Reviews · Travel

Abor Country River camp, Pasighat: nature at your doorstep

If you are game for a ‘date’ with wilderness and look forward to spending a few days literally in the lap of nature, Abor Country River camp in Pasighat must be on your list.  Located in the fascinating state of Arunachal Pradesh and just under 300 km from Itangar, Abor Country River camp is a unique offering… Continue reading Abor Country River camp, Pasighat: nature at your doorstep

Switzerland · Travel

Distinctively Bern: Things to see and do in the capital city of Switzerland

A unique medieval look, cobbled streets, clock towers and multiple fountains are just some of things that you first notice as you take a walk along the streets of Bern, the capital of Switzerland.  Built originally on a hilly peninsula around the river Aare, the city dates back to the 12th century but was destroyed… Continue reading Distinctively Bern: Things to see and do in the capital city of Switzerland

Miscellaneous · Travel

Photo essay: Water festival aka ‘Sangken’ celebrations in Itanagar, Arunchal Pradesh

One of the important festivals celebrated by the Theravada Buddhist Community is the annual Sangken festival celebrated during the month of April each year. It is followed mainly by the people of the Khampti, Singpho and Tai Khamyang tribes during an auspicious time band lasting 52 hours over three days. The Lunar New Year begins… Continue reading Photo essay: Water festival aka ‘Sangken’ celebrations in Itanagar, Arunchal Pradesh

Switzerland · Travel

Stein am Rhein: a perfect day trip from Zurich

Charming little quaint towns nestled by the lake surely form for a picturesque scene.  And when this scene is from the bewitching country of Switzerland, you are definitely in for a visual treat.  When in the country of the Swiss, a visit to small towns with gorgeous lake fronts, perfectly manicured street gardens, heritage monuments… Continue reading Stein am Rhein: a perfect day trip from Zurich

Food

Healthy and wholesome: nuances of North Karnataka cuisine

Known as Uttara Karnataka, the northern region of Karnataka is quite distinct from the rest of the state.  Spread close to 90,000 sq km, this part of the state is known for its hot and arid climate even though it is watered by several major rivers like the Krishna, Tungabhadra and Malaprabha.   With agriculture and… Continue reading Healthy and wholesome: nuances of North Karnataka cuisine

Karnataka · Travel

Corporation Bank Heritage Museum (Coin Museum) – Udupi: a numismatists’ delight

Did you know that when all digits on the serial number of a currency note are the same (like ‘555555’ or ‘777777’) it is a type of fancy note? Or if there is a pointed star under the year of a coin, it has been manufactured in the Hyderabad mint? Well, it is unlikely that… Continue reading Corporation Bank Heritage Museum (Coin Museum) – Udupi: a numismatists’ delight

Switzerland · Travel

Zurich, Switzerland: on an offbeat trail

Nestled on the shore of its tranquil eponymous lake where it meets river Limmat, Zurich is a city that dons many hats.  Founded by the Romans as early as 15 BC, the town’s historic centre or Altstadt is a kaleidoscope of historic buildings, churches with tall steeples and majestic clock faces, boutique stores and restaurants. … Continue reading Zurich, Switzerland: on an offbeat trail

Food

Regional specialities: on a unique gastronomical journey

Given that India is a land of diversities, it is no surprise that India’s gastronomy is the epitome of all variety, distinctiveness and absolute heterogeneity.  Rightly called the Land of spices, the cuisine map of India is indeed a crowded one with each region boasting of its unique specialities and ‘must try’ dishes.  Backed by… Continue reading Regional specialities: on a unique gastronomical journey

Decor

Four simple and easy design tweaks to brighten up your home

Is your home not living up to your ideas of a bright, cozy space? Here are some useful tips to try and give your house a quick make over. While every home is designed and put together with a lot of care, there are times when you feel that something is missing.  Yes, like one… Continue reading Four simple and easy design tweaks to brighten up your home