Sri Lanka : Scenic Serendipity

I have always had a soft corner for this jewel-shaped island that shared a culture close to the Indian Tamil ethos. Their diaspora, I have interacted with, across countries and languages. The civil war that ripped the country, half a century ago, is a story that is repeated many times in my household as my…

Romania : Rustic Recollections

I remember the hashtag that I used through my month at Romania – #RusticRomania, it was. Today, almost two years later, I find it easy to recollect all of the conversations, food, sight-seeing and adventures from this East European country – all I had to do was search for my hashtag. Plus, I had the…

Quezon : Quick Quests

Sometime in the middle of August 2015, I had a tiny opportunity to step foot into Philippines. It was barely planned. I remember leaving my native place after my brother’s wedding just to take a flight out to Manila twelve hours later. I had only one week in the capital city. Reason why I call…

Punjab : Pungent Pictures

Oh, I could have very well used adjectives like prominent or powerful. But, I stick to Pungent, as the Punjabi community sure are a bunch of folks that love the pompous punch in their every-day living! What would I do without the Punjabi khaana and gaana? These folks are pungent, in a good way! All…

Oia : Offbeat Odyssey

The word Odyssey adds a lot more context than just referring to a Journey. The Odyssey is a Greek poem written by Homer that is believed to have been penned in the 8th century BC. It is the second oldest piece of Western Literature (after the Illiad, written by the same person). There are numerous…

Norway : Noble Nature

It’s been exactly two years since I visited the Scandinavian sphere. I was hoping to be able to remember and recollect all that I saw – and funny enough, the Air India flight I flew three weekends ago had only one possible entertainment forum for me – a series of short clips about countries around…

Madras : Mother’s Magic

Around the month of August, the bustling city of Madras gets another reason to be all merry. With the city just celebrating its 378th birthday a couple of weeks ago, the patriotic residents strive to behold a name that rings the familiar and nostalgic bell. Wasn’t it obvious that I would link the alphabet M…

Lisle : Little Landmarks

Wondering where Lisle is? Well, let’s just say that I am picking up one neighborhood that I lived in to be the title – but I am going on to write about a dozen other little towns and cities that are in the close-by radius. Also, I’m playing smart with my alphabet picks! Lisle is…

Karaikudi : Knightly Kingdoms

I’m using the popular town of Karaikudi to describe the entire Chettinad Region, that though similar to most other southern Tamil communities, has its own identities. This would be another piece that comes from the bottom of my heart, for though I am a Madrasvaasi by birth, I’m a Karaikudi-vaasi by lineage and a lot…

Johannesburg : Jaunty Junctions

Notice my word pun with the adjective? Well, yeah – the cricketer Jonty Rhodes has always been a favourite and yes, my experiences at Jo’berg were rather lively and cheerful. For the noun, I picked the word Junction as it portrays the melting pot of cultures that I witnessed during my four weeks in South…