Kirkee War cemetery in Pune

War is something that leaves scars in everybody’s life .Though our planet has had two World Wars it does seem that we have not yet learned the lessons or the  ill effects of a war. [Read more…]

The French connection in India

Pondicherry (or Puducheri) on the east coast of India was a France colony before it became part of India . It remained the capital of French India for about 300 years till it got its independence in 1954. [Read more…]

Driving into the clouds

Have been living on this side of the ghats for the last 40 years but I am always fascinated by the western ghats whenever I cross them to reach Mumbai. [Read more…]

Rituals and customs of India – The Mehendi

There are many traditions that are followed in India and when it comes to weddings ,the  rituals are never ending. The Euphoria lasts for days, starting with the mehendi followed by the sangeet and culminating in the actual wedding. Some people have the sangeet before the mehendi ceremony. These rituals help to cement the relationship between the two families who will be joined together by marriage. [Read more…]

Skilled artisans on the Indian streets

A simple wooden frame is all that he has. An old cycle rim is fixed in the center of it which is connected to a foot operated pedal. A thick cord acts as a belt that drives the stone wheel. His knife sharpening instrument is ready. [Read more…]

Palkhi-Unusual Indian festival

India is a melting pot of many cultures and religions. There is no end to the chain of festivities through the year. Most festivals follow the usual routine of performing religious rituals to a deity at home or in a temple close by. But an unusual festival in Pune, called Palkhi, tests the faith of followers, who walk 250 km to reach a temple in another town. [Read more…]

Meenachil river-Ravenous beauty in Kerala

Whoever has coined that phrase “God’s own country” must have experienced a bit of heaven on earth. The place that I am talking about is Kerala, a picturesque and lush green state  in southern India. [Read more…]

Panchgani-Scienic hill station in Maharashtra

I stay about 100 kms away from this wonderful place and that explains my frequent visit to Panchgani. Have visited the place seven or eight times in the last three decades. [Read more…]

Ganesh Chaturthi festival-Pune

When I was a kid I used to always hum the tune Come September as that was a popular number then. [Read more…]

Travelling by the local trains in Mumbai

It is a known fact that there were no announcers at railway stations in India before independence. The post was created in the early fifties. One of the early announcers, Mr. J S Brownson, had such a good voice that people used to turn up at Dadar station just to hear him make the announcements. [Read more…]