Dec 022015
 
desi Travel Digest November 2015

Travel Blog posts I enjoyed reading : desi Travel Digest November 2015   December is here and it is time to share the blog posts I enjoyed reading in November.  These are the posts that either I stumbled on internet in my pursuit to learn about new places or these are from travelers whose blog I regularly read and have compiled them for desi Travel Digest November 2015 . One thing is very clear from scouting through countless travel blogs in India and abroad ( though in this post all the authors are from India ) that we have some [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jan 082015
 
2015 desi Calendar Wallpapers

January 2015 Calendar Wallpaper: Matrimandir Pondicherry A few years ago I started printing desi Calendar only for my family  and a few very close friends. On receiving encouragement in 2013 I did a small giveaway on desi Traveler and gifted 3 winners calendars for 2014.  I also printed some for my friends and family.  Then in  2014 end I decided to conduct the giveaway once again and was very happy to receive the entries though a lot of people gave comments on Facebook and Twitter and not on blog. But still the response was wonderful. Besides the winners of [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Apr 292014
 
Travel Tuesday Picture: Village Life in Art of India

Life and Art of Rural India in Batik Print They say beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, so what is beauty to me, may not be good for you and vice versa. So browsing through some old pictures I found this simple bed sheet, that I find beautiful both for its art as well as for what it depicts in the print. For today’s picture I have chosen a picture of a bed sheet from one of the hotels I stayed in Pondicherry to attend an international marriage in a resort. Now on the face of it this bed [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

May 032013
 
 Beach Cricket in Pondicherry

  Beach Cricket In Pondicherry I was walking in evening on a beach in Pondicherry, when I saw these boys playing cricket, the unofficial national game of India. This is a common pass time for boys in India, to play cricket on any open space. While watching them I was very happy to see that the boys are happy and enjoying life to the fullest. They were not rich, and must have been kids of local fishermen as there were a lot of fishing nets and boats nearby. The devastating effects of the Tsunami in Pondicherry were still visible [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Apr 302013
 
A Photo Essay On Shore Temple Mamallapuram

Ancient Shore Temple Mamallapuram Some time back I wrote two posts on Shore Temple Mamallapuram, one was a quiz to identify the ancient temple of Mamallapuram or Mahabalipuram, on the East cost highway outside of Chennai.  In both the pictures I showed the top or the Shikhara of the temple with birds playing there at the lofty heights. This temple is one of the oldest in India and a great example of the maritime power and architecture of Pallava empire. These Pallava kings had trade, culture and military interactions with countries as far as Rome, China, Cambodia and many other ancient civilizations. So [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Apr 252013
 
Cycling Vacations In India- What you need to Know before going on a cycling vacation

    Cycling Vacations In India – A Few Things to Know Are you planning  cycling vacations in India? Well I suggest you first read below before you book your tickets for  cycling vacations in India so that you are prepared for them and have a pleasant experience. There was a time when India was a nation of Bicycles, and bicycles are one item that India produces more than any other country in the world. So why is it that you rarely find bicycles in big cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Chennai etc? Well the reasons are not [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Apr 192013
 
Skywatch Friday- Crows Race At The Top of Shore Temple

 Skywatch Friday- The Famous Pallava Shore Temple In South India Last week in Skywatch post I posted a picture of  the top of a famous temple and asked it to be identified for a gift in form of printout of any picture from desi Traveler blog. I was not sure how many people will get the answer right. But I was pleasantly surprised to see many correct answers to the question. Though some of the answers were given on Facebook and they do not count as  the answer was to be posted in the comments on the blog post. Anyway without [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Apr 102013
 
Making Rangoli Designs in India

Rangoli Making From Wiki: Rangoli, also known as kolam, is a folk design art from India. Rangoli are decorative designs made on living room and courtyard floors during Hindu festivals typically consisting of bright colors. They are meant to be sacred welcoming areas for the Hindu deities.The ancient symbols have been passed down through the ages, from each generation to the next, keeping both the art form and the tradition alive. The patterns are typically created with materials including colored rice, dry flour, (colored) sand or even flower petals. Similar practices are followed in different Indian states: in Tamil [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jan 242013
 
A Walk on Beach Road in Pondicherry

Beach Road Pondicherry- A Walk to Enjoy Bapu was born in Porbandar, a city with nice beaches, which later became known for gang wars and movies were made on its notorious Gang led by the Godmother Santokben Jadeja , where Shabana Azmi played the lead character. But Bapu left Porbandar long ago and left his mark not only on this country but also on South Africa and other countries in the world. To respect Bapu’s association with the beach city he was born in almost every city with a beach in India has a Gandhi Statue, on the beach not to [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jan 192013
 
Ratatouille- Trying French Food in Pondicherry India

— We all love to revisit our childhood every once in a while just for the sake of good old days. A very tough task for me as I kind of sort of you know actually what I mean is I like to believe that while I left childhood behind long ago, my childhood never left me. Get it? Don’t worry it is never going to come in an exam. So I watch a lot of animation movies with my kids and every once in a while one gets a movie that one loves to watch again and again.   [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]