Unwind at these weekend getaways near Mumbai

A forest hidden close to the city. A banana grove to wake up to. Taking flight and reconnecting with the Earth. Bird calls. Crocodiles. A tooth-shaped mountain. River streams. Escape the city at these five experiential stays. Kokum Tree: When you have a Calvin volume placed by your bedside, you know you know you areContinue reading “Unwind at these weekend getaways near Mumbai”

A Walk in the Woods

A lament and a few pointers. Not a practical guide. What happens when you venture in blind in to a 7-day trek? The path leads you through stunning trails of moss-covered trees, past streams and bridges as promised. Fresh air fills your lungs as you match the tread of seasoned trekkers. You puff up withContinue reading “A Walk in the Woods”

In exile

Walking in the mist, you wonderIs this the stuff or dreams or nightmares?How many who lay herecarried the dream of a Free Tibet?Waking to a past, untouched bythe mystics of the dreamcatcherThe grief, walking side by sideOn winding roads of this land,still foreign after all these yearsWhere the Lhamo is reduced to caricaturesIn buildings erectedContinue reading “In exile”

Books and Berries

The sprawling villas on both sides don’t point to a village. I’m about to double-back when the signboard declares that I’m still a kilometre away. The signs are all over the place – a book and strawberry, over the red type declaring Bhilar as India’s first “books village”. Located between the popular hill towns of PanchganiContinue reading “Books and Berries”