Our Odyssey to Kambuja Desa: a beeline to glorious past of the Khmer


Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

After much deliberation, we zeroed in on Cambodia about 8 months ago when we were going to travel to Singapore for a wedding. It felt like an opportunity fell right onto your lap; now who wouldn’t take advantage of such a situation!

The next argument crept in – do we do Siem Reap and/ or Phnom Penh? I wanted to do both but Bhargav was of course hell bent on focusing on Siem Reap. He finally came up with a solution: we combine Phnom Penh with our trip to Vietnam and/or Laos. I simply couldn’t say no to travel. I would be a fool to say no to more travel now, wouldn’t I? 🙂 All that I can say is that I am so glad we focused just on Siem Reap and you’ll know why soon. Continue reading


“Every block of stone has a statue inside it…”


Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it

Michelangelo couldn’t have said this any better. During our trip to Mahabalipuram aka Mamallapuram, we decided to pay a visit to the Sculpture Museum. It would have been unfair not to, given that this place is filled with impeccable sculptures. This place is a must-visit for those who visit the Jewel of the Coromandel Coast. Continue reading

“Not all those who wander are lost” – Why travel makes you a better person


“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ― Lao Tzu

If a picture can speak a thousand words, then  a quote like this can speak a million. Literally and figuratively, this is what travel can do to a person; once you start, there’s no looking back – it’s like a bucketful of Maltesers sitting right next to you. I’ve always wondered if travel can do you no harm, why don’t we do more of it? What’s better than learning from your own experiences than sitting inside four (or probably more) walls, in front of blackboard or a screen?

When I was younger I always wondered what travel could do to you as a person; I was extremely jealous of my friends and family who planned their vacations way in advance. Most importantly, I wondered how they managed to take off from work and life in general; there’s always something to do! This is when I learnt to live and let live. To me, travel is the best possible teacher or experiences, both good and bad. What’s life without all that excitement?!

This post is simply my thoughts on how and why travel can make one a better human being which of course reflects onto other aspects of life and the other personas we behold: Continue reading

Museums of a Neglected Region


The North Eastern states of India have often been left out of the mainstream consciousness of India. In addition to its natural wonders, the Seven Sisters are home to museums that highlight the fields of Science, Indian history and of course the anthropology of this rich diverse region. In addition to this, the museum architecture leaves one spellbound.

Trivia: Did you know that Meghalaya is home to a one of its kind museum in India. Read through to the end to know the answer.

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Reliving the Glorious Past; how museums are our only hope


Museums are often places where time is transformed into space. In our previous post, we covered some of the museums to visit in South India. The Eastern states of India were home to kingdoms known for their love of art and architecture. Nowhere is this better reflected than the states of West Bengal, Bihar and Odisha. Continue reading

Our hope to conserve, preserve and celebrate: Museums


On account of International Museum Day that is celebrated on 18th of May every year since the year 1977, we wanted to look at some of the museums around the world that should be part of some of your travel plans when you visit these places. Why Museums one might wonder.

With the turn of times where we have seen destruction of antiquities by barbarians. Museums have become safe havens to conserve artefacts from falling into wrong hands. From the earliest inscriptions to  technology marvels and from Roman coins to bronze figures, they remain a place where our journey through time is best understood.

Similar to our World Heritage Day series, here’s our first post on the International Museum Day series. In this post, we look at a handful of museums from the Southern part of India. Continue reading

The City of Victory we call our own; the City of Hampi


Our trip to Hampi will always be close to my heart for numerous reasons. First, this was our first official historical getaway. Second, I didn’t know I was so fascinated by ancient art and architecture. Third, I didn’t know I’d walk 35 kms over a period of 4 days to see the ruins around the city of Hampi, and finally, I realized that there is more to life than work and the same old routine.

This is probably when it all began; the love for travel, history, mythology and possibly, the urge to do more of this.

I’m not going to bore you with the details of the trip but believe you me, I remember every minute of it. Yes, it was about 3 1/2 year ago, but I guess that’s what a canvas of ruins can do to your mind and soul.

Here’s a little something of what we experienced while at this famous UNESCO Site and one our most favorite architectural historian Dr. George Michell’s home ground, I would call it 🙂

In our words, here’s the complete guide to Hampi: Continue reading