Tag: India

Snapshot Saturdays—A traditional Kinnauri home

A carved wooden house in Sangla, Kinnaur

This photo, of a traditional Kinnauri home, was shot during the first leg of my trip to Kinnaur in the eastern part of Himachal Pradesh a few years ago. We first stopped at Sangla and then moved on to Chitkul and Kalpa (more on those towns in future posts!). While Sangla is a small town, its main market road can get very busy. So we didn’t really spend too much time there except for the few meals we devoured at the tiny restaurants serving local vegetable preparations and momos.

We prefered to walk further down the mountain that houses a tiny hamlet made up of charming houses and plum trees. Most of the houses in Sangla and other districts in lower Kinnaur are two-storeyed wooden houses with stone roofs. This technique, also known as the Kath-Kuni style, alternates layers of wood and stone for better longevity of the home.

This particular house, with its conical gabled stone roof, intricately carved walls, decorative ram skulls and a carved wooden dragon, stood out among the others. It looked much like many of the temples (Buddhism and Hinduism are practiced in tandem here) I had seen across Kinnaur. Woodwork is largely practiced in Kinnaur and the dragon motif seems to be a favourite among the locals. It’s also interesting to note that the houses here, this one included, incorporate Tibetan elements due to the proximity of Kinnaur to the Indo-Tibet border.

The Liebster Award for Blogging

Liebster AwardI woke up to a sweet little surprise yesterday. Smriti from Mumbai Mornings nominated me for the Liebster Award. This award, which is circulated on the Internet among the blogging community, is a lovely way for bloggers and readers to get to know each other a little better. I remember reading about this award when I had finally decided to be more of an active blogger last year. I also remember thinking to myself about the rare possibility of some generous and motivating blogger stopping by my blog to nominate me. At the time, I was, perhaps, only three blog posts down, and winning this award seemed unimaginable.

And then, in an instant, I almost forgot about this award. Until today, that is. I’m so excited to have received it (Thanks Smriti!) because it’s very encouraging to know that you have readers out there who enjoy reading your work. So just in case you aren’t in the know, the Liebster award is given to bloggers who have less than 200 followers. I think it’s a great initiative to help expand your blog network, to discover new bloggers and to reach out to new readers. Who doesn’t love awards, really! Besides, Liebster means sweetest, kindest, lovely, cute, endearing and valued, among other pleasant things in German.

But there are some rules and they are not too difficult to follow. Here they are:

1. You have to link back to the person that nominated you.
2. You must answer all 11 questions given to you by the person who nominated you.
3. After completing these questions you must nominate 11 bloggers with under 200 followers and give them 11 questions of your choice.
4. You must not nominate the person who nominated you.
5. You must let your nominees know that they have been nominated and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it.

Now, here are my answers to the questions sent in by Smriti from Mumbai Mornings who had nominated me: Continue reading “The Liebster Award for Blogging”

Long Weekend Alert: 8 Fun Activities in Mumbai And Pune

By Brooklyn Morgan for Unsplash
By Brooklyn Morgan for Unsplash

Your weekend has just gotten longer thanks to the two public holidays – Independence Day and Janmashtami. You can expect the city to be a tad less crowded since everyone will be taking off on a mini vacation. If you haven’t had the time to plan, worry not. There’s a destination for all kinds of travellers – from the luxury wine-sipper and spa junkie, to adventure enthusiasts and trekkers. There are even ideas for those of us who plan to stay back in Mumbai and enjoy the peace and quiet we don’t usually experience in the city.

Click here to read about these fun activities in a piece that I had written for a lovely little website called Polka Cafe. Have a fantastic weekend ahead!

Fresh from the world of sound

A high-end wireless speaker with a design that’s as clean as its sound

 

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If you happen to see the Harman Kardon Aura at a friend’s home, try not to get fooled by its appearance. It might resemble a futuristic kitchen blender or even a crystal ball. Hit the Play button and you’ll realise that there aren’t too many wireless speakers that look as good as they sound. Read the full review of this speaker at The Label

A platform for writers to share their portfolios

There was always Behance for designers and SoundCloud for musicians, but when it came to a platform for writers to share their portfolio—there was none that I knew of. I just discovered Contently, a wonderful website that costed nothing but a bit of my time to showcase all of my published articles. Yes, the name of the website itself sounds bright, and now that I’ve discovered it, I understand why.

It’s really quite amazing. As soon as I registered and filled up all the publications I had ever written for, Contently automatically sourced all of those pieces that were available on the Internet and compiled them to my portfolio! The rest could be uploaded manually, using the PDF format.

I also like the no-frills, minimal design of this platform. In this age of SEO-centric articles that aim to do nothing but sell you products or services, or list-centric websites like Buzzfeed that vie for your valuable time, it really is imperative for writers to have a place to showcase their work and to connect with their readers via a single platform.

While personal blogs are the first choice of most writers, I really like the idea of having all my work, or at least some of it, up on a single website. Head over here to have a look at my portfolio! I’ll be sure to add more stories soon!