Leh, Kashmir, India Standing on a Castle, Pondering the Town

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Rate our ReviewsStanding upon the terrace of an eight storey castle in Leh, I looked around at a town surrounded by the Himalayan mountain range ,along with the Karakoram range of mountains in Kashmir, India. It bordered China, Tibet and Pakistan. This mountain range is source to many rivers which confluences as the Indus river […]

Part Three Madurai, India Myth,Faith,Legends and History

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Rate our ReviewsThe Thiruvilaiyadal legends associated with Shiva refers to an occasion, when God Shiva in order to help a poor Bhramin poet get a thousand gold coins as the prize, wrote a verse to be submited to the Tamil sangam. The poem found fault with  Nakeeran, who was the chief poet of the Kings […]

Panong Tso, India…Dreams, Enchantment, Romance ..Atop the World!

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Rate our ReviewsThe five hour, 155 km long drive on a treacherous ,asphalt road from Leh, braved the freezing cold winds in the high altitude of 17800 feet. We went through the Himalayan range of mountains, bordering China and Tibet and then to a land locked lake called “Panong Tso” or “high grassland lake” . […]

The Flavors and Colors of Penang, Malaysia

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Rate our ReviewsPenang, the Pearl of the Orient, is an island and a state in the northwest part of Peninsular Malaysia.  It is a popular stop on the “Banana Pancake Trail,” running through Southeast Asia, for good reason.  The fusion of cultures has created colors and a robust culinary tradition that attracts flocks of visitors, […]

Part Two Madurai , India Myth,Faith, Fable and History

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Rate our ReviewsThe Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple was also known as the Meenakshi Sundereswarar Temple. The temple and its legends, fables and history are not found in the Vedic texts of Aryan Hinduism even though Shiva, Vishnu and the other gods are common to each other. Its architecture was exclusively Dravidian. However, to my surprise, […]