Meeting a happy farmer #faces

              Name: Deepak Patel Location: Somewhere outskirts  of kalol, gujarat Occupation: Farmer/land owner Deepak Bhai is in his mid 40’s, somewhat short with a well built physique whom I met at a party organised at a farm. He mentioned that during his college days he brazenly asked his parents …

Chacha 80 year old with a heart of gold. #Faces

              Name: Nadir Khan aka Chacha Location: Rann, Gujarat. Occupation: Retired, caretaker of a tea shop. If you’ve ever been to Rann Of Kutch, Gujarat you would immediately associate this place to the wild west due to its rustic charm and desert ambiance. Surrounded by the mighty Thar desert, …

Notes from Nepal trip

Apologies for procrastinating this post, but I guess its better to be late than never. So today’s post is on the insights of a trip I took to Nepal. Last May,I visited a beautiful place Kathmandu, capital of Nepal mostly on work & had the luxury to convert into leisure. This was my first trip …

A driver i met in Bhuj. #faces

Name: Ganni Bhai Location: Bhuj, Gujarat Occupation: Driver Story: I met Ganni bhai through his brother who picked me from the bus stand and drove me to my hotel on (date) at (time) of the night in Bhuj. Ganni bhai picked me at 9am the next morning for a trip to the white Rann of Kacchh. …

Tibetan superstitions

I bought book title “Folk Culture of Tibet”, I am done finishing first few sections which mentions about known superstitions prevalent tibetan culture,  some of these seems similar to hinduism.                             I am adding some of the crazy/funny/interesting ones here : 1. …

#Faces : Ordinary people with extraordinary efforts.

    Before I begin, credit for this goes to my friend Jugal Mody It was his suggestion while i am traveling i should make notes about interesting people i meet in my overall trip.                             During this 20 days trip I met …

2014 passed, 2015 welcome!!

Happy New Year to everyone to start with. Year 2014 been amazing in following ways : 1. Joined The New Stack, working on building community & writing occasionally. 2. Sister got married to one of the smartest kid I have met so far in 20+ odd years of my life. 3. Moved to Bangalore after …

Notes from Mysore Dussehra trip

I was in Mysore for Dussehra this year. Mysore Dussehra possession is one of the famous events from India, It showcases rich culture and tradition of overall karnataka.  The event ends with elephant march especially Ambari carrying local goddess which is form of Durga for 8 km ride. The whole city gets into celebration mode …

Ibn battuta: The less known, greatest traveler world has ever known.

I am fascinated by achievement of  Ibn Battuta, his travel achievement of 7400+ miles.  Being a muslim, he traveled most part of the world where Islam was practiced. I am not sure if this was the reason for him not getting credit he deserved by the western historians. This post is not enough about his …

Notes from Sikkim Trip

I visited Sikkim in May this year. I liked every single day of my stay there. Every single day was full of fun & excitement. I have tried to summarize my overall experience in simple notes. 1. People speak Nepali, Sikkimese, Hindi & English 2. Buddhism, Hinduism dominates the population. 3. Sikkim is natures paradise, …