Indra Chopra's Blog (21)

Prince Edward Island's Charming Village Victoria-By-The-Sea

Canada is not all mountains and snow but also tiny coastal villages cosy-ing up to the surrounding oceans! Victoria-by-the Sea - it's the ‘by-the-sea’ that attracts us to this tiny, sleepy fishing village in our drive path, never mind the detour, between Charlottetown and Summerside, on the shores of Northumberland Strait. We were driving down the Trans…


Added by Indra Chopra on August 18, 2018 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Ontario's Quaint, Victorian Niagara-on-the-Lake

Niagara-on-the-Lake is a serendipitous Victorian village/ town on south side of Lake Ontario which attracts romantics and nature lovers from both across Canada and beyond its borders.  

It was a clear day in early March - though still cold - and our friend insisted we take a detour on our way from Toronto to Niagara Falls. A Toronto native he is a frequent weekend visitor to this lakeside vineyard country town (insisting that this was gaining miles, not losing them).…


Added by Indra Chopra on July 19, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Picturesque Yangtze Water Town of Hangzhou

Hangzhou, an extension of the quintessential water towns of the Yangtze River delta unfurls with each brush stroke of past and present travellers. Ibn Batuta, the Moroccan traveler and scholar, was overwhelmed by the beautifully 'crafted and painted Chinese ships with silk awnings sailing the canals' of the largest city he had ever seen.  Hangzhou (roughly pronounced "…


Added by Indra Chopra on June 21, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Beer-Can House of Houston, Texas


Hansel & Gretel’s Chocolate house* turned into steel.....a delectable piece of ingenuity spawned by boredom....or a prime example of energy saving-recycling kitsch. John Milkovisch, a retired upholsterer for the Southern Pacific Railroad, took nearly 18 years…


Added by Indra Chopra on November 9, 2014 at 11:33am — No Comments

Vancouver's Granville Island


Living on my back, people come, telling their stories, singing their songs. They celebrate together, their significant days and their creative ways. I am the spirit of the island they once called Snauq, born of the ocean. Like a sand castle I may be moulded and used, remoulded and used again. Like nature itself, the possibilities abound. I am a mirror in which…


Added by Indra Chopra on May 22, 2014 at 4:02pm — No Comments

Five Hours in Victoria, British Columbia

The symbol is greater than visible substance. . . . Unhappy the land that has no symbols or that chooses their meaning without great care.” ― Freya Stark, East Is West.

The mythical and mystical overlapping of azure and verdure in the southern end…


Added by Indra Chopra on March 27, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Road Trip in Southeast China


My visits to Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Sanya, cities on the tourist map of China, by air and train were journies to view the impassive facades of city life. Sanya, touted as the Hawaii of the East, is the winter holiday destination for cold East Europe and Mainland China. The Expressway route to Taizhou, Ningbo and Cixi, the emerging industrial icons,…


Added by Indra Chopra on March 12, 2014 at 2:29pm — No Comments

Salalah, Oman: The Frankincense Trail

The mystique of the Dhofar region or of Salalah is not its salubrious climate or its architecture but the sacred scent, one of the gifts given to Baby Jesus by the Three Wise Men. This aromatic incense, or frankincense, was the source of the wealth and riches of Dhofar and Arabia and was exported by caravan routes and ships as far as China, India, and Egypt to be used for temple rituals, cremating the dead and for medicinal purposes.



Added by Indra Chopra on April 11, 2013 at 10:17am — No Comments

India's Kumbh Mela - Instant Moksha

The shivering semi-covered bodies in the freeze moment of instant 'moksha' captured the essence of the magnanimous waters of the 'Sangam', the confluence of the three holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. The moksha seekers or pilgrims were emulating the Devas (gods) who had outsmarted the Asuras (demons) for the eternal nectar of life which the demons had won. The gods, not willing to concede defeat, managed to pilfer the kumbh (pitcher) and in process four drops fell on…


Added by Indra Chopra on March 12, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Visiting Zhoujiajiao, One of Shanghai's Famed 'Water Towns'


On a trip to Shanghai in the summer of 2009 we discovered Zhoujiajiao by chance. Our original choice was Suzhou, a water town famous for its silk and embroidery but it would have meant cutting short on other attractions and we had just 36 hours in Shanghai. When the person at the bus ticket counter at Shanghai Indoor Stadium suggested Zhujiajiao, we were teeny bit sceptical but still boarded the Government tourist bus leaving in 20…


Added by Indra Chopra on February 7, 2013 at 8:28am — No Comments

Guangzhou: Collective Dreams



Added by Indra Chopra on October 3, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Healing Waves -A Charity Anthology edited by Phillis Irene Radford


This is an anthology put together with contributions from writers and authors and the proceeds would go to help out…


Added by Indra Chopra on September 26, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Shakespeare Garden in Brooklyn, New York

"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate,

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,

And summer's lease hath all too short a date".(Shakespeare…
Sonnet 18)

or the perennial favorite: What's…


Added by Indra Chopra on June 4, 2011 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

New York City's Cherry Blossoms

I missed out the traditional Sakura Matsuri Festival from April 30-May 1 at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Held each year at end of Hanami, a month-long celebration from April 2 to May 1 of Japanese cultural tradition of appreciating cherry blossoms in full bloom.…


Added by Indra Chopra on May 9, 2011 at 10:43am — No Comments

New Delhi Flavors

Delhi Flavors

Chaos, golmaal, juggad, chalta hai.... and in the never changing scenario, politics takes center stage with exposes of various scams, the disruption of Parliament at taxpayers expense and for weeks 'will he or won't he' and finally he did. The silent Prime Minister finally opened his mouth only to put his 'jooti' or shoe in his mouth. He was evasive and apologetic and this somehow did not go down well with the power hungry or power baiters of Delhi corridors. It is not… Continue

Added by Indra Chopra on April 8, 2011 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Where The Deer Roam Free: Japan's Miyajima Island

The sprightly deer, nosing their way around on Miyajima Island remind me of Sarnath, near Varanasi, India and close to my home town, Allahabad. We are in Miyajima, 10 miles from Hiroshima in the Seto Inland Sea and a sacred Shinto and Buddhist site. The closest resemblance between this verdant Island and Sarnath, in the hot, dusty River Ganges plains of North India, is…


Added by Indra Chopra on January 4, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

New Delhi - Nine Lives

Delhi has changed…this before I decided to fly to New Delhi during the…


Added by Indra Chopra on October 21, 2010 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Shenzhen, China: A Spin Machine

30 years on and images are blurred across the Pearl River Delta. A xerox copy of Hong Kong, minus the finesse, and Shenzhen is ready to take on the wonders of the world.

Added by Indra Chopra on September 28, 2010 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Pumpkins and Pies

Autumn with its scintillating fall colors and quirky traditions is time when the 'Zombies'’ * rule the favorites chart. It is Halloween time and my first in the USA. Though the big day is on October 31st and would be missing out the 'Ghostly Greenwich Village' parade of New York. I am in California at present.

In New York I walked the streets and stores of Upper East side, the Village and Soho looking at the whackiest set ups. The pumpkin, a vegetable I am not very fond off, rolls… Continue

Added by Indra Chopra on October 26, 2009 at 10:39pm — No Comments

Heavy weight traveling

I have been plane hopping from San Francisco to Denver, to Houston, Atlanta and finally New York. The flights have been uneventful except for the crazy crowds at Atlanta. This was result of delays, thanks to a stormy weather along the track from Houston to Atlanta and sitting it out figuring to eat or carry food packets on flight.

The crowded aisle and the wait inside the craft is probably due to charges on luggage. This was more prominent in Atlanta to New York flight and the going… Continue

Added by Indra Chopra on October 13, 2009 at 10:06am — No Comments

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