Jerusalem, Ayodhya and the God question

[I wrote this long read travel essay in 2018 after a vacation trip to Israel-Palestine.] The streets of Jerusalem lay empty the day we landed there. It was 10 am. The winter sun peeked from in between the puffy, white clouds, but not a single person could be seen walking down the streets. The shuttersContinue reading “Jerusalem, Ayodhya and the God question”

What a Himalayan trek taught me about perseverance

[First published in The Hindu, MetroPlus dated Aug 26, 2016.] My sole climbing feat before I set out on a high-altitude trek of 14,000 feet in the Himalayas was climbing a 50-feet-tall water tank in Puducherry. And that too nine years ago. I often recollected, with an odd mix of amusement and shame, how myContinue reading “What a Himalayan trek taught me about perseverance”

Calcutta Sojourn ā€“ following the trails of the past

[This is a republished version of an old blog I wrote in 2005 as a five-part series] Before the gulf between Calcutta experienced and Calcutta remembered widens, Iā€™d like to ink down whatever my heart longs to say with regards to my recent visit to the city. This particular piece of writing is less anContinue reading “Calcutta Sojourn ā€“ following the trails of the past”