A cruise in Kettuvallams – the little boat houses with thatched roofs and wooden hulls – along the mirror-still lagoons, picture-book Vembanad lake, palm-fringed canals and shimmering rivulets of Kumarakom. Just my kind of vacation in`God’s Own Country’!! Shells sink dreams float life’s good on our boat
Mehrangarh is magnificent. Set on a rocky outcrop that stands 120m above Jodhpur’s skyline, the fort overlooks the walled city of Jodhpur, where most roofs are painted in an iconic shade of blue. The fort has a museum that houses spectacular royal paraphernalia – palanquins, miniature paintings, furniture and armory in exquisitely decorated rooms of palaces and villas.… Read More The Mystique of Mahrangarh
Kumbhalgarh gave us more drama than we’d envisaged- what with its stubborn fort standing majestically on a high ridge with a 15 km long wall running through the surrounding cliffs of the Aravalis and a panoramic view of the countryside from the top. The countryside soon divulging it’s own drama in the dark- when the leopards come out..
On our Rajasthan road trip from Udaipur to Jodhpur, the very first stop had to be Chittorgarh. As we explore the citadel amidst fascinating legends of Rani Padmini’s astounding beauty, how its people chose death before dishonor- the men donning saffron martyrs’ robes and riding out from the fort to certain death, while the women and children immolated themselves… Read More Glorious Chittorgarh
Go at your own pace. You will arrive! 🙂
My quest these days is to unbridle my inner child. To wake up every day and make choices that will make me happy, right then in the moment or that day. I’m not really on a truth quest 🙂
‘Look at all these colors on my plate’, exclaims The General. ‘Ambrosial’. 🙂 An effect of Sattvic food. If life is about living in the moment, sattvic food makes that moment exuberant, one morsel at a time. Foods, abundant in Prana- the universal life-force that gives life to all sentient beings, keep our minds clear, happy and at peace. The ancient… Read More Art at AOL – Ambrosia
‘We must see Shravanabelagola’, said the General. And so we went for another detour, off the highway, meandering through the country roads, sleepy villages and riotous fields till we caught a glimpse of the colossal monolithic statue of Gommateshvara on Vindyagiri Hill.
“They’re different species of coffee, sir. Arabica has round beans and bigger leaves and came to Coorg way before Robusta (also known as Canephora)!..The Cottabetta estate (which literally means ‘Cold Mountain’) grew Arabica and was later transformed into a Robusta plantation…Now we’re in the Woshully estate.” And thus began my foray into coffee-estate jargon on a cool, rainy day. Robusta is easier… Read More On the plantation trail – Woshully & Cottabetta
Happiness is..standing quietly in the woods. There is joy in the woods right now, the leaves are whispers of song. In the woods we return to reason and faith.