A cruise on Lake Minnewanka in Banff, Canada!

A cruise on Lake Minnewanka in Banff, Canada!

The night was starry, and the moon was half crescent. I cuddled up beside the bedside window inside a wooden chalet to witness the night’s grandeur. But slowly, the starry…

Chronicles of Canadian Rockies – Banff and Jasper!

Chronicles of Canadian Rockies – Banff and Jasper!

Every day at night I pull my blanket up to my forehead to cut off all possible lights coming from the modern world and crest towards dreams. During my trip…

A musical evening with San Francisco Symphony!

A musical evening with San Francisco Symphony!

In today’s era when technology refutes geographical distance, music helps me to cross the distance within. Music connects me to my inner self. I love spending my evenings sometimes filled…

Pop Art of Andy Warhol at SFMOMA

Pop Art of Andy Warhol at SFMOMA

In this social media and digital era, our minds are increasingly getting saturated with images and videos in different forms. Manipulation, reproduction, and distribution of images and videos can be…

Thought Provoking Museums from Around the World

Thought Provoking Museums from Around the World

The word museum has its origins in the Ancient Greek word of Mouseion, which denotes a place or temple dedicated to the Muses (the patron divinities in Greek mythology of the arts). The meaning…

A soliloquy of a sojourner!

A soliloquy of a sojourner!

After traveling for almost 10 years, and writing about my journeys for the last six years, some fundamental questions about discovering a new place, people and culture swirl in my…

The charm of Gwalior, India – The home to world’s second oldest zero!

The charm of Gwalior, India – The home to world’s second oldest zero!

India is one of the greatest players in history. All human pasts are still alive in this piece of land. A five thousand year epic continues till today. It’s people,…

Postcards from Pinnacles National Park!

Postcards from Pinnacles National Park!

Pinnacles National Park is just two hours drive from San Jose, the home of Silicon Valley, and the city which I call home for the last few years. One spring…

Rendezvous with Redwood trees in the Redwood National Park, California – The tallest trees on earth!

Rendezvous with Redwood trees in the Redwood National Park, California – The tallest trees on earth!

After the rendezvous with Redwood trees in the Redwood National Park, California – the tallest trees on the earth, I feel I am still in a trance and am finding…

Las Vegas to Grand Canyon – Journal of a journey!

Las Vegas to Grand Canyon – Journal of a journey!

It is hard to wrap my journey from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon in just one sentence. My first visit from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon West was a few…

Upgrade your travel with Upgraded Points!

Upgrade your travel with Upgraded Points!

Traveling is an important aspect of life because it lets us not only know butalso lets us experience the unknown. In our short lives, if there is one thing that…

Welcoming spring with California wildflowers!

Welcoming spring with California wildflowers!

The zeitgeist of modern life gives us a quick fix to all our problems in three steps. 1. Set goals. 2. Tie that goal with a number. 3. Strive to…

Beautiful steam train rides near San Francisco!

Beautiful steam train rides near San Francisco!

“Train” – is a magic word for me. On innumerable occasions, it has covered distances between me and my dreams. It has taken me to the nearest locations to see…

My Long Walks in Switzerland!

My Long Walks in Switzerland!

While living in Switzerland, I used to go for long walks. The paths are well marked and as varied as the scenery – in fact, they quickly become an end…

The Blue Ridge Parkway – A passage through paradise!

The Blue Ridge Parkway – A passage through paradise!

Before driving through the Blue Ridge Parkway in reality in my 30s, I drove through it in my dreams during my twenties! My dream was to drive miles after miles…

Ballads in Ballet – A rhythmic evening in San Francisco!

Ballads in Ballet – A rhythmic evening in San Francisco!

The rain was pouring incessantly on the sweet Saturday evening while I was inside the beautiful auditorium of the San Francisco Ballet and was reveling in the flow of music,…

Best Views of San Francisco from an E-tuk – See it and feel it!

Best Views of San Francisco from an E-tuk – See it and feel it!

San Francisco – the hilly city in northern California which is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay has a unique charm. If you ever visit San Francisco,…

Stories in Light by Bruce Munro – Art that blooms at night!

Stories in Light by Bruce Munro – Art that blooms at night!

The Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California, gifted me a lyrical evening where the main protagonist was light. I got to experience a unique blend of imagination and craft, art…

Lynching Memorial in Montgomery – The dark history of America

Lynching Memorial in Montgomery – The dark history of America

While standing inside the National Lynching Memorial or the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, in Montgomery, Alabama, I read these death notices. After an overcoat went missing from a…

Silent Vistas in Norway!

Silent Vistas in Norway!

I strive for an hour of silence every day. It has become an essential need like air and water for me for a mindful and conscious existence amidst a world…

Blowing Rock – A beautiful mountain village in North Carolina, USA!

Blowing Rock – A beautiful mountain village in North Carolina, USA!

Blowing Rock is a beautiful mountain village on the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina, USA. Fall is a popular time of year to visit Blowing Rock. Fall foliage…

A memoir of moments in McKinley Edwards Inn in Bryson City!

A memoir of moments in McKinley Edwards Inn in Bryson City!

When a piece of cloth is exposed to sunlight for many days, that cloth slowly loses its brightness and color. Likewise, when my mind remains exposed to modern city life,…

Rams Horn Village Resort – A home away from home!

Rams Horn Village Resort – A home away from home!

As soon as I entered Rams Horn Village Resort, in Estes Park, Colorado, soothing greenery embraced my eyes. The moment I stepped out of my car, the autumn wind swept a…

Fall foliage in Grand Lake, Colorado!

Fall foliage in Grand Lake, Colorado!

Never before did I enjoy such a vibrant autumn. Never before did I meet a morning decked up beautifully in gold. The charming yellow leaves of aspen trees during the…

Monterey Bay Aquarium – A window to another world!

Monterey Bay Aquarium – A window to another world!

The best way to explore and experience the wonders of the oceans is an underwater dive. If you can’t, then the best alternative is visiting an aquarium. I wish someday I…

My happy and hearty moments at Hofsas House in Carmel, California!

My happy and hearty moments at Hofsas House in Carmel, California!

As soon as I entered my room in Hofsas House, I stepped out into the balcony even before switching the lights on. A beautiful night, solemn silence and thousands of sparkling stars…

The story of Diamond in Amsterdam Diamond Museum – A photo essay!

The story of Diamond in Amsterdam Diamond Museum – A photo essay!

The Amsterdam Diamond Museum has a travel story to tell. About a journey which began three billion years ago, 200 km under the surface of the earth, and which ends…

My moments with General Sherman – The largest tree on earth!

My moments with General Sherman – The largest tree on earth!

My moments with General Sherman, the largest tree on earth is invaluable. I sat on one of the benches that surround this giant sequoia tree in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National…

The safest destinations to visit when travelling for the first time!

The safest destinations to visit when travelling for the first time!

Wondering where to travel this year? With the world at your doorstep, it can be tricky to pick a destination. For some inspiration that’ll give you serious wanderlust, we’ve picked…

JD House – A beautiful boutique hotel in Mendocino!

JD House – A beautiful boutique hotel in Mendocino!

It all started with a call. A simple and short phone call.                                     …

Death Valley National Park – A water-less wonder!

Death Valley National Park – A water-less wonder!

After seeing the Death Valley National Park, I named it a water-less wonder. The vast golden landscape is interesting not only to a geologist but has an appeal to a…

Little River Inn – A Romantic Hotel Near Mendocino

Little River Inn – A Romantic Hotel Near Mendocino

If you want to take some time off from the hurried pace of your daily life then Little River Inn on the Pacific coast in Mendocino County is a perfect choice.…

Bryce Canyon National Park – a masterpiece of nature!

Bryce Canyon National Park – a masterpiece of nature!

Some hundreds of years ago there lived a man in the rugged landscape of Utah – a place where survival for an extended period of time was difficult. He was…

Bouquets To Art – When art blooms in San Francisco!

Bouquets To Art – When art blooms in San Francisco!

I met colors, flowers, and art while walking along the corridors of the beautiful exhibition named Bouquets To Art in the de Young Museum, one of the Fine Arts Museums…

Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America!

Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America!

I believe a large water body, be it a river, sea or lake, has a profound effect on men and women living near it. I lived near the beautiful Lake Geneva for six years. That lake has become a part of me. Perhaps in my subconscious…

Manzanita Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park, California – A photo essay!

Manzanita Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park, California – A photo essay!

If you want to spend a carefree day with your loved ones amidst a serene lake and greens all around, then plan a day trip to Manzanita Lake in Lassen Volcanic…

Glimpses of romantic California!

Glimpses of romantic California!

California, the name instantly makes us think about Google, Facebook, Apple and thousands of companies all working day and night with software. Products and ideas from Silicon Valley have changed the…

The Cathedral of Christ The Light!

The Cathedral of Christ The Light!

  Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle…

Old People’s Home – Art that touches your soul!

Old People’s Home – Art that touches your soul!

Any art form, irrespective of the medium used, if it moves you, shakes you at your core then undoubtedly that piece of art is a winner. Art is something that knocks…

Beautiful, Blissful, Bountiful Travel Moments – A photo essay!

Beautiful, Blissful, Bountiful Travel Moments – A photo essay!

If you ask me to describe my travel moments in three words, I would choose beautiful, blissful and bountiful. Beautiful places inspired me. Blissful evenings in a beautiful place injected…

Why do I travel?

Why do I travel?

Why do I travel? I travel to meet life; I travel to feel things which I otherwise forget during the humdrum of daily routine. Picturesque Moléson…

In the depths of the Pacific – A submarine tour in Hawaii

In the depths of the Pacific – A submarine tour in Hawaii

The world inside the sea is different; dark yet colorful; calm yet wild and known yet unknown. It is really difficult to let go of such a world without seeing. …

A story of a man from a street of Kolkata in India!

A story of a man from a street of Kolkata in India!

Today, on 17th October, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, let me share a story of a man from a street of Kolkata in India.   View this post on…

Picnic in Hap Magee Ranch Park in California!

Picnic in Hap Magee Ranch Park in California!

Amidst several identities like digital marketer, social media strategist, travel blogger, nature lover, wife, daughter, sister, friend and a mom, let me pick two identities for this post – nature…

Top 4 best forests in India to go for a wildlife Safari!

Top 4 best forests in India to go for a wildlife Safari!

A forest has a language and ecosystem of its own. Animals living there have respective rules, territories, freedom and responsibilities. It’s a different world. A forest attracts me for its wilderness.…

A perfect family evening in Moss Landing State Beach, California!

A perfect family evening in Moss Landing State Beach, California!

One afternoon in a weekend! We drove nearly an hour to reach the Moss Landing State Beach, California. We took our little girl, her beach toys, two beach chairs, a mat…

An enchanting forest safari in Bandhavgarh National Park in India

An enchanting forest safari in Bandhavgarh National Park in India

Tring, Tring! Tring, Tring! I picked up the phone while I was half asleep. A voice from the other side told “Madam, this is your wake up call. Our jeep is…

Taungpulu Kaba-Aye Monastery – a Buddhist temple in California

Taungpulu Kaba-Aye Monastery – a Buddhist temple in California

Whenever I look at my camera sitting alone on my table, an urge to pick it up and get outside to a new place overcomes me often. And then something…

An enchanting forest safari in Kaziranga National Park in India – A world heritage site!

An enchanting forest safari in Kaziranga National Park in India – A world heritage site!

When we reached the forest office to secure our passes for an elephant safari at the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve, the morning was awakening. The unique smell of the…

Mothers Imagined – A photo essay!

Mothers Imagined – A photo essay!

Mother is not just a word, but a feeling. It has a profound influence on our lives, not from the day we were born, but from the time we were…