Tag Archive: Travel

Battle of Chancellorsville 150th Anniversary

PG is a big US Civil War buff, and last weekend I found myself in Chancellorsville watching thousands of amateur actors reenacting the battle of Chancellorsville to mark its 150th anniversary. To give… Continue reading

Hawa Mahal

Perhaps my favourite piece of architecture after Amber Fort is the Hawa Mahal, which was built in the late 18th century, was intended for the royal women to look down on creation (aka everyday… Continue reading

City Palace Jaipur

Jaipur, the “Pink City” was painted pink on the orders of Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh to welcome the arrival of Edward, the Prince of Wales, during a diplomatic visit in 1853. The inner city still… Continue reading

Amber Fort, Jaipur

With PG in India for only 2 weeks, we had to plan quite a bit to make sure we saw the Taj Mahal (after all, agar Taj nahi dekha to kya dekha?). And… Continue reading

Delhi and its Dynasties

Just before I moved to Delhi some 14 years ago, someone advised me not to live there, warning me that Delhi was a troubled place. Obviously, he wasn’t referring to future events (at… Continue reading

The Darjeeling “Toy Train”

I lived in Darjeeling for seven years, but in all that time I never rode on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR). The urgency to explore a place or an experience is rather low… Continue reading

The chai tutorial

When people here in the US think of chai, they think of this a.k.a. the masala chai. But, chai can also be this. For those scratching their heads, chai is any form of… Continue reading

Assisi and Lamps

Come summer, and I find myself wishing I was in Italy. I was in Assisi (and Perugia) for a weekend, two summers ago. I had quite forgotten about this trip, when I came… Continue reading


Annapolis was the capital of the United States in 1783-84. I was mildly surprised when I found this out, but I realized a few things made more sense now – like, why the Treaty of Paris… Continue reading

Snapshots from Seattle

I just got back from a 3-day conference in Seattle – that city of endless grey rain, reminding me of Darjeeling! It was a hectic three days, but I got a chance to… Continue reading