Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Thekkady - Idukki District,Kerala

Yeah long time here!! It's been a while since I posted something in my Utopian land..So here I'm with few pics taken during our visit to Thekkady last August..There are a lot more travel stories to share with you all,but nowadays I'm too lazy to blog...This reading obsession really made me a   sloth,sitting in my coach,having hot coffee,reading all the time..So coming to the post,we visited Thekkady in last year August..This time we had our stay inside the Periyar forest in KTDC guest house..The name is Aranya Nivas..There are so many facilities included,library (most of the books are in French ofcourse :P),swimming pool and playing area for children..Also there is a well maintained Tiger Reserve in Periyar forest..Don't miss the wonderful boating experience in the Periyar river if you go there..The stay is really good and food is delicious..Here we go with the pics..

Periyar River




 Spices shopping

 An afternoon meal at Sree Krishna Marwadi Gujarati Restaurant..


A heavy breakfast buffet..

Herd of Bysons...


Elephants..



 Tribal woman came there for fishing..


A little leisure...






Tuesday, March 6, 2018

My ode to Fernando Pessoa

My ode to the greatest writer Fernando Pessoa..I call him,The Intruder...

The Intruder

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Earlier He gave me an impression of a kindred spirit..

A true soulmate..

Now He is demanding all my time..my attention...

I could neither bear the darkness of the deep abyss of his thoughts nor the brightness of the wildfire of his being..

Beware,His illuminating soul would sweep you off  your feet...

I would feel his eternal presence...He was there in everything I do...everything I say..

My mind So full of his chattering..

They'd ask me,'Why are you so absent minded?'...'Self-absorbed?'

Can't they see,He possessed me ??  Or I possessed him !!

He is present when I myself am absent to the world...

I can see now,He is nothing but an unwanted acquaintance..A dangerous company..

The beloved intruder I couldn't get rid of..

#Twintalk #readingblues

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Adalaj Stepwell (Adalaj ni vav) - Ahmedabad,Gujarat

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Unplanned journeys always end in our favour..While returning from Varanasi we have to catch our connecting flight at Ahmedabad...With one full day in our pocket,we surfed for places to visit in Ahmedabad..Besides Sabarmathi this place caught my attention with its wonderful architecture and style..Adalaj Stepwell was built in sandstone in the Solanki architectural style and was a five storied construction..There is a very interesting story related to this place..
In 15th century King Rana Veer Singh,a Hindu ruler started building this step well but before he could complete it,his kingdom was attacked by a Muslim ruler Mohammed Begda and the king Rana Veer died in the war..The Muslim king asked Rana Veer's queen Rani Roopba (or Roodabai) to marry him..Surprisingly she agreed to his proposal on the condition that he would first complete the building of the step well started by her late husband..The invader happily agreed but once the step well completed the queen jumped into the well and committed suicide..The construction is a wonderful combination of Hindu-Islam architectures.

Here we go with the pictures..














Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Lakkidi View Point - Wayanad,Kerala

Lakkidi View point is the gateway of Wayanad in Kerala and is one of the most popular places to visit in Wayanad..Vythiri,the famous holiday destination of Wayanad district is the nearest town to this place..As usual rainy season is the best time to visit this place as Lakkidi offers a breathtaking view of foggy Western Ghats in monsoons..The floating clouds over the lavish green mountains is a wonderful experience for nature overs..Here we go with the pics from our visit.














Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Banasura Sagar Dam,Kalpetta - Wayanad,Kerala

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Banasura Sagar Dam is another tourist place in Wayanad. It is known to be the largest earth dam in India and the second largest of its kind in Asia..It is situated around 15 km from Kalpetta,Wayanad..Also this place is surrounded by the chain of mountains..It is constructed on the Banasura Lake..There is a popular story about the name of these hills,legends say that the Asura king of Banasura, (the son of King Mahabali, who is believed to visit Kerala during every Onam festival) undertook a severe penance on the top of these hills and thus it was named after him..It's best time to visit this place in monsoons to see the clouds floating over the lush green mountains.

Here are few pics from our visit..














The famous Bamboo payasam...