• Asia and Pacific,  India,  Tamil Nadu

    Dawn at Royapuram Fishing Harbour

    Dawn is the perfect time to visit the Royapuram Fishing Harbour. It is truly and exhilarating experience to see the action of the fishermen, the fish vendors, middlemen, the visitors and the mountains of fish being unloaded from the boats and canoes in the dark. It is noisy with all the bidding from the auction of the fish and people haggling. Bring a jacket along as the wind will be very cold and wear shoes.

  • Asia and Pacific,  India,  Kolkata,  West Bengal

    College Street – Mecca for Book Lovers

    It is simply amazing! Hundreds of thousands of books of all sorts are sold at the College Street bookstores in Kolkata. I did not know where to start my walk and what to look at. When the giant bookstores are closing down in many countries, this place is having a roaring business. This street is on the same road as the famous Presidency University. My trip to College Street was even more interesting when I witnessed some rallies and protests!

  • Asia and Pacific,  India,  West Bengal

    Streets of Kolkata

    Kolkata, also known as City of Joy to many, is a highly polluted place and very dusty, busy and noisy! Cars, taxis, trams, men-pulled rickshaws and pedestrians make up the bulk of the road. I found it interesting that while there is so much of poverty and begging kids around, there are also the equally wealthy travelling comfortable in their air-conditioned cars or eating lavishly at some fine dining restaurants. Though, I swore never to go back to Kolkata again after a terrible lung infection of carbon monoxide, at the point of typing this, I think I will go back – it is indeed a love-hate relationship with this place.…

  • Asia and Pacific,  India,  Maharastra

    People watching in Pune

    It is only in the countryside that you get to see more people in ethnic clothes! When travelling, I want to see people the way they are - the villagers are innocent and mostly shy people but their hospitality is so warm. They are always ready to share their food - language is not a barrier here - just with gestures they will convince you to have a drink or eat something in their houses. I love people and I do not class people into groups. In my eyes, all men are equal!

  • Asia and Pacific,  India,  Maharastra

    Shivaji Market

    When in Pune, visit the Sivaji market. You might consider being a vegetarian for life after seeing all that healthy, fresh looking vegetables on sale there. Most of them were probably just plucked from the trees that morning. The vendors were very friendly and the whole lot of them were like one huge family!! Check out the two women who are chiselling the mortar and pestles.

  • Asia and Pacific,  India,  Kerala

    Life in a Houseboat

    Never leave Kerala without experiencing a stay in a houseboat. Trust me, you can stay in the houseboat, just chatting, reading, eating, drinking, lazing and just observing nature. You can see people bathing, washing their clothes or doing work along the banks of the river; you can watch the small boats or the bigger boats passing you; you can see boats used as a transport carrying heavy metal, bricks or wood. You will be able to see birds, chicken, hens, goats and cows as you pass the back of the houses. You can see another boat load of tourists and locals passing you………one of my most relaxing and peaceful times…

  • Asia and Pacific,  India,  Kerala

    The Elephant Fort at Thirssur

    The Punnathoor Kotta is located about 3 km away from the famous Guruvayoor temple in Thirssur district of Kerala, and lots of tourists visit this place. This place is also known as Anakkotta – meaning Elephant Fort in Malayalam (language of Kerala). The elephant farm is said to be the largest in India and is owned by the temple. The elephants in this place were given to the temple by devotees and are looked after and trained here by the paid mahouts. The Hindus look upon an elephant as a sacred animal as it is considered to be a living symbol of Lord Ganesh, the deity who removes all obstacles…

  • Asia and Pacific,  India,  Kerala

    Fishing Phenomenon in Alleppey

    I stopped by a fishing village bursting with life on the way to Kainakary village in Alleppey district. There were fishing boats everywhere, lots and lots of people unloading fish from the boat sorting fish selling fish, carrying fish and bargaining over fish. “Shagara” is a fishing phenomenon that happens only a few months in a year usually in June. It seems mud banks get formed naturally near the sea shore during the south-west monsoon season; oxygen and nutrients released from the mud attract thousands of fish and prawns. This action brings in the seafood in abundance, causing traffic in the sea ; everyone wants to fill his boat during…

  • Asia and Pacific,  India,  Kerala

    A Feast in Kerala

    Kerala is known as the "land of Spices". Even the Kerala cuisine is known for its spicy and hot foods. Traditionally, in Kerala food is served on a banana leaf. One has to take food with right hand. Almost every dish prepared in Kerala has coconut and spices to flavour the local cuisine giving it a sharp pungency that is heightened with the use of tamarind, while coconut gives it its richness, absorbing some of the tongue-teasing, pepper-hot flavours. The unusual cuisine of Kerala brings to the fore the culinary expertise of the people of Kerala. Producing some of the tastiest foods on earth, the people of Kerala are gourmets…