Switzerland · Travel

Montreux, Switzerland: of Château de Chillon, postcard landscapes and much more

A land of picture perfect beauty and utterly bewitching landscapes, Switzerland is home to several towns which epitomize ethereal beauty.  Montreux which lies at the foothills of the Alps and on the shore of Lake Geneva is one such pretty town. Located in the canton of Vaud, Montreux is a traditional resort town that is known not only… Continue reading Montreux, Switzerland: of Château de Chillon, postcard landscapes and much more

Karnataka · Travel

Photo essay: Aprameya Swamy Temple, Doddamallur, Channapatna

Driving through the busy Bangalore Mysore highway, it is common for one to encounter several interesting sights spanning history, architecture, craft, culture and religion.  The region is famous for several ancient temples dedicated to forms of Lord Vishnu as well as Lord Hanuman.  The Aprameya Swamy Temple located in the little village of Doddamallur in Channapatna taluk… Continue reading Photo essay: Aprameya Swamy Temple, Doddamallur, Channapatna

Karnataka · Travel

Kinnal craft: a heritage of wooden toys near Hampi

It is the time of the year when festivities have begun and there are celebratory vibes all around.  Markets abound in colour and cheer.  It is also a time when you find little stores in nooks and corners all around Bangalore retailing clay and wooden toys.  Yes. it is the season of Navratri and “Gombe… Continue reading Kinnal craft: a heritage of wooden toys near Hampi

Andhra Pradesh & Telengana · Travel

Vijayawada diaries: Kondapalli Fort – a treasure house of medieval history

During my recent visit to Vijayawada, I had a chance to visit Kondapalli town which is synonymous with the manufacture of wooden toys.  But beyond toys, the town also houses an ancient medieval fort.  Located about 25 km from Vijayawada to the west of the city, the fort is located atop of a hill.  The… Continue reading Vijayawada diaries: Kondapalli Fort – a treasure house of medieval history

Decor

Breathe Life into your homes: Indoor plants in home décor

“One who plants a garden plants happiness” – Chinese proverb, at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Given the current situation we live in today, there is no denying the fact that fresh, pure air is the greatest asset we can have.  While most of us associate air pollution with outdoors, it is surprising to note that… Continue reading Breathe Life into your homes: Indoor plants in home décor

Miscellaneous · Travel

Of bobbins and beautiful patterns: Fashion and Lace museum, Brussels

Dating back all the way to the 15th and 16th century, lace making in Belgium is intrinsic and integral to the cultural heritage of the country.  Intricate, graceful and sophisticated, the unique feature of authentic Belgium lace is that it is totally handmade and made largely with bobbins, needle pins and other techniques.    Known earlier… Continue reading Of bobbins and beautiful patterns: Fashion and Lace museum, Brussels

Arunachal Pradesh · Travel

Arunachal Pradesh: on a tribal trail

Landing in Guwahati and hitting the road for Itanagar was a perfect prelude to the land of surreal natural beauty and diverse landscapes, Arunachal Pradesh.  It is a state of unparalleled biodiversity as well as ethnic and cultural multiplicity with 26 major tribes and a mind boggling 100 subtribes, each of whom have their own… Continue reading Arunachal Pradesh: on a tribal trail

Food

Recipe: Gongura aka sorrel leaves pachadi and gongura-brinjal chutney

One of the most popular ingredients used in the cuisine of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh is Gongura or sorrel leaves.  Also called Amabada, it is a  rich source of vitamin C, iron, folic acid and calcium.  Known for its anti-inflammatory and other medicinal properties, Gongura is available in two varieties, the red stemmed one and… Continue reading Recipe: Gongura aka sorrel leaves pachadi and gongura-brinjal chutney

Switzerland · Travel

Photo essay: Gruyères – of medieval vibes, fairy tale landscapes and gastronomic culture

Located in the Fribourg canton of Switzerland, the idyllic town of Gruyères is home to several interesting sites.  With unique experiences spanning art, culture and cuisine, a visit to this pedestrian town was one of my favourites trips of my Switzerland sojourn.  The journey started on a day that was unusually foggy but the train ride… Continue reading Photo essay: Gruyères – of medieval vibes, fairy tale landscapes and gastronomic culture