• Incredible India,  Travel

    Piedade village in Divar Island ..Goa in the Rains…Part 2….

    Further to Goa in the Rains..Part 1….Chapora Fort Most people go to Goa and never manage to get beyond the usual beaches and restaurants/shacks . However, On my monsoon trip to goa I decided to discover the hidden places of goa which the tourists never get to see.. The first stop on this hidden list was Divar Island. As you get off the ferry , you get the feeling that Divar Island is the place Time  forgot. Now you may never have heard of this place in goa and the reason for that is that the inhabitants of this place tend keep to themselves and resists attempts to connect the…

  • Incredible India,  Travel

    Goa in the Rains…..Part 1…Trip to Chapora Fort

    In the past few years, I have had the good fortune to visit Goa several times. I have been there in March, October , June and August. While it is true that there is never a bad time to go to Goa ( except maybe Xmas and New Year ? ) I have yet to see anyplace on earth as green as beautiful as Goa in the Rains. It is as if  it gets transformed into Eden itself and everywhere you go there is a cornucopia of greenery and nature’s beauty at its best.. This picture was taken from top of Chapora fort, where the famous scenes from Dil Chahta…

  • Chinese Cinema,  Great Movies

    Raise the Red Lantern (1991 ) : Great Chinese Cinema

    Da hong deng long gao gao gua¬†(original title) I am in love with Chinese Cinema and the artistic sensibilities of some of their directors like Yimou Zhang is really stunning and beautiful beyond any words I could use to describe them. While I love many of his movies, the one I wanna talk about today is Raise the Red Lantern. It is about the house of a wealthy Chinese lord who lives with his four concubines living in their own sections of the house. In the evening, whichever of them have the attention of the master will have her lanterns lit . Every frame of the movie is a visual…

  • English Literature,  Good Reads

    The Appointment in Samarra.. by William Somerset Maugham

    “The Appointment in Samarra”  (as retold by W. Somerset Maugham [1933]) The speaker is Death There was a merchant in Bahgdad who sent his servant to market to buy provisions and in a little while the servant came back, white and trembling, and said, Master, just now when I was in the marketplace I was jostled by a woman in the crowd and when I turned I saw it was Death that jostled me.  She looked at me and made a threatening gesture,  now, lend me your horse, and I will ride away from this city and avoid my fate.  I will go to Samarra and there Death will not…

  • Taj Hotels,  Travel

    Udaipur…Venice of the East

      So recently I had a chance to visit Udaipur and being a shutterbug I was very excited to see why so many people from all over the world rave about it. Is it really worth the hype? read on.. Accor group of hotels, owner of the Raffles Hotels will opening a property in Udaipur in 2019. Just to give you an idea, There are only 15 Raffles hotels in the world, that’s right, just 15 . They are in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap , Hainan, Shenzen -opening in 2019 , Jakarta , Meradhoo island (Maldives )-opening in 2018, Manila  , Singapore , Paris, Warsaw, Istanbul, Jeddah, Makkah, Praslin, Dubai…

  • Higher Education,  Self Improvement

    Two Weeks in IIM Ahmedabad

    One of my dreams in college was to do study Managment in IIM Ahmedabad but somehow it was not mean to be at that time and it was one of the few singular regrets of my life so recently I decided to attend a 2 week executive education course there. We were housed in the new campus which is adjacent and connected to the old campus and the dining and living facilities in the new capus for execute education students is comparable to any 3 or 4 star hotel in India. The quality of education , of course, is possible unmatched in India with every faculty member being a distinguished…

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