Author: Meenakshi J

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...

Boat ride

Backwaters of Kerala – An Indulgence with Responsible Tourism

The month of October always brings back fond memories of my trip to the backwaters of Kerala. It has been seven long years since we undertook our family trip to Cochin and this wonderful vacation remains as the most cherished sojourn till date. I love Cochin and is one place apart...

Demons of Atmos – The Final Fall

Disclaimer: This story isn’t for the faint-hearted. All characters and places are intentionally not coincidental. It is a longgggggg story, so grab a cuppa and make yourself comfortable before you read on. Prologue September 2017, Delhi The blue sky was suddenly hijacked by dark grey monsters, engulfing whatever and whomsoever came...

TajMahal at Agra – A different perspective through my lens

The TajMahal at Agra does not cease to mesmerize tourists and travellers from around the world. The same holds good for us Indians too, as I am back from my fifth trip to the Taj. Old monuments and buildings fascinate me to no end since my childhood and so do the...

GMR

Creating Tomorrow Together, a lot better with GMR Varalakshmi Foundation

I remember that every Hyderabadi took pride in the inauguration of the Hyderabad Airport in the year 2008, including me. Whenever I fly in and out of Delhi and Hyderabad, I am awed at the massiveness of the project. Of course, I did know about GMR as a business giant during...

Why am I regularly irregular with blogging

I am excited to return to the blogosphere, writing and blogging after almost a month of hiatus. O.K.,I do accept that I have been regularly irregular with updating my blog for the last couple of months.No,no….this time around I am not giving any excuse except that the factors of hindrance are too...

Unfurling the colours of Umbrella Village in Chiang Mai

  “Everyone wants happiness, No one wants pain. But you can’t have a rainbow, without a little Rain“ Well, what if you are embraced and protected from rain by a whole Umbrella village and are still shown a vibrant rainbow! It indeed would be wonderful, right? I exactly found something similar...

The Fascinating Case of Bottled Critters in Laos-Snake Wine

Disclaimer: I am not promoting the usage of Alcohol/Snake Wine or its consumption in any form through this post. This is just an account of my off-beat experience and an experience of a varied culture. Travelling and exploring new places is a way of life for our family and I enjoy it...

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