Kohima Night Bazaar And It’s Street Food

By the time we got down the hill of Puliebadzie, all twilight has disappeared from the Kohima (India) skies. The views of the town from the summit of the hill when the fog started enveloping the town were both eerie and scintillating and with the air now nippy, we are unsure of what to do this…

Portrait Of An Old Lady

I saw an old lady today, Saw her face in a picture. She called to me from where she stood She made me stare in wonder.   She looked at me with deep brown eyes Eyes streaked red From which the light had slowly faded.   The circles underneath Blended into her cheeks The shadows…

Nameri National Park – A Canvas Of Forest

Nameri National Park, Assam at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas and on the border of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh near Bhalukpong, is a 200 square kilometre dense decidous forest. It shares a boundary with the even bigger and even remote Pakhui Forest Sanctuary and the entrances to both these parks are in the opposite…

Gangtok, Sikkim – An Unorthodox View Of The Places To See

In the land of Sikkim, sandwiched between Tibet, Nepal and the rest of India, is a town that should have been as famous than Darjeeling, Shimla or Mussoorie. But it is not. And we need to be thankful for that and to the British for not having colonised Gangtok. Because unlike the other places to…

Shillong – A Commentary Of Things To Do

Shillong, India (with the Scotland of the East moniker) lies at an altitude of 1500 metres and is a two and half hour drive from Guwahati and is a great hill destination for various things to do and experience. The clamour for getting involved in the “Shillong Trade” starts at Guwahati airport when the taxi…

Kohima, Nagaland – Culture and Places To Visit

The far-eastern region of India specifically Nagaland is where incredulous tales of culture can be weaved. And some of them would be true. The capital of Kohima is still untouched either by rail or air and though India has a single time zone, the country’s administrative managers did not really take into account the northeastern…

Cafe Riverrun – The best cafe/coffee shop in Guwahati, Assam

The human penchant to escape reality does show its face in nonconforming ways. Escapism most probably is what makes the artist in us make an appearance in a cafe. Sitting for long hours while observing ilk of our own kind does act as a panacea and when that is experienced in cafes in unknown towns…

Umngot River, Dawki – On the border of India and Bangladesh

There is a river near the India-Bangladesh border which flows from the state of Meghalaya towards Sylhet in Bangladesh. The river is Umngot and as a river is wont to do, it twists and turns and happily hops about before reaching the international border near the village of Dawki. Here, the Umngot decides that it has…

Birding on the River Brahmaputra, Guwahati

North-East India especially Assam and Arunachal Pradesh is an avian lovers paradise. Because of the terrain, the location and the river bodies of Brahmaputra, this area plays host to both migratory birds and non-migratory birds. So when I got a call in Guwahati if I would be interested in accompanying an avid birder and naturalist on one…

Kaziranga National Park, Assam – The One Horn Rhino Sanctuary

Guided tours through national parks and wildlife sanctuaries are unimaginative, irrespective of whichever animal that may be on view. Except for maybe the tiger or a dinosaur. Consider this. Wildlife national parks are created as sanctuaries for animals. Then a road is laid for visitors. The visitors come in droves and driven through the parks on off-roaders…

War Cemetery at Kohima and Guwahati – The Greatest Battle of World War II

One of the greatest battles of World War II was fought at – surprise, surprise – in a sleepy little village in north-eastern India. The battle was as important as the Battle of Stalingrad, if not bigger, and is both acknowledged by war chroniclers and veterans of the British army. “was one of the greatest battles of the Second World…

Annapurna Base Camp and Sanctuary Trek – Solo

“Do you want to do the Manaslu circuit in Nepal?” asks a voice drily over the phone. Curiosity aroused, I ask, “When?” “In a couple of days,” answers the voice. I am flattered and bemused. Satya falls into the category of solitary trekkers who carry their own tents and supplies. So hitchhiking with Satya would…