Of War and Love at Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral

A visit to Cologne was on my mind since I first saw the magnificent Cologne Cathedral, the day I landed in Deutschland. As my train zipped away on a love-struck bridge, it was the Cathedral in distance that caught my eye, and I could not stop staring. I obsessed about visiting Cologne ever since, and … [Read more…]

A Regal Affair in The City of Nizams

Hyderabad is a city which evokes nostalgia and blasts from the past once you start exploring the city, the lanes dotted with the chai shops, spice merchants, ancient architecture and a straggly cityscape of corporate offices, glass facades, and shopping malls.  The name  ‘Hyderabad’ originated from the illustrious affair between Mohammad Quli Qutb Shah and a local Telegu … [Read more…]

Savouring the Flavours of Malnad with The Serai Chikmagalur

Last month, an impromptu trip to Chikmagalur (courtesy Skreem and The Serai) left me at crossroads, unable to decipher if it is the coffee or the cuisine that made me fall in love with this quiant South Indian hill town. Tucked away in the lush green Mullayanagiri Range of hills in Karnataka, Chikmagalur is a coffee-heaven, a … [Read more…]

To Hampi, With Love

The ruins dotting the temple town of Hampi narrate a tale of the past as well as form a parallel storyline that I lived last month. Embracing this ancient Vijayanagara kingdom, I lost my heart, beat by beat to the past, present and to the times that lie ahead. Some places are like love, hard … [Read more…]

The Sacred Sorrow of Sparrows – Book Review

The Sacred Sorrow of Sparrows

I was much intrigued by the title of this book when I first came to know about it. The blue-green mystic cover added to that curiosity and I couldn’t say No to reviewing this one on the blog, though I am not doing many book reviews these days. The fact that this was a short … [Read more…]

#HappyMove ‘Save Our Heritage’ Campaign By Hyundai India

#HappyMove Save Our Heritage

The sleepy town of Hampi in Karnataka, is a World Heritage Site now that is beautifully preserved in the ruins of the past. Invaders of the past destroyed this majestic capital of Vijaynagar Empire, leaving behind remains that are still beautiful. Invaders of today leave their names and love-stories over walls that signify much more … [Read more…]

A Luxurious Retreat with The Serai Chikmagalur

A trip down South was long overdue but it finally happened last month. As always, I have come back wishing for more, because one trip is never enough. It all began with a phone conversation that converted itself into tickets to Hyderabad. Hampi was on cards this time. To tell you how much I have … [Read more…]

Of Sunflowers and Smiles

Some Sunday mornings come draped in nostalgia of a time gone by and then they leave you craving for something that doesn’t exist anymore. One such morning, I woke up to the thought of Aalu Parathas and loads of home-made butter. Sometimes, I dwell in the past long enough to let go of good things, and … [Read more…]