And so it begins, my life in Pune

At the railway station, handing over a water bottle, my father asked me, “Why are you going to Pune?” I wondered what to answer. “I have not experienced that part of my country. So I am uprooting myself from here and moving to Pune.” — Can I tell him this? The very fact that I…

Madurai, a haven for flying beauties

“Oh no, tomorrow we cannot start early for the temple tour. I will be occupied with the weekly bird census. You can may be skip that and instead get to know about Jain temples in Madurai from my brother until I return,” informed Raveendran, a walking encyclopedia of birds, my friend and host in Madurai.…

Interview with Mithun Das, a renowned cyclist

He was the base camp leader of YHAI Sarpass trek-2011. On an acclimatization trek he stunned us with his introduction. A long distant cyclist par excellence he had ventured many firsts. When 30 km is what I could imagine as anyone’s cycling ability, his dream of cycling for 1000 km got me rethinking my own benchmarks. Passionate…

Under the same roof as Vasco da Gama!

It was late afternoon and the place where I usually stay was fully booked. I walked around and stumbled upon ‘Vasco homestay,’ a corner house at the junction of Rose Street and Bastian Street in Fort Kochi. It was a pleasant stay and since then, I have stayed at Vasco homestay on all my trips…