Apr 222014
 
Kathakali Playing Gods in God's Own Country Travel Tuesday Picture

  Bheema and Draupadi in Mahabharata: A Kathakali Performance I have seen Kathakali a few times earlier, but to watch Kathakali in its birthplace is a very special moment for any body who loves performing arts.  So I had my chance when we were at Vivanta by Taj -Kovalam and they organized a show for the guests.  In this particular show the artists portray Bheem and Draupadi from a scene in Mahabharata.  Kathakali is all about expressions and the highly accomplished artists can depict every single emotion known to man by his eyes only.  I say his because almost [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Apr 212014
 
Vivanta by Taj- Kovalam : A Stay in lap of luxury

A Review of Vivanta by Taj- Kovalam, Trivandrum This post is a bit of Nostalgia (with a big N), so please bear with me. There was a time when I lived in hotels and airport lounges; I traveled for 15-20 days in a month.   But most of the time I was too tired to check any of the hotel amenities. My typical schedule would be to  take an early morning flight to my city of destination which could be any major city like Bombay, Kolkata, Bangalore, Ahmadabad, Kathmandu etc. go straight for business meeting, either try to take the [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Apr 182014
 
Nilgai in Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary

  Morning Mist and Nilgai pair in Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary This picture has a bit of history, for those who care. It was clicked about 5 year ago with a point and shoot camera, in Sultanpur  Bird Sanctuary on the outskirts of Gurgaon. We have gone there early morning  for birding with all the kids in the family in winters and it was very cold and misty. If I remember correctly one of the kids noticed some movement in distance and said there is something there. So I just pointed and clicked with my point and shoot camera.  We could not [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Apr 172014
 
The Man Who Saw Jesus

Making of Jesus in the Backwaters of Alleppey in Kerala Happy yet humbled at our discovery of the ancient Portuguese church in the backwaters of Alleppey during our Houseboat ride, I and Nelson my friend from Portugal decided to explore  some more around the church.  I was pondering of higher questions like divine, god, religion etc. and one thought kept on coming to my mind, “  God made man or man made God? , if God is one, why do we have so many religions? And how come every religion claims  as the only true one? Can there be more than [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Apr 152014
 
Travel Tuesday Picture: Mollywood dance in Tea Gardens of Munnar

Travel Tuesday: Blogging Dance in Munnar Today’s travel picture is from Tea Gardens of Munnar, a very important Nilgiri Tea growing hill station in Kerala. I clicked this  picture when we stopped our bus in the middle of  Munnar Tea Gardens on both side of road and everybody rushed to take pictures, or in this case pose for pictures. Munnar tea gardens regularly appear in Mollywood or the Malayalam movies. No points for guessing that Mollywood is the Kerala equivalent of Bollywood. So in true tradition of dancing in tea gardens our three blogger friends decided to shake a [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Apr 082014
 
The Frog and The Princess: A Fairy tale told again

The Princess who saved a frog:  A Modern day fairy tale Once upon a time there was a little girl, her mother called her “Sona” her granny called her “Guddo”, and her dad called her “Princess” Of all the names the little girl loved was “ Princess”, everything else for her was immaterial, so she always failed to react  when somebody called her with one of her other names.  “ Guddo, lower the volume of your TV, I am praying”…. Granny will scream, but Guddo would be busy being Princess, in a fairy tale of her own. “Sona,  drink [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Apr 082014
 
Travel Tuesday Picture: Holi in Kerala

Holi Hai :  International Travel Bloggers Play Holi in Kerala Holi is one of the most colorful festivals of India.  Countless poems, paintings, songs can be found celebrating the joy of Holi. There was a time when no Bollywood movie would be complete without drenching the heroines white sari in colors of Holi.  Even latest movies like  Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani, had the mandatory Holi song,  even though they are in the cold mountains of Manali, which was actually Gulmarg. Anyways this post is not about the movie or Holi in movies, it is about how Holi is considered  an [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Mar 312014
 
A Gandhian and a Plantation Homestay in Wayanad Kerala

The Gandhian Who runs a Homestay and Plantation and promotes Eco Tourism in Wayanad The Azure sky above and the colorful attire of Kerala Express Bloggers are the only challengers to the monopoly of green during our plantation visit in Wayanad. We are  touring  a plantation that grows spices like Pepper, Areca nut, coffee, and fruits like coconut, banana and many more. The plants around me are showing stress due to a rain-less month, and at 34 degree Celsius, Wayanad is making a new high compared to the average of  30 degrees. We cross paddy fields that soon bow out to a [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Mar 262014
 
Ayurveda Treatment: How to choose a Holistic Ayurveda Treatment Center

 How to choose an Ayurveda Treatment  Spa or Resort: Ayurveda is the oldest medicine science in the world, and was conceived, researched and practiced in India from the times of Vedas. Ayurveda means the knowledge of life. Ancient Indians researched thousands on plants, foods and discovered the medicinal plants that mother nature has gifted us. Used wisely these herbs in combination with lifestyle changes and Yoga can do wonders to your health. Although Ayurveda is practiced throughout India, it is in Kerala it is practiced in its purest and holistic form. Every resort that we visited had a holistic [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

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