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This is another retrospective of a holiday in Bali on Balinese New Year. I wont go on about what a fun and beautiful place Bali is, ’cause it’s already spoken about so much. But what is also a must see and experience aspects about Bali is the Balinese New Year – locally called as Nyepi. Which also happens to be today 28th March 2017. This tropical place is bursting with so much culture and lot of their culture mythologically overlaps with Indian culture. Unlike what people go to Bali for the fun & frolic, Nyepi is all about bringing in the new year by maintaining silence and self-reflection. And Nyepi literally means “Day of Silence”. How serious are they about this day is that no one is allowed on the beaches or streets and one day in the year when the airport is shut. The rituals for bringing in the New Year are performed for 3-4 days. Visually and spiritually what appealed to me the most was Bhuta Yajna ritual which is performed to vanquish all the negative energies to create a a balance of God, Mankind and Nature. IMG_1492

The ogoh ogoh – demonic statues are paraded on the streets of the villages to appease Bhuta Kala. This process helps in purification. All of this resonated with a lot of hindu philosophies and mythologies I have grown up on.


The festival in a lot ways helped me personally. You could say it was my Eat, Pray and Love experience. I felt free as bird as I got rid of a lot of baggage just being around this atmosphere of total silence. When you see the ogoh ogoh burn to ashes, you feel that you getting rid of your own bad energies.


Standing at the crossroad of  the village with the entire show of parade with the effigies  was an overwhelming experience.  Even with the humidity and heat, it’s always a good reason to rediscover yourself. Happy Balinese New year to all out there! To all the souls who want some cleansing from their dark demons and shadows.




I typically see myself as a lazy blogger. As you will notice this post is after a long sabbatical of blogging. And these series of photos are from my trip to Andaman and Nicobar a year back. Hence, I picked the title nostalgia.

Life is so short and I believe in not waiting till my retirement to travel. I look forward to every special occasion to take a trip. I feel thats money well spent. And every year around my birthday seems the right time to do just that. Last year a picnic on the beach and scuba diving for the 1st time was the happiest moment of my life and the best gift I could give myself.

I will encourage anyone and everyone, if ever you have the opportunity to visit Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar islands then you must. The list of things to do here are endless. We started off discovering the history of this place by visiting Kaala Pani- the most famous Cellular Jail in Asia. And from here, ferried off to Ross Island prison Head Quarters. Mainly abandoned now with dilapidated structures post Tsunami but definitely worth a visit. Stayed here a couple of hours revisiting the history of Indian Independence.

Rest of the trip we spent getting our feet wet and soaking in the sun. Andaman island is definitely not dirt cheap by Indian standards but eat local & travel on rented bikes, that can help you save a few pennies. The toughest part of this trip for a non adventurous person like me was to push myself to do something different. I wonder now that if I would have never done my first scuba dive here, I would have regretted it for the rest of my life.

Most resorts here have their own diving instructors and our resort- Munjoh had one of the best instructors and diving gears. It was great how they cajoled me into making this monumental decision. I was pretty worried and phobic first but few minutes into the training i was prepared to get out there. And am I glad or what I took the step or dive into it. The world under the water is the most surreal. The flora and fauna were so overwhelming and that it was spiritual experience. If there is paradise on earth then this is it.

There is no night life as such in Andaman and Port Blair but you can always dine and have beer on the private beach of the resort. But don’t forget to carry that sun-block for daytime and mosquito repellent for the nights.

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Life in Singapore a year down the lanewickedtoys thaipu streets restuarant paint monroe kid cycle color chairs It isn’t true that Singapore is about nothingness. If you hang out and try new places you can learn to fly here too. This place is helping me in self development and making me realize my nature in relation with the city and spaces. Magic can be known and made by oneself in any situation and location. Changing perspectives.

tranqabar madness#

tranqabar madness#

BIts and pieces of religion and people…

Kaleidoscope wanderings in puducherry by night

Kaleidoscope wanderings in puducherry by night

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Australia Love

Sunshine Coast Vacation. Life is all about travelling.

China Town Lane

Hello, Head

The cushions unlimited

happy Monroe


Singapore Unfurled at the Singapore Art Musemum.
It was a hectic and live experience!