Door to Divinity…..

Doorway to Divinity…ending 2018 on a devotional note. The Golden Temple or Sri Harmandir Sahib (abode of God) is the holiest gurdwara of Sikhism in Amritsar. In spite of its opulence it is an abode of peace and tranquility reverberating to the soulful hymns of the devout. One can spend an entire day in the premises but…

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  

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…