GOA – Is not all beach

A Portuguese mansion The Portuguese in their discovery phase, looking for spices and trade, sailed into Goa in western India in 1510 and stayed put for more than 450 years till they relinquished the territory to India in 1961.  The  occupancy left its mark in 17th-century churches and palatial Portuguese homes straddling the rural and urban…

Pune Journal……Traffic Woes and Festivals

How does one deal with arrogant two-wheel drivers…..ignore them or honk them out of way. We tried both but to no success. They are immune to any noise even without helmets…. as this father, with his teen daughter riding pillion, in middle of road. There was no reaction to constant honking, anywhere else it would…

PUNE JOURNAL……OF SOCIETIES AND PANDALS

Pune is my adopted city as Delhi was…the difference is that I am tied to Delhi with an umbilical cord, my mother was a true-blue Delhi –ite while Pune is a choice. The first time I visited Pune, in 1971 from our Mumbai visit, I fell in love with its wide tree-lined avenues, presence of…

PUNE JOURNAL -MOVEMENT

We ‘JUST DID IT.’ Procrastinations, excuses, work constraints, visiting children…. played hooky with our moving to a place we bought thirteen years back. We took the decision, hired packers and movers to wheel our stuff to another state in India and followed on train. ‘Why not by air’. I had a ready answer. Train journey is…