Table for two


A cool breeze, clouds playing hide and seek with the sun, the sound of waves to one side, and the interiors of a palace on the other, a panoramic view of palaces and havelis and the backdrop of Aravalli hills - perfect, no? In response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: What kinds of images and … Continue reading Table for two

The fort in the hills


On our return from Sariska, we decided to pay a visit to one of the forts in Alwar. We skipped breakfast to beat the sun and reached the Bala Quila, only to find out that the only way to get to the fort in the morning was by trekking up a few kilometers. We'd have … Continue reading The fort in the hills

Much a-doe about a deer


The Sariska Wildlife Reserve was, at one point of time home to over 40 tigers. During our safari, our guide informed us that wildlife enthusiasts preferred Sariska over Ranthambore. Unfortunately, poachers felt likewise. Due to poor monitoring and rampant poaching, by 2004 there was not one tiger left in the Reserve. The lack of tigers … Continue reading Much a-doe about a deer

Weekly Photo Challenge: Careful


'Look! Peacock feathers! Can I take one to keep?' 'Wait! I'll get it! You must stay in the Jeep.' It's dangerous out there. Wild creatures only pretend to sleep. The woods are lovely, dark and deep. A poor imitation of a poem by Robert Frost Continuing with photographs from the Sariska Wildlife Reserve, here are … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Careful

An (extra)ordinary cup of tea


As it happens, I misinterpreted this week's photo challenge. Let's set things right. Would you like a cup of tea? Just before our last safari in Sariska, we decided to eat lunch at a dhaba. There was a row of small houses with thatched roofs along either side of the road running along the perimeter … Continue reading An (extra)ordinary cup of tea

An extraordinary encounter


We took to the roads early morning and checked into our hotel just before lunch. While our rooms were being readied, we confirmed our safari booking. We then picked up the keys and headed towards the rooms. Our rooms were towards the back of the property in a separate compound. On entering, we were greeted … Continue reading An extraordinary encounter

Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundaries


This wooden stick is a crude fence built by a farmer to protect his crop of corn. Sitting at the edge of the Sariska Wildlife Reserve, the family of five has no need to be afraid of robbers. The odd tiger that pays them a visit every now and then, is quite a good security … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundaries