A Visit To Rabindranath Tagore’s Garden Of Peace

Shantiniketan, near Kolkata in West Bengal, is a university town and home to Vishwa Bharti University that was established by Rabindranath Tagore – India’s only Nobel Laureate in Literature.

Today, thousands of young and old people throng to the little town to celebrate the fusion of contemporary thought alongside a legacy of the natives of the land.

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A Bollywood Lover’s Take On Bhutan And Why It Is The Land Of Happiness!

Heavily inspired by the movie Lunchbox, as most of my wisdom comes from Bollywood, I set out for Bhutan – The Land of Happiness. Also, my friend Madhur Upadhyay and owner of Avani Earth Journeys, enticed me with photos of Bhutan birds and a super-customised itinerary focused on nature.

I do not like mountains.  And it doesn’t get more mountainous than Bhutan.

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Hampi: Story of A Ruined Citadel

Episodes about the Vijayanagara Empire in the television show Bharat Ek Khoj by Mr. Shyam Benegal (based on Jawaharlal Nehru’s Discovery Of India) – that I loved watching on Doordarshan during my growing up days – had developed a deep curiousity and fascination about the empire in me; and I had always yearned to visit the ruins of Hampi – capital of the 14th century Vijayanagara Empire. Imagine my joy when I visited Bangalore this year for a conference and realized that this was the perfect opportunity for me to make my childhood dream come true. Continue reading “Hampi: Story of A Ruined Citadel”