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...]

Jul 092014
 
My Travel Wishlist for Beautiful Oman

Beautiful, Magical, Mystical & Modern Oman Marhaban! Let us take some rugged mountains that are older than time, climb  forts that have seen history changing battles, watch soothing greenery emerging from a deep Wadi, (valley) get surprised by a spring of fresh water coming out of rocks, transforming the color of landscape from sandy to green, and hiding in the deep ravines wildlife that knows how to thrive, watch the merging of blue sky in deep blue ocean, and now add a liberal dose of mystical stories you read in Arabian Nights and you get the country I so wish [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Jun 252014
 
A Family Trip to Goa

  An Indian Family trip to Goa When I was kid a family vacation meant going to my grandparents homes every year during summer vacations as we lived in a different cities. My Nani and Dadee showered their blessings on us and secretly competed for the title for favorite grandmother. Some times we visited a few pilgrim places like Rishikesh, Haridwar etc. Biggest attraction was going to hills like Simla,  that was our favorite hill station as nobody has heard about Leh,  Sikkim or other exotic names you talk today. Trips to wildlife sanctuaries were almost unheard of, and only [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...]

Jul 232014
 
Tribal Man With Mustache: Guess Where is he from

Guess The Tribe and Place This Man Belongs To : I have been a little busy on personal front with limited, and chose to be away from online life for some time. But as they say blogging and social media is addictive.  So I thought of quickly posting this picture and ask you this question dear readers:  Which state do you think this Man with Mustache and a twinkle in his eyes belong to ? If you are thinking the obvious then you are wrong. Let us see how many of you get it right. Hint: Don’t rush to [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Jul 152014
 
So Where is Denwa Backwater Escape Resort ?

Resort Review: Stay at Denwa Backwater Escape Resort, Pugdundee Safaris The driver who picked us from Itarsi railway station was calling the resort to confirm that he has picked us up. I could over hear him, “OK, so I will call you once I reach the Big Banyan Tree” In the remote hamlet the Big Banyan tree turned out as the largest landmark before you reach the last stretch of dirt track on way to Denwa Backwater Resort. Now if you are like  our neighbors ( who are pretty nice people actually), you too may ask “ Denwa Backwaters ? , where [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Jul 042014
 
MY CAR CONNECT Experience

Review of CAR CONNECT Website: Sharing experiences with friends   There was a time when we had a saying in India all you need is a “Roti Kapda or Makan”, meaning all you need is Bread, Clothes and a roof over your head. Well times have changed and most Indians need a Car also. For most urban middle class families a car is  not a luxury but a necessity as most  cities lack decent public transport. So a car provides a safe and secure means of transport for the family. Now in India we get cars for all the [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Jul 022014
 
Captain Mohan of Our Houseboat in Alleppey

El Capitano of Alleppey Houseboat  Some time we are so engrossed in the beauty of our surroundings that we totally forget about people around us. But is travel only about looking at scenery or shopping, or is it about connecting with the people you meet. One such wonderful person I interacted for a brief while was Captain Mohan of our Houseboat in Alleppey( Official name Alappuzha).  If you have read my earlier posts about our travel in Houseboat you will know what a wonderful experience we had traversing the network of canals in Alleppey. We visited an ancient Portuguese  Church [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Jun 242014
 
Philadelphia Chinatown

  A Picture from Philly Chinatown  desis or the diaspora from Asia and Indian subcontinent are one of the most widespread ethnic groups in USA, but for some reason they are just clubbed as Asians or in some cases South Asians.  But while desis started migrating en masse to US mainly after 80s and more so in 90s with the IT boom, Chinese diaspora has been in US for more than a 100 years in a large number. I had no knowledge about the same till I watched the Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson movies with absolutely crazy plots [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Jun 222014
 
Lassi in Varanasi: A cool desi drink with many benefits

   Lassi in Ramnagar near Varanasi Monsoons are getting a bit delayed leading to continuous desire to gulp something cold, to quench the thirst. But we desis always love a jugaad and love to hit two birds with one stone hence we invented Lassi. Now those of you reading it from outside of India and are not aware of what Lassi is, fikar not as I am about to give the synopsis of one my friend’s PhD thesis titled “ Uses of  Bovine fluids and Cane Sugar in the Indo Gangetic Plains for nutritional benefits, overcoming heat strokes and  management of intestinal [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]

Jun 172014
 
The Indian Grey Hornbill-A Wonderful Father

  Indian Grey Hornbill-The adoring father from the world of Birds On this father’s day I was travelling so I missed celebrating the same at home with my daughters who have made beautiful cards for me. So when I came back I thought of writing a post about Father’s day but could not think of a topic, till I was browsing through my pictures of the recent trip to Satpura National Park in Madhya Pradesh. Along with a lot of other birds and animals one common resident of Satpura jungles is the Indian Grey Hornbill, the least flamboyant of the [Continue Reading By Clicking Here...]