Oceania


Sigatoka broken bridge fiji
This is part of a series called ‘A sonnet to the world’, which I have been working on. You can read about the project here. The idea is to write a 14-line Shakespearean Sonnet for every country I visit (and hopefully and eventually, the whole world). And this one is for Fiji. In Lautoka, the soft sand cuddled her toes, And the cool wind kissed her cheek. As the ocean lay bare beyond her, she arose, “Follow me?”. But no answer did she seek.   Tikka overwhelmed my nostrils, and Rafi sang his tone. In Nadi, a little bit of […]

A Sonnet to Fiji


Vanuatu sunset
This is part of a series called ‘A sonnet to the world’, which I have been working on. You can read about the project here. The idea is to write a 14-line Shakespearean Sonnet for every country I visit (and hopefully and eventually, the whole world). And this one is for Vanuatu. Through Efate’s open windows, and creaking doors, They stared at me, like a naked leprechaun who fell from the sky. Eyes like uncut diamonds, piercing into my pores, They seemed to ask, “Man blong India, why yu come by?”   At the Kava bar, the blade dangled like a third […]

A Sonnet to Vanuatu


palau islands
This is part of a series called ‘A sonnet to the world’, which I have been working on. You can read about the project here. The idea is to write a 14-line Shakespearean Sonnet for every country I visit (and hopefully and eventually, the whole world). And this one is for Palau. I hopped across the ocean, from one island to another. Found out what hidden legs were, on my way to a hidden shore. In search of a mysterious land, of which what I now remember Is an unseen jellyfish lake and tropical rains galore.   Who goes all […]

A Sonnet to Palau



Blue mountains in katoomba
This is part of a series called ‘A sonnet to the world’, which I have been working on. You can read about the project here. The idea is to write a 14-line Shakespearean Sonnet for every country I visit (and hopefully and eventually, the whole world). And this one is for Australia. It didn’t hurt, nor was there a flavor of fallen grace. It didn’t feel like the rain, nor bursts of thunder. It was a rather banal affair, very commonplace When I finally lost my virginity, down under.   The winter hesitated, then shoved its deep claws Into me, […]

A sonnet to Australia


icebergs swim club bondi beach sydney
I had flown to Sydney, with the standard tourist ideas in mind: visit the opera house, the royal botanic gardens, and take a train to see the 3 sisters of Katoomba. But as luck would have it, I met with an old schoolmate who regaled me with ideas of what to do in Sydney, especially off-the-beaten track. And one of those was the Bondi to Coogee walk. Not so off-the-beaten track for the locals, but a definite must-do for a tourist. If I could set apart 2 to 3 hours of my time, that is. Sydney is much more than the […]

Sydney’s favourite walk: From Bondi beach to Coogee beach


Koror palau 2
After the exciting island-hopping saga across the pacific ocean, reaching Koror at 11PM, I was eager and excited to check out the night-scene. I had slept mostly throughout my 4 different flights to get here. I could have been jetlagged, but I wasn’t. After all, Palau was just 1 hour ahead of Singapore, where I had started from. And the night was still young. All I had to do was get to my budget motel, check-in, and then go out for a few drinks. Sounds reasonable, right? Wrong! Again! My taxi-drive from the airport to my motel lasted about 15 […]

I went to Palau. And didn’t touch the water!



Yap airport micronesia
Manila It was an uneventful flight to Manila. I was no stranger to the Philippines. I lived here for 4 years. And even after I moved my base from the Philippines to the urbanscape that people called Singapore, I had visited Manila a couple of times. So, nothing exciting awaited me in Manila, save a couple of planned meetups with old friends. If you are looking for something interesting to do in Manila, go offbeat and check out the Ermita region for some amazing street photography opportunities. Owing to some confusion in my seat booking, Jetstar gave me a free upgrade to […]

Island-hopping on an airplane: Singapore to Palau


No emergencies. And no exits. - Melbourne, Australia
31st July 2014 – Melbourne, Australia In airports and terminals, I found a new game. Of hide-and-seek, with an edge of chaos and mayhem Time is playing a good referee, and keeps reminding me. The exits are always there. But I have no plans of taking them. They say time flies. Mine must have taken a concorde, because the realisation is a kickback when you are already typing out the 30th day post. The last one month was spent in 5 different countries, and that is a fairly good start. Click here to check out pictures from Vanuautu, one of my favourite countries the […]

Project 365: Day 30 – Going full circle


30th July 2014 – Christchurch, New Zealand Beyond the construction sites, and the debris lying around, Beyond the grey walls, which withstood a calamity, Beyond the trams, and the still pace at which they moved, You realise that you still have a spring in the step, in this beautiful city. The 2011 earthquake has left most of the important monuments in Christchurch, still under reconstruction. Last night, I had met a bunch of local folks over a house dinner, and one of whom was an Engineer on the reconstruction projects. She informed me that it would be years before the city […]

Project 365: Day 29 – Check mate, nature!



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29th July 2014 – Christchurch, New Zealand Light has found a long-lost friend, And the shadows now face their foe. In the ruins and rubble of Christchurch, I found the golden hour, ending my woe.  To make this project easier, sometimes I resort to taking pictures at the beautiful hours. One of which is the sunrise, which explains why I have been waking up so early at times. The other is the golden hour, the twilight zone, which transforms even ordinary places into an amazing palette of colours. But apart from Vanuatu, I haven’t had much luck in my other […]

Project 365: Day 28 – The search for the golden hour


28th July 2014 – Picton, New Zealand The lack of protein has begun to show And the nicotine doesn’t want to go slow With all this hectic travel, sometimes I wonder. If it is blood, or caffeine, that rides the flow.  Those who don’t travel, often keep telling me how jealous they are about what I do. But the wise ones, the ones that travel, keep warning me. “Watch out. You will tire yourself once in a while. Be ready to rejuvenate, and to reinvent yourself every once in a while.” Today was one of those days. The harsh cold winter of New Zealand, […]

Project 365: Day 27 – In coffee, we trust


27th July 2014 – Wellington, New Zealand The kiwi was a recluse on a vacation And the sea gulls already had their moment. The penguins never bothered to say hi, So I had to reluctantly seal my intent. Yeoni, my CS host, felt like taking a good, long drive today. And since it was a Sunday, we did take a good, long drive. We drove all the way from Wellington, to Cape Palliser, which has a beautiful light house overlooking a cliff and some beautiful black, sand beaches.What we didn’t prepare for, was the wildlife. On the way, there was a […]

Project 365: Day 26 – No penguins. No Kiwis. Cant complain.



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This was the 25th post (Day 25) of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here. 26th July 2014 – Wellington, New Zealand The early bird caught the sunrise. The golden arches, into […]

Sunrise at Oriental Bay: Wellington, New Zealand


huka falls hdr taupo
This was the 24th post (Day 24) of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here. 25th July 2014 – Taupo, New Zealand Beyond pine trees, and timber forests, the water flowed home, […]

HDR photography at the Huka Falls: Taupo, New Zealand


Mcdonalds in airplane taupo
This was the 23rd post (Day 23) of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here. 24th July 2014 – Taupo, New Zealand Maybe it was the lake, stretched out in miles Or […]

A McDonalds in an Airplane: Taupo, New Zealand



Britomart ferry terminal auckland
This was the 22nd post (Day 22) of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here.   23rd July 2014 – Auckland, New Zealand The hangovers came again. Like unwanted visitors. As you sow, so […]

Clicking at the Britomart: Auckland, New Zealand


Auckland needle in the sky
This was the 21st post (Day 21) of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here. 22nd July 2014 – Auckland, New Zealand The cold winds pierced my skin, And the city lights pierced […]

Night Photography in Auckland, New Zealand


Wailoaloa beach fiji 1
This was the 20th post (Day 20) of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here. 21st July 2014 – Wailoaloa, Fiji Had the itch today. For the internet, for the sun, And for […]

A Backpacker’s beach in Wailoaloa – Nadi, Fiji



Sigatoka broken bridge fiji
This was the 19th post (Day 19) of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here.   20th July 2014 – Sigatoka, Fiji Grains of sand – like time and space – Slipped away, […]

Sand Dunes and Broken Bridges: Sigatoka, Fiji


Nadi fiji market
This was the 18th post (Day 18) of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here. 19th July 2014 – Nadi, Fiji Like a hundred unborn children crying aloud, For a little bit of […]

Through the Sounds and Silence of Nadi’s Market: A Fiji Story


Sri siva subramanya temple in nadi, Fiji
This was the 17th post (Day 17) of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here. 18th July 2014 – Nadi, Fiji Rafi blared aloud, and tikka overwhelmed my nostrils. And a little bit […]

An Indian temple in the Pacific: Nadi, Fiji



Couchsurfing in lautoka fiji
This was the 16th post (Day 16) of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here. 17th July 2014 – Lautoka, Fiji Soft sand cuddled her toes, And the cool wind kisses her cheek. […]

Following the Khaleesi to a Lautoka beach: A Fiji story


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This was the 15th post (Day 15) of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here.   16th July 2014 – Efate, Vanuatu When the cards are full, and the tripod has sand. […]

Goodbye Vanuatu


Kava making in vanuatu
This was the 14th post (Day 14) of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here.   15th July 2014 – Efate, Vanuatu The blade dangled by his side, like a third arm. […]

Before the Kava Bar opened: Port Vila, Vanuatu