Oct 30, 2014

Beach Watching in Goa

A not so sunny sky, cool breeze sounds perfect for beach activities. But for those colorful umbrellas and parachute the sky would have looked dull.



While all were relaxing there was somebody keeping a watch. Several life guards sat alert for the safety of beach goers. ‘What a wonderful job they are having!’ I thought. Sit and watch the beach whole time and do the noble deed of rescuing people if in trouble. I would love to do it; only I don’t know deep sea diving. I have deep admiration for what they are doing.

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SkyWatch Friday

Oct 27, 2014

Jessant Valley Holiday Homes, Goa

The weekend at Goa was made memorable by the hospitable staff at Jesant Valley Holiday Homes. I stayed there with my family (4 members), the two rooms we got had ideal yet contrasting balcony views. While one was pool facing the other balcony opened to the beautiful green Jesant valley. I spent some quality time here in the mornings, doing pranayams, breathing in fresh air. I couldn’t believe myself when I heard the peacocks calling from the valley in the mornings.

The resort is located 400m off Aguada Fort road, some 2 to 3kms from beach hence free of traffic noises. The approach is through a side lane, my Nokia here maps guided me correctly to the resort.



The view of Jesant valley from my room.

The rooms are adequately furnished and not over done in any manner. Spacious and airy, I found it relaxing and comfortable. Kids particularly enjoyed the well maintained pool in the afternoons when it was too hot to visit the beaches.

This is a part of Stay Simple resort chain. They are India’s first value for money chain of leisure accommodation for the budget conscious holiday-maker looking for a real break. They cater to more than just romantic getaways for two, family vacations and group holidays. They package unique holidays, organize corporate off-site events, provide training venues and even offer themselves up as employee incentives through holiday vouchers.

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Breakfast again was simple menu but wholesome. Nearby there are many eating joints and also some super markets. If you are not looking for any kind of frilly stay then this is the place. There is lot of charm in simplicity.

The nearest places to visit: Calangute beach, Candolim beach, Aguada Fort, many more, but these are the nearest.


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Oct 25, 2014

Faces of India - 184


One of the residents of Athangudi mansion in Chettinad, he showed us around the huge mansion. Times have changed and survival along with maintenance of the huge mansion with not enough grants from the government is becoming difficult – he said. He sounded very worried.  

Faces of India, a series through which I intend to portray the various characters of my country whom I met during my travels. See more here.

Oct 22, 2014

Road Trip To Goa in Car

This Diwali will be celebrated in Goa!

We are doing a road trip to Goa in car, a distance of 556km from Bangalore. Google has timed this distance as 9hrs and we are hoping not to exceed this. This will be the first time we will be doing such a long stretch in one go, may be halt for some time to catch a bite. The road conditions are good for more than 95% of the distance we are told and hoping the rains in the past few weeks hasn’t damaged the roads much.

More updates after I reach my destination.


Oct 20, 2014

Chettinad Festival

During my visit to Chettinad I witnessed their ‘Sevvai Perum Tiruvizha (Tuesday big fair)’ festival. How different it was! Big sized terracotta models of horses and cows, freshly painted and decorated with flowers were lined up and worshiped.

Cows are worshiped, that is understandable because they are considered holy! But I witnessed horses being worshiped for the first time.


There is an interesting story to that: The horses are believed to belong to two Gods Ponnan and Karuppar. These two Gods belonged to a village 25 km from Moolangudi, village in the Pudukottai district near Ponnamaravathi. Once a girl of Moolangudi got married to a boy of that village. When Moolangudi people went to that village after the marriage, they slept in the temple of Ponnan. That night Ponnan came in their dream and asked them to take Him along with them. The villagers told him that taking a God from the boy’s place would lead to trouble. But when both Gods assured that they would make Moolangudi prosperous they agreed.

Karuppar and Ponnan kept their promise and Moolangudi became a very prosperous village. Two of their horses (statues) are always kept in readiness so that they can start to do any job at any time. People believe that daily night they go to their native village riding on these horses.


A big fair was on in the temple grounds with lots of lighting and decorations. Lot of stuffs was on sale, I found these handmade idols and statues interesting.

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You can read the story here: Poy cholla meyyar Bhadra kali of Moolangudi

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