Why Stay in a Bed And Breakfast in India

If I am on a holiday and traveling on a budget, I always prefer a bed and breakfast (B&B) stay. I love these unique places one can unearth, which are budget friendly, and yet gives one the feeling of being well looked after? Who says the best of hospitality can come from 5-star hotels? A…

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,…

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…

Monkey

Kanha National Park, In the Lap of a Forest

On my way to Kanha An early 7 o’clock flight from Delhi, and at 8:30 am you are in India’s hinterland, Madhya Pradesh. Jabalpur, to be exact. The airport is tiny, and barren. The taxi ride of 120 kms goes through the undulating Deccan Platue, tiny hamlets of India’s backward regions, sporadic dense vegetation, and…

Be My Valentine or Be My Valet in Time

Today is February 14, Valentine’s Day. It’s the day to celebrate your love, right? But going by the amount of mailers I am getting from retail outlets, this seems more to me the day of shopping than that of more philosophical things like love. If you have a love, buy things, gift things, and make…

Acid Attacks on Women in India: What I Can’t Have I Will Destroy

Jilted lovers, jealous colleagues, and controlling husbands who feel that what I can’t have, I will destroy, are the reasons why some beautiful, intelligent young women have their faces disfigured, lives destroyed and confidence shattered! They are acid-attack victims in India. For last couple of days I have been reading these news articles about the…