A tale of the Andamans (part deux – Of sea clowns and their anemones)

Across nature, on land or below the surface, there are numerous illustrations of mutually beneficial patterns followed by the organisms. A classic example of such a symbiotic relationship in an ocean is the one exhibited by a clown fish and the sea anemone. Clown fish feed the sea anemone with the necessary nutrients and in…

The River

On our final day here, we went for a guided nature walk by the Banjar River. We started the day super early; enjoyed a breakfast in the warm indoors, the air outside was frigid, it was perhaps the coldest of all our days here. It is always so magical to start your breakfast in the…

The Lodge

Call it Kipling’s world, call it one of the finest wildlife areas in the world, call it a hub for magnamous sightings; but singularly and in precedence, it shall always be an ideal home for wide ranges of wild creatures; a thriving eco system that harbours the mighty tiger to the most populated Barasingha and…

The Tiger

Right then, under fed conditions, we were on a predetermined glide path through the jungle to the exit gate. Our pace, gentle; the wander through the thicket, therapeutic. Zenlike was our ride out, when the guide (born and bred to be a spotter) shatters the humdrum with top drama, he shrieks Tiger on the road!!!…

The Jungle

5 in the am and two things happen simultaneously; first, the alarm in the phone goes off and second, someone on the outside knocks at the door trying to wake us up. I could also hear something slide behind the hinged panel covering a square hollow in the wall next to the entryway. I pull…

Viva La Goa

After being tied to one end of a string for the better part of the year passed, we finally saw ourselves hail a cab to the airport. But of course, it had to be to our most loved Goa. What followed when we got there was a catharsis of sweet emotions. It had just been…

Across Jordan – The Dead Sea (Days 3-5)

  A 90 minute drive to the south of Amman, past the revered baptismal site of Christ “Bethany Beyond the Jordan” gets you to a land-locked lake called the dead sea. At 417m below the sea level, it is the lowest point on earth. Albeit the lowest point elevation wise; of tremendous magnitude, is the…

Across Jordan – Amman (Days 1-3)

I was standing outside of Jabal Al-Qalaa – the highest vantage point to the rolling hilled city of Amman. Open your eyes here and right in the heart of the city below, you’d see the large buff-colored stones of the roman theatre; gaze to your right and you’d see the formidable pillars of the temple […]

The Petra Marriott

Travel is in the dreaming, anticipating and in the manifesting of a journey. It is in the allure, the premonition and the mysticism that defines the experience much before it actually takes shape. If you are are a fan of the mystique then its greatest incarnation is the city of Petra. The crown jewel of…

The Taj Lands End, Mumbai

Analogous to its name, the Taj Lands end sits at the edge of one of the most pulsating suburbs of Mumbai. Almost at a vertex to the island of Bandra, it enjoys uninterrupted views of the Indian ocean on one hand and an incredible view of the skyline of a hyper metropolis on the other….