As a development professional, I often get to visit places that an urban traveller wouldn’t generally consider for a holiday. One such instance was when I was required to visit the capital city of Chhattisgarh (a young state situated in the centre-east of India), Raipur, for some last-minute meetings at the Ministry. The one-and-a-half day visit was surely not enough to explore the growing city in its entirety but I did get a glimpse into the surprising blend of traditional and modern life. Continue reading “Raipur, Chhattisgarh: Land Of Gonds, Bhils And Surprises”
Last year I had the opportunity to visit the state of Kerala for the first time. I did not know then but it turned out to be highlight of the year for me. Despite a tight schedule of meetings, I was able to take a sneak-peak into the life of the Indian state that possibly has been able to embrace the concept of sustainable development more than others. Continue reading “Here’s Why I Want To Keep Going Back To Kerala”
The ongoing River Cauvery Water Dispute between the two Indian states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu that is currently making the headlines, cannot be viewed as an isolated event. The country’s huge and growing population is putting a huge strain on our natural resources, including potable water. Continue reading “A Responsible Traveller Keeps An Eye Out On Water Usage, Even That We Cannot See!”
“..An insult to every Indian” was how the then West Bengal Minister of Culture had described the novel “City of Joy” by Dominique Lapierre, when it was released in 1982. Continue reading “Slum Tourism And What It Means To India”
On July 9, 1969, India declared the Royal Bengal Tiger as its national animal. The majestic big cat has been the symbol of India since time immemorial.
Believed by many to be the guardians of the forest, the Royal Bengal Tiger has been in the news for unhappy reasons.