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He weaves magic from bamboo and cane. The basket is an essential part of Naga life. While we carry our daily stuff in backpacks, the sturdy and reliable basket holds just about anything from grains, fruits, water, lunch and even babies. A perfect companion in the hilly terrain. Sadly a fading tradition due to modernization.
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The lake was shimmering as the sun set. And there it was sunbathing in the glolden light. Croc alert!
Green bee eater spotted at Tadoba
This painting is around 150 years old. Of course it has been retouched many times. It was done in thanksgiving to Mother Mary by the people of Kotachiwadi. The plague had hit Mumbai hard and this painting was done by the survivors. Notice that even though Mary is a Catholic icon, there is a lotus and elephants. This indicates that Hindus and Catholics who lived here, have contributed to this painting. More interesting stories about Kotachiwadi coming up.
I encountered this happy bunch during my evening run today. Looking at them shooting hoops, got me thinking. Why do we call them "differently abeled"? Is it because they are not "normal"? What if they are supposed to enough or perfect as per God? Being differently abeled means they can do anything, but differently. Isn't that supposed to be a cool thing? We so called "normal" people can also be differently abeled in so many areas of our life. New perspectives 😊
A barking deer announces her entry. The forest falls silent. She approaches the water with regal attitude her kids tagging along. It was a thrill to watch the tigers in their natural habitat.
The forest is filled with sounds and silence. We wait with patience and faith, for the giant cats to make their appearance. Tadoba is considered one of the best places in India to view the royal tigers. Will we see them in their natural habitat? More on that coming up.
Built in stone, in 1936, the church of St John is still in use by Roman Catholics. Lansdowne is a small army cantonment town in the district of Kotdwara. From the many sights to see in this small town, a visit to this church is a must.
Wind down your day, exploring the ruins of the Angkor Wat by taking a small detour to Phnom Bakheng. Take a seat among the ancient stone sculptures and be an amazed audience to this stunning display of champagne and tequila colours. For more stories read my post - A tuk tuk and some temple dust. Link in bio.
When in Chennai....work and meetings ™️
Throwback Apr 2017 - view of the valley from the viewpoint at Salento village. This region grows some of the world's best coffee ☕️ Viva Colombia!!
Pachu Bandar is a small fishing village at the edge of Vasai. Drive down to this place from Vasai station. A small seafood restaurant across waterfront, sells the fresh catch and chilled beer.
Feeling the blues 🏡
If a window of opportunity appears don't pull down the shade ☺️
The Versova Koli Seafood festival is organized every year in Jan. The Koli people are the original inhabitants of Bombay. Their life revolves around catching and selling fish. They worship the sea and love to have good food, booze and a happy life. Women love to wear their gold. This festival is a great way to know more about the Koli culture and the people. And of course the yummy food 😋
Throwback 2016 - snake wine is locally consumed across Vietnam. The whole snake (preferably cobra) is infused into a glass jar of rice wine and left to steep for months. The venom gets inactive due to the alcohol and so the wine is safe to drink. While cruising along the Mekong Delta one of our stops was to have a shot of this potent wine....and yeah we came out alive. Cheers 🍷
Magh Bihu is celebrated in the month of January in Assam. This festival marks the end of the harvest season and the celebration is all about food. People gather around bon fires, cook food and make merry. This pic was taken by me during the hornbill festival and is used as a reference. Happy feasting 😋
Even though life is tragic, sometimes there is magic ❇️
The portal to the future. Awaiting new travels, new adventures and new opportunities. Happy New Year 🌟
Let's go sailing and then fishing ⛵ 🎣
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church was built in 1541 for the benefit of the Portuguese sailors. Today is it an icon for the city of Panjim. Very touristy but beautiful, a must visit ⛪
The beach at Bambolim has very little tourists even though it's close to Panjim. If staying away from the crowds is your thing then hit this beach. Also the calm waters make it a perfect place for kayaking.
The Goan thali at Ritz Classic has a little bit of everything. The tiny bowls are filled with delightful bites of juicy crabs, crispy kingfish, tangy curry, chilly shells and sol kadhi. The main dish has a coconut prawn curry and rice. Yummiest 😋
Our simple Goan lunch...fish curry, rice, fish fry and shell chilly fry 😋
The scenic route of the Konkan Railway....Goa I'm coming 😍
Pretty flowers will always make my day
Sunrise at Kohima
Chapel near the festival grounds. A place of quiet and peace.
Introducing Penche from the tribe of the Konyaks. He is one of the last surviving headhunters. His tattooed face indicates he has beheaded 3 people in his lifetime. One of the coolest guys I've met.
Views from Mokokchung village
Nagaland has approx 16 tribes some of the well known ones are the Ao, Angami and Konyak. The Hornbill festival is a great platform for these tribes to showcases their culture and history.