A Serbian Sojourn: Day 3 (part1) Golubac Fortress, Iron Gate Gorge ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Day 3 saw us driving from Belgrade towards the East to the Golubac Fortress and the Iron Gate Gorge, four kilometers from the town of Golubac. It took us about 2 hours to traverse a distance of 136 kilometers, and it was just wonderful to drive by the River Danube at several places. We reach … Continue reading A Serbian Sojourn: Day 3 (part1) Golubac Fortress, Iron Gate Gorge ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

A Serbian Sojourn: Novisad & Sremski Karlovci – the Cultural Capital of Serbia ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

One can write reams about the history of Serbia. Belgrade, the capital city is the central character in this story and I anticipate that it would take long to document and write about it.  But I want to share parts of our trip right away and so I have decided to describe Day 2 of … Continue reading A Serbian Sojourn: Novisad & Sremski Karlovci – the Cultural Capital of Serbia ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

A Serbian Sojourn: Travelling from Bangalore to Belgrade and Back ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Getting there          The last time, we left the shores of India was in December 2019. And then we witnessed the world coming to a grinding halt. With countries opening up their borders in 2022, it was still not clear what the ‘new normal’ would be like, with vaccine and testing regulations and visa processing. We … Continue reading A Serbian Sojourn: Travelling from Bangalore to Belgrade and Back ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Thirunallar – Shanishwara and Darbaranyeshwara Temple ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

I hope you all liked reading about Shani Shinganapur. As Part 2 of the Saturn Temples, this article is about a temple in Thirunallar, a small town in the Karaikal district of the Union Territory of Puducherry. We had driven down from Bangalore to Tharagambadi (Tranquebar) for a visit (more on this in another post) … Continue reading Thirunallar – Shanishwara and Darbaranyeshwara Temple ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Shani Shinganapur- the village with no locks ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Shani Jayanti Today May 30th is observed as Shani Jayanti. Lord Shani, as you know is the ruler of Planet Saturn and the seers have said that he is the son of Lord Surya or the Sun God. Shani Jayanti is also known as Shani Amavasya, as it falls on the Amavasya (new moon) Tithi during … Continue reading Shani Shinganapur- the village with no locks ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

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