Friday photo: Feeling Blue

Last month, I got the chance to visit the new St Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort in the unexplored southern part of the Maldives. I stayed in one of the overwater villas with a sunset view, with hammocks slung high right over the azure waters. It was a super pampered and relaxed three days, punctuated only…

The Bungalow on the Beach

A few months ago, we went on a road trip through Thanjavur and Kumbakonam, then going up north towards Tranquebar, before finally fetching up at Pondicherry. By the time we – we were tired of the hectic temple visits in and around Thanjavur. And all we wanted to do was put our feet up and…

Friday photo: Sunrise

From a lazy morning in Sindhudurg in Southern Maharashtra. I have been a champion of this region since my first visit there from Mumbai a few years ago. Tiny towns, beautiful beaches, great food, local arts and craft – all that Goa has, without the crowdss and chaos of Goa. Here are a few of…

Seaside story

“So do you want to meet the queen?” Whatever I am expecting, it is not this. I turn to him with a startled look. I have been watching the manager with interest as he takes off his shoes and bows to the queen before talking to her. Of course, I would love to meet her…

Idyll by the sea

A good holiday is one that is spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours ~ J. B. Priestley. I smiled as I read this and thought about my weekend holiday at Kashid. Despite being close to both Pune and Mumbai, Kashid remained undiscovered and ignored for a long time, just a…

Footprints on the sand

I am looking out of the window of my room in Sindhudurg at the rain crashing down, as I sip the ginger tea (my fourth cup… fifth? since morning, I have lost count). It was clear and sunny just a minute ago. Just as I put my book away, finding rain-watching more absorbing, the downpour…

Come home to Sindhudurg

My piece on the Culture Aangan homestays in Sindhudurg appeared in yesterday’s Mid day – here it is… *** ‘Safety on the roads is safe tea at home’, proclaims the sign on the Mumbai – Goa highway, just one of the numerous well-meaning signboards that make this route so enchanting. We have been on the…

Vengurla: footprints on the sand

Early morning at Vengurla jetty… And then a beach to ourselves at Sagareshwar. Only crows and a few fishermen for company. Information: this was last December, over the Christmas break – we were based at Nandan Farms in Sawantwadi, just over an hour’s drive away.