Reinventing Festivals

As a little girl growing up in Rajasthan I was surrounded with festivals – Diwali, Holi, Rakhi, Sankrant, Teej, Gangaur,… the list became even longer since the boarding school I went to observed even Parsi , Sindhi, Christian and Islamic festivals. Every festival held its own charm. Shivratri meant fasting all day to get special…

Weekly Photo Challenge – Kiss “The King Who Built The Taj”

The Taj Festival is currently underway and the Valentine’s day has just passed by. The theme for the weekly photo challenge this week is ‘kiss’. What better way to celebrate this spirit of love than with a post dedicated to the monument of eternal love – The Taj mahal As the old king’s time drew near…

“Mummy” for a night – A short story

I come home and check my mails. I read the second mail and freeze. My eyes read and re-read the simply worded mail.  I go into a trance like state losing all track of  time. I don’t know for how long I have been sitting like that unblinkingly gawking at the screen, when Shreya’s shrill…

A Little Insanity To Keep My Baby!

This post has been published by me as a part of the Blog-a-Ton 34; the thirty-fourth edition of the online marathon of Bloggers; where we decide and we write. To be part of the next edition, visit and start following Blog-a-Ton. The theme for the month is “Of-Course, I’m insane” I still remember the day…

Weekly Photo Challenge : “solitary” Lonely in Ladakh – A photoessay

Solitary – Alone – lonely – by oneself! The weekly photo challenge this week is ‘Solitary’ . All photographs in this album have been clicked  by my travel companions and me during our recent trip to Ladakh! Here are some of our other photo essays on Ladakh Other posts on ‘solitary’ Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary…

Travel Theme : Texture – ed forever

The theme this week at Where’s my backpack is texture. I’ve again delved into the “Ladakh files” for these photographs. while some capture only textures, others capture everyday life and subjects against textures! Other Textures at where’s My backpack http://eastofmalaga.net/2012/09/14/travel-theme-texture/ http://scrapydo.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/travel-theme-texture/ http://campanulladellaanna.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/travel-theme-texture/ http://laavventura.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/travel-theme-texture/ http://s1ngal.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/travel-theme-texture/ http://wp.me/pjXOq-14p http://wp.me/p1oMvI-1tb http://theurgetowander.com/2012/01/22/more-from-the-chongqing-region/ http://windagainstcurrent.com/2012/09/14/travel-theme-texture/ http://imissmetoo.me/2012/09/14/travel-theme-texture-land-meets-sea/ http://cinova.wordpress.com/2012/09/15/travel-theme-texture/ http://lucidgypsy.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/travel-theme-texture/ http://sinpolaris.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/travel-theme-texture/ http://pdf34.wordpress.com/2012/02/18/korea-del-sud-01/ http://windagainstcurrent.com/2012/09/14/travel-theme-texture-take-two/ http://therewildwest.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/travel-theme-texture/…

Travel Theme: Red ” Meeting ‘Red’ in Ladakh” – A photoessay

With snow-capped mountains, bearing the onslaught of bitter cold winds, overlooking desolate deserts, The Ladakh region, in India has one of the starkest topographies anywhere in the world. On a recent trip to the region I discovered that the barren moonscape terrain has been clothed in colors of Life. ‘Red’ being the chief among them!…

Weekly Photo Challenge : “Urban” – caught in the fringes of ‘Urban’ India

Urban! The word is supposed to mean – Construction, tall glass and steel towers, intricate mazes of roads, thousands of people moving purposefully on sidewalks, pretty cafes and scintillating signboards, subways and fancy cars. Beautifully trimmed shop windows and traffic lights Sadly, Urban! also often  means a shabby concrete jungle, open drains. Beggars on crowded…

Parenting! At the traffic signal…

The tap  at the window makes me look away from the countdown of the clock at the traffic light. A woman dressed in a shabby saree has stuck her face to my windowpane. Seeing that she has caught my eye,   she makes a gesture to indicate that she wants some food. I look into her…

Weekly photo challenge : “Fleeting Moments”

For what is a traveller? If not A Collector of Fleeting Moments …. The photographs in this post were taken on our road trip to leh – Ladakh. this summer. This is the first cut, random shots , clicked through the window of our car……….. As most of you know, I barely know my way…

Travel theme : “Rhythm”

Two years back, we undertook our first mega trip as a family. My daughter was 5, son just 4. Celebrating, our children’s growing out of “toddlerhood” , we chalked out an ambitious trip involving 5 cities in five countries of Europe. It was a crazy whirlwind affair.  Most of the time was spent on the…