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Rani Gumpha in Bhubaneswar – a Journey through India’s First Jungle Book

Remember the Jungle Book story by Rudyard Kipling, about a baby boy who was found abandoned in the jungle of Central India by Bagheera, the panther. Bagheera carried the baby … Continue reading Rani Gumpha in Bhubaneswar – a Journey through India’s First Jungle Book

Gopalpur – Tranquillity on the Sea

During the days of the French Revolution! There lived a man called Loraine in France, who always stood for a cause to help the distressed. The French Monarch did not … Continue reading Gopalpur – Tranquillity on the Sea

Sitabinji – A Mystical Journey through Time and Space

Goddess Sita left the kingdom of Ajodhya in revolt when her husband Lord Rama asked her to prove her purity to the citizens of the kingdom to prove wrong the … Continue reading Sitabinji – A Mystical Journey through Time and Space

Kumbakonam – The Celebration of Hindu Legends

Anya-kshetrE-krtam Papam-punya-kshetrE vinasyati Punya-kshetrE krtam Papam VaranAsyam vinasyati VAranAsyaAm krtam pApam KumbakOnE vinasyati KumakOne krtam pApam KumbakOnE vinasyati   You can sin anywhere and wash it away in a holy … Continue reading Kumbakonam – The Celebration of Hindu Legends

Udayagiri – On the Footstep of Vajrayana Buddhism

Once upon a time, King Indrabhuti of Odiyana had sat with his consorts and ministers on the terrace of his palace. He gazed up into the early morning sky and … Continue reading Udayagiri – On the Footstep of Vajrayana Buddhism

Ansupa – Wetland Wonderland

Wetlands, small and huge, well-known and lesser-known are some of my favourite destinations for seeking bliss. What I enjoy in wetlands that I visit are the floating vegetation in tranquil … Continue reading Ansupa – Wetland Wonderland

Onkadelli Haat – Going Tribal

A visit to Koraput is incomplete without a visit to Onkadelli Haat. Haats or weekly markets are Koraput’s invaluable treasures. In the absence of malls and business districts, the tribal … Continue reading Onkadelli Haat – Going Tribal

Bondas – The Lonely Survivors amongst Earliest Indians

This is the story of the land where Odisha meets Andhra and where the Machkund River has been rippling away for millions of years. Four thousand feet above sea levels, … Continue reading Bondas – The Lonely Survivors amongst Earliest Indians

Deomali – Offbeat Wonderland

If you are touring Puri or Gopalpur-on-Sea, perhaps you are not told about the other side of Odisha, which is higher in elevation than Panchamarhi in Madhya Pradesh or Mt … Continue reading Deomali – Offbeat Wonderland

Breathtaking Duduma Falls in South Koraput – A Cultural Sojourn

Once upon a time! A Gadaba girl was bathing in the river. In the meantime, her younger brother was passing nearby. When he noticed his sister taking bath he threw … Continue reading Breathtaking Duduma Falls in South Koraput – A Cultural Sojourn

Langudi – Odisha’s Miraculous Buddhist Hill

Year 1995! I had just registered my PhD programme on Buddhist Archaeology at Pune’s Deccan College. I had come to Odisha for my initial fieldwork. On a fine late afternoon, … Continue reading Langudi – Odisha’s Miraculous Buddhist Hill

Erotica Konark – Frozen in Stone

At Konark Majestic Sun Temple at Konark You are a curious onlooker to countless sensuous carvings in close embrace and interlocked in lovemaking. You are puzzled, keen to unravel their … Continue reading Erotica Konark – Frozen in Stone

Captivating Kanha – A Journey through Two Worlds

It was the peak of summer and the peak of the day around 12 noon. During my epic drive from Ahmedabad to Bhubaneswar for about 2400 km (including several detours), … Continue reading Captivating Kanha – A Journey through Two Worlds