Jul 012013
Around the World With Jazz in Eighty Minutes

Journey with Jazz Around The World  in Eighty Minutes I am sure you are wondering what I am writing above. Let me fill you with the details. A few days ago I attended a musical evening organized by Hyderabad Western Music Foundation , where noted blogger Subhorup Dasgupta, did a special presentation on the History and evolution of Jazz, with reference to the major cities Jules Verne took us in his epic travel novel ” Around The World in Eighty Days” So here in this very special guest post Subhorup takes us on history of Jazz with Phileas Fogg around [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jun 182013
Buying Seeds in Amsterdam

   Desi Goes Shopping for Seeds In Amsterdam In one of my trips to Europe, I traveled to London, Paris, and Amsterdam all alone, trying to be a backpacker, I think I liked Amsterdam the most of the three cities I visited on that trip. Oh no, it has nothing to do with the Red Light District or the museum of 3 letter words or even the Gandhi Restaurant, where I had one of my better Indian dinners outside India. You see Amsterdam is a city designed for pedestrians and cyclists, and everywhere you go you will find both [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jun 122013
Sitaram Bagh Temple Celebrates its 180 Years

180 Year Celebrations of Sitaram Bagh Temple Hyderabad Surrounded by gnarled, but majestic Tamarind and Mango trees in  Mangalghat  a busy suburb in Hyderabad I discovered the 180 year old Sitaram Bagh Temple, founded by Ganeriwal family  180 years ago.  I visited the temple as part of a HWS team to click pictures of the celebrations of 180 years of establishing the temple in Hyderabad, which was ruled by Nizams during those days.  I think their cannot be a better example of secular traditions of Hyderabad that the temple was given a Jagir (land ) by the Nizam to [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jun 052013
Trekking In Himalayas- Bollywood Style

Bollywood Style Trekking in Himalayas-Jara Hatke Review of Movie Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani So we watched Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani. Before you ask let me clarify this is not a movie review of the movie Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. The movie is actually pretty good and we enjoyed watching it, once I asked both my right and left brain to take a hike in the Himalayas marching left right left right. You see that is where my problem begins. I have absolutely no issue with parts of the movie being absolutely filmy. I don’t care if Deepika Padukone wears a [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

May 202013
Le Road Trip In A Hippie Volkswagen Kombi

    A Road Trip Around The World In A  Volkswagen Kombi: Following the Hippie Trail Sebastian and Soize are a French couple who were not even born when the Flower Children were painting their Volkswagen Kombis with  floral designs and burning rubber on the roads to the Woodstock in late 60s.  Soon the Volkswagen Combi  ( both spellings are used in different part of world) was the wheel of choice for Nirvana seeking Hippies who made Kombis their home and took it from Cairo to Kathmandu playing music more colorful than the flowers painted on their mobile homes. Dollar deprived economies in Asia like Nepal and India were [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Mar 012013
Lonely Planet Best Travel Photo Contest

Two of My photos won Lonely Planet  Best Travel Photo Contest Today turned out to be very special day for me. Some of you would remember my posts on my visit to Tal Chapar wildlife Sanctuary. I submitted some of those pictures in Lonely Planet  Best Travel Photo Contest. I was casually browsing through their website and saw a post mentioning the prize winners for the contest. While yours truly’s name was not in the top three winners, I did saw my name in the consolation prize winner list. After exchanging emails with Bodhisattva Sen Roy, Digital Editor & [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Nov 042011
Desi Doughnuts-An Indian Sweet discovered

A Sweet Desi Discovery on a highway to Nagpur- Indian and 100% Desi Doughnuts Some time ago I traveled to Pench National Park with a group of travel enthusiasts about wildlife thanks to GHAC or Great Hyderabad Adventure Club. While I will definitely write more in detail about the trip this particular post is about the Desi Doughnuts that I discovered on the way to Nagpur. We could not get confirmed tickets for a train to Nagpur which is the nearest big town to start the journey towards Pench, Sunanda our fearless leader booked us on an overnight Volvo bus [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]