Markets of the World

I realize I often look to markets to grasp a more ‘real’ feel of the place I’m visiting. Beyond the famous monuments that make it to travel brochures, and visual media that often portrays a reality quite different from whatย exists, and immaculate museums that document the (accepted) history of the place, there are everyday men…

Welcome to India, Solar Impulse!

So the Solar Impulse 2 has landed in Ahmedabad. :) You must’ve heard by now about Piccard and Borschberg, the two Swiss pioneers who have challenged themselves to fly around the world in a solar-powered airplane using absolutely NO conventional fuel! Their craft, the Solar Impulse 2, has started breaking records from its very first…

Dilli 6: A Photo-essay

I live in a city which is a daily explosion of sights, sounds, smells and sensations. A remarkable mix of the old and new, Delhi is in equal parts beautiful, ugly, temperamental, inspiring, and daunting;ย no part of the city more so than Old Delhi. Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi is quintessential Dilli. Here, ramparts of…

On A Shikara in Srinagar

The first time I saw Mohammed Sultan, I marked him as a reticent man. That was two mornings ago. Now, as we sip pink, salty noon-chai by the lake, I reclassify him as a man of measured words and emotions. He speaks with slow deliberation in a thick Kashmiri accent, and can discuss political conflict…