On the road in the Monsoon 🌧🚕

“Monsoon is a perspective…it is a bane for those whose houses have been flooded and a boon for those who find time to enjoy it with a steaming cup of tea on the verandah.” the RJ on the radio was chirpy and we were waiting for the Malayalam songs to follow. 7:30 am, cloudy morning…

Flying in the Monsoon…🌧🌧

…to Kerala…in August. Anything to consider? Memory is short lived. The euphoria of going on a holiday was at forefront and every other thought was pushed aside. August 2018 was chaos in Kerala due to the unprecedented floods, but lightning never strikes (the same place) twice (guess its a saying, not to be considered literally…

Good reads for the Monsoon #3

If you live in Bangalore, you must know that its no joke to say – when it rains in Bangalore, the roads turn to rivers. There is no space for the water to run-off and the flooding slows down the traffic or worse, it brings the traffic to a grinding halt. And if you are…

Good reads for the Monsoon #2 (and a perfect getaway)

If you are residing in a concrete jungle like Bangalore, you will want to get away to some place green and serene given a long weekend to enjoy the monsoon. Where to? Where else but to charming Coorg !! In Coorg we stayed at a resort called Old Kent Estate – one word to describe…

Salt & Music

The strangest of bedfellows; but that is the thing about travel…!! I often wonder why people (including me) keep writing (and reading) travelogues; I am not the first person to visit a place and I won’t be the last; and most of the time, thanks to the tourist circuit, we end up seeing and saying…

Lost in a glorious City…

The first time travellers narrate all that they have seen, heard and encountered at a new place; sometimes comparing to their home state or to what they have read and heard about the place. A second journey to the same place after a significant gap results in a totally new script, comprising mostly of the…

Hope Remains

․․․ In the fall of 2013, while on an academic assignment to Warsaw, I decided to travel to the nondescript town of Oswiecim which, for those unaware, is the town closest to the site of the most gruesome Nazi horrors. As I journeyed by train from the capital city to the countryside, I marveled at…

Travails of a train traveller

Today’s post is from my Uncle; an excerpt from his many adventures. I was recently traveling by train to the hometown, in the Hyderabad-Kollam and Kollam-Punalur routes. The Hyderabad train arrived at the Kollam station behind schedule at 1744 hrs, and the onward train to Punalur was about to leave from the adjacent platform at…

Seagull

Located in Fort Kochi between the historic Aspinwall House and Pepper House is this  restaurant called Seagull. It’s the sort of place you will want to go to with friends. Step inside, you see the waters of the Arabian sea glistening under the sun on the opposite side and you want to have a table…

Craving continental (Photoblog)

….in Kochi ? Head to the Cocoa Tree restaurant in Panampilly Nagar. Great ambience, delicious food. The dishes are well known; enjoy the pictures !! Till next post, take care !!

D for Dosa

If you are in Kochi and looking for a good place to eat, try the Curry Tree Diner. Dosa, the south Indian vegetarian breakfast staple, is traditionally served coconut chutney and sambar. The plain dosa is made tastier with a filling of mildly spiced potatoes and becomes a masala dosa. The dosa even made  an…

Art in town

Woodcut prints by Dennis Muraguri – a Kenyan artist, depicting the matatus – privately owned buses that serve as the primary mode of transportation for the people in Kenya. The buses are mass-produced, but each matatu is modified to be made special and unique; re-painted and fitted with music to attract and amuse the passengers. Hence…

Passive Income Strategy : Making my salary redundant

WordAds is not an income source for me. I was hopeful when I started on WordAds in Sep 18, but till date not a penny received from them. Currently my only passive income source is investment income. I was working full-time for 9 years and when I decided to take a sabbatical, the first thought…

Bekal fort : A more famous afterlife

Bekal may have been a prominent port of call during the medieval period with the profitable the spice trade in the Malabar region with the Arabs and then the Europeans. But Bekal was never a capital of any empire and hence lack any grandiose stories. During the time of Tipu Sultan, it was briefly the administrative…

A tranquil oasis in God’s Own Country: Taj Bekal

Starting with a story from the Hindu mythology…… Vishnu is the Preserver in the Hindu triad. Vishnu is said to descend on earth in various avatars to restore order. Parasurama is the sixth avatar of Vishnu. Parasurama was born as the youngest son of Jamadagni, a sage and Renuka. In the Vedic society, the Kshatriyas were the…

Goa to Bekal : A road trip across 3 states

So where is Bekal? It’s a small town by the Arabian Sea in Kasargod district, in the state of Kerala. And why Bekal? Because we are heading home to Kerala and Bekal is a half-way point for a stopover. And I have never been to Bekal. We leave the hotel by 9:00 am after breakfast….

Portuguese Sentinels : Forts of Goa

It’s the only thing I remember, maybe there was more but I can’t seem to recollect; the only mention of Portuguese in India in the school history textbooks I remember was about Vasco da Gama, credited with discovering the sea route to the Indian subcontinent. There is very scant mention about the Portuguese rule in…

Art + History ♒︎ Aristry @MOG

I hated the subject history back in school. I remember only one teacher among several who tried to teach us; her opening line didn’t help either. ” History is boring with the countless names and the dates, but it is an exam that has to be passed, so we have to get it done with.”…

Rome of the Orient : Churches of Velha Goa

The second Portuguese Viceroy in India, Afonso de Albuquerque was called the Caesar of the East and he built the Rome of the Orient or the present Old Goa or Velha Goa (Velha meaning old in Portuguese). In the 15th century, Goa was part of the Adil Shahi dynasty or the Sultanate of Bijapur; the land of Hindu…