Temple of the Emerald Buddha - Amazing Thailand

This series is based over my reflections upon visiting Thailand.

Shahjahanabad (Const 1648 CE)- The Legacy of Delhi Series (Vol 8)

'Shahjahanabad' is the eighth post in a series of 9 articles on the former capital cities which were built in the historical region of Delhi. Read on to know more..

Hill Fort of Kumbhalgarh, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Know more about this incredible World Heritage Site here..

The Immortal Kumbh Mela - Mahakumbha of 2013

Believed to be the largest congregation of mankind in the world, read my series of posts to know how it feels like to be amongst a magnitude of people

Guru Dongmar Lake, one of the highest in the world

Few destinations have the ability to change your life; Sikkim being one of them. Check out the series 'Sikim Soujourn' to find out why ?



Friday, October 25, 2013

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

An Evening to Rock - Dance India Dance S-4 and Indiblogger Meet

'O Traveler, why do you walk to seek an insight into a culture's soul,
when you can simply sit and observe the way they dance'

Dance is a rythmic form of movement (to the sound of music) which can depict a past event, emotions, social interaction e.t.c. in a spiritual or performance setting. It is an intrinsic part of the culture of India. There are numerous types of Dance Forms in India with some of the most well known being Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Kathakali e.t.c. Each of these dance forms provide an insight into the culture and history of India.

But along with time dance forms have also modernized themselves to reflect the present times. Many modern dance forms have come forward like Ballet, Blues, Break Dancing e.t.c. apart from the folk and classical dance forms which continue to be appreciated worldwide.

With the onset of Television, dance (in all its forms) has also got its own share of spotlight and one of the biggest shows in India which promotes Dance like anything is DANCE INDIA DANCE (which is now in its fourth season). It comes on Zee TV, one of the most premier TV channels in India. This time Dance India Dance is coming with a new panel of judges namely Mudassar Khan, Shruti Merchant and Feroz Khan who will lend a new dimension to ‘Dance India Dance’ and drive the country towards creating a new dance movement!

Indiblogger and Dance India Dance (alongwith its three judges) are coming together to organise an evening of fun, frolic and blogging at The Oberoi, New Delhi on October the 23rd.

I would believe only in a God that knows how to Dance.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Friday, October 18, 2013

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Meeting Jodi Ettenburg

It was a humid Sunday, the 13th of October, when I met Jodi Ettenburg and her mum. While I was wary as to how the day would be - I am a certified introvert (which often comes across to some people as arrogance) - I was bubbling with elation over the fact that I was going to meet, in the real, a genuine Global Traveler.

Jodi Ettenburg (Left) and her Mum (Centre). We got caught in steady rain while walking in the lanes of Chitli Qabar and took shelter in the shop of this generous person.

Jodi Ettenburg is a Global Traveler who has been around the world multiple times and writes on her blog legalnomads.com apart from going round the world as a speaker in conferences.

We (Me, Ace Photographer Subir Dey, Jodi and her Mum) met and, as it had been pre-decided, traveled around Shahjahanabad (Old Delhi). What followed through was one of the most memorable times i had. As it turned out Jodi's mum was a historian and was completely tuned in to what I told her about the history of Old Delhi (The grandeur of Chandni Chowk and its Bazaars, the massacre by the armies of Nadir Shah in 1739, the capture of Delhi by Lord Lake in 1803, the procession of Bahadur Shah Zafar on the Chandni Chowk and his proclamation as the Emperor of India in 1857 and much more) and its rulers.

People brazening out the rain

Conversing with Global Traveler Jodi was a revelation as I asked her about her 'Trans-Siberian Railway experience', 'Her views over Humanity' e.t.c. Due to paucity of time I couldn't know more of her views about our world and its people and heritage. I also realized that no matter from which part of the world a travel blogger hails from, their insecurities remain the same.

But, all in all, it was a delightful experience for Traveler Rohan when he met Global Traveler Jodi and her historian Mum along with Ace Photographer Subir Dey.

 Sky View of the Chandni Chowk (You can figure it out from the row of Traffic Lights, beyond the clock,  extending till the Red Fort)

Friday, October 11, 2013

Picture of the Week #52 - Taj Mahal, Agra (Const 17th Century)

 Picture © Rohan A Singh

Friday, October 4, 2013

POTW #51 - The Jaipur Column (Rashtrapati Bhawan) (Foundation Stone Laid in 1911 A.D.)

Picture © Rohan A Singh

The Jaipur Column bears this inscription - 
'In thought faith
In word wisdom
In deed courage
In life service
So may India be great.'