Orchha – The Hidden Gem

Orchha – The Hidden Gem

In September 2012, I conducted a photo-tour to Orchha, a small town in MP (District Tikamgarh), with a meagre population of 10,000. And, it packed a lot of surprises for us. This quaint little town was founded in early 16th century by Bundela chief, Rudra Pratap Singh, on the banks of Betwa River. There’s an interesting story about how the name ‘Bundela’ came about. Legend has it that the first ruler of Orchha used to offer drops of blood to…

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Have made it to #GrabYourDream #Final12

Have made it to #GrabYourDream #Final12

  In 2014, Cox & Kings, Ezeego and G Adventures conceived a contest to unearth 50 avid, enthusiastic travellers who are personable, articulate in their written word, expressive in their imagery and persuasive in their speech. They planned this activity over a four-year period and divided it into 4 seasons (a season = a year). Every season, 12 winners would be chosen to get to their target of 50 in this four-year period. Prizes for the winners was a choice of…

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Abhilash Tomy – The Life of Another Pi

Abhilash Tomy – The Life of Another Pi

…the first, and currently the only, Indian to have circumnavigated the globe solo and non-stop, in a sailboat. The magnitude of his achievement? While almost 6,000 people have climbed Mt. Everest, only 79 people have solo-circumnavigated the globe in a sailboat, non-stop…

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Warsaw: A Phoenix that Rose from its Ashes

Warsaw: A Phoenix that Rose from its Ashes

The Old Town houses Jewish quarters, Warsaw University, many significant cathedrals, the Royal Palace, the President’s House, King Sigmund’s Column (Zygmunt III Waza in Polish) and one of the 2 custodians of the city – the Mermaid. The square that houses the Mermaid reminded me of the Trevi Fountain in Rome and the square in front of the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, as it is packed with roadside cafés offering beer and food, artists offering to paint for you, performers playing concert instruments, tourists gaping in awe, newly-weds excitedly engaged in their portfolio shoots and locals just chilling.

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Krakow: The City with Many Faces

Krakow: The City with Many Faces

I found myself collecting ink-stamped postcard souvenirs in ‘Schindler’s Factory’, which has now been turned in to a museum. It vividly illustrates the role played by Oskar Schindler in saving the lives of hundreds of Jews while Nazis were sending them all to Auschwitz

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Hell’s Gate or Gate of Death

Hell’s Gate or Gate of Death

This notorious entrance to Auschwitz-II (Birkenau), a WW-II Nazi Concentration Camp in Poland, was the worst site of the WW-II Holocaust. Various estimates put the number of people murdered here as between 1 and 4.5 million. The official figure displayed at Auschwitz Memorial and Museum is 1.3 million, out of which 1.1 million were Jews. The train would pull in, prisoners would be made to disembark, they would be sorted in to ‘healthy’ and ‘weak’, ‘weak’ would be immediately shot…

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Auschwitz – Remembering the WW-II Holocaust

Auschwitz – Remembering the WW-II Holocaust

…My humble homage to the people of various nationalities who were murdered in cold blood by Nazis during the World War-II Holocaust…

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