General · Karnataka · Travel

Photoessay: Sri Vaidyanatheswara Temple, Talakad, Karnataka

Located about 140 km from Bangalore and 45 km from Mysore, Talakad (also called Talakadu) is a popular tourist and pilgrimage center.  A historic site associated with a rather interesting mythical tale, Talakad was once home to about 30 temples most of which have been buried under sand today.  The main temples of Talakad are the the… Continue reading Photoessay: Sri Vaidyanatheswara Temple, Talakad, Karnataka

Karnataka · Travel

Photoessay: The spectacular beauty of Gaganachukki and Bharachukki Falls

Located in Mandya district, Gaganachukki and Bharachukki waterfalls are a famous tourist attraction in the state of Karnataka.  Also called Shivanasamudra falls, this one is formed on the river Kaveri as it spilts into the western and eastern branches.  The western branch is the twin waterfalls of Gaganachukki while the eastern branch forms the Bharachukki falls.  Also… Continue reading Photoessay: The spectacular beauty of Gaganachukki and Bharachukki Falls

Karnataka · Travel

HMT Heritage Centre and Museum: a trip down memory lane

Growing up in Hyderabad, HMT was an integral part of my life as my father was employed with the PSU for over 40 years.  So, when I heard about the HMT Heritage Centre and Museum opening in Bangalore, I was thrilled and it was a place I had to visit.  An interesting addition to the existing… Continue reading HMT Heritage Centre and Museum: a trip down memory lane

Miscellaneous · Travel

Photoessay: Visit to a Garo community village in Assam – a unique experience

As part of my Arunchal Pradesh sojourn last year, I had the opportunity to visit several unique places, one of them being a visit to a Garo community village in Sonitpur district of Assam.  It was indeed fascinating to learn about the life, culture and customs of this ethnic group who are believed to have originated… Continue reading Photoessay: Visit to a Garo community village in Assam – a unique experience

Switzerland · Travel

Le Gruyère – the legacy of cheese making in Gruyères, Switzerland

Just like its breathtaking scenery, Switzerland is synonyms with its delectable chocolates and cheese.  One of the country’s most famous hard cheeses Le Gruyère is named after the medieval town of Gruyères located in the Fribourg canton of Switzerland. Native and exclusive to the region of Gruyères since 1115 AD, Le Gruyère is being manufactured since then… Continue reading Le Gruyère – the legacy of cheese making in Gruyères, Switzerland

Karnataka · Travel

Photoessay: Kanva Reservoir – a haven for nature lovers

A tranquil setting amidst lush greenery and a plethora of chirping birds,  Kanva forms for a perfect getaway from Bangalore.  At a distance of just about 65 km from Bangalore, Kanva reservoir is an artificial lake which is man made and formed by the waters of river Kanva.  Named after sage Kanva who finds mention… Continue reading Photoessay: Kanva Reservoir – a haven for nature lovers

Arunachal Pradesh · Travel

Photoessay: Countryside Captures – West Siang District, Arunachal Pradesh

Few experiences are more fascinating than taking a road trip through the countryside of India.  Lush green landscapes, beautiful scenery, farm lands and unique rural scapes make the journey both engaging as well as interesting.  Last April I had a chance to visit the Siang region of Arunachal Pradesh and driving through West Siang District… Continue reading Photoessay: Countryside Captures – West Siang District, Arunachal Pradesh

Karnataka · Travel

International Museum Day: On a museum trail in Bangalore

One of the most popular things to do when you visit a new place is to check out its museums.  This is one of the things that is always on my to do list when I travel and some of my best travel memories are of museums.  Whether it is coin museum in Udupi or… Continue reading International Museum Day: On a museum trail in Bangalore

Travel · United States

Photoessay: Hans Christian Andersen Museum, Solvang

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales – Albert Einstein Well, as the above quote rightly indicates, no one’s childhood is complete without its share of fairy tales.  Tales that are, more often than not, of a far… Continue reading Photoessay: Hans Christian Andersen Museum, Solvang

Arunachal Pradesh · Travel

Crafts Emporium, Ziro: an insight into the traditional crafts of Arunachal Pradesh

Given India’s immense diversity, it is not an understatement to say that our country is a treasure trove of traditional arts and crafts.  Every region, state and even individual towns and villages boast of their unique heritage of local crafts.  Whether it is textiles, painting, pottery, metalware or even jewellery, every place in India has… Continue reading Crafts Emporium, Ziro: an insight into the traditional crafts of Arunachal Pradesh