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Mountain sports are an uncommon pursuit in India. My compatriots and I covet mountains typically as a backdrop for a Bollywood production or a photograph. Against the light of this ethnic propensity, it’s perhaps slightly odd that our family was keen to explore skiing.

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January 7, 2018

The Odisha Odyssey

photoblog, storytelling

The Chilika lake in Odisha, a state on India’s east coast, is the subcontinent’s largest wintering ground for birds. The lake’s rich ecosystem attracts over a million birds every year from far and wide.Over a 160 bird species travel several thousand kilometers from places as far as Russia, Siberia, Mongolia .

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November 23, 2017

100th post on Instagram

Stories to Impel

I started posting regularly on Instagram about 11 months ago. I enjoy sharing my travel tales – not because I love to brag and mark the far-flung places I have set foot on but because I like sharing my thoughts and telling stories in my unique (Uma) way.
Somehow, every photo in my archive seems .

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multicultural, real-life story, storytelling

India and Germany occupy two ends of the car wash spectrum. Germany applies the machine-over-man technique – the country is after all the automation capital of the world. And India, with its vast human capital, the man-over-machine principle.

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Stories to Inspire

Multiethnic, war-ravaged, historic and naturally beautiful are fitting descriptors of the former Yugoslavian nation, Bosnia & Hercegovina. This Balkan country has been in the news for mostly war and war-related incidents.But my travel through Bosnia(Travnik, Sarajevo, Konjic, Mostar, and Balgaj).

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September 20, 2017

Don’t Worry, Pico Iyer

Stories to inform

Sitting on a bus from Heathrow to Oxford I tried to recollect as many famous Oxonians as I could. And there were so many that sprung up. From heads of states to noble laureates, from media moguls to explorers and anthropologists and Pico Iyer, too! The British-born travel writer of Indian origin.

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Stories to Inspire

From time to time we have all been overwhelmed by the number of paintings, sculptures and artifacts juxtaposed in an array of museum rooms – haven’t we? The aggregate of art pieces we are exposed to in a typical museum visit often induce a sense of fatigue.

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January 17, 2016

Why World Cultural Festival?

Stories to Impel, Stories to inform

I googled the phrase ‘celebration of diversity’ with a few key word variations. I learnt that the UN has sanctioned a day to celebrate and honor the world’s cultural diversity. I was impressed with the goals and ambitions set out by this great organization but found that the magnitude.

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September 9, 2015

Chennai – a photoblog

Stories to Inspire

Chennai straddles the divide between traditional and modern with much élan. This iconic city on the Coromandel coast celebrated its 376th birthday last month. Synonymous with the phrase ‘down south’, the city braids the old with the new, braves the heat and humidity and still retains its vim and vigor.

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Stories to inform

We relocated as a family to Germany in July 2005. We chose a Wohnung (apartment) in a Dorf (village) close to Frankfurt as our home. Our second child was on her way and I was visibly pregnant. The initial months of settling down and adjusting to Deutschland were remarkable in many ways.

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