View of River Mandovi from the hill top

Tale of Two Islands – Divar & Chorao

We all know that an island is a piece of land surrounded by water. Whenever we talk of any island, the first thing that comes to mind is the blue sea and the piece of land within it. Which is absolutely correct if we go by the definition and the classification of a true island. Though we must not forget the other contenders in this category found within the river waters formed by various geomorphic deposition. This post is on two such islands on the river Mandovi in Goa.

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Varandha Ghat

Varandha Ghat

After a long span of travel-less days, this was the first when I ventured out of my home so far. It was a breather after such period of long home detention. The monsoon was about to leave and not a single monsoon destination visited yet. A strange pain was churning within making the soul restless and breathless. Finally, with all protection and safety gears, we started off for a near yet far drive to the Varandha Ghat. 

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Loch Ness with the Urquhart Castle in the background

Story of Nessie of Loch Ness

Once upon a time, there lived Nessie in the dark water of Loch Ness near Inverness. The large, long and slender necked, humpbacked Loch Ness monster, often known as Nessie is still believed to reside in the deep waters of the Loch visible only to a few people in and around the lake. It appears on the surface of the water out of nowhere and again disappears into nowhere randomly. Let’s find Nessie in and around the strikingly beautiful freshwater lake of Scotland – the Loch Ness.

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Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle – The Castle on the Island of Donan

As the continuation of my Inverness throwback, I take you to the nearby Eilean Donan Castle through this post. As the name suggests the castle is located on a tidal island and hence this castle on the island of Donan is called the Eilean Donan Castle situated beside the village of Dornie in the western Scottish highlands near to Inverness.

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River Ness meandering through the city

Once Upon a Time in Inverness

Once upon a time, when faces went without masks when smiles were visible in human lips when the term ‘social distancing’ was just another phrase from the English dictionary, I was in the Scottish highlands of Inverness. River Ness quietly meanders through this quaint city adding to its captivating charm. Today, I recollect those lovely times of touring the wonderful vistas and relive each and every moment of the carefree, happy days.

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Vellore Fort

The Story of the First Sepoy Mutiny from Vellore Fort

The lesser-known Vellore Mutiny being a small scale mutiny could not earn itself the fame of Sepoy Mutiny. Yet it was the first Indian military rebellion against the British East India Force. Not known to many, this mutiny occurred long before the well known Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 in Vellore Fort. I learnt about this important part of Indian history while on my visit to this important monument in the city of Vellore in Tamil Nadu. Stay with me to explore the remains of the fort and know the story of the first Indian Sepoy mutiny.

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Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus


Long back (today it seems like an era before) in the good old days, yes, the good old normal days I was in the coastal city of Pondicherry, the capital of the Indian Union Territory that has been recently renamed as Puducherry. My remarkably short and simple trip to this old French colony is now a dreamlike remembrance of the golden days when humans could travel free from any restrictions. 

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Matrimandir of Auroville

Auroville near Puducherry

Auroville or the City of Dawn is a universal township with an experimental concept of human unity. Founded by Mirra Alfassa (better known as the Mother) in the year 1968 it aimed at achieving life in peace and harmony beyond the differences of caste, creed and nationality. The vision statement describes it as “…a place where the needs of the spirit and the care for progress would get precedence over the satisfaction of desires and passions, the seeking for pleasures and material enjoyments.”

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Rays of hope

My Lockdown Journey

Today I share a journey that has been totally different from those I have shared before. This was the most unplanned, unprecedented and unavoidable trip of my life and I am sure the same is of yours too. All these ‘un’ things made me really unhappy. The soul was rioting within and the mind with its acquired wisdom kept soothing it to take on to this new and the most unique journey of my life till date. This was my lockdown journey which came in as a side effect of the imported COVID-19 pandemic.

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