Elkmont Fireflies in the Smoky Mountains
Synchronous Elkmont Fireflies appear in May and June in the Smoky Mountains and is a wonderful sight to behold
A Bend in the River of Life, organising the launch
It took some organising, but getting the terrace ready for my book launch finally made the event so very special
A book club named iBrowse in Bangalore, India
Join a book club if travel is not on the cards
A cabin in the Smoky Mountains, TN
A romantic weekend like no other -- a cabin in the Smoky Mountains
A day in the Madurai University campus
A laid back day spent in the green environs of the Madurai Unviversity campus in Madurai
A long weekend at home
The long weekend over Dusserha was best spent at home
A Moonlit Haven in Bangalore, India
An oasis of calm, midst the hurly-burly of Bangalore city.
A Romantic Holiday in Rome
Rome is an open air museum, reeking of history right down to its ancient cobble stones.
A romantic Roman holiday
Architectural heirlooms found everywhere in this city of love. Rome is a huge open air museum harbouring the history of myriads of lost empires.
A sensory Spice Garden holiday!
The resort built around spice trees planted during the British Raj make your stay a marvelous sensory experience.
A Seven Sister welcome in Madurai, India
Madurai still enjoys an old world romantic charm
A spectacular appearance by the Dogwoods
The Dogwoods which are native to Tennessee are making their showy appearance across the state.
A villa in Dubai
When my classmate invited me to her villa in Dubai, it was a wonderful 10 days of positive energy recharge.
A visit to Creighton Hospital in Omaha
It's worth getting that degree at Creighton University
A week in Hayes Road with the Brits
My eldest from the UK arrived with family and we enjoyed a week with them in Hayes Road
A week in Woking, London
Visiting my son David in Woking, London, is a great getaway for me at this time, as I love gardening
A week of lectures, Bangalore
A regular work week can also be fun
A weekend at home for Christmas
Spending your weekend in your new home for Christmas can be a relaxing experience
A weekend in Louisville in Kentucky
Enjoy a lively, offbeat weekend in Louisville
A weekend in the Madurai Kamaraj University
A three day training conference was a wonderful weekend getaway to Madurai
A weekend of work in Pilerne, Goa, India
A new digital electric meter had to be fixed in the homestead in Goa, forcing us to fly down and get it done
A white Christmas in Maryland, Tennessee, USA
The first flurry of snow in Knoxville Tennessee sets our pulses racing for a white Christmas
Admirable Austin, Texas
Arguably the music capital of the world, Austin is a wonderful getaway
An enlightening weekend in Poland
A trip to Poznan and Warsaw showed us a very different and interesting Europe.
An exotic visitor flies in and out in Bangalore
The most exquisite male, Indian Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi) visits the tree just outside my kitchen window, like a precursor of good luck
Animal encounters at the Knoxville Zoo, Tennessee
Sadly, many of the animals in Zoo Knoxville were on the IUCN endangered list.
As a writer you need to be a recluse
Writing needs love, it needs focus and all your time
Award winning Changi Airport,Singapore
Spend a couple of relaxed hours in transit, in flower filled Changi airport
Awe inspiring Meenakshi Temple, Madurai, India
The city of Madurai in S India is famed for the Meenakshi temple
Baby shower in Omaha,USA
A baby shower in Omaha was an interesting fusion of West and East.
Bandipur forest, in South India
Go for a Forest safari and get up close and personal with some wildlife
Bands oompah in the park, London
Every spring and summer the brass bands come out to play and entertain listeners in the UK parks. A tradition which was also brought to India by them - the bandstand where bands performed.
welcoming, white beaches, dollar goes far,fabulous resorts, try local cuisine,travel light, swimsuit a must!
Berries in the garden over winter in the UK
As I hoe down the beds to remove any left over weeds, what I have noticed are that winter berries bring a splash of colour to stark and frosty gardens
Book Now! [offsite link]
Book an all-inclusive vacation package to a favorite destination or a new one! Charter flights are available from gateways acroos the US.
Books can definitely be a mans best friend
My book clubs are an extension, of the joy of reading, inculcated in me as a child, by my parents
Building that new home in the UK
David pulled out all the stops to build that extension of his home in Woking, UK
Burgers and BBQ in Omaha
Gravitate towards BBQ in Omaha. Every little local restaurant is worth a try
Buying two acres in Hoskote
Buying two acres in Hoskote was considered a bad buy at first, but over the years we have turned it into a Shangrila
Celebrating Easter in Bangalore, India
After holy week, Easter Sunday is a day of rejoicing for Christians across the city of Bangalore
Chef Peter's Kitchen is the best, in Pilerne, Goa
A friend and fellow Pilerenekar introduced us to Chef Peter and his dream cafe with goan food in Pilerne. Don't miss sampling his food when in Goa.
Christmas decorations on Sale in Omaha
Christmas decoration prices dropped to almost 70% off, so we shopped till we dropped.
Christmas in London is fun
Christmas in London is like warm mulled wine
Climate Change and the mango trees in Bangalore
Surprisingly for the last decade with Climate Change taking over our regular seasons, the mango trees seem to be getting their seasons mixed up in Bangalore.
Cooking for the family in London
It's fun for a mother who was never considered a great cook, to suddenly become one in the eyes of her sons living abroad.
Cooking in Bangalore, India over the weekend
Enjoy making a chutney to add to a spicy and romantic weekend at home
Coppersmith Barbet's calling in Bangalore, India
The beautiful Coppersmith Barbet's signature call heralds the beginning of spring in Bangalore
Culture experience for two British school kids
A culture shock or learning experience, and the girls are quite open to it
Cutting down the Fish Tail Palm, Pilerne, Goa
The palm was pushing out the front wall. It took ten minutes to bring it down
Dining tables can enhance the dining experience
Sitting around a dining table and enjoying a meal with family and friends is much more fun than the buffet style of dining.
Dip into different varieties of Asian tea
Soak into a variety of Asian teas this weekend
Dogwood Art Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee
A plethora of art, music and food heralds the Dogwood Art Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee
Drive down to Goa from Bangalore, India
Drive down to sunny Goa from Bangalore in ten hours, on roads that have turned into airport tarmacs, handled by the NHAI of India
Driving back from Ooty, India
After two sublime days in Glyngarth resorts and Teanest Annexe in Ooty, we headed home to Bangalore, via Gudalur.
Driving down to Pilerne in Goa
Driving down to Goa is the best way from Bangalore.
Driving down to weekend in Kotagiri
Nothing like a weekend in the beautiful Blue Mountains of the Nilgiris.
Driving up to the Blue Mountains
Driving down for a weekend in the Nilgiris could be the start of the holiday
Easter Helicopter Egg Drop, Tennessee
30,000 eggs were going to be dropped in the Helicopter Easter Egg drop. Quite a spectacular event inpsite of the rain.
Eating out in Omaha
Eating out in Omaha can be fun inspite of the Polar Vortex.
El Meco a short cab ride from Cancun
Brush your fingers along the ruins and step back in time into the Mayan calendar
Enjoy a park in Bangalore, India
Bangalore boasts of parks that have been around for decades and luckily civil society has stepped in to make them better.
Enjoy a plant nursery in the UK
A visit to a plant nursery in the UK can be such an uplifting event, especially for visitors.
Enjoy going to the beach in Goa, India
Experience Goa's beaches, it's like no other for a romantic getaway
Eternal trips to Madurai
Vannakkam to Madurai,that's welcome in tamil
Feathered visitors from Europe
We have a large flock of Rosy Pastors who have flown in from Europe, enjoying the largesse of the college ficus tree in the quadrangle.
Finger lickin' Indian Oven in Omaha, Nebraska
From a Tandoori Chicken Makhni to a Mango Lassi, the Indian Oven is an authentic Indian cuisine experience in Omaha, Nebraska
Flying into Nairobi, Africa
Nairobi is a wonderful place to experience the beauty of Africa
Flying into Tennessee
A snap decision to go spend a month with Andrew & Annika in Tennessee
Gardening in Maryville,Tenessee, USA
With balmy weather through May to October, gardening in Tennessee is a great stress buster
Gardening in the West is different
Coming from India, it took one season for the boys to learn what plants to put down in their gardens in Tennessee & London
Gatlinburg in Tennessee was fun
A day trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, showcased a lot of fun things one can do in the South.
Ghosts abound in Guilford, UK
Eerie tales of unrequited love and ghosts in Guildford, make for an exciting evening
Gift a garden, in Bangalore, India
Gifting a garden to those who love plants but don't know how to plant them is a great new concept in Bangalore city.
Glyngarth Resorts, four star resort in Ooty, India
Head out to Glyngarth resorts on the 9th hairpin bend in Ooty, for that welcome stress-buster.
Go try Grand Island's hot dogs and ice-cream
A chance visit to Grand Island, leaves us satiated with some great hot-dogs.
Going shopping in Mapuca, Goa, India
Shopping in Mapuca can be fun ending up with some traditional falooda
Going to the beach in Goa, India
Going to the beach, was the highlight of our day.
Growing our own Sunflower, Tennessee, USA
The joy of growing one's own sunflower from a seed, that germinated under the bird feeder, brings indescribable joy to my grand daughter
Growing your very own Hibiscus plant
COVID 19 has brought me back to gardening to fill my days besides writing.
Having coffee at the iconic Koshy’s, Bangalore
Koshy's, a beloved and iconic restaurant in Bangalore, India, has been the hangout for all sorts of creative minds and the hoi polloi of Bangalore since the 30's
Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha,USA
Truly a world class zoo, it's worth spending a whole day when you visit.
Holy week weekend with Palms and Easter Eggs
We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song
iJams quarries in Maryville, Tennessee, USA
A walk in the woods when spring is round the corner is an exhilarating experience.
Indian Paradise Flycatcher, Bangalore, India
The Indian Paradise Flycatcher is a spectacular little bird which makes you catch your breath when viewed for the first time
Indulge in Fish and Chips in London
Hard to resist, get your quota of calories from the nearest 'chippy.'
Integration is the way forward, Bangalore, India
Danish tomato seedlings acclimatised themselves so wonderfully well to our Indian climate in a few months. Made one realise that we humans should be able to do that ourselves everywhere and anywhere in the world.
Introducing Malé in the Maldives
Interesting to visit mainly for a taste of traditional Maldivian life
It's a burst of colour in Bangalore this spring
Bangalore retains it's old sobriquet of being the garden city of Bangalore.
It's a red Fox in the UK, silly!
The beautiful Red Fox can be spotted in urban London even today
It's raining fruit in Bangalore, India
Enjoy stuffing yourself with local fruit this weekend in Bangalore
Joslyn Art Museum, Nebraska
Spend hours at the Joslyn in Omaha seeing its amazing Western American Art collection
Kansas city of fountains, USA
Tinkling fountains to soothe and relax you in Kansas City
Karibu, welcome to Kenya, Africa
Welcome to Nairobi's wide open spaces, Acacia trees and bright blue skies
King George Hotel, Pangbourne, UK
A heritage hotel which makes an ideal romantic getaway in the UK
Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia, is a bargain holiday
Go with empty suitcases and shop till you drop in 'KL'
Let’s go to Goats on the Roof, in Tennessee
Quirky name and a quirky store. You are in for a fun morning with a visit to Goats on the Roof.
London in April
London in spring is the prettiest place to getaway to
Lonesome George in Galapagos
Go and cheer up Lonesome George, the famous giant tortoise on Galapagos
Make a romantic Christmas wreath this weekend
It's romantic to make your own Advent Christmas wreath this Christmas
Make that getaway to Bangalore, India
It's romantic to getaway to Bangalore, India, in the spring
Mangoes from Hoskote, Bangalore, India
Plant your own graft fruit trees and enjoy the fruit of your labour
Mario Miranda's Gallery, Calangute, Goa
Mario Miranda is one of Goa's iconic cartoonists who drew a Goa that fired the world imagination with her little idiosyncracies.
Martha's Vineyard - romance on the East Coast
Enjoy an old world romantic feeling vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard
Mauritius Romantic Getaway
The perfect holiday destination, once you add love to the menu!
Milan- ideal break for soccer lovers
Soccer and the World Cup seemed to permeate the very fabric of the city, giving it a holiday ambience!
My heart is full with having seen David!
Florence the capital of Tuscany, holds Michaelangelo's David, which is a masterpiece in pure white marble.
Mysterious Stonehenge in the UK
A timeless work of art, which will mesmerise even the most seasoned traveller
Mystery of the Rangoon Creeper, Bangalore, India
The scented Rangoon Creeper had not flowered for five years. The lock-down has helped it flower in gay abandon.
Native hedges in the UK
Britain is famed for its planted hedges which are clipped and kept perfectly for decades
Nature comes marching in with the Monsoons in Goa
Nature takes over Goa with abandon during the monsoons
Nesting time for the robins in Tennessee
The Robins are nesting in Tennessee and it's an exciting time for me to watch them work hard to bring up a family
Neuchatel- chocolate heaven in Switzerland
Romance overtakes one with the beauty of Neuchatel!
Odense – the fairy tale town in Denmark
If you love romantic fairy tales, Odense in Denmark is the place to visit!
Olive Garden resort in the Western Ghats, India
Tucked away in the The magnificent Sahyadri's the resort is a nature lovers ideal getaway
Om Beach Resort in Gokarna, South India
Tempt yourselves with two romantic days at The Om Beach resort!
Omaha is off the beaten track
We loved it better than the song we learnt as kids!
Oranges by the ton, in Bangalore, India
Winter is the season for oranges& they have come into Bangalore city by the ton
Painting the house in Pilerne, Goa, India
Its a step back in time while working on the heritage homestead in Pilerne, Goa
Palace Resorts [offsite link]
Philadelphia on my mind
After a good dollop of culture, romance your taste buds with a classic Philly cheese steak sandwich
Picturesque Maravanthe, Kundapur,India
Considered one of Karnataka's most beautiful beaches, it is about 55 kilometres from Udupi
Pilerne in the rains, Goa, India
Visiting Goa in the rains is an experience one is not likely to forget.Lush greenery, the paddy fields, water everywhere, and a hot cup of tea with a buttered poi.
Pilerne, Goa, after the monsoons
Goa after the monsoons is worth the experience with the golden ripening rice-fields rippling as far as the eye can see.
Plant a bougainvillea this weekend for a change
The heat of India is conducive to the profuse flowering of the Bougainvillea
Pochampally- Bhoodan Movement
Pochampally is famous for its Ikkat handloom fabric as well as the Bhoodan movement!
Pondicherry India – Beach Resort
Pondicherry, where peace and tranquillity still reign supreme!
Princess Diana and Dodi's shrine in Harrods, UK
Princess Diana and Dodi's romantic memorial in Harrods, has become a hot tourist destination
Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
The amazing pyramids never fail to dazzle with their sheer size
Quaint Maryville, Knoxville, Tennessee
Nature at it's pristine best in Maryville.
Repairing the house in Pilerne
Repairing the old homestead in Goa means commitment to a promise
RHS Wisley in Surrey, UK
Wisley is one of the world’s great gardens, packed with horticultural inspiration & a mind boggling variety of plants from around the world.
Romance rekindled in Myrtle Beach, Carolina
One of the top ten holiday destinations, head to Myrtle Beach for the complete holiday hotspot
Romantic films on a BA flight back to Bangalore
Labour Day, Winters Tale and The Other Woman, spiced up a weekend flight back to Bangalore, India
Romantic Kathmandu in Nepal
Legendary Kathmandu and the romance of the Himalayas
Romantic song birds in London
Enjoy the romantic trilling of song birds in the UK, as they put on a show in the summer
Rossini Festival, Street Fair, Tennessee
It was a fun morning traipsing around the Rossini Festival food stalls and standing around listening to music and watching sword fights by faux knights
Sacramento Romantic Getaway
A romantic turn in a heritage carriage is a must in Sacramento!
Sandhill Cranes of Grand Island, Nebraska
National Geographic calls the annual migration of sandhill cranes one of North America’s greatest wildlife phenomenons
Selling the Burma teak screen, Bangalore
Selling my grandfathers bespoke Burma teak screen turned out happily in the end
Shades of pink & mauve in Tennessee
Shades of pink and mauve make scented patches against the blue sky, in a Tennessee waking up to a bright and cheerful spring.
Share strawberries in Berlin, Germany
Berlin in spring is fun as a twosome!
Shop at Greenwich Market, London
The Greenwich market, along the Thames, has everything your heart desires
Shopping for a diabetic in the UK
Diabetic indulgences in the UK brings back the twinkle in my eye.
Shopping in Bangkok, Thailand
Shopping in Bangkok can be interesting for the avid shopper
Siblings visit from Down Under Australia
We siblings get together once a year & enjoy a few weeks together
Six hours in Colombo
Colombo is a small airport, much like many of the smaller airports across the world.
Small town Swansea, in Wales
The land of poets Dylan Thomas and William Davies
Smelling the rain can be therapeutic in Bangalore
A sudden and unexpected shower can be welcome in a warming up Bangalore
So, where did four sacks of mangoes go?
Four sacks of mangoes were given away with love to friends and family across the city
Soaking the lawn with love, in the UK
Keeping ones lawn in pristine condition is a labour of love in the UK
Spectacular Corsica, in the Meditteranean
A mix of the cultures of Italy & France, yet fiercely Corsican
It's a city with a soul despite its gum free side-walks
SuperClubs Resorts [offsite link]
Every SuperClubs holiday is Super-Inclusive - accommodations; all meals, SuperSnacks and premium brand cocktails; unlimited use of all sports facilities, including equipment rental and instruction; entertainment; recreational activities; hotel taxes; and airport transfers - with absolutely no tipping allowed.
Take a turn in a park in the UK
Enjoy the romance of an English Park
Tasmania, Australia’s best kept secret
Tasmania the island thankfully man has left alone, for nature lovers to enjoy
Teaching one hundred kids at one time
One hour a week teaching 100 kids is no romantic getaway!
Ten days with family, in Bangalore, India
When family comes visiting to Bangalore
Thailand's Year of the Dragon
The famous Thai smile is at last returning with a vengeance
The air is fresh in Nairobi, Africa
Enjoy the trilling song of the wag-tail through the day
The Bald Eagle, Iowa
The magnificent Bald Eagle,is an amazing sight to behold in the wild
The beauty of Hadrian's Wall
Hadrian's wall in the north of England is an amazing feat of engineering!
The beauty of Irises in London & Tenessee
The joy of seeing your first homegrown Iris is indescribable
The Boabs of Madagascar
Dazzlingly colourful and frenetic, Madagascar is a lot like the movie in real life.
The Carnival in Goa
A throw back to Portuguese heritage, the Carnival in Goa, India is a must do!
The carpenter's magic in Pilerne,Goa
With his bag of modern carpenters tools, the old furniture in the homestead took on a brand new life.
The Christmas Place, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Everything and anything Christmas, can be found at The Christmas Place
The Erasmus Mundus that changed my life
A colleague suggested I apply for the Erasmus Mundus Masters in Journalism in 2006 and I won the EU funded fellowship!
The exciting journey to New - Delhi
Today even the journey there can be a fun part of a Getaway!
The farm in Hoskote part 2
Once the fence was fixed it gave us added impetus to populate the farm with trees.
The Gower Peninsula in Swansea, Wales
Swansea is a little town,chockful of history with its numerous castle ruins.
The grass is always greener elsewhere
Strange how we humans always yearn for stuff we don't get in our own countries.
The iBrowse book club in the CC, Bangalore
It's an exciting roller-coaster running the book club, with different authors who fly in from all over the world.
The Keukenhof Lisse - in Amsterdam
You will love the tulips of Amsterdam!
The labour of love, in Pilerne, Goa
Twice a year we make a road trip to Pilerne in Goa and complete a labour of love on the family homestead.
The little red urban fox in London
The cute little red fox found across London's gardens has become a regular in many homes, foraging for food.
The massacre of mature trees in Bangalore, India
Sadly the value of property has grown so enormously that trees and gardens are unimportant
The monsoons have arrived in Bangalore, India
The rejuvenating monsoons change the face of Bangalore when they arrive.
The monsoons in Bangalore, India
It's that time of year, when the monsoons are upon us in India. So relax with a hot cup of tea and watch the rain soaking the parched earth.
The old homestead in Pilerne, Goa
The old homestead has a section which is probably 300 years old and a more modern upper section built by the wealthier grandfather. But it is all crumbling and needs a complete makeover.
The Park Run in the UK
Running to boost one's health has become the norm here now in the UK with the weekly Park Run
The Reis Magos Fort, Goa, India
Opened to the public after hundreds of years, a visit to the Reis Magos Fort in Goa is a wonderful experience.
The romance of Amsterdam
It's spring in Amsterdam. The perfect place for a couple to spend a week together savouring this mulicultural city.
The rugged beauty of New Zealand
Enjoy the adrenaline pumping rhythm of Polynesian culture in N Zealand
The Satsumas of New Orleans, USA
A bite into a segment of the Satsuma orange of New Orleans, USA is an experience I will never recover from
The scented Rangoon Creeper in Bangalore, India
The scented Rangoon Creeper had not flowered for five years. The lock-down has helped it flower in gay abandon.
The Serai Kabini, India
A trip to the jungles during the dry season ensures rare sightings!
The Smoky Mountains, in Knoxville, Tennessee
The magical 'Smokies' left a lasting impression on our minds.
The vineyards of Pasco, USA
Small town and family oriented, Pasco is great in the summer.
The willows of Wular Lake in Kashmir, India
The willows in the Wular lake in Kashmir need to be removed to increase the capacity of the lake
The wind howls in Omaha,Nebraska
The wind gusting at 50 kmph in Omaha can be frightening and destructive
Those Bridal veil Falls in Yosemite
No wonder Ansel Adams fell in love with Yosemite!
Three days on Florida’s Emerald Coast
The emerald waters and snow white beach sands made Destin a glorious weekend getaway
Three flights to beautiful Tennessee
Flying out of Bangalore to the US meant flying back wards in time both in the UK and the US.
Three gardens in three countries!
Enjoying three gardens in three different countries is like a dream come true for me!
Time to lock up and go from Pilerne, Goa
Once the chores are over, we start itching to leave and go home to Bangalore.
Toodle off to Turtle Bay in Mangalore
There is nothing to beat a romantic holiday by the sea!
Touchdown in Omaha,USA
The airport lights on the Eppley runway blinked in welcome as my 'plane touched down in Omaha, Nebraska
Travelling home to India from Knoxville
Changing time zones and flights from the US back to Bangalore can be exhausting but enjoyable in retrospect
Two weeks in the winter in London
A snap decision to go see the boys in the UK and US had me hopping on a plane early November 2019
Untouched splendour of Northern Maine,USA
For the adventure seeker, Maine isn’t only lobster rolls, legendary lighthouses and rocky shorelines.
Valentine's day in Omaha,Nebraska
Whoever said love makes the world go round, could not have been closer to the truth
Visit a flowering Bangalore,India
A burst of colour in Bangalore with the jacaranda and different coloured tabibuea in bloom
Walking along the Hoe river in Woking,UK
A romantic walk along the river Hoe is soul satisfying
We love New York City
Take a romantic one day walk about NYC with me!
Weekend Dinner at Nossa Goa, Bangalore
Four of us good pals, decided to have an impromptu dinner at Nossa Goa
Wild Woods Spa, Kundapur, India
Relax at Wild Woods Spa and come back rejuvenated,relaxed & raring to go
Windflower resort in Coorg, India
Coorg in the rain is an experience all should enjoy.
Copenhagen is just as wonderful as Danny Kaye sang. Don't miss the Tivoli gardens and the Little Mermaid statue.
World Famous Hot & Spicy Fried Chicken
Fried chicken is a southern delicacy that we enjoyed in Memphis at Gus's Fried Chicken.
Your first trip to Hawaii
Hawaii is the favourite destination for couples to pop the question
‘Ayubowan’ the Sri Lankan way
Colombo affords an inexpensive yet funfilled romantic break, where your $ goes a long, long way.
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