Book Reviews

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.   The Blurb: Esha …

Sagar Lake in Alwar
Royal Rajasthan, Travel

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 Na Oorjey Dhadhaatana | …

VidyaGyan Bulandshahr
Education, Lifestyle, Social Responsibility

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 the 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 statistical …

Moosi Maharani Ki Chhatri
Royal Rajasthan, Travel

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 strict laws and …

Himachal Hymns, Travel

Dalhousie – Bakrota Hill that connects Bengal and Himachal

Life in the mountains amidst thriving pines, deodars, rhododendrons, spruce and other flora and fauna interspersed with wooded trails is in itself a meditative and medicative process. More so for urban dwellers who find themselves surrounded by frondescence all of a sudden. At first glimpse, this lushness and the azure skies with breathable pure oxygen …

Mindrolling Monastery Dehradun
Travel, Unmissable Uttarakhand

Mindrolling Monastery Dehradun- The largest monastery in India

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 of …

People Called Shillong Review
Book Reviews

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 ‘Scotland of East ‘, …

FRI : Central Courtyard
Travel, Unmissable Uttarakhand

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 hasn’t seen much of a change over the year. My very first visit to the Doon valley a couple of …