Sep 292014
 
Anti Poaching Camp - Patrolling Bandipur National Park

A Night In Anti Poaching Camp Bandipur National Park Acres of  marigold fields glowing in the evening sun waved at us from the other side of a  solar fence that  separated the jungle from the fields, as we drove towards the anti poaching camp in Bandipur National Park. When I did my first phase of Eco Volunteer training with Karnataka Forest department and  Jungle Lodges and Resorts, I wrote about the short visit we made to the Anti Poaching camp in the jungle where tourists are not allowed. As part of the training in second phase we stayed overnight at [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Sep 272014
 
Making of Ravana in Tatarpur Village

Making of Ravana for Sale: The demon king gives livelihood to hundreds of people Navatri or the nine nights is a period when most of the country prepares for Dussehra and is Ram may (राम मय). The stories or Ram’s victory over Ravana is enacted in form of Ram Leela ( no not the Bhansali version with bullets doing ballet with Bollywood belle Dipika Padukone, but the real one with bows and arrows ) across the country, especially north India in form of stage plays with the good winning over evil. But as the good old Winston Churchill said [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Sep 252014
 
The Sales Room: Book Review

A Humours account of an IT Startup  :  The Sales Room Ok this post has nothing about travels except for the fantasy land escape it offers to you into the mind of 26-year-old Ramesh, a sales manager in a struggling IT project management company.  Now normally I would not worry about reading a book that is largely about the sexual fantasies of a 26-year-old single, ambitious,  and confused guy who cannot decide whether to pursue his dream of a US MBA or to continue to work for the company that is still a start-up even after 10 years. But [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Sep 242014
 
Ibis Delhi Airport - Hotel Review

Family Trip to Ibis Delhi Airport in Aerocity I have been a bit busy in last some weeks both on personal as well as work front.  So when I got an invitation to visit Ibis Delhi Airport to come and stay my instant reaction was to say no as my elder daughter had her school exams and I was entrusted by the missus to help her with science syllabus (finally something she thinks I can do better than her). But the lady on phone was very persistent and told me that she got my reference from Mridula Dwivedi, The Prima [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Sep 232014
 
Varpu or Uruli- Reinventing a Kerala Heirloom

  Varpu: From Ayurveda and making feasts to decorating hotels One of the first thing I noticed in Kerala in almost every single hotel was a round, shallow vessel filled with water  and flowers floating on it. Now it was nothing new as now it is a common practice to find such vessels or Varpu in many places in India. But I had no idea that this tradition also started in God’s Own Country. But like so many things Varpu has also undergone a metamorphosis. Originally  Varpu, a large cauldron made from cast bronze was used to make Ayurveda [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Sep 202014
 
Portrait of a Lady-  How I took these portraits

Story Behind Portrait of a Lady I clicked in Mehrauli Me and Tarun Gaur, my friend from Kerala Blog Express days was with me and we were trying to find our way out of the Qutub Complex ( Wait for a detailed post). As we were walking we met a group of daily wagers working on restoration of one of the monuments in the Qutub Complex.  They were all curiously looking at our DSLRs and camera bag etc. It was evening time and the light was beautiful, and  I was wondering if the laborers will agree to get clicked.   I [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Sep 162014
 
Delhi Street Art - Hanuman jee and a few other thoughts

Hanuman Jee  in Street Art  Let us once again visit Street Art in Delhi, this time a more structured tiled fresco created in a subway to cross the busy Baba Khadak Singh Marg opposite the ancient Hanuman Mandir and the ever popular Coffee house run by DTTDC. Now acronyms are supposedly designed to help you escape long words and tongue twister, this DTTDC acronym succeeds in doing just the opposite, it is not only a tongue twister but also lazily expands to Delhi Tourism and Travel Development Corporation (or something similar). Don’t agree with me: Try saying DTTDC DTTDC [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Sep 082014
 
Satpura National Park: Wildlife Heaven

Satpura National Park: Mama Bear and other pictures Some time back I wrote about Denwa Backwater Escape near Satpura National Park, with a promise to write an exclusive post about the wildlife spotting in the park. As the park prepares to open on October 1st for the winter season, I thought it will be right time for this post. It will not be wrong to mention that Satpura is kind of a hidden gem, if a National Park spread in 1400 square KM can be hidden. But compared to its more tourist and media savvy siblings Pench, Kanha, Bandhavgarh etc. but you [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Sep 032014
 
Recycled Ganesha in a Car Museum

Eco Friendly Ganesha in his Recycled Avatar Ganapati is a very special festival of India, as it is not just a festival it also has a strong association with freedom movement of India. But even before that Ganapati Utsav was celebrated during times of Shivaji Maharaj and later Peshwas of Pune. But with the fall of Peshwas in 1818, Ganapati Utsav lost significance as a public festival till revived by Lokmanya Tilak in 1893.  Tilak a well-known social reformer and freedom fighter wanted to shape Ganapati Utsav to bring like-minded people together and use the collective consciousness to fight [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Sep 012014
 
Portrait of a Chaiwala

From Chaiwala to Tea Ceremony in Japan With the Japanese Prime Minister Shinjo Abe hosting a traditional Tea Ceremony for our PM Narendra Modi, who started his illustrious career as a ChaiWala, life has come a full circle. I normally refrain from political comments on this blog, but we travelers own a lot to our desi ChaiWalas. On every road trip that we take, we eagerly await for the next Chaiwala, stop the car, order an invigorating fresh ginger Chai, chat with the ChaiWala and ask about the road conditions ahead. As the chaiwala adds fresh tea leaves to [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]