Baratang Island – Of mangrove creeks, limestone caves and human safari

It’s 17th of September 2015. I wake up in this damp room to the sound of the pouring rain on the tinned roof at Eco Palm Resort, Port Blair, with my best friend beside me. I hear an occasional roaring sound of distant thunder and it seems to be coming closer. I sigh. My mind then traces back to a night ago when I was in my all too familiar bed of my one bedroom apartment in Chennai. It all still seems so unreal, I think to myself. It’s still raining heavily and I wish the rain would stop, but I know there isn’t any stopping this heavy monsoon rain. I just pray that it won’t play spoilsport today. I check the time. It’s 2 am. And after a few more minutes of contemplating a fraction of my life gazing at the ceiling fan, I finally get up and get fresh for the day. … More Baratang Island – Of mangrove creeks, limestone caves and human safari

Reflections on the possibility of missing out on what’s supposed to be my first HALF MARATHON RUN this Sunday.

24th November 2017 “26th November 2017” I had been anticipating for this day for quite some time now. And three nights ago, I was really excited that the day was finally approaching. Today I’m lying down in my bed with my legs stretched out, a pillow under my right knee to elevate the right leg … More Reflections on the possibility of missing out on what’s supposed to be my first HALF MARATHON RUN this Sunday.

How to plan a 10 day Vietnam trip in and around Hanoi

I always had a list of international travel destinations for my first ever international trip and Vietnam always used to be on the top of that list. And having been there three weeks ago, I must say that it well deserved to take that sweet top spot or to be sitting pretty on the top of any traveler’s South East Asia list. What I hadn’t thought back then was that I would travel solo to this beautiful country with a unique heritage that completely blew me away and come back falling hard for it. I think it’s safe to say that it’s been one of the most beautiful solo trips I’ve undertaken in my life.
If anyone has to go through the hardship of choosing one destination or country in South East Asia, I might as well ask him to choose Vietnam. That’s how hard I fell for this country. … More How to plan a 10 day Vietnam trip in and around Hanoi

Heartfelt notes from Vietnam

29th May 2017 ( 6 am as I sit waiting for my pho with Mamalili)
29th May 2017 ( 6 am as I sit waiting for my pho with Mamalili)
4th June evening

I’m sitting on the bench at the airport looking at my tan lines and watching myself in the mirror in front of me noticing how much I changed colors in the past 10 days. I am leaving Vietnam in about an hour and I almost feel like crying sitting and recollecting all the beautiful memories I made during my stay there.

I get up and grab two Vietnamese hats for 50 hkd as I just realize that i had left one of the Vietnamese hats I bought at Lan’s and another at the travel agent’s place in old quarter from whom I had booked the Halong Bay cruise.

30 minutes later, with a promise to return back to this beautiful country again, i look down one last time from my aircarft window and bid a final goodbye to a land so pretty, with it’s even more beautiful and warm hearted people. … More Heartfelt notes from Vietnam

I left a part of me in Varkala – a photo journal on one of my favorite beaches in India

Going back to a place you love always feels good. This was one such journey. October 2015 – Desperate to escape a weekend away from the scorching heat and humidity of Chennai, I hopped into a bus at Koyembedu bus station and after a rather uncomfortable overnight bus journey alone and a good amount of … More I left a part of me in Varkala – a photo journal on one of my favorite beaches in India

Varkala – A travel guide to the laid back trippy hippie heaven in Kerala

We all know how “Goa is always a good idea” And how we all go gaga over a visit to Goa. I love Goa, no doubt about that but there’s something to this little trippy hippie beach heaven that’s unlike Goa. South Goa has its own chilled laid back vibe and hippies throng the Arambol … More Varkala – A travel guide to the laid back trippy hippie heaven in Kerala

Sai Wan Swimming Shed – For the photography buff in you – a day spent hunting Hong Kong’s instagram worthy locations.

This hunt because you all know how i love Instagram and how could i miss out on top instagram worthy locations? 😀 So I’m back to Hong Kong after an amazing vacation back home in India. The first weekend after I got back, I just took rest, unpacked my stuffs and almost did nothing apart from … More Sai Wan Swimming Shed – For the photography buff in you – a day spent hunting Hong Kong’s instagram worthy locations.

A travel guide to the Meghalaya I fell in love with

Journey date : 2nd April 2017 – 6th April 2017
Caution : It’s a very long post but I’ve added everything possible in this post, all the information you may require from places to see, places to stay or eat or the very important “commute within Meghalaya.”
Meghalaya!
About Meghalaya –

The name – Megh means cloud and alay means home.(I think I’m gonna nickname my daughter alay in the future :P)
Where should I begin to describe this place – I’m at a loss of words.
Abode of the clouds, the Scotland of the east, the land of waterfalls, the queen of hills
– all these names start to make sense as you embark on a three hour road journey from Guwahati Airport, maneuvering your way up the pine covered hills, dotted with pretty lakes and picturisque landscapes, treating your eyes to a green sight that will remain with you for the most part of your life.
Beautiful and breathtaking! But that’s an understatement.
If I could use a word or two to describe Meghalaya, I would say “Green” and “White”.
The lush green rolling hills dotted with pine trees, the thick waves of mists that appear out of nowhere leaving you spell bound, the clouds, the rains, the beautiful roads, the numerous waterfalls you see as you drive through the roads, those old Khasi villages, the kind and warm hearted smiles of the Khasi villagers – what’s there to dislike this place?
If you’re like me and you need a quick guide for a three – four day visit to this state, read on. … More A travel guide to the Meghalaya I fell in love with

In photos – A night and half a day at Asia’s cleanest village – Mawlynnong

The cab kept going on and on in the dark taking turns on winding roads and making us sway to its rhythm. We mercilessly kept swaying to the sides as the engine kept roaring.
I couldn’t see a thing in the dark but I imagined us driving through some murky place far away from civilization, with huge trees on the sides on a never-ending path – a journey that just seemed to last forever.
I desperately wished that it was daylight then as I wanted to see which untouched part of Meghalaya we had reached. But It was pitch dark and I could see nothing but darkness and feel nothing but still air and quietness.
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