Rewinding Suzhou, the ancient city, Venice of China 🇨🇳 

 Suzhou is located in southern Jiangsu Province in the center of the Yangtze Delta. Shanghai lies to the east, Zhejiang Province to the south, Wuxi City to the west and the Yangtze River to the north. The city is divided by the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal from north to south. Since 42% area of the city is covered by water, including a vast number of ponds and streams, it is praised as the ‘Venice of the Orient’. Built in 514 BC, this is an ancient city with over 2,500 years of history. 

The unique characteristics of the past are still retained today. The double-chessboard layout of the city, with ‘the streets and rivers going side by side while the water and l

and routes running in parallel’, is preserved intact.

The mild climate makes the city a desirable destination all year round. Touring the wonderful ancient water towns in the vicinity or lingering in the exquisite classical gardens in the downtown area, you will truly know the charm of a ‘paradise on earth’.
As the saying goes – ‘Gardens to the south of the Yangtze River are the best in the world, and Suzhou gardens are the best among them’. These gardens attain their high reputation not only for their vast numbers, but also for their charming natural beauty and harmonious construction. At present more than 60 gardens are kept intact in the city, and some of them have been listed in the World Heritage List.

Around Town: Dancing in Green Lake Park

While the sun rises at about a quarter to eight on a winter morning, the old ladies who live nearby gather and are ready to start their day by dancing and practising taichi at Green Lake Park (翠湖公园) in the centre of Kunming. Many youngsters nowadays may not understand the obsession these ladies have for dancing in public areas, but the tradition is decades old.


Over the following decades, ballroom dancing — seen as a symbol of Western culture — gradually vanished from China. However, in the 1980s, as the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution subsided, and the reform and opening period began to unfold, people started to seek out entertainment activities to reconnect themselves with society. In such a comparatively loose cultural and political environment, there was a trend of people starting to dance again.

This took place all over China, not only in ballrooms, but also in public areas such as parks and squares. While some retired people actively learned from the younger generation who voluntarily came to learn and sometimes teach, others were too shy to take part, and instead just watched. Now, retired people in Kunming gather everyday at Green Lake Park for recreation, health and community.

: An evening at Gateway Of India & Marine drive 

If I remember I must had visited Gateway Of India & Marine drive more a decade back.

The last day of 2015 was an opportune time to click some pictures, since I had a premonition that my camera might had rusted by now, since I had not clicked pictures in Mumbai for so many years.

Well it was really a lovely evening at the  Gateway Of India,unusually there were lots of people to see the glimpse of the last day’s of sunset.

The gigantic building is still standing after so many decades of turmoil.

I decided to go for a ferry ride in the Arabian Sea,the wind was cool and somber and the sea was silent as if waiting for the last day to pass peacefully.

The sea gulls flew all over the sea and at times steered through the upper deck of ferries for a hand shake. 

The Marine drive was also crowded, since many wanted to enjoy a cool evening by the sea.

I clicked few pictures, the picture of the last sunset of 2015 on Marine drive is good to watch.

Days…months …years pass..so is 2015….just MEMORIES remain.


Happy New Year once again to all of you….


Xinjiang : Lovely province where Silk Route Originated ( 2013)

Xinjiang Chinese新疆pinyinXīnjiāng), officially Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, is an autonomous region of China in the northwest of the country. It is the largest Chinese administrative division, the 8th largest country subdivision in the world, spanning over 1.6 million km2 and the most populous amongst the ten largest national subdivisions. It contains the disputed territory of Aksai Chin administered by China.

 Xinjiang contains China’s smaller border with Russia (which is 40 km/24 mi long; the remainder of the China-Russia border is 3,605 km/2,240 mi long, and is taken up by the Inner Mongolia and Heilongjiang provinces), but its other international borders are with Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. 
It is also bordered, to the south, by Tibet, easily its longest border, when including the Eastern Tibetan disputed territories. It has abundant oil reserves and is China’s largest natural gas-producing region.