Heritage Trail: Jew Town

Jew town in the old quarter of Fort Kochi in Kerala was built by the Jewish community who moved to Fort Kochi in the 14th century. In it are an array of old buildings including a synagogue that at one time served the community of traders who operated from the area.

A Bet With My Belly

Ignoring all caution on eating at roadside stalls and shady joints in India, we decided to be adventurous and stop at a Toddy Shop on the way to the Athirappilly Waterfalls in Thrissur, Kerala. The risk of developing a tummy upset was high, and that wouldn’t go well in a place where toilet facilities might…

‘Baahubali’ Falls

The Athirappilly or ‘Baahubali’ waterfalls as it is popularly known, after a scene for that film was shot at the site. Seen here in its full glory thanks to heavy rains in the area late October. It is quite a walk to the foot of the falls – about 400m through the forest along a…

Happy Deepavali!

I’d like to wish all my Hindu friends and readers a joyous celebration during this Festival of Lights. This beautiful scene was captured along an unnamed lane in Cherlai Bazar in Fort Kochi, Kerala, India. The glow of oil lamps along the lane as kids played with sparklers and fireworks outside their homes was just…

Sunset Ceremony: India

On a trip along the backwaters in Kerala in June, we spent the night on a houseboat docked next a village along the waterway near the Punamada Kayal lake. It was just before dusk and all the homes in the village were lighting oil lamps in the from of their homes as they recited prayers….

Reflection: Mumbai

Reflection with a view overlooking the Colaba Reef from the Souk Restaurant Taj Mahal Tower Hotel, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

Step Back in Time: Mumbai

Mumbai is a rapidly developing, densely populated financial centre along the west coast of India. Home to Bollywood, scenes of this city have been beamed to us via televisions in our living rooms more often than we can remember. If not for the traffic chaos and incessant honking, a walk down the streets of Colaba…

Floral Finery @ The Taj

The attention to detail at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India is astounding. The bright flowers that greet you at every lobby, reading corner and table tops were a testament to this. In addition floral floor decorations in our room lent a lingering fresh smell of jasmine and roses which lulled is…

Backwaters Adventure

I heard of Kerala’s Backwaters for the first time from my 93 year-old grandfather who was at that time, slowly slipping into early stages of dementia. “I used to sell pots from a boat,” he announced one afternoon. I was puzzled but didn’t heed his comments. He had just eaten his second lunch, because he…

Malabar Monsoon Adventure

As we were boarding the flight for our two week trip to Kerala, I scrolled through the weather report and was a little concerned that rain was expected throughout our trip that included a drive up to the highlands in Munnar, the forests of Thekkady and the backwaters of Allappuza in addition to Fort Kochi….

Sunrise: Alleyppey, Kerala

Kerala is well known for its beautiful backwaters. It is one of the best ways to take in the scenes of urban and rural life in this South Indian state. The backwaters are an intricate knit of rivers, lakes, islets, canals and streams that pass through towns, villages, paddy fields, forests, markets and houses of…

Down Memory Lane: Kolkata Picturelogue

I pulled out these pictures from an old hard drive I found at the bottom of my drawer recently. It’ll be a cliche to say it took me back in time, but it did – technically by more than a decade – but visually more than that. I shot these pictures while on assignment in Kolkata…