Catching the Tulip Mania at Keukenhof Gardens ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

(Writer's Note: With so many bloggers writing about the tulips and other floral displays, it was inspiration enough to pen down my experiences of the visit to this absolutely magnificent Keukenhof gardens, albeit it was a few years ago.) A holiday in the beautiful country of Netherlands should ideally be undertaken in the month of … Continue reading Catching the Tulip Mania at Keukenhof Gardens ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Malkhed – a Rustic Getaway from Mumbai/Pune ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

A three and a half-hour drive from Mumbai brought us to this little hamlet called Malkhed. This village is located in the Haveli Tehsil of Pune district in Maharashtra, India. Situated 170 kilometres from Mumbai and about 17 kilometres from Pune, Malkhed village is also a gram panchayat. This village is not to be confused … Continue reading Malkhed – a Rustic Getaway from Mumbai/Pune ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Guest Blog: Gangaur – an invocation to Goddess Parvati

Written by: Mrs. Ila Pachauri Editing: Sangeeta Venkatesh (Note from Sojourn with San : On April 4th, 2022, the colourful state of Rajasthan celebrated the festival of Gangaur Teej.  On this auspicious day, Goddess Gauri, believed to be the wife of Lord Shiva, is worshipped with great devotion. The day is celebrated to welcome the season … Continue reading Guest Blog: Gangaur – an invocation to Goddess Parvati

Happy Ugadi & April transits ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Happy Ugadi, Gudi Padwa, Nevreh, Vishu, Cheti Chand, Bohag Bihu, Vaishaki  and greetings on the day of Chaitra Shukla Pratipada.  Best wishes to all the readers of Sojourn with San. Yesterday was the auspicious day of Ugadi and many parts of India and overseas, celebrated this New Year. To my readers who are not familiar with the Indian, Vedic or the luni-solar form of the calendar, Ugadi begins on the first new moon after the Spring Equinox. Ugadi or Yugadi is an amalgamation of the words, ‘Yug’ means ‘age’ and ‘adi’ means ‘new beginnings.

Guest Blog: Pithe-Puli; Traditional Bengali Desserts to cherish all year long

Note to Readers: On the eve of Holi, Sojourn with San brings you a 'sweet' compilation from Bengal by Aparna Ghosh. Aparna Ghosh is a brilliant poetess who expresses her feelings largely through Hindi poetry. Her poetry has received accolades and appreciation on various online forums and have been published in popular newspapers and anthologies. … Continue reading Guest Blog: Pithe-Puli; Traditional Bengali Desserts to cherish all year long

Sri Kalahasteeswara – The Dakshina Kailasam ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

A Pancha Bhoota Sthana, a Shakti Peetham & Rahu-Ketu Kshetra 13th February 2022 What a legacy, our ancients have left behind for us in India. With every visit to a new spot or a temple, it is thrilling to peel the layers, and discover the mysteries and truth of the cosmos and the universe. I … Continue reading Sri Kalahasteeswara – The Dakshina Kailasam ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Temples of Bangalore – All about Malleshwaram

After being pretty much indoors because of the third wave, it felt was a good time to go back to another part of my roots last evening. You may have read my previous blog on Gorur and Kittane, where my ancestors migrated from Tamil Nadu. Centuries later many families migrated to Bangalore in search of … Continue reading Temples of Bangalore – All about Malleshwaram

Visiting my roots: Gorur and Kittane ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Returning to your roots is always an emotional journey. That is why this last article of 2021 is special to me. I hope you – my dear readers - will find it interesting too. Towards the end of May 2020, I lost my father and was a day late for the last rites, as flights … Continue reading Visiting my roots: Gorur and Kittane ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

December 2021 Transits: The Eclipse Season, Algol Star and much more!

I have been at this article since over a month, but due to personal exigencies I have been unable to complete it.  I am quite sure if it was the position of the stars!! Well, to progress we are getting towards the end of 2021 and what an eventful year it has been!   Planetary … Continue reading December 2021 Transits: The Eclipse Season, Algol Star and much more!

Thiruchendur Murugan Temple

Note to my International Readers: The following article may seem a little complicated, but it has been my endevour to simplify and present the essence of various facets of India, it’s culture and traditions. Also, I am delighted to co-author this piece with Sujatha Ravi, my guest writer from Chennai, who has explained the various … Continue reading Thiruchendur Murugan Temple