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BoseQC35

Trip to Bhangarh with BoseQC35 II : A Travel Story of Ruins, Fear and Sounds

‘Haunted’, claimed all… ‘We could hear weird voices and noises’, said some, while a handful vouched there was nothing really spooky about the place! These were some of the reactions from friends when they got to know about our trip!!! 21 December 2005 I vividly remember the day of our visit...

Destined by Rubina Ramesh

Destined by Rubina Ramesh : Book Review – PolkaJunction

My last read of Rubina Ramesh’s writing was ‘Knitted Tales’. It was a thriller that I completely loved reading. I opted to go for a romantic novel like ‘Destined’ after long, just to experience the genre of romance through the words of Rubina. So, here is an honest review of Destined....

Sagar Lake in Alwar

Sagar Lake in Alwar – An Introspective Photo Tour

Water is the elixir of life and there is no denying this. Especially, in a country like India that has been and to an extent is still dependent on the monsoon rains for its water needs. I am reminded of a shloka on Water from Rig Veda : Aapo Hishttaa Mayo-Bhuvasthaa...

VidyaGyan Bulandshahr

VidyaGyan Bulandshahr : An Oasis Amidst The Verdant Lands Of Uttar Pradesh!

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.I had an opportunity to visit VidyaGyan Bulandshahr on an invite from Shiv Nadar Foundation, in the capacity of an Education Blogger.The views being expressed in this article are solely my own. I am narrating the humbling experience that I had at VidyaGyan though the...

Moosi Maharani Ki Chhatri

Moosi Maharani Ki Chhatri – A Stark Reminder of Power, Love and Sati

Rajasthan is all about royalty, masculine valour, Rajput war stories and a patriarchal presence.Though it also is known for its reverence to women in various divine forms, the infamous social practices of Child Marriages and Sati that once dominated the State cannot be ignored.Thankfully, these are becoming less prevalent ascribable to...

Dalhousie

Dalhousie – Bakrota Hill that connects Bengal and Himachal

Living in the mountains amidst the thick growth of pines, deodars, rhododendrons, spruce and other flora and fauna interspersed with wooded trails is in itself a meditative and a medicative process. More so for urban dwellers who find themselves surrounded by greenery all of a sudden. The great poet and Nobel Laureate...

Mindrolling Monastery Dehradun

Mindrolling Monastery Dehradun- A Detailed Virtual Tour in 25 Photos

A sense of calm and tranquillity pervades as one enters the Mindrolling Monastery Dehradun in the mornings.The only noise that is heard is that of the monkeys jumping and playing on the roofs.The monks in red robes go about their chores silently without any pandemonium.The premises is spic and span, devoid...

Book Review People Called Shillong

Book Review: People Called Shillong – 50 Stories from the Khasi Hills

Shillong and the North-East travels have been eluding me for long. I often see my friends posting photos on Social Media of their trip to Shillong or the exotic locations they discover as dwellers there. And rightfully, as an avid traveller, I feel disillusioned that we have not been to the...

Book Review The Ghosts of Gurugram

Book Review : The Ghosts of Gurugram

This July marked a year of our move to Delhi from the mountains of Himachal. From a place of pure oxygen to a city with the highest pollution levels it indeed has been a drastic change. Thankfully, there is quite a lot of greenery here unlike the other cities to take...

Forest Research Institute's Architecture

Forest Research Institute’s Architecture – A Photo Tour

The one monumental and prestigious institute that has been synonymous with Dehradun for over a century now, has to be the massive colonial Forest Research Institute.  I personally believe this is the only place that has not changed much, post my very first visit to the Doon valley a couple of...

10 Tips and Tricks to stay safe in Indian Winters

Tips and tricks to stay safe in the Indian winters were churned out, in a casual group conversation for a dear friend ( a first-timer to the hills) to keep herself safe in the winters. The group resonated my thoughts on putting together the tips and tricks suggested by me. So...

The Travel Story of Easy Peasy Keerai recipe

The most underrated of the vegetables are the leafy ones. Many of them slowly find their way up the muddy path, to feel a ray of sun, get caressed by the gentle breeze and yet grow in this world sans care. The lucky ones are nurtured by their masters and mistresses...

Ayutthaya Temples and Ruins

Ayutthaya Temples and Ruins : 10 Photos to help you plan a trip- Part 1

Ayutthaya to Ayodhya  – A nostalgic trip down the memory lane A couple of years back when Lucknow was our home for a short-period,  we frequented Ayodhya – the Hindu pilgrimage town on the banks of the revered  Sarayu, a river that flows through the central verdant plains of Uttar Pradesh...

City Palace Jaipur Architecture

City Palace Jaipur Architecture : 30 Photos to get you started on Responsible Tourism

The City Palace Jaipur has eluded me for more than a decade until our recent trip in April, this year. Jaipur, the capital city of Majestic Rajasthan, has been one of the most frequented places on my Travel list after Agra and Hyderabad. Yet, I could never spend ample time exploring the...

Best time to discover Tamil Nadu is during the Maargazhi season

The time of the day is of cuddle and comfort, to be immersed in a deep slumber, to snooze the alarm and beg for some more time and catch up on a little more sleep. Just when one thinks that they have cajoled time for some respite, one starts hearing a...

Millenials Parenting

Raising Millenials in the Digital Age – A big task or a cakewalk

To go digital or not The reality is that- like we, grown-ups, our kids too are using technology to take the leap forward. And that’s a good thing. The tricky part is figuring out how to allow our kids to try new things while also keeping them safe and keeping ourselves...

‘Cashify’ eases the workload of not just people on Earth but celestial beings, too!

Disclaimer: All characters and incidents in this blog post are co-incidental and fictional. I can’t help if you are offended though there is nothing in this write-up that is offensive. Most of the works of fiction start with a disclaimer, so thought will give one  :p  One night after unsuccessful attempts...

Vardan polkajunction.com

Relieving pain without medications at VARDAN – An honest review

When I received an invite to experience the facility of VARDAN in Delhi, I was a bit sceptical as well as inquisitive. Let me tell you the reason. Firstly, I have my own apprehensions trying anything related to health and secondly, I had never heard about VARDAN! PolkaJunction has been a...

Kathakali – The colourful classical dance form of Kerala that requires a revival

The name ‘Kathakali’ usually unfolds an imagery of vibrancy, opulence, flamboyant costume and expressive dance. But for me, it had always rekindled old memories of my school days when in one of the projects, we had to stick a chart on Classical Dance forms of India and I was captivated by...

Enchantment

Travel, no doubt makes one experience varied culture, art, cuisines and gives immense satisfaction.But it can also take away precious things from your life. Maybe not always but seldom, it can prove to be a taker and not a giver. Who can know better about this two-faced ‘Travel’ than a nomad...

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