Aronda & Keri

Aronda What… where..?? A small village in the southernmost part of Maharashtra, Aronda is part of the Sindhudurg district. The closest station, Sawantwadi is almost 10 hours ride from Bombay. So what’s in Aronda? Nothing… Even my autocorrect can’t identify it.  So why did we go there? Because of some weird Mallu girl I randomly…

Odisha, a plead for our oceans.

This footage is part of the film shot for India Surf Festival. All rights to ©IndiaSurfFestival Our oceans are dumped with millions of tonnes of with plastic every day. At this pace, there will be no more ocean left, but plastic. While plastic is a great invention of humankind, it’s disposal will lead to the extinction…

Andaman Islands

Andaman Islands Islands Everywhere. Andaman and Nicobar. A cluster of more than 600 islands. As a child I always wondered how difficult it would be to pick the ones you want to see. Later I learned that only about 10 of them are open to tourism. I found it difficult to pick from them as…

Jaisalmer

Thar desert festival at Mala Ki Dhani In the Autumn of 2016 in the middle of a desert, some men decided to have a music festival, in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. I was half excited and half skeptical. Unfortunately, these madmen were friends of mine so not going wasn’t an option. I had to go and find…

The Happiest Country in the world

Kingdom of Bhutan The Happiest Country in the World Most nations measure their success in GNP (Gross national product), Bhutan does the same by measuring their GNH (Gross national HAPPINESS). No kidding.  I read about it before I went to Bhutan and I was surprised to realize that Bhutan’s claim to be the “happiest country…

The Spirit of Jageshwar

Jageshwar – First time While visiting Kasar Devi about 4 years back, I heard about Jageshwar from one of my believer friends. The place is famous for it’s 108 Shiva temples all in one vicinity that are dated as old as 10th century. Half-heartedly, I agreed to go there on the condition that we return in…

The Goa You Don’t Know About

Having traveled to Goa multiple times, working and living there for about two years, struggling to find a well paying job there, I have strolled around the Goan streets, met enough people to know that Goa is gifted in more ways than just beautiful coastlines, cheap beer, fish – curry and psy-trance and….. This time,…

The Indian Surf Story

The Indian Surf Story Well, who says you can’t surf in India. Our beloved motherland is a paradise gifted with more than 7000 Kms of coastline. Oh Yeah!! Within these 7000 Kms (4000+ miles) there are more than 20 identified surf spots – some well known and while the others, lesser known. Over the years, many…

Manipal

We all know Manipal and it’s universities. What we don’t know is beyond the college going aspirational swarm of youth, hanging in the dark, shady and the only pubs of the town across their perfect college campuses, lies a virgin tropical village, surrounded by rivers, backwaters, beaches, peninsula, islands, culture, heritage, ayurveda, art and surf. Since my brother was there pursuing his dream…

Hampi

Hampi – A strange and familiar home… You know that feeling when you go back to a place after a few years and find it hard to recognize the place? Well Hampi is one place that has frozen in time and resisted any such changes! Time still stands still in Hampi! Things never change in…