Bird-watching, a first-time experience

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This story, titled “Bird-watching: A first-time experience”, first appeared on 2nd February 2016 in The Pollachi Papyrus. Read the story here. Ramya birding from a bullock-cart | Credits: Lingesh Kalingarayar My interaction with winged creatures has been almost entirely limited to crows, peacocks and pigeons. While crows constantly stole my food during the hostel years, a peacock once used my … Read More

Valparai: Waterfalls, wilderness and solace

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This story was first published by Yahoo! India Travel | Traveler on Mon 20 Oct, 2014 10:43 AM IST The link no longer works as Yahoo! just demolished their India travel section, taking away all the stories with it. Notes from an 80-km journey from the roaring Athirappilly waterfalls in Kerala to the forest-fringed tea plantations of Valparai in Tamil Nadu … Read More

Mint | The Bayon Temple, Cambodia

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A version of this story, titled “Facing up to the past”, was first published in Mint on Sat, Apr 26 2014. 12 11 AM IST. Read the published article here. The Angkor Smile The 216 faces of the Bayon seem to know something we don’t. J7  is  what  he’s  called  by  the  locals.  No,  he’s  not  a  rapper,  but  he  certainly  is  … Read More

Train ride of a lifetime

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This story was first published by Yahoo! India Travel | Traveler on Tue 5 Nov, 2013 12:05 PM IST. Read it here. (Update: This link no longer works as Yahoo! India recently shut down its travel section, taking away all the the stories  and comments with it.) Delhi to Thiruvananthapuram on the Konkan Railway, all of 3,149 km, is the longest trip … Read More

Hyderabad, India | Fingersmiths with a sense of style

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This article was first published in Mint on Sat, May 11 2013. 12 07 AM IST. Read the article here. Hyderabad’s calligraphers’ sleight of hand keeps an ancient art alive, and electronic printers at bay Mohammed Abid Khaleel engrossed in work at his shop. Photo: Harsha Vadlamani Opening his bottle of Camlin Waterproof black ink, Mohammed Abid Khaleel dips the nib of … Read More

Chikmagalur: Soaking up the Sahyadris

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This article was first published by Yahoo! India Travel on Wed 22 Aug, 2012 11:02 AM IST. Read it here.  (Update: The link no longer works as Yahoo! India Travel shut down recently, taking away all its stories and comments.) Karnataka boasts of some of the most beautiful ranges of the Western Ghats one can ever hope to visit. It shelters … Read More

Kotagiri – Where the Blue Mountains turn green

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This story was first published in Yahoo! India Traveler on Tue 5 Jun, 2012 11:34 AM IST. Read it here. (Update: The link no longer works as Yahoo! India Travel shut down recently, taking away all its stories and comments.) Yahoo India/Ramya Sriram – Kotagiri My first introduction to Kotagiri was through someone who had lived there and claimed that it was … Read More

Meghamalai – A walk in the clouds

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By Yahoo! India Travel | Traveler – Tue 6 Mar, 2012 10:45 AM IST By Ramya Sriram Read the article on Yahoo! India Travel here. (Update: The link no longer works as Yahoo! India Travel shut down recently, taking away all its stories and comments.) — If you’re looking for a quiet escape to untouched, pristine lands, less of which seem … Read More