Something about the beats!..

If I have fallen in love with Pune, I have fallen in love with its hills, its freedom, its festivals. When a festival comes, the markets are busier than ever, the people more pumped up and the streets so beautifully lit! And the most iconic of these celebrations is the Ganpati festival. The atmosphere is…

Today

  I have better things to do – assignments, errands, the gym and more. There’s always ‘stuff’ to do. And this seems like a bad idea anyway. But you know what? Not today. Today, let’s go and feel the rain. Today there’s no rush to go home when the sun sets. Today, there’s someone to…

Dalhousie Diaries I… (Chamba)

A wobbly bus and a dubious driver drop us at the secluded Jalandhar bypass at 3 am. Insanely curvy roads and a driver who loves chatting about the health benefits of wine is going to drive us to Chamba which is supposed to be our first stop. In spite of being thoroughly exhausted from the…

Spiti Diaries II… (Unpredicted, Unnamed)

As I mentioned in Spiti Diaries I, after days of acclimatizing ourselves to the sparse air in the valley, we make our way to the Bara Shigri Glacier Base Camp. Training starts the very next day. The trek from the base to the glacier is tedious and long. The sturdiest and biggest rock you step…

Darj Diaries IV… (Life in a day of Darj)

Grey clouds blanket the skies over Pune today, quite like how I’ll remember Darj… Set in the cradle of the Himalayas, at a height of 2050m, this colonial town first greeted me simply with its rains. Over my few and frequent trips to Darjeeling, i tried to understand the city’s code and culture. And when…

Darj Diaries II… (Trek to the Base Camp)

We left HMI at 6 in the morning. Yuksom was supposed to be a 9 hour drive by bus. I remember someone shrilling at the sight of the first snow-capped mountains! Ah! What a sight! Our heads were stuck out of the bus windows trying to see the scenery through a thick canopy of trees…