Waterfront Wonder – Opera House, Sydney

Waterfront Wonder – Opera House, Sydney

My image has appeared in Radar section of October 2016 issue of JetWings International, the in-flight magazine of Jet Airways (International sectors). Waterfront Wonder – Opera House, Sydney The infamous 1966 fallout of Australian Government’s project in-charge, Davis Hughes, and designer/architect Jorn Utzon, who envisioned the landmark Sydney Opera House, is widely known as ‘Malice in Blunderland’. Seven years later, Queen Elizabeth finally inaugurated the structure in October 1973. Today, it is one of the busiest performing arts venues in…

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A Tucked-Away Town – Gammelstad

A Tucked-Away Town – Gammelstad

My story, A Tucked-Away Town – Gammelstad, has appeared in October 2016 issue of JetWings International – the in-flight magazine for international sectors of Jet Airways. Exploring Sweden’s best-preserved church town, Gammelstad As we approached Gammelstad, the imposing Nederluleå Church filled the horizon. Our guide, a summer volunteer, pointed at the imposing structure and said, “This church was built by the Swedish to stake a claim on the territory rather than with the intention to propagate religion.” We had driven…

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Spot of Rajasthan en route Hills of Himachal

Spot of Rajasthan en route Hills of Himachal

A week back, I received an invitation from a PR agency on behalf of Ramgarh Heritage, a Rajasthani heritage property in Panchkula – they were going to host me for a couple of nights. Though I accepted the invitation, my mind was throwing up a few pertinent questions. On more than one occasion, I have found myself trapped in the so-called pseudo-Rajasthani boutique resorts; will this be another such instance? Or, Chandigarh folks reserve similar disdain for Panchkula that Mumbai…

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Social Media Oscars – OSM Awards

Social Media Oscars – OSM Awards

Outlook Group is a leading media house in India. They are normally on the leading edge of innovation in the field of news and communication in India. This year being their 21st anniversary, they have launched another ‘first’ in the country – the Outlook Social Media Awards (OSM Awards, pronounced ‘Awesome Awards’). More details about these awards are HERE and more details about Outlook Group are HERE. Social Media Oscars – OSM Awards The industry observers have already labelled these awards as…

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Lombok – Bali of 70s

Lombok – Bali of 70s

Here’s a sneak peak into Part-I of my series on Indonesia that appears in October issue of Smart Photography! Lombok – Bali of 70s In our second visit to Indonesia, we added Lombok to our itinerary. Since we had some free nights with Oberoi Hotels, the key reason that led to this choice was the presence of an Oberoi property on this island. After a short layover in Singapore, we landed in Bali. Though the flying time was just 8 hours…

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Windmills at Kinderdijk, The Netherlands

Windmills at Kinderdijk, The Netherlands

In September 2016 issue of JetWings International, my image from Kinderdijk, The Netherlands appeared in their regular BW section – Radar. Windmills at Kinderdijk, The Netherlands When you live seven metres below sea level, you need to keep the water out. The residents of Kinderdijk, a village about 12 km south-east of Rotterdam, deployed an ingenious technique for this purpose – an elaborate arrangement of windmills. Built around 1740, 19 of these windmills continue to survive and fulfill its original…

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Asus ZenFone 3 – From trepidation to trust

Asus ZenFone 3 – From trepidation to trust

This post has affiliate links. While these links help me run this site and provide free content to my readers, my views remain completely unbiased. Asus ZenFone 3 – From trepidation to trust A camera phone for those who don’t dig photography? By virtue of my being a travel photographer, be it an offline traveller gathering or an online travel forum, I normally face a simple enough question from my traveller friends who do not enjoy struggling with the technical…

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The last days of Vincent

The last days of Vincent

BLink, the weekend magazine of The Hindu’s BusinessLine carried this article of mine on Saturday, august 27, 2016 The last days of Vincent Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum looks back at the most disturbed yet defining years of the Dutch painter’s life Year 1881. It was at the age of 27 that Vincent Van Gogh considered painting as a full-time occupation. And it wasn’t until 1888 that the Dutch post-Impressionist artist had formed the style that the world remembers him by….

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Coorg – Not a Destination, But a Region

Coorg – Not a Destination, But a Region

This post has affiliate links. While these links help me run this site and provide free content to my readers, my views remain completely unbiased. This post is about Coorg destinations, places to visit, the best time to visit, homestays, etc. Coorg – Not a Destination, But a Region I had spent 6 years in Bangalore. Unfortunately, during my years over there, I never visited Coorg. There were many compulsions that led to its omission, but let me not bore you…

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Conversations with God

Conversations with God

In August 2016 issue of JetWings International, my image from Wailing Wall, Jerusalem appeared in their regular BW section – Radar. The text was by editorial team from JetWings International. Conversations with God. Old City, Jerusalem A holy place for Jews, the Kotel HaMa’aravi or Western Wall located in the Old City of Jerusalem is a 187-foot-high section of limestone wall— a remnant of the Temple Mount complex, built by Herod the Great, which was destroyed by the Romans in…

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Bofors Gun – The Inside Story

Bofors Gun – The Inside Story

  A museum with a difference! Just before the commencement of TBEXStockholm, VisitSweden had organised a familiarisation trip for us to Landsort. It is a small, scenic, sparsely populated, yet a strategically located island in Stockholm Archipelago. We had travelled from Stockholm by bus to reach a jetty. From here, a fast ferry took us to this island. Here, our abode for the night was a Naval Pilots’ Tower. Till then, I had no way of knowing that soon I will…

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