Category: Travels

City Escapes, Touristy Spots, Travels

When in Vizag: Day 2 at the beautiful Araku!

“Do you want to go…you know…down there?” “I don’t know. Do I?” “We could if you wanted to go deeper…” Yeah, not what it sounds like. We were standing in half darkness, that was punctured at regular intervals by green, blue and pink lights, contemplating about going further down the Borra Caves. Having already climbed …

City Escapes, Travels

When in Vizag: Day 1 of Tourist-ing across the City

I woke up with a start. Did I miss it? Checked my phone. 3.45 am. Maybe not then, I thought, allowing myself a sigh of relief. I was on the Coromandel express, traveling to Visakhapatnam. This train goes till Chennai and halts at Vizag at approximately 4 am – for 20 minutes (I made it …

Hills are a-calling, Travels

Hacking and Gagging to Gurudongmar Lake

Standing at the reception desk, I let my eyes wander over the pictures of “must see destinations in Sikkim”, secured with pins on a soft board and hung right beside the wall clock. My uncle was busy with his customary small talk with the receptionist while 2 gangly boys were carrying our luggage to our rooms. …

Local Loitering, Travels

Making Peace with Poetry in Shantiniketan

Amader choto nodi chole aanke baanke Boishakh maashe taar haatu jol  thaake… [Our small stream moves forward in bends and curves In the month of Baisakh it only has knee deep waters] I had asked our TOTO driver where he was taking us. In answer, he recited this poem that was based on the place …

City Escapes, Travels

First Rule of Police Bazaar: You bargain till you die.

..or buy. There’s no Rule 2. This golden nugget of wisdom was offered by our acquaintance at Shillong and taken to heart by my parents, uncle and aunt.  They nodded, with a steely resolve hardening their features. I, however, am a disaster at bargaining. You wouldn’t usually expect it from a Kolkata girl who has …