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 #9

Thursday Hops #9 is about this mysterious structure in our complex. No one knows what it is meant to be. Here is the bird’s eye view of the structure. What to do you think it represents? Among residents, it is known as the supertree, the inverted umbrella, or simply “that thing in the middle”. WhenContinue reading “Thursday Hops #9”

Thursday Hops #7

I’m back in the city! And so for Thursday Hops #7, here’s a view of the city at night. I know, it does remind you of the iconic song Little Boxes by Malvina Reynolds, made popular by Pete Seeger. If you haven’t heard it before, do check it out below. Little Boxes is a greatContinue reading “Thursday Hops #7”

Traveling to UP in Unlock 3.0

I’d been in Bhimtal, Uttarakhand for the entire Covid-19 lock-down period and then some. There were several reasons for staying there beyond the lockdown period but the main thing that stopped us was transport. We had our dog with us so trains were not an option, even if they had been running. We needed toContinue reading “Traveling to UP in Unlock 3.0”

Thursday Hops #6

In Thursday Hops #6, a monkey peeping in from our kitchen window….as if to ask “Is breakfast ready?” Monkeys are a common sight in Bhimtal. As number of houses increase and forest covers decrease, more and more monkeys are moving into residential areas in search of food. Some people feed them, perhaps seeing an incarnationContinue reading “Thursday Hops #6”

Thursday Hops #5

Thursday Hops #5 features the Ducks of Bhimtal Lake. These ducks (well rather their parents, grand parents, great grand parents…..you get the drift) have been around Bhimtal Lake for as long as I remember. Every day, they swim from this end of the lake to the island in the lake. They spend a lot ofContinue reading “Thursday Hops #5”

Thursday Hops #4

In Thurday Hops #4, I present this sweet hillside temple. This Monday was a holiday due to Raksha Bandhan. We took advantage of the holiday to go for a short hike. That’s when we came across this colourful Shiv temple in an equally attractive setting. Sadly, it was closed, probably due to Covid restrictions. SmallContinue reading “Thursday Hops #4”

Thursday Hops #3

For Thursday Hops #3, I bring to you this beautiful just-before-sunset picture of Bhimtal Hills. Look at the wisps of clouds floating by! The clouds formed such interesting patterns. And just minutes after we took this picture, the misty clouds covered the hills from our view. Doesn’t it look lovely? Links to other Thursday HopsContinue reading “Thursday Hops #3”