Karnataka · Travel

Charismatic Coorg: of Cauvery, coffee and culture

Picture this: lush greenery, meandering roads lined with the prettiest of flowers, unending carpets of coffee and verdant hills playing peek-a-boo with fleeting clouds.  Sounds like paradise on earth? Well, this is Coorg aka Kodagu for you.  At an altitude of 1525 meters and a distance of 270 km from Bangalore, it is the most… Continue reading Charismatic Coorg: of Cauvery, coffee and culture

Andhra Pradesh & Telengana · Travel

Hyderabad beyond the Charminar, pearls and biryani : an offbeat tour of old city

Hyderabad for me is a special city – well it’s a city I grew up in and have some of my fondest memories of this bustling metropolis. Known for its Hindu and Muslim traditions and a culture that is a mix of Arabian, Turkish and Persian, the buildings, language, food and arts of Hyderabad have… Continue reading Hyderabad beyond the Charminar, pearls and biryani : an offbeat tour of old city

Miscellaneous · Travel

Souq Waqif, Doha: a taste of the authentic and traditional

Given its rapidly growing pace that is poised to make it one of most spectacular cities of the Gulf, Doha is a picture of modernity and sophistication.  The capital city of Qatar today is synonymous with the “Corniche” which is its waterfront promenade as well as its ever-evolving magnificent skyline that hosts several snazzy skyscrapers. … Continue reading Souq Waqif, Doha: a taste of the authentic and traditional

Karnataka · Travel

Manjushree Heritage Packaging Museum, Bangalore: a trip in nostalgia

Imagine a place where you can trace the design journey of the legendary coke bottle or view one of the earliest advertisements of the iconic 1903 built Taj Mahal Hotel of Bombay (Mumbai) or see how the earliest Horlicks mixing jars looked like.  Well, you can see all this and much more at India’s only… Continue reading Manjushree Heritage Packaging Museum, Bangalore: a trip in nostalgia

Travel · United States

Photoessay: Effervescent San Francisco – a medley of sights

Often referred to as “Everybody’s Favorite City“, San Francisco has a vibe like none other.  With plenty to explore, SFO offers loads of scenic beauty, several architectural gems, iconic sights, quirky neighbourhoods and much more. Below are some random captures on my recent visit to the city. To read more photo essays click here and here.

Andhra Pradesh & Telengana · Travel

Veerabhadra temple, Lepakshi: a picture of architectural splendour

Given India’s rich cultural history and diverse religious beliefs, temples have always been an integral part of our ethos and culture.  Exquisite temples that are an epitome of grandeur have been built by Indian rulers since time immemorial.  A travel to any nook and corner of the country is sure to reveal architectural gems in… Continue reading Veerabhadra temple, Lepakshi: a picture of architectural splendour

Andhra Pradesh & Telengana · Travel

Wooden toys of Kondapalli: of colour, charm and creativity

An integral part of our culture, India is home to a number of indigenous crafts that are the lifeline of several communities.  Influenced by several factors like availability of raw materials, influence of ancient dynasties and local traditions, handicrafts of India are as diverse as distinct.  One such distinctive craft are the colourful wooden toys… Continue reading Wooden toys of Kondapalli: of colour, charm and creativity

Andhra Pradesh & Telengana · Travel

Chowmahalla Palace, Hyderabad: a testimony to the glory of the Nizams

Founded in 1591 by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, Hyderabad, is a city replete with royal traditions and regal history.  During the early years of the 18th century it was India’s biggest and richest princely state and was ruled by the Nizams once Mughal power came to an end.  While the city has grown much beyond… Continue reading Chowmahalla Palace, Hyderabad: a testimony to the glory of the Nizams

Miscellaneous · Travel

Photo essay: Avian wonders of Suhelwa – a haven for bird lovers

A diverse state in terms of landscapes, flora and fauna, Uttar Pradesh is home to some unique wildlife sanctuaries.  One such reserve is the Suheldev Wildlife Sanctuary, located in the Shrawasti and Balrampur districts of the state.  Also known as Suhelwa,  the sanctuary covers an area of 452 sq km and is home to several wild… Continue reading Photo essay: Avian wonders of Suhelwa – a haven for bird lovers

Andhra Pradesh & Telengana · Travel

Paigah Tombs: a legacy of grandeur and opulence

Often referred as the “Taj of the South”, the Paigah tombs are a symbol of architectural brilliance and remarkable creativity.  Cliched as it may sound, the tombs located in the Santosh Nagar area of Hyderabad are truly a hidden gem.  While the old city is synonymous with the iconic Charminar, Golconda fort and the more… Continue reading Paigah Tombs: a legacy of grandeur and opulence