Vu Lan Festival…of Spirit Month and Faith

Vietnam is celebrating the month long festival of the hungry ghosts or Vu Lan festival now. Vu Lan which is also called Trung Nguyen, is closely connected to the Asian tradition of ancestral worship. In some of the other Asian countries too ‘All Souls Day’ falls on the full moon day or 15th day ofContinue reading “Vu Lan Festival…of Spirit Month and Faith”

The legend of the turtle and the sword- Hoan Kiem Lake

    Unaffected by the hustle and bustle happening around, Hon Kiem Lake looks so still and unperturbed like a green mirror. On a pleasant february morning eleven years back I bade good bye to Hanoi after a month long stay in Nghệ An -a province in North Vietnam- hardly expecting to visit Hanoi onceContinue reading “The legend of the turtle and the sword- Hoan Kiem Lake”

A night of full moon, lanterns and magic!

Candle lit paper lanterns The river is aglow with a myriad tiny paper lanterns and the streets of the old town are lit up with  colourful silk lanterns hanging all over. The night of the lantern festival at Hoi An is a mesmerising, romantic experience! The smiling full moon up above looks lustreless when ThuContinue reading “A night of full moon, lanterns and magic!”

Blue moon, a broken toe and some moon musings!

Blue Moon, as once in a blue moon! That was a long wait for the rare celestial event called Blue Moon…Even though I knew that there’s nothing blue about it, the element of excitement was no less. This cosmic phenomenon took place on the 31st of July, but to my dismay a bunch of cloudsContinue reading “Blue moon, a broken toe and some moon musings!”

The Lotus Eaters

    The land of the Lotus Eaters comes real and alive in Alfred Lord Tennyson’s famous poem ‘The Lotus Eaters’; the land “in which it seemed always afternoon” as the atmosphere was so peaceful and languid. The poem takes you to a dreamland and leaves you droopy eyed and intoxicated! All round the coastContinue reading “The Lotus Eaters”

Call it serendipity?

The pavement along the Mekong river Ah! Sometimes the simple pleasures can brighten up your whole day! It has always been my greatest wish to see a ROMDOUL (Mitrella mesnyi) flower, the national flower of The Kingdom of Cambodia. By sheer stroke of luck it happened today! On my way  to buy flowers I expressedContinue reading “Call it serendipity?”

Bokor Beckons!

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The  winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”- John Muir Here I absolutely agree with John Muir. Mountains, withContinue reading “Bokor Beckons!”

The Land Of Lotus Blooms

‘And Flora gave the lotus, ‘rose-red’ dyed, And ‘lily-white’ – the queenliest flower that blows.’~Toru Dutt~   The flower Lotus brings a myriad of images to me…The childhood days when we  carefully attempted to draw a perfect lotus flower (hardly knowing that it’s our national flower), proudly standing above the bright blue waters. With greatContinue reading “The Land Of Lotus Blooms”

Pchum Ben- Cambodia’s Own Festival

  Wat Onalum during Pchum Ben The skies turn deep blue with fluffy clouds scattered here and there, the air is filled with festivities; yes, it’s Pchum Ben (Ancestors’ Day) time. Cambodian culture and history fascinated me with the passage of time and I found immense joy in learning more about the customs and traditionsContinue reading “Pchum Ben- Cambodia’s Own Festival”

Hanuman and Sovanna Maccha

A painting of the monkey king and the golden mermaid at Phnom Penh airport It’s been a month since we moved into the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh and this strange statue of a monkey king holding a lady, half human and half fish, right in the middle of a small pond in aContinue reading “Hanuman and Sovanna Maccha”