Mar 022015
 
Kerala: A Blog's EYE VIEW: An Exclusive Kerala Travel Book giveaway

Exclusive Limited Edition Kerala Travel Book Giveaway  Old saying you can take a man out of Kerala but you cannot take Kerala out of a man. If you know of any other version or older version of this saying please update as no longer we are supporting the earlier versions that are outdated and may compromise the fun of this post. Long story short, after I came back home from Kerala, the good folks at Kerala Tourism emailed me and wanted to publish one of my articles on an exclusive book they were coming out about chosen posts by [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Feb 272015
 
March 2015 Calendar- Download Desktop Wallpaper

  March 2015 calendar desktop wallpaper: The  Most Magical Swimming pool Dear readers, let us welcome , a month that brought shivers down my spine even as the mercury rose to torturing thirties and occasionally flirting with forties.  But the shivers down the spine had nothing to do with weather; my shivers were due to the exam season. Yes March is the month of exams in most of the schools in India and mine was no exception. So suddenly I had to find all the books, beg, borrow and in one case even steal (for photocopying then returning) notes from the smart ones in [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Mar 162015
 
Beautiful Rangoli Designs that will steal your heart

Beautiful Ethnic  Rangoli Designs With Modern Innovative Touch So I love colors of India and my love has only grown and as time passes I continue to drench myself in the colors of India from the Rang Rangeelo Rajasthan to psychedelic sunsets in Kerala and everywhere in between. We Indians express our joy with colors, Red, green, blue, yellow, white blue every color  has a significance a reason and a place in the Rangolis we make in front of our homes. Yes this post is about Rangoli but very different kind of rangolis that I had never seen before. May I [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Mar 092015
 
Visit to Ajmer Sharif Dargah of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishti (R.A)

Seeking blessings of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishti (R.A) at Ajmer Sharif Dargah We have an old saying in India that you cannot plan a visit to a holy place, you need to be called. I have always wanted to visit the Dargah of founder of Chisti order of Sufism in India Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz Moinuddin Chisti in Ajmer, but even after many visits to Rang Rangeelo Rajasthan was never fortunate enough to visit his Dargah and seek blessings. But finally I was I was summoned to Ajmer Sharif Dargah to seek blessings at Dargah Sharif of Gharib Nawaz [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Mar 072015
 
Explore The Elements – Travel Photoblogging Challenge by Thomas Cook

 Earth, Water, Fire and Air:  Explore the Elements Photography competitions are a tricky lot and one is never sure what to expect in the result as you are not only competing against the very best around the world you are also competing with yourself to showcase what you think is your best work. So a long time ago I decided that if I will take part in a photography contest it will be for the fun of it,  as it encourages me to check the good work of artists from around the work it subconsciously helps me learn new things [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Mar 052015
 
Review of Houseboat Stay in Backwaters of Kerala

Review of Houseboat in Kerala Backwaters Let us continue with our love affair with God’s own country and in this post revisit the magical famed backwaters of Kerala. Though you may find backwaters in many places in Kerala right from Trivandrum to Kollam but it is Alleppey that has earned the moniker of Venice of East. Indeed these famed canals are the lifeline of most of the coastal and the preferred mode of transport. I have written about my cruises in the Alleppey backwaters when I visited the Champakulam Church one of the oldest Portuguese Church in India. But I [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Feb 182015
 
Kochi Muziris Biennale

A day walking in Fort Kochi for Kochi Muziris Biennale Recently in a twitter chat a question was asked : Which city (that you’ve visited) is the best to explore on foot, and why? Without a blink I answered : Fort Kochi, as it is a vibrant city buzzing with art works that is best discovered on foot. Many agreed. I was off course sharing my personal experience of walking the Fort Kochi right from the pier area to all the way to Jew Town, slowly discovering the charms of this jewel of a city whose lanes smell of the [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Feb 162015
 
85 Feet Tall Shiva Idol in Bijapur Karnataka

Second Largest Shiva Idol is 85 feet tall and in Bijapur Karnataka Small town India never fails to amaze me. While the big cities are busy building theme parks, malls and multiplexes the mofussil India has its own way to keep the locals busy. Now Bijapur in Karnataka even with all its historical treasures from the erstwhile Adil Shahi Sultanate is not your typical touristy town. Once we were done with the mandatory ruins and tombs like Ibrahim Rauza and Gol Gumbaz etc. we asked our driver if there is anything else to visit, so he said there is [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Feb 112015
 
Sarson Ke Khet: Mustard Fields

- desi goes to Sarson Ke Khet of Punjab — पंजाब के सरसों के खेत Sarson ke Khet! Mustard fileds! Ah those golden blooms spread over acres and acres brining a smile on the wrinkled face of the old farmer. I was as his callused hands tenderly touch the delicate blooms more delicately than Shahrukh Khan caressed the tresses of Kajol in that eternal love song- “Tujhe Dekha to yeh jana sanam– तुझे देखा तो ये जाना सनम, प्यार होता है दीवाना सनम “ that made the “Sarson Ke Khet the ultimate romantic destination in India”. But dear reader long [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]