Bali – A Little India in Indonesia

Bali – A Little India in Indonesia

Indonesia Series Part-II. Appeared in December 2016 issue of Smart Photography, India’s Premier Photography Magazine. Bali – A Little India in Indonesia In my previous travel story, we travelled to Lombok. Let’s embark on a Bali journey this time. You may read Indonesia Series Part-I (Lombok – Bali of 70s) HERE. I will start this journey by asking a question – in how many locations outside India would you get a feeling that you are in the land of Mahabharata,…

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Our Family Fun and Togetherness in Kashmir

Our Family Fun and Togetherness in Kashmir

Our Family Fun and Togetherness in Kashmir Every year, winters arrive at our door with cold winds, woollen clothes, mouthwatering snacks to nibble beside an Angithi, and a perfect time to go for a family vacation. A vacation to rekindle the warmth in our relationships and to make endless memories that we can cherish for the rest of our lives. Recently, while skimming through my Facebook account, I came across #ErtigaHolidayDiaries campaign by Maruti Suzuki Ertiga which emphasized on sharing the…

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Silent, Yet Eloquent – Cellular Jail, Port Blair

Silent, Yet Eloquent – Cellular Jail, Port Blair

  December 2016 issue of JetWings, the in-flight magazine of Jet Airways, carried my Cellular Jail image shot in Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands. This monument holds an important place in Modern Indian History. Silent, Yet Eloquent – Cellular Jail, Port Blair Cellular Jail forms an integral chapter of India’s freedom struggle. Commissioned by the British in 1896 and completed in 1906, it was built to exile Indian freedom fighters away from mainland India. It was called the ‘Cellular…

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A good time to visit London? Now!

A good time to visit London? Now!

London! I saw some. I missed some. So, London keeps calling me back. When am going to plan a visit again? The answer is ‘Right Now!’ Want to know why? Then, read on! A good time to visit London? Now! It was summer of 2012. My elder daughter, who was just 20 then and was doing her graduation with an offshore London School of Economics-affiliate (LSE-affiliate) college, got selected to do her summers in London. It was going to be…

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Vivo V5 – For Captures After Pack Up

Vivo V5 – For Captures After Pack Up

Vivo V5 – For Captures After Pack Up Pack up is a jargon that photographers and filming crews use. It is a bold announcement of ‘end of the work for the day’. It also means that the equipment may now go back to the storeroom, as it won’t be required again till the next work shift starts. Even as a travel photographer and a solo worker, there is a time of the day when I announce ‘pack up’ to myself….

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Sharing 16 UNESCO Sites of 2016 in My Hundredth Post

Sharing 16 UNESCO Sites of 2016 in My Hundredth Post

Soon, we will all be celebrating the onset of 2017. Before 2016 bids goodbye, I have another milestone to celebrate – I am scoring a century! Yes, that’s right. This is my hundredth post. I wanted it to be a landmark in more ways than one. Hence, I decided this post would be about the UNESCO World Heritage Sites I visited during 2016. Coincidentally, there are 16 of these! Instead of keeping this post chronological, I am going to mix…

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Delhi-Perth return for only US$250 (Rs.16,856). No Kidding!

Delhi-Perth return for only US$250 (Rs.16,856). No Kidding!

In case you haven’t booked your year-end travel yet, read on and save! Delhi-Perth return for only US$250 (Rs.16,856). No Kidding! Lately I have been flying around a lot. Now, how much is ‘a lot’? Well, this year, I have done a little over 85,000 kilometers till now and the year is not over yet! Earlier, like you, I used to pay what any of us would be paying for a normal air ticket. But it is not so any…

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Avoid Sea View Club Room, The Leela Grand, Kovalam

Avoid Sea View Club Room, The Leela Grand, Kovalam

Background We had made a Sea View Club Room booking with The Leela Grand, Kovalam in January 2015. The 4-night stay would have left us poorer by approx. Rs.84,000 (~US$ 1,230 – i.e. US$ 307 per night). Around then, due to its financial mess, SpiceJet was cancelling many of its flights and this news was commonplace knowledge. Our flights on three out of the four sectors also got cancelled and thankfully, the news came to us at a time when…

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A Little Bit of Manila in my Eyes

A Little Bit of Manila in my Eyes

TBEX Asia 2016 took me to Manila. I was a speaker there – my topic being Architectural Photography (For those who may ask – “What is TBEX?” – well, TBEX is the largest conference and networking event for travel bloggers, online travel journalists, new media content creators, travel brands and industry professionals). Once I was in Manila, my mind went through a roller coaster of thoughts. Go on, read about them! A Little Bit of Manila in my Eyes I…

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Eerie, not abandoned – Malinta Tunnel, Corregidor Island, Philippines

Eerie, not abandoned – Malinta Tunnel, Corregidor Island, Philippines

TBEX Asia 2016 was recently held in Manila. Just before it commenced, Tourism Promotions Board, Philippines organised a pre-TBEX tour for us to Corregidor Island. As the first line of defense for Manila (Luzon Island), Corregidor was of strategic importance during WW-II. Additionally, it was an important WW-II base for the US Army Forces in the Far East (USAFFE). Eerie, not abandoned – Malinta Tunnel, Corregidor Island, Philippines Besides other ruins that tell the WW-II story of Far East, Malinta Tunnel bored…

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Discover how it is carved in stone – Rani-ki-Vav, Patan

Discover how it is carved in stone – Rani-ki-Vav, Patan

My image has appeared in Radar section of October 2016 issue of JetWings Domestic, the in-flight magazine of Jet Airways (Domestic sectors). Carved in stone, Rani-ki-Vav, Patan It is said that this stunning structure, Rani-ki-Vav (The Queen’s Stepwell), was built in 11th century as a tribute to the king and founder of the Solanki Dynasty by his widowed wife, Udayamati. This 64 metre-long stepwell is seven levels deep and is embellished with over 1,500 statues. The stacking of statues on…

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