The Blissful Beauty of Badrinath

Continued from ‘Jab We Visited Kedarnath’ Day 3 Badrinath We straightaway took off for our next halt – Auli. Thankfully it was a long journey because I slept for most of it and woke up when the loo had turned into a pleasant breeze. I rolled down the window and felt my fatigue of hours…

Jab We Visited Kedarnath

  It had almost been a year since I’d visited Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh for a 15-day volunteer program. Apart from a memorable 2-day visit to Chikmagalur in October last year, I had hardly seen the hills in the last one year. Saying that I was craving them, would be an understatement. I started to…

Finding Peace in basics – A weekend visit to Gokarna

Why do we click pictures and save them? What does looking at old pictures do to us? Looking at an old picture does nothing but take us back to that very moment when that picture was captured. It enables us to relive that moment which is now clouded with hundreds of other moments, emotions, complaints,…

A Day Date With Himachal’s Blue-Eyed Tea Capital – Palampur

The first time my little ears heard the name that sounded similar to ‘Palampur’ was when I watched ‘Raja Hindustani’ in 1996. Remember Aarti’s hometown and Raja’s home with misty air, a copse of trees, vast green meadows? Who won’t fall in love in the lap of such a paradisiacal abode? They called it Palankhet…

How To Do Triund In A Day

Undoubtedly, planning a trip is the most exciting part of it, but do you know what is even more exciting than a plan? Spontaneity. One of the most popular hiking destinations of Himachal Pradesh – Triund in Dharamkot also easily makes for one of India’s cleanest and the most picturesque trekking points. You might think…

Don’t be mine.

Compelling eyes Unwary smile Coffee breath Let’s walk an extra mile ? Doting trees Dingy streets Lonely graves Hear us speak Old melodies Spark in the wind The tunes we hum Sieve the sinned Countless cups Smouldering lips High on each other The coin is flipped Love or drugs Make us gasp Together we dive…

कही डूब ना जाए 

इस सूरज के चले जाने से जाने क्यों लोग घबराते है जब ये नन्ही बूँदें बरसती है सड़के खाली क्यों हो जाती है ? क्यों लोग अक्सर  छाओ में पनाह ढूंढा करते है क्यों ना खुले आसमा को अपना खुदा ना समझते है खुदा ना सही इश्क़ ही सही कभी इन बूंदो को गले लगा…

A Night That Could Have Been

Sweetheart !   What if this night wasn’t a blank canvas ? But the one spotted with gazillion stars What if there weren’t so many humans around? And just the two of us looking for Mars What if I was lying on this grainy white land? Staring into your flawless beam   What if I…

A Dog On The Mountain

In the hard rock hills And wavering trees Stranded on your own What do you see ? Are you looking for your master Or ruing for running away Does it feel too cold, the dew ? Pray tell me Sir Whose dog are you ? P.S. The last two lines of the poem have been…