In Patagonia: Tracing the W

Torres del Paine, as most of Patagonia, invites you to walk and trek up its magnificent mountains. The most famous trek there is the W trek – which most trekkers/backpackers do over 3-4 days. At the peaks of the W are Glacier Grey, French Valley and Base of the Towers – beautiful wonders – at the…

In Patagonia

The journey began with a book. One written by Bruce Chatwin, when he went to Patagonia in search of a piece of skin and came back with stories of restless wanderers in this distant land. It wasn’t the stories that lured me to the land, though the crazy wanderers had their charm. It was the sense…

Everything that is New

I travel to see new places, but am very happy to find sameness in far distances – the golden sunsets, the calm and turbulent waters, the quiet solitude, the multitude of Colours. Sometimes I wonder if my travel photographs appear to be a repetition of the same place to the viewer. But I like to…

Luang Prabang – the art of serenity

Visiting Luang Prabang reminded me that there was once a simpler time, of a simplicity that was borne out of an enlightened satisfaction and absence of a phantom pursuit. Sitting at my desk now, this seems like a lofty statement, but walking in that temple town, I felt like I had embarked on something profound – something…

Mile high in Colorado

This June, work brought me again to US, after a gap of almost 13 years. US was the first foreign land I had ever stepped on, at a time when I had still not found my own feet. I wasted my multiple trips there never venturing out, spending weekends in a hotel room, or going to…

Cinque terre – a fairytale of five villages

Italy is a wonderful canvas of colors. Traveling through its cities and villages, I sometimes felt that there are no lines in that world, just patterns of color standing adjacent to each other. In those two weeks I felt resplendent, and felt like I had run through every shade I had ever seen reflected, all presented in…

Venice – the transient city

“Perhaps I am afraid of losing Venice all at once, if I speak of it, or perhaps, speaking of other cities, I have already lost it, little by little.” Italo Calvino On all those narrow streets, criss-crossing intermittently with that perpetual river, I would often look up and see those reassuring yellow signs: Per S….

A lazy weekend in Chiang Mai

I haven’t come to this space in a long while. It is definitely not because I have not been traveling (thank God). In fact, in the time I have been away or have been slow in updating, I have been to a few places, amongst them my beloved Bhutan, and also a part of India…

Crossing Mordor

When I sat planning my itinerary for a New Zealand visit, it seemed like a mammoth task. There was so much to pick from. Being a fan of the ‘Lord of the Rings’, I wanted to visit at least one landscape that represented it, and here, thankfully, the choice was easier. While the Shire and…

The Rann and the moon

It is amazing how in one country you can see so much of the world. Especially if it is a country as vivid and diverse as India. I never tire of traveling around its expanse, and it constantly astounds me with something unseen, something completely foreign,  often something beyond imagination. This time, I was blown…

Sri Lanka Hill Country

I had always thought of Sri Lanka as this hot country huddled close to the equator. Merely a larger brother of Chennai. Yes, perhaps it had some beautiful beaches, but being more into hills than beaches, I felt no inclination to explore its sandy blues. The long running civil war did its bid in making…

The ancient city of Benares

We entered Benares in the scorching noon of summer. In our grief we should have hardly noticed the cruelty of the sun, but it seemed that instead of dulling our senses, the grief had heightened them. I was painfully aware of the noise of that city, the blaring honks, the dust, and the burning heat….