Pictales: Rum, Road and Running.

I got curious when they told me that this is the palace in which the Maharaja of Travancore had signed a document which proclaimed that Sunday would be a holiday for Government staff. The Summer palace in Peermade. Great! My guide asked me whether I wanted to stay there for a night. The only other soul would be an old caretaker whom I was supposed to appease with a bottle of rum to get the permission. When I thought about … Continue reading

Under a Thin Layer of Mist – King’s Cottage

“I have only 24 hours. I want to experience everything,” We shake hands, eyes locked, smiles locked, connecting immediately. Viju’s face sports the warmth of a host when he welcomes a customer from a faraway place like Trivandrum; but the hand I now hold is cold and steely with the Coorg climate. “You must be tired.” he replies, still holding. Viju turns to introduce Deepthy, his wife, who is behind him. “Hi,” we say almost together, smiling. The couple lead … Continue reading

Frozen in Amber: The Woods are Lovely…

…Dark and Deep. The news series, ‘Frozen in Amber’ is a journey through my travel pics. A picture. A memory. A ripple in my heart. You pay a fee at the forest office in any ecotourism spot in Kerala they will provide you a tribal guide. “You have already paid for the man. No tipping needed,” the officer at Chinnar forest division warned in whispers taking us out of the earshot of our guide. We nodded. The 3-hour trek inside … Continue reading

Four Seasons at Vagamon Heights

Noon:  When the jeep headed down at 50 degree angle I thought we would topple over making a clean swipe of the film crew gathered on the banks of the lake. We didn’t. Somehow the jeep regained balance at the foot of the hillock and the crew continued with their shooting of the Tamil version of the popular Malayalam film, ‘Ordinary.’ “This is a regular location for many Malayalam and Tamil films,” the driver says. “I thought we were going … Continue reading