Contest Entries, Travel

The curious case of my Blind Date on a family trip!

A colonial cottage cocooned in salubrious surroundings nestled amidst rolling mountains, a gentle breeze ruffling the azure waters of a nearby lake, drops of dew rolling down the waxy foliage,a window with no bars that open to these scenes and my tired palms wrapping around a warm mug of hot chocolate savouring the paradise beneath …

Golu Bommai
Tamil Nadu Trails, Travel

The significance of Bommai Golu during Navaratri – India’s Doll Festival

Navaratri or Golu pandigai ( for Tamizhians) is India’s Doll festival and in fact, Hinamatsuri- the doll festival of Japan is very similar to this ancient Hindu custom of dolls’ display. While Navaratri (Navratri) across the rest of India is often associated with ritualistic worship or garba or Durga Puja, the local populace in TamilNadu celebrate it as a ‘nine-day dolls …

Gangaikondacholapuram temple
Tamil Nadu Trails, Travel

Gangaikondacholapuram – Possibly the most elegant UNESCO Heritage Site in the world

The UNESCO Heritage Site of Gangaikondacholapuram temple in TamilNadu, India, is a result of triumph, aspiration and dream of one of the widely acclaimed and successful Chola emperor – Rajendra Chola. Everything about this wonderful temple site is as grand and magnificent as the historical milestones of the emperor. Personally, I consider it the most elegant of …

Chekka Chivantha Vaanam
Random Musings

Five reasons why I liked ManiRatnam’s Chekka Chivantha Vaanam – An unconventional review!

‘Should we book tickets for Mani Ratnam’s Chekka Chivantha Vaanam?’, I asked The Hubby, anticipating a by-default ‘lacklustre response in a non-affirmative tone’. You must be rolling your eyes questioning my judgemental view of the better-half. But who better to know than me about The Hubby who hates watching movies in the theatre! That he …

Thirumalai Nayakar Palace
Tamil Nadu Trails, Travel

Thirumalai Nayakar Palace-A stunning heritage structure in Tamil Nadu,India

Thirumalai Nayakar Palace also known as Madurai Palace is a testimony to the city’s secularism and diversity. If Madurai is world- famous for its Meenakshi Amman Temple, it is equally popular for the Anglo-Indian community, the churches, the Jaina Caves and its multicultural society. On my recent trip to Madurai, I decided to visit the …

Finding Street Art in Hyderabad
Telangana Trails, Travel

A photo guide to finding Street Art in Secunderabad and Hyderabad, Telangana – India

“O wow, when and where did you find this street art in Hyderabad? In all these years, I have never seen this Superwoman”, wondered my friend after I posted the below street art on my Instagram feed. I chuckled a bit and told her it was right in front of the two-wheeler parking slot of the …

Maharashtra, Travel

JayaHe GVK New Museum – A must visit place in Mumbai, Maharashtra – India

JayaHe GVK New Museum inside the Mumbai CSIA(Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport) narrates the story of India to its visitors through art and colours. The museum beautifully essays how Indians live and experience multiple eras at once through this country’s diversity and legacy. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this post are solely my own. I have …

Tamil Nadu Trails, Travel

Airavateswara Temple at Darasuram, India : A Chola repository of micro carvings and sculptures – Part 2

Airavateswara Temple at Darasuram is a Chola repository of micro carvings and sculptures. For first-timers who are visiting this temple, it could be a bit daunting and overwhelming as to where and what to look, which sculpture to ponder over and which to give a miss, as it happened in my case. These two posts, …

Tamil Nadu Trails, Travel

Darasuram Airavateswara Temple,UNESCO Site in India -A Chola repository of micro carvings and sculptures – Part 1

“Darasuram is near our Swamimalai, isn’t it?”, asks my grandma. “Why do you want to go there? The temple there is in ruins”, she continues. This news disappoints me a bit. I ask her when had she visited the temple last, as, she frequents our family temple at Swamimalai often. She answers ’long back’. I …