Those Days and Nights of Leisure

दिल ढूँढता है फिर वही फ़ुरसत के रात दिन बैठे रहे तसव्वुर-ए-जानाँ किये हुए दिल ढूँढता है फिर वही फ़ुरसत के रात दिन जाड़ों की नर्म धूप और आँगन में लेट कर आँखों पे खींचकर तेरे आँचल के साए को औंधे पड़े रहे कभी करवट लिये हुए दिल ढूँढता है फिर वही फ़ुरसत के रातContinue reading “Those Days and Nights of Leisure”

Trailing the Tiger in Bandhavgarh

This travelogue about our trip to Bandhavgarh more than a decade ago was selected for publication by Mississippi Books (www.mississippibooks.co.in) in their anthology, Caravan. Over the last few years, I have been on tiger safaris in Corbett, Rajaji National Park, and Thekkadi but have never been fortunate enough to actually spot a tiger. This time,Continue reading “Trailing the Tiger in Bandhavgarh”

Aloha On the Ganges, Rishikesh – A Review

Usually, when we visit Rishikesh, we stay at the Ganga Resort run by Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN). But it hasn’t yet resumed operations after the Covid lockdown. So this time, we tried a new resort, Aloha on the Ganges. Aloha on the Ganges is a beautiful, 3-star resort in Tapovan, Rishikesh, a little aheadContinue reading “Aloha On the Ganges, Rishikesh – A Review”

A Cold, Foggy Morning

Today, I woke up to a world blanked out by fog. It has been foggy all week, but today an icy cold wind had come with it, just to stir things along. My husband loves such mornings, the fog and the wind aiding him in pretending that he is back in his beloved mountains. Personally,Continue reading “A Cold, Foggy Morning”

The Razorback

Previous – Loch Ard Gorge Just adjacent to the Loch Ard Gorge viewing platform are paths leading to two other natural wonders, the Island Arch and the Razorback. We only had time to see one of these and based on the driver-guide’s recommendation, we opted to go down the path to the Razorback. The RazorbackContinue reading “The Razorback”

Thursday Hops #21

This week’s Thursday Hops is dedicated to the ongoing farmers’ protest against the recently introduced farm laws. I won’t go into the nitty-gritties of the laws as I’m not really an expert on them. But just think, if the very farmers that these laws are claiming to protect are protesting against them, then there mustContinue reading “Thursday Hops #21”

Drawing Challenge #Day 15

The Day 15 Challenge was to draw four dinosaurs, a Brontosaurus, a Stegosaurus, a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a Pterodactyl, but all within the limitation of three-inch square boxes. The real challenge here was to figure out how to fit their divergent shapes into one common, geometric composition — a square.  I found it easiest to fit the pterodactyl into theContinue reading “Drawing Challenge #Day 15”

On Raves and Rants

Whenever I open a newspaper, I dive straight into the Editorial and Op-Ed pages. Even as a young girl, I often dreamed about major newspapers printing my opinion on assorted matters and conveying them to people all over the country. However, I soon figured that the path to the Editor’s chair was probably paved withContinue reading “On Raves and Rants”

Drawing Challenge #Day 14

Day 14’s challenge is to distort boring reality into something more interesting. The reference photo shows an old, balding man walking in the rain with a package in one hand and an umbrella in the other. The challenge is to translate it into a more dramatic, dynamic drawing.  In the reference photo, the man’s poseContinue reading “Drawing Challenge #Day 14”

Drawing Challenge #Day 13

Ok, so this is not out of the 21 Day Challenge course. Exercising my own free will, I am substituting the challenge in the course with some artwork that I did for my office this week. I participated in a collaborative art project for Women In Technology (WIT). Each participant received a package containing artContinue reading “Drawing Challenge #Day 13”