Kahwa – Kashmir in a Cup

“There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life.” Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living   Kahwa is traditional Green Tea of Kashmir (also had in Central Asia- Afghanistan & Pakistan), a drink that warms your soul and delights your senses, be it a cold Kashmir morning or a quiet night time post dinner tea in comfort … Continue reading Kahwa – Kashmir in a Cup

Christmas Eve at Wonderful Western Hills, Sakleshpur

In our last holiday trip of 2018, we were returning after a wonderful weekend stay at Attihalli, Sakleshpur. Our hearts still yearned for some more time in the hills. My husband happened to notice a rickety signboard, Western Hills, beside a dusty path that disappeared into the hills. It looked interesting, so we followed our instinct. It was 24th December. I didn’t expect to find … Continue reading Christmas Eve at Wonderful Western Hills, Sakleshpur

A Short Autumn Trip to Kashmir: Pahalgam and Apple Orchards

Part 1 in a series of posts on Kashmir. The extraordinary, almost unearthly beauty of the Kashmir valley made it a strange conflict to cover. In the morning, the window of my houseboat on the Dal Lake would be open, and as I lay in bed I could see the reed cutters and fishermen. The shikara canoes would be in the foreground; behind were the bridges and … Continue reading A Short Autumn Trip to Kashmir: Pahalgam and Apple Orchards