Do We Still Need to Celebrate Teacher’s Day?

In India, we celebrate September 5th as Teachers’ Day. The day also commemorates birthday of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, our first Vice President of India, and second President of India. Radhakrishnan believed that ‘teachers should be the best minds in the country’, a philosophy I for one, would have been extremely grateful to accept, had it been…

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in the Era of Water Shortage

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a social media campaign to raise awareness for the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is taking the virtual world by storm, with actors, sports personalities and celebrities joining the bandwagon to take the challenge. As a concept for raising awareness goes, it’s a fantastic idea. And yet, it raised a small…

When a Teen Walks Out of Home Never to Return

My neighbour’s teen son had walked out of his house one weekday evening, and was found dead on the neighbourhood railway tracks! When I met the shattered parents of the boy, I heard he had simply walked out of the house, leaving behind his cell phone and everything else. The track, where he was found,…

Ladakh, The Land of High Passes

Ladakh, in the northernmost part of India, a part of Jammu and Kashmir, and yet an Autonomous Region, has been a long-time favourite travel destination of mine. I have visited the place twice, in two different seasons, both the times away from the so-called tourist season, and enjoyed the awesome beauty of the place to…

Marble Rocks

A Night Stay Beside Narmada

On our journey back from Kanha National Park, we had decided to stay for a night in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India. It’s been a long time, almost when I was a kid myself, when I had visited Jabalpur, and I just wanted to relive those magical moments I had spend beside river Narmada. And guess…

On the Tiger Trail in Kanha

On the Tiger Trail The essence of the visit was of course the Jungle Safari, or the park ride. In fact we had booked the two safaris from Delhi office of MPTDC and booked the rest of the holidays surrounding the dates. The first of them was an early evening ride in an open Gypsy,…