Experiencing Cyclone Kyarr & its Aftermath in Goa!

Cyclone kyarr in Goa and what happened after the rains

A photo blog with pictorial depictions of my 7 days in Goa, when the coastal state was awashed by cyclone Kyarr. I was in Goa by the end of October 2019. The time is generally touted as shoulder season in Goa. Resorts and shacks by the beaches get a new coat of bright paint, gearing … Read more Experiencing Cyclone Kyarr & its Aftermath in Goa!

50+ Incredible Photos of Kolkata Durgapuja Pandals

About this blog: Kolkata Durgapuja is an enigmatic celebration of life and Bengali culture. Inclusive in nature, Durgapuja in Kolkata touches life at the most obscure points. From marginalized groups of child labor and sex workers from city’s oldest red light zone, to Rabindranath’s nuanced literature, Durgapuja transforms the city into a fairy tale land … Read more 50+ Incredible Photos of Kolkata Durgapuja Pandals

To Kolkata with Love: A Photo Blog Depicting Kolkata Culture

About this Blog: I am a Kolkata girl. If you scratch my hands a little, you will see Kolkata in blood. I do not live in Kolkata anymore. It is painfully overwhelming to even try to write about home. So, I decided to let the pictures talk on my behalf. These pictures are clicked over … Read more To Kolkata with Love: A Photo Blog Depicting Kolkata Culture

From the Window Seat: travel memories of 2018

From Window Seat

I have been dreaming of buying a drone for over a year now and was on the verge of buying one thrice this year at multiple international airports. I wanted to be a pro aerial shot taker. However, Indian (and many international destinations’) custom rules are yet blurred about drone photography and importing one. Hence, … Read more From the Window Seat: travel memories of 2018

Rivers Around the World: 50 Fascinating Pictures

Zambezi river

Hoogly River and the famed Howrah Bridge, Kolkata I had to start the post with Ganga. Hoogly as the geography books would call her. The tributary of Ganges that nourishes West Bengal. Kashi Mitra burning ghat, Hoogly River, Kolkata A Hindu cremation ghat where rumors say Satidaha took place till late 60s.  Old Ghat by the … Read more Rivers Around the World: 50 Fascinating Pictures

In picture: Colors of Naropa Festival: A Photoblog

Naropa Festival Photos

I love region specific festivals since they bring you closest to the people. Despite extreme geographic condition set amid a bleak mountain landscape, Ladakh’s population is a fun loving as well as colorful lot! Naropa festival is an initiative by Live to Love organization under the Drukpa lineage of Buddhism. Also referred to as the … Read more In picture: Colors of Naropa Festival: A Photoblog

Luang Prabang Timeless: 25 Beautiful Travel Photos

Mekong River Laos
Wooden fishing boats sleep at a fishing village by the banks of Mekong river. The ongoing project of building a dam on the Mekong in quest of hydropower threatens the fishing community at large.  Not to mention the the fate of endangered Irrawaddy dolphin.

Fishing villages at mekong River in Laos
If you give a Laos man a fish from the sea, he would not like it. He would say, “It does not smell of the earth!” River Mekong bears testimony!



When the water rises, the fish eat the ants; when the water falls, the ants eat the fish.

(A Laotian proverb)
Drone shot of Luang Prabang
One of the seven dragons that protect the ancient city Luang Prabang, according to the local legends, as seen from air!
Discarded bombs at Laos
Laos is one the most bombed countries in South East Asia during the American war on Vietnam! Remnants of a cluster bomb adorn the entrance of a cafe. Note the dates mentions: 1967-1977

Also read, a very emotional walk through the Saigon War Remnant Museum!

A lady sells plenty of greens (local produce and quintessential Laotian cuisine) at a local night market at Luang Prabang. 
This little man’s smile made my day!
Another little man is busy making an enclosure for his kittens at one of the temple complex of Luang Prabang while his sister is busy watching a YouTube video!
One of the many gorgeous temples of Luang Prabang downtown. “Templed-out” is a word that Luang Prabang added to travellers’ lingo and there are good reason for the same!
temple at Luang Prabang at night market
Luang Prabang Buddhist Temple
Buddha and his teachings, as engraved on the wall of a temple wall at Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang is also known as the land of thousand elephants! 

Also read, Memories of a Melancholy named Luang Prabang!

No trip to Luang Prabang will ever be complete without a quick visit to the very famous Kuang Si Falls as a day trip!
the most beautiful place in Luang Prabang
The multi tiered waterfall changes color from every angle!
The highest plunge at Kuang Si waterfall

Also read, a guide to visit Kuang Si waterfalls from Laos!

Laos head gear and dress
A traditional Laos headgear
Laos National Flower Dok Chompa
A traditional Laos food platter, sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves. Notice the Dok Chompa, national flower of  Laos used in decoration!
The finery of serving food!
A carp fish, grilled and served and supposed to be eaten with sticky rice. 
Pork intestine, a typical Laotian delicacy along with many other Laos Street food
Silver ear rings on sell at the Lunag Prabang Night Market!
A Bell fruit tree at a Laos house garden!
The quintessential French feel as a remnant of the French Colonial days. At the Sofitel Luang Prabang, which used to be a French governor’s villa a few decades back!
(An honest review of Sofitel Luang Prabang: timeless luxury at the heart of Luang Prabang!)
A flying bird as a home decor in front of a Laos household at
Luang Prabang!
Snake wine being sold at the Luang Prabang night market. Note many other insects are put into local liquor bottles too!
Mekong river Luang Prabang
Mekong river embraces Luang Prabang!

In case you want to read a few books touch the nerve of this landlocked country from South East Asia, my recommendations are listed below:

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