Thursday Hops #19 – Banyan Retreat, Corbett

We did it! We took a super-mini vacation for the first time since Covid 19 struck. Many of those needing a break from the Covid-induced, stay-at-home routine have started opting for mine-breaks at resorts within driving distance of their homes. If you are travelling in your own car, it is quite safe. No risk ofContinue reading “Thursday Hops #19 – Banyan Retreat, Corbett”

Thursday Hops #18

What with the Diwali festivities and tackling the work piled up afterwards, I missed posting Thursday Hops last week. So this week I’m playing catch up and posting what I ought to have posted last week. Today’s post is about my Puja corner, which was hastily put together last year when my mom was visiting.Continue reading “Thursday Hops #18”

Thursday Hops #17

After a looooong time of almost exactly an year, we got to attend a family function today. It was my nephew’s engagement. Due to the pandemic, only the immediate family – in India, ‘immediate family’ includes all brothers and sisters of the bride and groom and their families – were in attendance. In all, itContinue reading “Thursday Hops #17”

Thursday Hops #16

As I mentioned in my previous edition of Thursday Hops, we were living in an East Delhi colony when my son was a little boy of five or six. As the colony had originally been unauthorized, there were not many parks or open spaces there. So I used to take him to a park inContinue reading “Thursday Hops #16”

Gibson’s Steps

Previous – Loch Ard Gorge Our driver guide said that the Loch Ard Gorge was usually the last stop in the Great Ocean Road Bus Tour but since we still had time, he took us over to Gibson’s Steps. It was just a short, 5-6 minute drive from the gorge. In fact, Gibson’s steps is actuallyContinue reading “Gibson’s Steps”

Thursday Hops #15

This week I went to visit my in-laws. Their house is located in a small colony in East Delhi, and they have been staying there for the last 45 years or so. This locality was originally an unauthorized colony, which basically means there was vacant land lying around and someone came along and put upContinue reading “Thursday Hops #15”

Thursday Hops #14

This week, I stepped out to buy an outfit for a family function next month. I was quite excited, as I was visiting a shopping mall after a gap of nearly eight months. I enjoy a shopping expedition even normally, but due to this long, Corona-induced abstinence, I was determined to savor every moment ofContinue reading “Thursday Hops #14”

Thursday Hops #13

So it’s Thursday, and time for the 13th hop! Like the previous hop about Mukteshwar, this one is also from my hubby’s recent trip to Uttarakhand. More specifically, it is about a local jharna (mountain spring) in a place called Sat Tal, or Seven Lakes. This is a perennial spring, though its volume does varyContinue reading “Thursday Hops #13”

Thursday Hops #12

My husband got a 15-day break at office and he immediately rushed to his first love…the hills in his hometown. Although we came back from there only about a month back (and after spending five months of lockdown there), he was already missing Kumaon hills terribly. Kumaon is now fully open for travel, so althoughContinue reading “Thursday Hops #12”

The Twelve Apostles of Australia

Previous – Apollo Bay | Next – Loch Ard Gorge Although the Great Ocean Road in Australia stretches from the city of Torquay to Allansford in Victoria, most bus tours starting from Melbourne only go up till the Twelve Apostles before returning to Melbourne via an inland route. I guess no more is possible inContinue reading “The Twelve Apostles of Australia”