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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Kinderdijk – A Day Trip from Amsterdam

Kinderdijk – A Day Trip from Amsterdam

Smart Photography, a leading photography magazine from India, carried my photo-feature on a day trip to Kinderdijk in their February 2017 issue. Kinderdijk – A Day Trip from Amsterdam The Netherlands is a small country at the Northwestern tip of mainland Europe. While the distances here are not much, this scenic nation offers plenty of heritage, funky architecture and other assorted visual delights to the visitors. During my visit there last summers, I planned a visit to Kinderdijk. UNESCO has…

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SUN TEMPLE, MODHERA, GUJARAT

SUN TEMPLE, MODHERA, GUJARAT

February 2017 issue of JetWings International, the in-flight magazine of Jet Airways (International Sectors), carried my Sun Temple image in their regular B&W section – Radar. Sun Temple was heavily plundered by the Muslim invaders, but its glorious architecture still stands tall! Sun-Temple-Modhera-Gujarat Lying on the banks of River Pushpawati, the Sun Temple was built in 1027 ad by King Bhimdev I of the Solanki dynasty. It was dedicated to Surya, the Sun God. Once there was an idol of Surya…

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AGRA AND ITS SURROUNDINGS – THE UNKNOWN AND THE UNUSUAL

AGRA AND ITS SURROUNDINGS – THE UNKNOWN AND THE UNUSUAL

  This article was published in an NRI-focussed publication (NRI Achievers) in September 2013. Agra and its surroundings – the unknown and the unusual Much has been written about Agra. But I am still venturing to write this piece. My recent trip to Agra was to experience the unusual. Besides one customary visit to the Taj Mahal, the other activities were not what any tourist would normally engage in. Let me share the details. Unique Saviours While driving towards Agra, just…

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ORCHHA – A CHANCE DISCOVERY

ORCHHA – A CHANCE DISCOVERY

January 2017 issue of JetWings, the in-flight magazine of Jet Airways (Domestic Sectors), carried my photo-feature. I am reproducing the photo-feature as it appeared. I am also following it through with the detailed story I had sent for publication that was not carried owing to space constraint.  Orchha – A Chance Discovery Take a pictorial tour of this offbeat destination that is dotted with impressive examples of Bundela Architecture in the heart of India.  The historic town of Orchha lies…

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BOAT WITH A VIEW – KOCHI

BOAT WITH A VIEW – KOCHI

January 2017 issue of JetWings Domestic, the in-flight magazine of Jet Airways (Domestic Sectors), carried my Kochi image in their regular B&W section – Radar. Kochi is the capital of Kerala, touted by their tourism as ‘God’s Own Country!’ Boat-View-Kochi As you step out of the bustling twin cities of Kochi and Ernakulam, you will find houses on the edge of backwaters with boats anchored outside. Life here has a languid pace, nature’s presence is overwhelming, and tranquility truly envelopes you….

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FIRST GLIMPSE, TAJ MAHAL, AGRA

FIRST GLIMPSE, TAJ MAHAL, AGRA

January 2017 issue of JetWings International, the in-flight magazine of Jet Airways (International Sectors), carried my Taj Mahal image in their regular B&W section – Radar. Taj Mahal is one of the modern 7 Wonders of the World and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. First-Glimpse-Taj-Mahal-Agra Rabindranath Tagore aptly called this monument of love, built by Shah Jahan in the 17th century, “a teardrop on the cheek of time”. Noted for its unique workmanship and architecture, it glided into the…

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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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