Author Archives: Madhu

Seeking Gratitude…..

The year that dawned for us with a magical sunrise over Bagan, has reneged on its promise. We have spent the past several months in and out of hospital ICUs. My remarkable 95 year old father-in-law has miraculously pulled through. But my brother, a victim of Alzheimer’s, succumbed to an infection last month. Three weeks to the day, my handsome, […]

Elephant stables, Hampi October 24

Hampi – The Echoes of Glory

The empire is long gone. Its relics scattered across a breathtaking boulder strewn landscape once chosen for its impregnability. Desolate ruins, lacking the antiquity of Egypt, the precision of Inca stonework or the mathematical coding of Angkor Wat. But Hampi’s stones – those chiselled by man into intricate divine forms, as well as those worn smooth by the elements – whisper stories. […]

Stepped Pushkarini, Hampi October 14

Sacred Waters

Water – as life giver and as a symbol of purity – is an essential component of religious rituals like baptism and ceremonial cleansing. For a religion that derives its name from a river – Sindhu, from the Indus – water takes on a whole new meaning. No Hindu temple is complete without a Pushkarini or temple tank. Many tanks have natural sources beneath […]

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The Narrowest Church In Split

Tucked into a sentry’s walkway above the ‘Golden’ Gate to Diocletian’s palace, is an ancient church dedicated to Saint Martin, the patron saint of soldiers.  It is a replica of the 6th century original, with a beautifully carved pre Romanesque altar partition that has been in situ since the 11th century. Narrow is the norm in the confined […]

Lodhi Gardens - New Delhi July 20

An Amble Through A Storied Park – Lodhi Gardens

If there is one thing I envy Delhi-ites, it is the green oasis of Lodhi Gardens. Over ninety acres of unexpected tranquility to escape the gridlocked delirium of their capital city. The landscaping would be easy enough to replicate elsewhere in India (who am I kidding!). But it is the historic ambience, those omnipresent vestiges of Delhi’s storied past, that make […]

A KFC sign clashes with a Hindu temple spire. July 02

Clash Or Confluence?

One of Yangon’s many quirky contradictions! Happy travels….no matter where life takes you. Related: Daily Post WPC – Opposites More Posts On Myanmar

Dubrovnik cable car June 21

Dubrovnik – Stunningly Fanciful

Dubrovnik is Croatia’s star destination for a reason. And once you get over the feeling of having stepped into a fantasy set and learn to sidestep the cruise ship surge (even in early May!) there is a lot more to do than click selfies at key Game of Thrones locations.