I am not new to Kolkata. I lived there for two years at the start of my career, made the occasional trip in between and have done the usual touristy activities—from wandering around the Victoria Memorial to eating egg rolls on Park Street. I have been on a boat ride on the Hooghly, never realising […]
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 […]