Posts by Sambrita

Skimming through Sikkim

Posted by on Jun 9, 2021 in Reviews & Recommendations | 0 comments

Skimming through Sikkim

It is said that rivers Rongnuy (Teesta) and Rangeet were in love and wanted to meet in the plains.. clandestine and in secrecy. They decided to leave their homes and flow down, liberated and in free spirits. But Rongnuy reached first and Rangeet, misled by his guide, was late. When he reached the plains, he was furious to see his lover there already. He refused to meet her and stormed ahead and Teesta had considerable calming to do! Lover tiffs, I tell you !That told, today the two rivers are as beautiful, spontaneous and pristine as they would have been as young lovers, many moons ago. We...

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Learning the ‘ABC’ of the Himalayas

Posted by on Dec 9, 2019 in Travel Tales | 16 comments

Learning the ‘ABC’ of the Himalayas

Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)- the very foothills of the world’s tenth deadliest mountain. Honestly, the one year in between committing for this and actually setting foot into the flight that’ll take me to Kathmandu, I’ve had ample chills- even emotional chills- by just thinking of this Himalayan eight-thousander. But that afternoon of 13 Nov, there I was- standing right before it. The small base camp, with a small canteen and a few rooms to lodge trekkers is located in the middle of an amphitheater of high peaks. I overheard one of the trekkers ( from another group)...

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What Melbourne did to me…

Posted by on Dec 3, 2019 in Reviews & Recommendations | 1 comment

What Melbourne did to me…

They say first impressions are always the ones that stay for life. And, its true- as much it is for people as it is for places you visit. But, then things turn around too. And shake up your mettle. Good to bad, or bad to good. For me, Melbourne was a bit like that. It mixed me up. Stirred me. Mostly like a good martini. But shaken, at times too. Past midnight, I walk into the little apartment, right in the centre of town. An apartment on the 42nd floor… where at night, the window transformed into a twinkling array of fairy-light dotted skyscrapers and for the new nights to come it...

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Portraits from Nandgaon- “Nand Kishor Gosvami”

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Travel Tales | 0 comments

Portraits from Nandgaon- “Nand Kishor Gosvami”

What attracts me best about mythology is that whether it’s fact or fiction, it lands up as a fabulous story! I don’t know about others, but I like to think that the emotions and its resultant actions are very true. I am often prompted to think – are these purely fiction? Do they affect human life in day to day situations; do people like to read emotions as reality? These often provoke questions in my realistic mind, and I find that stimulation exhilarating! Nandgaon is the hometown of Shri Krishna and His brother, Balram. It’s the place where the divine brothers live...

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Portraits from Nandgaon- “Lali” and “Sunehri”

Posted by on Mar 19, 2017 in Travel Tales | 1 comment

Portraits from Nandgaon- “Lali” and “Sunehri”

I have a knack for stories , specially the ones which were heavily infused with mythology. As much as these stories entertain me , they also leave me with several revelations. And in that league of entertainers and revealers, Krishna is my hero(or heroine!) His Raas-leela is the father of all love-affairs, that can justly be summed as ‘It’s better to have love and lust, than never love at all!’  So powerful and aspirational was Raas-leela, that mythology endorses Shiva bathing in the Yamuna, to become a gopi (a milkmaid), so that he could dance the Raas-leela with...

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