Yearning for a Boat Ride on Chilika Lake – Panthanivas, Satpada

Satpada, nestled on the southern tip of the lake, marks the point where Chilika meets the Bay of Bengal. It is visited by over 150,000 migratory birds during winter. At Satpada, one can watch a host of birds, including the pink Flamingos, Sandpipers, Kingfishers, and Golden Plovers. This lake is also home to the largest number of Irrawaddy dolphins. Continue reading Yearning for a Boat Ride on Chilika Lake – Panthanivas, Satpada

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Waiting at Bikaner House, Delhi

While reading up on this building, which has had a storied past, I was happy to find out that the recent restoration taken up by the Rajasthan government. Much of the damage caused by the neglect and abuse it suffered due to the bus boarding activity has been addressed. The house has been restored to the glory it enjoyed as the residence of the maharajah of Bikaner. Now, a hep cultural center, its Facebook page boasts of the high-society events. Continue reading Waiting at Bikaner House, Delhi

Salam Singh Ki Haveli – A House of Luxury and Decadance

Once upon a time in Jaisalmer, the walls of Salam Singh’s Haveli trembled with occurrences of cruelty. Women feared event its shadow, and the curse it could bring upon them. A few miles away in the Thar Desert, Kuldhara village has similar stories of a curse, and remains an abandoned place. Legend says that it remains deserted to this day because of the misdeeds of diwan Salam Singh. Continue reading Salam Singh Ki Haveli – A House of Luxury and Decadance

Qissa Haveli Ka- A Tale of my Husband’s Ancestral House within the Pink City

The musty smell was a constant feature. My childhood memories are attached to this smell, and then few. Like running down to buy kachoris if any guest came. Since the famous shop was so close, we followed the golden rule of “always eating fresh”. Continue reading Qissa Haveli Ka- A Tale of my Husband’s Ancestral House within the Pink City