Red Roofs…..

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge …….Red roofs from my terrace. This breathtaking profile, on a clear day, is not of the ‘Forbidden City’ (Beijing) but of a landscaped community of Pune city (India) where we recently moved to. Our roof is red too forging neighbourly bonds. Forbidden City, Beijing, China  

Wedding Procession – Road Journey

I have visited Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Zhujiajiao but one place and event still etched in memory is a wedding procession I joined in Taizhou formerly T’ai-chow. A new-kid-on the block this is an emerging industrial city situated south of Ningbo on the eastern coast of Zhejiang province facing the East China Sea and…

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 2–Nathu La…..The Pass That Wasn’t There

A sure way to get the patriotic adrenalin overflowing in any Indian’s vein is to mention China and Pakistan vis-a-via sports, trade, cricket, the 1962 Indo China war etc.  Nathu La, about 52 kms away from Gangtok the capital of Sikkim State, is the official border check post between China/Tibet and India and a reminder of…