Fun things to do in Mangalore

Fun things to do in Mangalore: Mangalore, or Mangaluru as it is now called, is one tiny city in Karnataka that is really undersold when it comes to tourism. I live in this little speck of a city that has everything one looks for in a tropical vacation destination – beaches, culture, food and fun. …

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Must. Break. Free

“Time to wake up!”, she says. I half open my eyes, struggling to shake off sleep that had engulfed me with great difficulty in the wee hours of the morning. Through the blur of my eyelids, I see her staring at me—lying in the same position that I’d last seen her before I fell asleep. She …

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Notes from office

How much Covid19 has changed our world! I never imagined that I will ever see a time when we must wear masks before stepping out of our homes—this is indeed surreal. I hope we can get out of this dreaded situation soon, and as the cliched saying goes, let us hope that this too shall …

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Hornbill Festival Nagaland

The Hornbill Festival is held every year from December 1st to 10th in Nagaland, Northeast India, to showcase the cultural heritage of Nagaland. This is an account of my Hornbill festival Nagaland trip.    Bangalore to Dimapur Flight Our flight touches down in Dimapur, and the stewardess announces that the airline has lived up to …

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‘Calaveras Pintadas’ and Natgeo

Calaveras Pintadas by Sampath Menon

This is one of those little joys of life (the micro-happiness bits) that helps you keep going when nothing else is really working for you: my ‘Calaveras Pintadas‘ photograph (shown above) was selected to be a part of a Nat Geo bundle of images featuring the ‘Day of the dead’ celebrations! Here’s the link to …

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Big story from a tiny village

My cousin Jayakrishnan (JK) has been working hard to set up a ‘Tinkering lab’ in a school in our village; the one where he did his early education. Our village – Ezhikkara – is a tiny strip of land about 40 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of its big city neighbour – Kochi. …

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Street photography

As I have probably mentioned in one of my earlier posts, it was around the time that my son was born – way back in 2003 – that I actually started pursuing photography as a serious hobby. I used to take photographs prior to that too, mostly with one of those Pentax point-and-shoot cameras that …

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Odhens hotel Kannur

This blog post covers Odhens hotel Kannur, K9 dog cafe Mangalore and House of Dosas Hyderabad. So life has been moving along, rather like a passenger train over the past few months with a fair share of fun, travel, work and of course, what has become a constant companion for me of late – unwanted, …

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Unique things to do in Mexico City

In one of my earlier posts, I had listed down some of my initial thoughts and observations about the exciting, colourful and bustling Mexico City. In this picture story, I will take you through some of the unique things to do in Mexico City. This is my Mexico City travel blog. Follow along: The City …

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Lucha libre in Mexico City (Mexican wrestling)

I’d seen those Lucha Libre masks in the airport shops when I first entered Mexico. Those colourful masks, which I assumed were fancy gift ideas for kids. But a local friend cleared my misconception and introduced me to Lucha Libre in Mexico City – a kind of freestyle wrestling that is very popular in Mexico. …

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Portrait Photography

Photography is a hobby that I picked up about 15 years ago, around the time my son was born. I should thank him for that; for, it was to capture his birth and growing up that I bought my first ‘real’ camera (the SLR kind). My first camera was a Nikon FM 10; one that …

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Dharamshala and McLeodganj places to visit

Dharamshala and McLeodganj places to visit: After our last year’s trip to Varanasi and Bodhgaya, my friend ‘Smiling Buddha’, Deepak, and I were back on the road again; this time to the abode of His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet in Dharamshala (Dharamsala – also known as ‘Little Lhasa of Tibet’). This is my …

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