The Inner Connect —Hong Kong

Kung Hai Fat Choi to my blogger friends. You must be wondering why I am wishing months late when it was celebrated on Friday 16th February 2018. The reason is nostalgia for the colors, festivities, decorations, entertainment and the urge to travel. 2018 was to be my year of travel, of discoveries, of adventure. But the…

Sikkim….nature’s blockbuster

Gangtok Sikkim…. a combination of Limbu words: su, which means “new”, and khyim, which means “palace” in reference to the palace built by the state’s first ruler, Phuntsog Namgyal. To a Tibetan, Sikkim is  ‘Drenjong‘ or “valley of rice” while the Bhutia call it ‘Beyul Demazong‘ or ‘the hidden valley of rice“. The Lepcha, the original inhabitants…

Sikkim Odyssey 1….Rumtek Monastery

The 45 minute drive from Gangtok, capital of Sikkim, to Rumtek Monastery, 4900 ft above sea level and 24 km from Gangtok, is ideally a natural delight of lush green hilly terrain and misty mountains, hillside villages, terraced fields, sheer valleys, gurgling streams and waterfalls but the bumpy scratchy road (under repairs due to constant landslides…

Sonnets and Flowers

Shakespeare Garden, a speciality garden located within Brooklyn Botanic Garden in an English cottage garden informal layout, is the perfect place to spend a summer afternoon reminiscing the quirky from Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets. The  Garden is a gift by Henry Clay Folger, founder of Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C. The 52 acre Brooklyn Botanic Garden or BBG in the…