Beautiful pictures of bougainvillea from my trips around India

Beautiful pictures of bougainvillea from my trips around India

It's no secret that the national flower of India is a lotus, and may be rightfully so. But when I travel around the country, it often crosses my mind that it should be bougainvillea. No other flowering plant comes even close when it comes to beautifying the most unsightly of streets and the humblest of ...read more »

Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai – what to expect?

Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai – what to expect?

Sanjay Gandhi National Park, or Borivali Park, is a huge protected area located within the limits of Mumbai around 40 km to the north from its center. And yes, if I did a better research instead of complaining about the lack of big, shady, forest-like parks in Mumbai, I would have visited this place years ...read more »

Photo of the week 9 – the Happiness of Feeling the Raindrops on your Feet

Photo of the week 9 – the Happiness of Feeling the Raindrops on your Feet

Observing my kids, I know there is no chance I'll ever forget the little Happinesses from Maurice Maeterlinck's "Blue Bird". Today, for example, Adriana casually has added one more - the Happiness of Feeling the Raindrops on your Feet 🙂

As for me, it's also the Happiness of Finally being able to Ignore the Ugly Building ...read more »

Flowers of the Indian summer

Flowers of the Indian summer

This year the Indian heat wave broke records for the highest temperature, and though I considered myself completely acclimatized, this time the effect of  feeling half boiled all the time is starting to show 🙂 The kids feel no better too. The monsoon is needed so badly... Anyway, this post is not about our misfortunes, ...read more »

Flowers of the Hanging Gardens (Mumbai)

Flowers of the Hanging Gardens (Mumbai)

The other days it was my 8th wedding anniversary (still can't believe this happened to me :)), and what can be a better way to celebrate than a day out? Early in  the morning we caught a train to Chatrapati Shivaju Terminus, walked to the India Gate to see the sunrise, and then took a ...read more »

Lotus flowers – of many layers of cultural significance and purity of perception

Lotus flowers – of many layers of cultural significance and purity of perception

Just like roses are heavily overused in western culture, lotus flowers are rather cliched in the the east. It's difficult to keep one's perception pure when something is coated with so many layers of cultural significance. However, when I see carefully placed tender petals of a lotus flower, I can't help admiring it, and my ...read more »

My monsoon trip to Mahabaleshwar

My monsoon trip to Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar is listed as one of the most popular weekend getaways and prime monsoon destinations around Mumbai and Pune and I was fortunate to visit this place a few years ago. All the adjectives people usually use to describe this place (breath-taking, green, juicy, lush, pristine, fresh) are absolutely accurate, and it was an unforgettable ...read more »

White flowers of India – Crape Jasmine (Carnation of India, Moonbeam)

White flowers of India – Crape Jasmine (Carnation of India, Moonbeam)

In my earlier post about white flowers of India I emphasized on Mogra, but there is also another popular plant with tiny beautiful whites around - Crape Jasmine, or Moonlight, or Carnation of India. This flowering bush is as widespread as Bougainvillaea, for example, but of course it's not so showy. Tiny flowers have a ...read more »