Konark International Sand Art Festival 2017

The International Sand Art Festival is an one of its kind festival organized at the Chandrabhaga beach of Konark in Odisha from December 1 to December 5. This 5 day extravaganza features sand artists from many countries who compete with the best Indian artists for the title. Its an remarkable cultural event held along with…

Mata Vaishnodevi shrine at Katra #1: Ban Ganga to Adhkwari

A shivering cold night, mantras played on speakers are wafting in the air accompanied with zealous chants of “ZORR SE BOLO… JAI MATA DI…“, there are horses and mules rushing up and down the tortuous paths and there are enervated people climbing with their walking sticks, panting, struggling to catch a breath yet unwilling to…

Soaking patriotism at the Wagah border

In July 1947, Sir Cyril Radcliffe, a British lawyer on his first ever visit to India was assigned the duty to draw a border that would separate India and Pakistan. The border he drew divided people who had fought, loved and lived together for centuries and created two nations that went on to become arch-nemesis….

Visakhapatnam #2 : Kailashgiri & Seemanchalam

Visakhapatnam is a unique city. It has a rare, unconventional combination of beaches and hills. I mentioned about the tourists places along the beaches in my last post which includes the one of its kind INS Kurusura submarine museum, the maritime Visakha museum and the beautiful Ramkrishna beach. You can read about them and my…

A weekend at Visakhapatnam #1

An early morning on a Saturday, I woke up and dragged my blanket down. I looked out of the window with somnolent eyes and saw large container cargo ships sailing in the Bay of Bengal. I saw the resplendent sun adding colours to the crepuscular hues. This was the view from a window of the…