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About my travels across India.

Somnathpur – visit once and only once.

“The construction of this temple was caused by Somanatha”, the notice-board put up by the Archeological Survey of India informs us at the entrance. That mild syntax glitch aside, the ASI has done a fair job at the Channakeshava temple … Continue reading

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Mahabalipuram … NEVER again!

Once, just once in my life, I want to visit one destination in India where I won’t get ripped off, cheated, abused, intimidated and generally made to feel like concentrated crap. Just once, I want to walk into a place, … Continue reading

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Where Aves rules – Ranganathittu.

What I love about namma Bangalore, and the sole reason why I continue to live in this garbage-laden, dog-infested, over-congested and rapidly decaying city, is the proximity of so many prime birding locations. Ranganathittu is one such. Spread over just … Continue reading

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Bole re papihara – the Pied crested cuckoo.

‘Commence your journey, O messenger of the clouds, sprinkle rain upon this parched earth’. Kalidasa’s poem Meghadootam talks about the yearning of the chataka bird for the first drops of rain. The chataka, alias the pied crested cuckoo, in Indian … Continue reading

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Yercaud – the lake in a forest.

“Poor man’s Ooty”, smirks my IT neighbour, when I tell him where I’m going for the weekend. Six hours later, it’s our turn to smirk, as we take a cab out of Salem station, and head for the Servarayan hills … Continue reading

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