San Francisco to Death Valley – A Super Scenic California Road Trip!

San Francisco to Death Valley – A Super Scenic California Road Trip!

The road trip from San Francisco to Death Valley is full of picturesque scenes at every corner. I did this road trip during the early summer months and the journey…

Sunflower studded summer sunset in California!

Sunflower studded summer sunset in California!

I visited Winters in California in July, one late afternoon to witness a sunflower studded summer sunset. Needless to say, every picture that I captured through my camera is like…

Mesa Falls in Idaho on the way to Yellowstone National Park

Mesa Falls in Idaho on the way to Yellowstone National Park

The Upper and Lower Mesa Falls on the way to the Yellowstone National Park from Idaho is a must-see place for nature lovers. Wrapped in wilderness and calm, the Mesa…

I can’t breathe!

I can’t breathe!

I can’t breathe I couldn’t breathe when you uprooted meTo the shores of an alien land Shackled on boats 400 years backFrom the cradle of humanity I couldn’t breathe when you…

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens – A Photo Essay!

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens – A Photo Essay!

A beautiful public garden with numerous meandering paths by the Pacific Ocean, the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens presents the visitor with blooming flowers and sumptuous ocean views. A must visit…

A coffee cup and a story in the Great Smoky Mountains!

A coffee cup and a story in the Great Smoky Mountains!

Washed in refreshing greens, the morning arrived. I greeted the morning with smiles and eyes full of gratitude. And then without wasting much of my time, I dressed up and…

A delicious evening at Fiddle River restaurant in Jasper!

A delicious evening at Fiddle River restaurant in Jasper!

The wonder of the wilderness and the respite of remoteness which we saw and felt at the Spirit Island in Maligne Lake literally made us less conscious of hunger and…

Beautiful Vignettes of  Vancouver!

Beautiful Vignettes of Vancouver!

Vancouver is a beautiful city on the Pacific shore of British Columbia, Canada. Cosmopolitan yet close to nature, Vancouver offers visitors many things to see and do. Top attractions include…

Canadian Rockies from Banff Gondola!

Canadian Rockies from Banff Gondola!

Notification alert 🔔: Real-world has a secret magnet to attract our mind and soul and is more powerful than any virtual world’s algorithm that optimizes to gain our partial attention.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

JD House – A beautiful boutique hotel in blooming Mendocino!

JD House – A beautiful boutique hotel in blooming 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 – An inspiring gem on the Northern California coast!

Little River Inn – An inspiring gem on the Northern California coast!

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…

Digital Jesus in The Cathedral of Christ The Light!

Digital Jesus in 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…

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. …

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…

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…

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…

The Valley in Silicon Valley, California!

The Valley in Silicon Valley, California!

Information crisscrosses across the globe every quarter of a second; we crisscross real and virtual worlds with the tip of our fingers; the age of no unknown and the age…

Hanauma Bay in Oahu, Hawaii!

Hanauma Bay in Oahu, Hawaii!

Hanauma Bay in Oahu, Hawaii greets you with a dash of bright green and blue and sends gusty winds to give you company. And then when you see the boundless ocean, it…

75 years of Pearl Harbor – A testimony of infamy!

75 years of Pearl Harbor – A testimony of infamy!

The incandescent Sunday morning of 7th December 1941 on the shores of O’ahu started like any other day but ended in despair. The morning stillness was broken by the roar…

Fall Foliage in Princeton University Campus

Fall Foliage in Princeton University Campus

It’s autumn now; days of misty mornings, soothing cold, refreshing and sporadic rains and shades of red, vermilion and gold leaves blowing in the wind. It feels dramatic. It reminds…

A Coffee cup and a story in Santa Cruz California

A Coffee cup and a story in Santa Cruz California

These are the days of delight as well as dread. New country, new home, new paths and new ways of life are creating a layer of intrigue inside, yet craving…

A night in glittering Las Vegas, USA –  The Casino capital!

A night in glittering Las Vegas, USA – The Casino capital!

After spending an exciting night in Hualapai Ranch in Grand Canyon, we started for Las Vegas the next day afternoon. We reached Las Vegas by evening. After relaxing for a couple of…

The Library of Princeton University – A Paradise!

The Library of Princeton University – A Paradise!

Few more hours and 2017 will bid adieu to 2016. Time for new resolutions and new dreams. I believe one of the finest blessings of our existence is the ability…