travel

Curiosities on the coast: Tharangambadi aka Tranquebar

It has a history that dates back to the 10th century. It’s where you’ll see spirituality in a new light. And it has a lovely stretch of beach in the most serene of settings. So it’s little wonder that Tharangambadi, formerly Tranquebar, means ‘land of the singing waves’. Situated in Nagapattinam district, along the coast… Continue reading Curiosities on the coast: Tharangambadi aka Tranquebar

Miscellaneous · Travel

The best shopping places in Jaipur: Bazaars, Markets and Bargains

Easily one of the most colorful and vibrant cities of India, Jaipur – the capital city of Rajasthan in India, presents a kaleidoscope of experiences for travellers of all genre. Apart from the numerous monuments, Jaipur has a rich tradition of art and craft and it is little wonder that it is a haven for shoppers.… Continue reading The best shopping places in Jaipur: Bazaars, Markets and Bargains

Decor

Guest post: 5 easy and quick ways to give your Living Room a new look

Spending some quality time with your loved ones on a lazy spring afternoon is one of life’s choicest blessings, isn’t it? It surely is! That’s why home décor experts strongly recommend decorating your living room to a level that should display maximum levels of comfort and luxury at the same time. Filling up the living… Continue reading Guest post: 5 easy and quick ways to give your Living Room a new look

Miscellaneous · Travel

Allure of Handlooms: elegance aplenty

If you are a lover of all things natural and indigenous, the inimitable charm of handlooms is hard to resist.  Given India’s diversity, handlooms have been integral to our culture and heritage. From time immemorial, hand woven fabrics of our country symbolize grace, tradition and uniqueness.  A term that is generally used for a loom that is run sans electricity, handlooms… Continue reading Allure of Handlooms: elegance aplenty

Everything else

Chandramana Ugadi: Ode to new beginnings

Auspicious day One of the much awaited and popular festivals of Karnataka, ‘Chandramana Ugadi’ falls today and what better occasion than this auspicious day to start something new.  Derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Yugadi’ that means ‘starting of a new Yuga or new period’, Ugadi is celebrated in the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and… Continue reading Chandramana Ugadi: Ode to new beginnings

Karnataka · Travel

Vittala Temple, Hampi: An architectural masterpiece

Hampi is one of the most visited and popular sites in Karnataka and it is really one of those places you never tire of seeing again and again.  This is because there is so much to explore in this ancient town that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and akin to an open air museum.  I… Continue reading Vittala Temple, Hampi: An architectural masterpiece

Everything else

Fine arts with a purpose: Rasa Aadharan

Theatre for Holistic Development (THD) Located on Bengaluru’s bustling Sampige Road in Malleshwaram is the truly unique Rasa Aadharan, a centre for children and adults with special needs. Committed to the holistic development of special students, Rasa Aadharan is a branch of RASA, Chennai.  The latter was founded by Dr Ambika Kameshwar, who advocates the… Continue reading Fine arts with a purpose: Rasa Aadharan

Karnataka · Travel

Karnataka’s Golden Chariot: the experience and the journey

My previous post spoke about the grandeur, facilities and delectable food aboard the Golden Chariot.  This concluding post is a quick summary on the premier experience as well the journey offered by this luxury train. With a staff of close to 40 members, the hospitality of the train is managed by the Mapple group of… Continue reading Karnataka’s Golden Chariot: the experience and the journey

Karnataka · Travel

Karnataka’s Golden Chariot: royalty and luxury galore

As I mentioned in my previous post, the Golden Chariot is a luxury train run by the Karnataka department of Tourism that takes you on an unforgettable journey to the best sights of Karnataka as well as other south Indian states of Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry depending on the option you select.  Named… Continue reading Karnataka’s Golden Chariot: royalty and luxury galore

Miscellaneous · Travel

Pochampally: weaving handlooms in alluring patterns and bright hues

Having lived in Hyderabad for a major part of my life, visiting Pochampally was always on the agenda, given my undying love for handlooms and ethnic weaves. However, it was always one of those elusive trips that somehow never seemed to materialise. But the plan remained firmly harboured within me. Hence, when I visited the… Continue reading Pochampally: weaving handlooms in alluring patterns and bright hues