Aug 282014
 
Shankar Market Street Art Project - Connaught Place New Delhi

Shankar  Market smiles again with Street Art: Reviving Connaaught Place Till 90s Connaught Place was  a dream market, you moved around in circles, window-shopping and sometimes buying, drinking milk at Keventer’s, enjoying your stuffed Patties and Pastries at Wenger’s and strolling through the shaded corridors, checking the graffiti made by pan stains ( beetle leaves) on the corners. When you got tired you just lazily sat down on one of the low barriers made from pipes that were not painful for your posterior. Alas like all good things those days came to an end. Parking was a nightmare, buses leading to CP [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Jul 112014
 
Sunset over Chinese Fishing Nets Cochin

A Beautiful Sunset in Fort Kochi behind Chinese Fishing Nets Clichéd it may sound, but a visit to Fort Kochi in Cochin, Kerala is incomplete without clicking a picture of Sunset behind the Chinese Fishing nets. For us visitors ( tourists, travelers take your pick), it is a photo opportunity but for the fishermen of Kerala it is a lot of hard work. I am not sure exactly when the Chinese fishing nets came to India and when they became ubiquitous on the Cochin Skyline. Today they are kind of symbol of your visit to Fort Kochi in Kerala and [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

May 202014
 
Evening Ganga Aarti at Varanasi Dashashwamedh Ghat

Dashashwamedh Ghat For Evening Ganga Aarti at Varanasi In Travel Tuesday post today we will talk about evening Aarti at Varanasi the spiritual capital of India. Banaras as the city is known locally  is now in limelight because of political reasons due to a very well publicised electoral battle between Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal. Off course now this is old news and Mr. Narendra Modi emerged victorious in what turned out to be a no contest. But desi Traveler is not a political blog, so we will restrict our discussion to our topic of the post the evening Aarti on Dashashwamedh Ghat [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...]

Sep 012014
 
Johnson Lodge Manali- Hotel Review

A review of Johnson Lodge in Manali, Himachal Pradesh I am not much of a hotel reviewer even though for many years I lived out of hotels and slowly became immune to them, only caring about Wi Fi, paid or free.  But once in a while you come across a hotel that is like they say “It’s different”. So recently I was in Manali and stayed at Johnson Lodge on Circuit House road, for two nights once while going to Spiti to get used to high altitude to avoid AMS, and next on the return trip while waiting for [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Aug 252014
 
Largest National Flag of India -Connaught Place New Delhi

The Tricolor in Connaguht Place Delhi:  Largest National Flag of India I was on a vitamin D accumulation mission in Connaught Place with Pankaj G ( Check post about Nagori, Subzi and Halwa I had at his home). We have gone there to get one of his many watches serviced by Gangoly Brothers, one of the iconic watch shops of Connaught Place in Delhi. As we emerged from the metro station, the first thing we noticed was the large tricolor, proudly giving a complex to the clouds and skyscrapers around. Pankaj G informed me about history, geography and a little [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Aug 202014
 
Adventure to get some life: Outlife

  Outlife brings Adventure Travel In India India has not been your conventional adventure travel market, I remember trying all kind of adventure water sports etc in 2000 in Thailand.  Most beaches in India in those days had no option of water sports. Mountaineering etc was restricted to very expensive equipment and was largely done by foreign visitors in Himalayas. But things started changing about 7-8 years ago and with coming up of Adventure Clubs in India, we learned about the options available in India too. With the awareness of adventure travel in India in almost all parts of [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Aug 192014
 
Happy World Photography Day : A Picture from Kerala

  The Kerala Picture that got me in Better Photography Magazine Today is world photography day, a day to celebrate photographers. Although I am not much of a photographer, I sure am one lucky photographer, now and then I am lucky enough to click a good picture.  Recently on my visit to Kerala, as a part of Kerala Blog Express, I clicked some pictures of Fishermen in Kerala and submitted some of them to the Better Photography Magazine for a contest ”  By the Beach”. Soon one of the pictures was selected for honorable mentions and I received a call from the [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]