Gilbert Hill – To See Or Not To See

Gilbert Hill is as old as ‘The Age of the Reptiles’ dating 65 million years. It is made up of black basalt rock columns that were a result of molten lava that got squeezed from the Earth’s clefts. Gilbert Hill is often compared to the Devils Tower in Wyoming and …

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Mani Bhavan – A Fragment of Mahatma Gandhi’s Life

Here is where Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi resided between 1917 – 1934, whenever he was in Bombay (now Mumbai). Many of his historic movements like Non-corporation, Satyagraha, Swadeshi and Khadi movement have been initiated from here. The residence gets its name as it originally belonged to a ‘Mani’ family and later …

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Vallarpadam Church, Kochi is home to an Interesting Folklore

I was in Kochi on an official trip when I had a day spare until I headed back home. Thankfully, my local colleague offered to show me places around the city. We started early morning to visit the Chinese Fishing Nets and Fort Kochi Beach. Both were lovely sights. But soon …

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Banganga – Mumbai’s Mini Ganga

IMAGINE, a sacred place, a fairly large waterbody and concrete stairways surrounding the waterbody in overcrowded Mumbai? Rituals and Mythology make way for what is today called ‘Banganga’, unbelievably located in the heart of Mumbai. If history is to be believed, Lord Rama and his brother Lakshman took rest here …

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Miraculous Cross, Anjuna – I found another Miraculous Cross in Goa

Having been the place of my ancestral roots, I have visited Goa more times than I can count. The beaches are now exhausted, the restaurants and cuisine now commercialized and there is no empty place left for time by yourself with the tourist explosion in this hippie state. Do not …

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The Twilight Series in Retrospect – An Analysis

Yesterday, Twilight was playing on television and it led me to retrospect the good, the bad and the overall craze this franchise garnered all through its cinematic journey. So here I am, penning down some of my observations and analysis about Twilight’s phenomenal craze and how the critics and intellectuals …

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2 Nights 3 Cities in Rajasthan: The Jaipur-Ajmer-Pushkar Leg

Have a weekend coming up or looking for a small holiday with friends or by yourself. Here is one of the many options you could consider with a good time assured. Rajasthan is soaked in culture and history aplenty. Gigantic forts, opulent palaces, variety museums, religious temples and hospitable people, …

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Karnala Bird Sanctuary & Fort – Excellent Trek but no Birds

Planned trips sometimes don’t go as per expectations. Unplanned trips on the other hand, sometimes turn out like the most planned trip ever. The latter is what happened when along with friends I decided to do the Karnala Bird Sanctuary and Fort trek. How did we come up with this …

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