Maximum City – Maximum Rain

We were in Mumbai – the Maximum City – over four days this week and had planned to look around, take walks and generally experience life in a metropolis – a city that never sleeps. We were hoping for some rain just to experience what it was like during the monsoons but were assured there…

Monkey business

I took this picture of a monkey in Shimla, India, minutes after it had made off with a visitor’s packet of sweets that he was to offer at a temple. The ‘thief’ ensured he was at a safe distance but still visible and appeared to cock a snook at the worshipers with a ‘catch me…

Eye see the picture

When I took this picture on the banks of the Teesta river just as we entered India’s Sikkim state from West Bengal, it was just meant as another photograph – one of a few hundred I took during our week-long holiday in the mountains. But, later, after downloading and looking at it on the big…

The li’le lady from Japan

This curio shop was closed when we visited Khecheopalri Lake near Pelling in Sikkim and were told it is run by a “charming little lady from Japan” who comes there every year for a few months and sets up[ base at one of Buddhism’s holiest places. Also known as the Wishing Lake, it is said…

Tha Raj Hangover

Kasauli – a quaint little hill station near Chandigarh in Northern India, is still in the hangover of the British Raj. Though there are hundreds of buildings and other paraphernalia associated with British rule all over the country, a trip to Kasauli takes one back to a century ago. Quaint old buildings – churches, the…