I had heard bits and pieces about Chandernagore over the years. It was one of the first outposts of India’s colonial past, a French colony rather like Puducherry. The taxi driver we hired for the day from Kolkata stared blankly when we told him our destination. When realization dawned he said: “Oh…Chandonnogar. But there is […]
It was just two days after terrorists massacred 20 people at the Holey Artisan Bakery and Restaurant in the Dhaka neighbourhood where I live. Among those killed were three young students, alumni of the school where my daughter studies. I was at the time in the U.S. on vacation with my family, but the event was still too close to […]
I do not have pleasant memories of my visits to the popular temples of Puri and Palani. I was jostled by unruly crowds and hustled by avaricious touts peddling special sightings of the Lord in exchange for a few rupees.
We gaze at the Monolith, a tower made of human bodies, naked limbs and hair, entwined with each other, reaching for the heavens. It is 46 feet tall and carved out of a single stone, perhaps an ode to the noble, existential struggle of all humankind. There are more sculptures set on blocks of stone, […]
My article on the National Geographic Traveller website can be read here.
Where is the end of the world? Is it in the deepest floor of a great blue ocean, or the highest tip of a bare, bleached mountain ? Is it at that taut line where the sky kisses the earth and the eyes can see no further? Or is it the dark point at the […]