Nilgiri Mountain Railway – Charm Of The Old Ooty

Nilgiti Mountain Railway

Want  to   go for  an  old fashioned  train ride ?  Try the  Nilgiri Mountain Railway  ride  between Coonnoor  and  Udagamandalam (Ooty).  Here is  an  old  fashioned  steam  engine, chugging  up and  down  the steepest grades in  Asia.   It  may look like  an adult sized  charming  version of  toy trains, but  don’t  let  itsRead more

KulKul – The Sweet X’mas Treat From Goa

Years  ago I read  this  story  where  the   writer  described how  his  house  and  everything in it conspired  against  him  every time  he  came  to some  money. With every extra penny there  was either an appliance  that needed  repair or  replacing, or a  leaky roof or sprinkler   and  so on. You get  the  idea.Read more

Chicken in Roasted Coconut Gravy – Varutharacha Kozhi Curry

Varutharacha Chicken Curry

This is  a   another mouthwatering  recipe  from  the  coastal regions of  south India ,  especially popular in  Kerala  and  the  Kongan  region .   Coconut is  is the  thickener cum flavor  enhancer of  choice  here.  The  simple  process  of  roasting  the coconut adds  a  whole  new  depth of  flavor to  curries .  This  recipe  requiresRead more

Gandikota – The Grand Canyon Of India


Gandikota is a remote village in  the  Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.  Among  those  bitten  with  the  travel bug  it   is  known  as  the “Grand  Canyon of India”. Though much smaller in size, the same geological  processes created both. Unfortunately while Grand Canyon is well known this Gandikota still remains as a hidden gem. It is   definitelyRead more