Monk Tales

One of the most fulfilling aspects of our week-long trip to Sikkim was several encounters with Tibetan monks – and nothing was better than meeting with “monk” children, who were in abundance in monasteries across the state. These children come to the monastery at a very young age and have to undergo rigorous training for…

Sikkim Holy Day

This is perhaps the most scenic and spiritual places we have ever visited. Buddha Park, in the southern district of India’s North Eastern Sikkim state of Sikkim, brings with it rare calm and peace and leaves one with a feeling of contentment and fulfilment. We were not sure if the weather would hold but it…

On God’s and men

This youngster is just one of the scores who are routinely seen on the streets of any city in India – seeking alms in the name of religion. They are dressed as ‘bhakts’ (devotees) of various Gods and Goddesses but, more often than not, are just ‘fly by night’ operators, out to make a fast…

In good taste!

Though our week-long trip to Sikkim in North Eastern India was unique in many ways, what stuck me most was the organic vegetables and fruits produced in the state. Sikkim, which was until 1975 an independent nation, will soon be declared a 100 per cent organic state and the use of chemical fertiliser and other…

No, I don’t want a picture!

Monkeys in the hills of Northern India are well-known to be at one with humans – and mix freely with them. I have earlier seen, and photographed these extremely clever creatures and who have even posed for the camera. But this “gentleman” here, spotted in Kasauli, was the least bit interested in having himself snapped….