French Kiss

The reasons to travel were many: to be away from home, to breathe fresh air, to soak in some peace and quiet. Then there was the ocean, the architecture, the history, and the culture. And so, one fine morning, I found myself in a place I have often fancied living in - Pondicherry. Although famous …

The Road Behind Me

After many years, I found myself at the street of my youth. The street that once gave me my ambition, now gave me a lesson: one might outgrow the charm of the things that once fascinated him but it is often difficult to be indifferent to them --  if nothing else, these remind you that …

Migrant Musings: 15 years in Delhi

"Tomorrow, you begin a new life, a life totally different from what you have led until now." She had said, trying to look for a place to sit on my bed. Some of my things were still strewn on it, waiting to be put into the bag.  I had a train to catch in a …

Calcutta & I

There are things in life that you choose, and there are things life chooses for you. Often both are interlinked, although you might not realise it until much later. Seventeen years ago, as an eighteen year old, I had to choose between staying back in a noisy, chaotic and crowded Calcutta, where my father had …

At Home With Bapu

A trip to Porbandar had never been on my travel list, but when I found the opportunity to visit the town, although just for a few hours, I could not let it pass. Located in between the holy towns of Dwarka and Somnath, along the coast of Gujrat, Porbandar is a pilgrimage in its own …

The Chola Temples Of Tamilnadu

The seed of my trip to the great living Chola temples of Tamil Nadu were sown on a pleasant morning three years ago, in the courtyard of the Sriranganathaswamy temple in Srirangam. I had travelled to the temple towns of Tiruchurapally and Srirangam on a whim and the beauty of their temples had left me …

Of Neverending loves & Nainital

At eleven in the morning, the railway station is as quiet as it is beautiful. Not that you expect a quaint little place like this to be noisy. The town of Haldwani is quiet too, as if recovering from the heavy footfall of the summer vacations, which have recently ended. Soon we are in a …

The Girl In Wanderment

I have been travelling for as long as I can remember. As a little girl I travelled with my parents through the country -- from the snow covered passes of Himanchal, where we went with my four-month-old brother, to the oceans of Kanyakumari, where we travelled, a few years later, with grandparents and cousins in …