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Meanderings: Seema Buckshee on Serendipity

the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.
"a fortunate stroke of serendipity"
synonyms:       chance, happy chance, accident, happy accident, fluke; More

The Land Of Hidden People

Outside the Icelandic Air Hotel is a large unwieldy rock--- brown and pock-marked, covered with moss and lichen. The road winds awkwardly, illogically, around it. A sign next to the rock states that it is the residence of the ‘Little People of Iceland’---- elves and fairies-----and cannot be disturbed; whenever anyone has attempted to move it, bad things have happened.

Celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi

I happened to pass through Gulbai Tekra in Amdabad (Ahemdabad), during my recent trip to India, and realized Ganesh Chaturthi was around the corner. I remembered always seeing these beautiful Ganesh idols being crafted every year, in this large slum area, starting about 2 months before the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. I told my daughter that this slum is known as Hollywood, not knowing why. My daughter curiously googled this area and to our amusement found that Google maps also lists it as “Hollywood basti”!

The emerging wallflowers of street art in India

Around 5 years ago, the walls in our cities were covered only with random posters, paan stains, and trails of urine. But that’s changed. Today, you will see art squashed between posters, stains and hawkers; fighting for their space in the sunshine. This modern art form, if I can call it that, stands on the razor’s edge — to one side it is vandalism and to the other it’s about art, conversation, and dialogue.

Wildlife Conservation & You- Start that Conversation

Do you love nature? Are you worried about our forests?

And have you always wanted to be a part of wildlife conservation efforts but never known how? 

Then this conference is custom-made for you.

Bangalore is waking up to yet another new aspect of living harmoniously with nature and making each of us count in conservation efforts. You can be a part of it too!

Travel Talk on Twitter

Ever heard of a vodka and snake blood drink? Yes, it’s available in Vietnam. Or fermented horse milk with spit in it? No, that’s in Mongolia. I haven’t been to either of these countries but I’m harbouring a wealth of information in my head about places that I am yet to visit. Some of it bizarre, most of it useful but all of it comes from one source - TTOT.   

Six things you didn't know about Chennai

I have to admit it, I cannot lie. I visited Chennai every summer when I was in school and recently lived there for two whole years but I didn’t know all these things about Chennai. When I visited last week, I decided to act like a tourist and comb the streets for facts, fiction and stories that quenched my thirst..... and wow, what a find!

I dare you, each of you Chennaivasis, to see how many of these points below you knew. 

Bali Calling!!!!!

Swasti Prapta Ring Bali ( Welcome to Bali)!!!!!!
Bali conjures up an image created by Elizabeth Gilbert in " Eat, Pray, Love", as an island of rice fields and hip beach parties. Thanks to the book and the movie made subsequently, it is now known world over as an island where you rediscover yourself and find love.
We didn't need to rediscover ourselves or find love when we decided on Bali as our family holiday destination this year. Our agenda was totally different!! The keyword was FAMILY !!!!!

Why I Love to Hate Varanasi

I love Varanasi. And at the same time, I hate Varanasi! Read no further, if you cannot understand this emotion… if you think you feel the same, continue.