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…]

Jan 312015
 
February 2015 desi Calendar Wallpaper

    February 2015 Calendar: Tea Gardens of Munnar So as promised the wallpaper for February 2015 is here, this is one of my favorite pictures from my Kerala Blog Express trip, and clicked in Munnar. Here is a small story about this picture: We were all clicking the beautiful Tea Gardens of Munnar and some of us actually danced like in movies in the Tea Gardens of Munnar.  We were getting late to reach our hotel and so we had to cut short our  song and dance sequence and rush back to the bus. As I was about [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jan 182015
 

God’s Own Country in Instagram A few days ago I shared my Instagram pictures from Thailand, so encouraged by the response here are some selected pictures in no particular order from my visit to God’s Own Country aka Kerala. The initial pictures are from my 5 MP cellphone that I had during the Kerala Blog Express. The last few pictures are from my recent visit to Kerala and are clicked with Sony Xperia Z3 Compact.  So without much ado ladies and gentlemen I present to you Kerala In Instagram. Read a detailed post about Vivanta by Taj at Kovalam [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Dec 312014
 
Guess where I traveled in 2014

The year that was 2014- From Coastal Andhra Pradesh to Thailand, Rajasthan and God’s Own Country What a  year it has been, starting with a wonderful trip to coastal Andhra Pradesh starting on 2nd of January, before it was bifurcated into Telangana and Andhra Pradesh giving India the 29th state. Suddenly there were so many new things to be discovered, new horizons to be covered and more miles to go. The visit to Machlipattnam in coastal AP was wonderful and I traveled with my friend and excellent photographer Ganesan P, one of his pictures clicked during the trip is [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Nov 152014
 
A win and print in Better Photography Magazine

  Happy happy: One of my pictures in Better Photography Magazine   My Kerala Trip continues to surprise me, A few months ago I mentioned that one of my pictures clicked in Kerala received  Honorable Mention in Better Photography magazine in a photography contest with the theme ” Beaches” and was printed in the magazine. I was as happy as a small kid and decided to try my luck again and again, lady luck smiled again and one of my pictures won first prize in a contest themed ” Patterns”, in Better Photography magazine.  This time again the good folks at [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Nov 112014
 
Kerala Blog Express is Back

Kerala Blog Express Season 2   I am happy and sad at the same time, happy because Kerala Blog Express is back in season 2,  inviting travel bloggers from around the world to come and experience God’s Own Country in  a customized Volvo bus from South to North of Kerala. So why I am sad ???  Let me shed a tear or two first, on remembering the good old days when I met some of the most awesome fellow travelers from around the world. I have made some friends for life and we still stay in touch with each other [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Sep 232014
 
Varpu or Uruli- Reinventing a Kerala Heirloom

  Varpu: From Ayurveda & 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 Medicines [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jul 112014
 
Sunset over Chinese Fishing Nets Cochin

Photographing 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 every [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…]

May 292014
 
What to shop in Kerala

Guide to shopping in Kerala: Spices to Souvenirs and many other things to buy in Kerala Kerala is known as God’s Own Country, but it is also Shopping destination no 1  for thousands of years for people looking to buy spices, today the list has only expanded to spoil you for choice of  things and souvenirs  to buy in Kerala   We, humans, evolved from hunters and gatherers to our present form, though I sincerely wonder if the current state of humans can be termed             evolution. But let us leave that to anthropologist, zoologists and [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]