Fishy tales


fishmonger neil island andaman nicobar

What: Fishmonger with his catch for sale on Neil Island
Where: Andaman & Nicobar Islands, India
When: February 2015

Photo credit: Rimi D
Camera: iPhone 5s (phone)

Traveller’s Tale: The fishmonger caught my attention as he was almost running down the road, while balancing the baskets on his shoulders. I had to sprint after him to take this picture but he took no notice of me. I didn’t even get a chance to ask him what species of fishes he was selling.

Continuing the Christmas magic


xmas laser show on melbourne town hall

What: Christmas time laser projection at the Town Hall
Where: Melbourne, Australia
When: December 2014

Photo credit: Farah N
Camera: iPhone 5s (phone)

Traveller’s Tale: The X’mas laser show on the Town Hall was spectacular…extremely colourful and animated with Santa and the elves, Pinnochio and other characters. Here’s a video of the show.

Beat it, evil one!



What: Tree with talismans to ward off the evil eye
Where: Cappadoccia, Turkey
When: June 2014

Photo credit: Steshia M
Camera: HTC One (phone)

Traveller’s Tale: Glinting blue glass eyes are seen hanging off trees in Cappadocia as a protection against the ‘evil eye’. I saw them everywhere and a pretty sight it was. They are also known as nazar boncuğu in Turkey. I did wonder why the interesting looking armchair was placed under the tree? Was it left there strategically for photo ops or left behind like numerous other household articles around & on the tree?

Basilica on the hill


church mount mary basilica

What: The altar at Mount Mary in Bandra
Where: Mumbai, India
When: December 2013

Photo credit: Rimi D
Camera: iPhone 5 (phone camera)

Traveller’s Tale: The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, popularly known as Mount Mary, has been around since the 16th century. It’s a place I definitely make my way to whenever I am in the city – for its peaceful & serene ambience & a spot of celeb-gazing (if I’m lucky). More…

Carved Ink


odisha pattachitra india

What: A part of a ‘Pattachitra’ scroll on palm leaves from Odisha
Where: India
When: July 2014

Photo credit: Poonam C
Camera: MotoX (phone)

Traveller’s Tale: Pattachitra is visually depicted stories on cloth/ palm leaves. This is an age old form of story-telling in parts of eastern India where artists painstakingly sketch or paint stories from the epics or folk tales, keeping the story alive. I came across this piece and the artist at an exhibition venue. He told me that it took him around 4 months to complete this piece (approx 2ft in length) where first the lines are finely carved into the palm leaf & only then inked. This scroll details stories of the Hindu God Krishna.