Driving from Colombo to Kandy, the ride is refreshingly scenic – long winding roads, spice gardens along the way and green mountains all around courtesy of the slightly higher altitude. I was taking my umpteenth time-lapse video when this rock mountain dawned on the horizon. Naturally, I asked uncle Upali about it. And as almost always, he had … Continue reading Sri Lanka’s very own Robin Hood
My trip to Sri Lanka would not have been complete without uncle Upali. With his friendly yet fatherly demeanor and all those interesting stories – uncle Upali is not just any tour guide or driver. He certainly meant more than that to us. I was referred to uncle Upali by an ex-colleague of mine, who is a Sri … Continue reading Sri Lanka with uncle Upali
I’ve eaten good lamb before. But I’ve never eaten it while feeling guilty and happy at the same time. Okay, to be honest, it was more like a tinge of remorse followed by a rush of ecstasy, and the remorse is only before the first bite. If you’ve already read the post on my trip to Madrid, … Continue reading Baby lamb for dinner, anyone?
My dad has a habit of picking up random words and making them his catchphrases. He once came across a Jimi Hendrix poster in my brother’s bedroom – entering which is a rarity for other members of the house. Of course, my father had/has no clue who Jimi Hendrix is. To my dad, he’s a … Continue reading “Ooh… Jimi Hendrix!”
When my mother and I visited Istanbul in February 2013, we were unprepared for the cold. I don’t know why but we thought 8 degrees was something we could withstand. To make things harder, there was also a constant drizzle during the first three days of our visit. We always over-pack for winter vacations now. On our … Continue reading Visiting Istanbul’s Süleymaniye Mosque – The uphill struggle
During my office trip to Kanha National Park, we stayed at the Taj Safari Lodge: Banjaar Tola. On our last evening there, the hotel arranged for a bonfire dinner with a dance performance by the Baiga tribe. Drinks in hand, we watched the tribe dance around the bonfire, making music with unique instruments. We even joined in, … Continue reading Dancing by the bonfire with the Baiga tribe