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Photographing a local festival in Svaneti, Georgia

Photographing a local festival in Svaneti, Georgia

The Svaneti area tucked in the northern part of Georgia had always fascinated me- great history, gorgeous Caucasus mountains, and a strong sense of identity. I arrived in Mestia, Svaneti’s capital, with the intention of hiking, horse back riding and getting to know the locals. I got lucky when I heard about a local festival high up in a local church near Latali. The locals from the Latali village climb to the Mkheri mountain every summer to celebrate and feast…

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Offbeat: Bali: Lake Tamblingan

Offbeat: Bali: Lake Tamblingan

Lake Tamblingan, nestled in the central highlands of Bali is your off-the-beaten-path destination if you are looking to get away from the crowds in Ubud. It makes for a great getaway from Ubud since it is easily accessible on a two-wheeler, which are ubiquitous in Bali. What was a hot day in Ubud soon turned into a cool breezy ride through some gorgeous highland scenery. Cosy eating joints, coffee plantations, rice fields add a lot of character to the ride…

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Chalkewadi – Reliving the Quixote Fantasy

Chalkewadi – Reliving the Quixote Fantasy

           Sancho: It’s a windmill.         Don Quixote: A giant. Canst thou not see the four great arms whirling at his back?         Sancho: A giant?         Don Quixote: Exactly.              The above conversation is sure to bemuse you if you remember the ingenious character of Don Quixote.  Although it has been quite some time that I read the book, the fantasies of this masterpiece had always been breathing a subconscious life. I always fancied a close encounter with the windmills. Probably,…

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