• Goa,  India,  Travel

    The Loja by the Water: A Genuine Goan Getaway

    Seema Misra Our first brush with Goan beaches was at Arambol back in 2012, which was a typical Goa holiday of beaches, beer, and buzzing party atmosphere. This year we returned to the sunshine state in search of a different experience – a quieter one – which we found at the beautiful Loja by the Water. What the Loja felt like The Loja is an intimate cabin just right for a couple or a single traveler. Slanting red tiled roof, a wall painting on one corner, and cool red-peroxide floor as you step in – I loved the earthy feel. The cabin is divided into a living area and a kitchenette with…

  • Books,  Reviews

    Book review: The Wildings by Nilanjana Roy

    Seema Misra About Nilanjana Roy Nilanjana Roy is a popular journalist and writer. She is a regular columnist at Business Standard. The Wildings is her first novel. Not since reading T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cat” have I enjoyed a book about the feline species so much. Nilanjana Roy has woven a magical tale describing the lives of the wildings (stray cats for uninitiated) and other assorted city animals. This lovely book is written without a shade of condescension. Spoiler Alert: Please skip the following two paragraphs if you don’t want to know the plot. Book review: The Wildings The story revolves around the wildings of Nizamuddin, which includes several clans that…

  • Travel,  Travelogue & Art Journal,  Vietnam

    See You At Lily’s – Artsy Hostel in Hanoi, Old Quarter

    Seema Misra There is something about places with quirky names. While planning our Vietnam travel, we were looking for cheaper hostels and came across Lily’s. We instantly liked it. The high ratings helped us to go for it too. Since it was our first stop, we had a lot of questions on Hanoi, food, tours, our itinerary in general. We wrote to them and got an instant reply from Snowy, one of the staff at the hostel. She was super helpful and addressed our long queries on WhatsApp. We were reassured that Vietnam is a friendly place and a right choice. See You At Lily’s Hostel When we reached Hanoi,…

  • eBooks

    Midnight Musings – A Haiku Collection by Novemberschild (eBook Review)

    Seema Misra Poetry and rain both soothe the soul and are best enjoyed late night. It’s this association that attracted me to an eBook titled ‘Midnight Musings.’ A midnight writer for a midnight reader – it sounded like something I would enjoy. Later, I came to know that this collection of poems was written during the April AtoZ challenge. Romila, who blogs at Novemberschild, has written a collection of 26 haikus on this and that and everything in between. There is one haiku for each alphabet. These power packed capsules will make you smile in fondness, think deeply about social issues, or simply remember a romantic moment. Deeply emotional and…

  • India,  South India,  Tamil Nadu,  Travel,  Travelogue & Art Journal

    A Zen Weekend at O’land Plantation, Coonoor

    Seema Misra Sketching At O’land Plantation Stay Beautiful landscapes, blue hills, forests, peace and quiet, and delicious home cooked food – these are essential elements of a weekend getaway from hectic city life. We had a perfect Zen weekend, at the O’land Plantation Stay in Coonoor. We were looking for something secluded and wild in the Nilgiris, and this estate fitted the bill. We took an Ola Outstation cab, a convenient way of traveling, to Coonoor. It took us approximately seven hours to reach our destination. We started out from Bangalore around 11 pm and it was 5.30 am when we reached Mettupalayam junction.  Here we took the left turn towards Coonoor, while the right…