Monkeying around. Goa is home to two sympatric species of monkey, the Hanuman Langur and the Bonnet Macaque.
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Outdoors on a monsoon morning in Goa. Among the benisons of my young days were the open spaces the minute one walked out of the home. Those spaces have now been thoughtlessly filled with ugly concrete. Panjim, once possessing of great charm and beauty, has been transformed into just another Indian town, a sorry pile […]
A seasonal delicacy. For about two weeks at the beginning of August every year, clusters of villagers dot the Goan roadside hawking handpicked mushrooms known in Konkani as olmi. These edible mushrooms grow in the wild near termite mounds in the forested hills of rural Goa. Taxonomically they come under Termitomyces. The narrow window of […]
Iceland’s ancient bishopric. The seat of Hólar is located in the beautiful valley of Hjaltadalur in north Iceland. The first printing press in Iceland was established here in 1530. From the information slate at Hólar: “The bishopric at Hólar was founded in 1106 to serve the northern part of Iceland. There had been a church […]