A family on the road to self discovery
 

A Walk in the Rain

“Saab, why are you not staying in Shillong? All the tourist like Shillong.”

“No. We want to be in Cherrapunji and Mawphlang only. But do stop at Shillong. We have to buy raincoats.”

The iconic image of Cherrapunji

The iconic image of Cherrapunji

Abdul, the driver of our cab, from Guwahati to Mawphlang, dropped us at Police bazar, in the heart of the city. The heart aka city was pulsating with locals and travellers. We found our way through the congested arteries, winding and climbing up and down, and found a shop to buy raincoats for all of us. Continue reading


The legend of Somnath Temple

Somnath temple has an extremely chequered past. This temple has seen glorious days as well as devastating attacks of brutal iconoclastic invaders. It is believed that after death, soul comes to Somnath for the final judgement and only after His orders enter a new body. Even the Sea God is believed to worship Somnath as is evident by the waves that tries to reach the temple at the time of high tides. At one time, a trip to Somnath was considered the biggest pilgrimage among the devout Hindus.

Somnath temple in background

Somnath temple in background


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Somnath Temple and Sardar Patel

The famous temple of Somnath is situated in western India on the Arabian Sea coast of Gujarat. It is believed that between Antarctica – the South Pole, and the point where current temple is situated, there is no land.
This peninsula was once famously known as Kathiawad after Kathi Durbar rulers who ruled part of this region. At the time of Independence most of Kathiawad was divided into numerous princely states. In 1950, two hundred seventeen of such states were merged to form Saurashtra. In 1956 Saurashtra was merged with Bombay state. Today when bigger states are divided into smaller ones, it is hard to believe that once smaller states were merged to form bigger state.

Somnath Temple

Somnath Temple


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John Daniel Munro and the history of Munroe Island, Kollam, Kerala

Munroe Island is 13.54 square kilometre strip of land surrounded by the backwaters of Ashtamudi Lake and the Kallada River. It is named after John Munro, the British Resident and the Deewan of Travancore. I dig into the history to know more about John Munro and it takes me to the Travancore at the end of the eighteenth century.

Munroe Island

Munroe Island


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Munroe island once again

“kollam Kandal Illam Venda” – It is an old saying that once someone visits Kollam, he prefers to abandon his own place to settle down there. Kollam, and Munroe island in particular, is again in our itinerary in this second trip to Kerala. It is not to endorse the above belief. I am back to Kollam as I want Tanmay, my younger kid, to enjoy the idyllic settings of the quaint water-alleys of this island. I want Rachit, the elder one, to refresh the fading memories of this beautiful place that we visited when he was only three years old. And on my part, I want to meet Sujith, the DTPC guide, again.

The Munroe Island

The Munroe Island


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The canal houses of Amsterdam

After coming out of the the Bloemenmarkt, we roamed around aimlessly looking at beautiful houses along the canal. Like most of the European cities, with the help of accurate maps, Amsterdam is easy to navigate.

The houses in the Netherlands have unique architecture and it is best exemplified in canal houses of Amsterdam. Most of the Amsterdam has streets lined with these houses that are tightly packed together. Land was always precious in the Netherlands and so people squeezed themselves into every possible space and the streets are lined-up with compactly packed houses.

Compactly packed canal houses, Amsterdam

Compactly packed canal houses, Amsterdam


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