Huntsville Botanical Garden – The Green Heart of Rocket City

Huntsville Botanical Garden – The Green Heart of Rocket City

Huntsville Botanical Garden – The Green Heart of Rocket City Huntsville – a small, little, big town in Alabama – hosted TBEX North America 2017 (#TBEXhsv). The organisers had asked me to conduct a daylong pre-TBEX photography workshop. The venue for this workshop, I was told, was the Huntsville Botanical Garden. Before reaching Huntsville, I did some research on the city and promptly crossed my fingers. The town had a meagre population of 190,000 and was touted as the Rocket…

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POLONNARUWA – HOUSE OF A HOLY RELIC, SRI LANKA

POLONNARUWA – HOUSE OF A HOLY RELIC, SRI LANKA

April 2017 issue of JetWings, the in-flight magazine of Jet Airways, carried my Polonnaruwa Vatadage (Sri Lanka) image in their regular B&W section – Radar. Polonnaruwa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. POLONNARUWA – HOUSE OF A HOLY RELIC, SRI LANKA – TRAVELURE © History books state that King Parakramabahu I shifted his capital to Polonnaruwa – approximately 230 km from Colombo – from Anuradhapura in 12th century AD. Unique to Sri Lankan architecture, vatadages were built to protect small…

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Travel Photographer Meets Serious Trekkers

Travel Photographer Meets Serious Trekkers

Next morning, as we all got into the coach to get back to Kochi Airport, during the journey we formed a WhatsApp group – Stairway to Heaven Trail. It has been over fifteen months since this trail happened. But, till date, the group members continue to interact with each other with genuine fondness. This trail through the Western Ghats ended up connecting people’s hearts, and this travel photographer has become an integral part of this group of serious trekkers!

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Akko Crusader Fortress – Designed Repurposing of Space

Akko Crusader Fortress – Designed Repurposing of Space

  The first-ever Festival of Places (7-9 April 2017) is currently on in Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, New Delhi. Incidentally, I was invited to speak here on its inaugural day (7 April). The proposed topic was – ‘A Change in the way We Think, Talk and Use Public Spaces’. This article is a gist of my talk there. It uses Akko Crusader Fortress as an excellent example a deliberately designed repurposing of space. Akko Crusader Fortress – Designed…

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Spinning Wheels of Adventure!

Spinning Wheels of Adventure!

…terrain are absolute edge-of-the-seat affairs. Long story short, dune bashing totally turns me on! Spinning Wheels of Adventure – Travelure ©

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Feeling Like Royalty At Hotel King David Jerusalem

Feeling Like Royalty At Hotel King David Jerusalem

Feeling Like Royalty At Hotel King David Jerusalem – Travelure © For the third consecutive time, TBEX invited me as a speaker. This time, the invite was for speaking in TBEX International, Jerusalem. While the conference was for 4n/4d (including the Speakers’ party), my total stay in Israel was for 9n/10d. Dan Hotels, Israel’s premier chain of hotels, hosted me in three of their properties. These were – Hotel Dan Panorama (Jerusalem), Hotel Dan Carmel (Haifa) and Hotel King David…

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Do Not Die Without Going To Jerusalem

Do Not Die Without Going To Jerusalem

  My hosts in Jerusalem – Hotel Dan Panorama & Hotel King David (Crown Jewel of Dan Hotels). Click HERE to check out their properties.  For my review of Hotel King David, Jerusalem, click HERE. During the recently concluded TBEX International in Jerusalem, The Jerusalem Post interviewed me (See the article HERE). Just before wrapping up the interview, the senior correspondent asked me about my feelings about Jerusalem. I had just smiled and said – ‘Do not die without going…

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SAN THOME BASILICA, CHENNAI

SAN THOME BASILICA, CHENNAI

March 2017 issue of JetWings, the in-flight magazine of Jet Airways, carried my San Thome Basilica (Chennai) image in their regular B&W section – Radar. San-Thome-Basilica-Chennai Portuguese explorers built this 16th-century basilica over the tomb of Saint Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. In the late-19th century, the British rebuilt it in the Neo-Gothic style of architecture, as a church with the status of a cathedral. It is said that the San Thome Basilica is one of the three…

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