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

Food

Recipe: Walnut Chutney Powder

The health benefits of the edible seeds of the Juglans genus tree or Walnuts, as they are commonly called, can hardly be overemphasised considering the significant amounts of nutrients they pack.  Apart from proteins, minerals and vitamins they are rich in EFAs (essential fatty acids). The external appearance of the nut resembles the texture of our… Continue reading Recipe: Walnut Chutney Powder

Karnataka · Travel

Mekkikattu Nandikeshwara Temple: worshipping the holy bull

Located about 20 kilometers from Kundapur and just about 8 km from the temple town of Barkur is a rare temple, the Nandikeshwara temple of Mekekattu .  Legend has it that this temple located near Saibre katte in Shiriyara village was built by Parashurama and dates back to over 1000 years.  Another theory says that the… Continue reading Mekkikattu Nandikeshwara Temple: worshipping the holy bull

Miscellaneous · Travel

Photo essay – Dudhwa Diaries: Nature’s Beauty beyond words

Home to a number of endangered species of animals and birds, Dudhwa National Park in Uttar Pradesh is an integral part of the Terai landscape.  Established initially as a sanctuary in 1958 for swamp deer (or the Barasingha), the park is part of the Dudhwa Tiger reserve which is rightly known as the Terai Emerald. … Continue reading Photo essay – Dudhwa Diaries: Nature’s Beauty beyond words

Decor · Everything else

Rentomojo: the Smarter Way to Own – Flexibility and Convenience at Your Fingertips

Given my love for travel, I always fancied the idea of living in different cities for short periods of time as that is one of the best ways to explore the region in and around. But again, life comes with so much baggage, ‘literally’ and sometimes figuratively, that moving around and setting up house each… Continue reading Rentomojo: the Smarter Way to Own – Flexibility and Convenience at Your Fingertips

Miscellaneous · Travel

Uttar Pradesh Bird Festival 2018: a grand success and a boost for ecotourism

Uttar Pradesh: a haven for bird lovers One of the richest states in terms of its variety of bird life, Uttar Pradesh is home to over 500 species of birds.  Many of these species, like the Slender Billed Vulture, Bengal Florican, Black Necked stork etc., categorized as globally threatened and near threatened, find ideal habitat… Continue reading Uttar Pradesh Bird Festival 2018: a grand success and a boost for ecotourism

Food

Oats and Finger Millet pancakes using Sprig Real Cinnamon Imbued Honey

One among the most common ingredients we use in our daily lives is honey.  Rich in antioxidants, it has always been known for its antiseptic properties that help heal wounds apart from being used as a healthier substitute for sugar.  It is a good source of vitamins and minerals and helps nourishes the mind and… Continue reading Oats and Finger Millet pancakes using Sprig Real Cinnamon Imbued Honey

Andhra Pradesh & Telengana · Travel

Bold, bright and beautiful: the indigeneity of Pedana Kalamkari fabrics

Large expanses of freshly dyed fabric spread out on the roads greeted me as I entered the dusty by lanes of the seemingly sleepy town of Pedana.  While I wanted to ask for directions to the weaving colony, the meters of cloth left to dry almost on every road, nook and corner of town made… Continue reading Bold, bright and beautiful: the indigeneity of Pedana Kalamkari fabrics