March 1, 2017 Yogini

Dusk was setting in as I alighted the bus at a remote village in coastal Maharashtra. The narrow streets had no lights and my phone had no network. Per our last phone conversation an hour ago, my host was supposed to meet me at the bus depot but I saw no signs of him. An oil lamp lit in the nearby tiny house flickered and I decided to ask the old lady sitting there for the directions to my host’s house. The best thing about such places is that everyone knows everyone. And so minutes later, after walking the path…

January 24, 2017 Yogini

The sun shone brightly in the clear sky. The breeze got warmer with the rise in mercury. The port was busy with the incessant arrivals and departures of archaic ships laden with goods and wealth. The cargo was loaded and unloaded ceaselessly. The vivid images that my mind created felt so real and I was transported to the 7th century Mamallapuram of the Pallava kingdom. The sea traders trading across the seas with merchants from Egypt, Rome, China, Kambuja (present-day Cambodia) in return for goods or money. Young sculptors practicing and mastering the art at the cliffs near the shores…

January 24, 2017 Yogini

I was excited for my first international beach vacation with girl pals. The highlight of the trip was scuba diving in the Andaman Sea – my first dive. Finally, the day arrived and we gathered at the dive center.  The fear of water and the fear of unknown got better of me and as we were ferried to the dive site, I was super nervous. I was panic-stricken as I jumped in the water with the diving gear on for the practice session. Luckily for me, my dive instructors Chris & Fabrice were considerate and patiently dealt with my anxiety….