Istanbul: under the veil of death

Were you so grey when I met you first? I cannot remember. I can only now see you as a dark, sombre, city. Unyielding and stern in the face of my misery. I had come seeking you, to escape my woes. And you, Istanbul, you sent me packing in a few hours, with a much greater…

Feeling lost in the Ocean

After 4 years, returning to Great Ocean Road felt as mystifying as seeing the Apostles for the first time. At their feet,  it felt like I had traveled in time to a different world.

Street art of Melbourne

Each time I go to Melbourne, there is something new I am able to find there. The city has so much to offer, it seems I can never exhaust the list of things to do there. Standing on the bridge at Southbank, feeling lost on the St kilda pier, sitting at Federation Square watching one…

Winter Festival in Harbin

Some places are just not your travel style. But then what is the joy of traveling if you keep returning to the same kind of places without discovering a place which you wouldn’t have picked. A place that can shock your senses in either direction. Even as we landed in Harbin, and we ventured out…

Another world just a metro ride away: Chinatown

It was threatening to be another lazy Sunday, the ones that get whisked away between the threat of an approaching workday and the heaviness from a late lunch. But suddenly we decided to save it. To walk somewhere – anywhere the way we used to when we landed in Singapore more than a year ago….

Ladakh-the other planet

It is difficult for me to write about Ladakh. I have been there countless times, in thoughts, on travel sites, in other people’s photographs. From each of these visits I came back with a yearning.  To feel this absolutely foreign land – to see whether a sky could be really so blue, or clouds could…

Great Himalyan National Park

When in Tirthan valley, the one thing that calls out to you is the vast expanse of Great Himalyan National Park. Spread over an area greater than 1100 sq kilometer, this is a park rich in flora and fauna. It is a paradise for bird lovers and many bird-watchers spend days camping into the hearts…

Tirthan Valley

Lately, a variety of things, not last of them ennui, have kept me from doing much writing. And even though the last three months saw some travel, I did not pen it down. Here I start again, and hopefully this time I will do justice to these pretty holidays. After a long absence from the…

Royal Exhibition Building

Australia being the new world has very few monuments/buildings which can boast of being part of the world heritage.  And yet, in the heart of Melbourne, there is this 120 year building which in 2004 founds its way into UNESCO World Heritage list. This time, on a lazy walk around Melbourne, was able to click…

Bits from Kuala Lumpur

On the Easter weekend, I made a quick trip to KL. I didn’t think much of the city – it is chaotic and I had a couple of brushes with local miscreants which left a bad taste in the mouth. Yet, I was glad to see the Petronas Twin Towers which are an architectural marvel….

One day in Christmas-land: Heidelberg

Last November, I visited Germany on an official trip. We had an offsite training planned for five days in the lovely hotel Sonne in Frankenberg, a village about 130 km from Frankfurt. Before the training, I had 3 days in which to see a bit of the country. This being my first trip to Germany, I…

Glimpses around Melbourne

Melbourne is my favorite city in Australia. Thus this time (another worktrip) I was a little disappointed to not be able to spend time in the city. I was instead stuck in a silly suburb called dandenong – and the only thing going for this suburb is that I visited the Dandenong Ranges National park,…