Souvenir – Love for Owl

Do you love owls? Then you will simply love this shop, ensconced in one of the alleys in George Town in Penang, Malaysia. I chanced upon this shop, while on a walking trail exploring the various street arts as well as metal art, around George Town. The owner of this shop imports as well as collects owls during his travels, across various part of the world. In his shop he even has a glass case where he exhibits, his personal collection, that is not meant for sale.

Entrance to the Owl Shop


Shimla – The Queen of Hill Stations

Shimla has always alluded me. Even through my years spent in the North of India, I could never make it to Shimla for some reason. Here is a guest post by Anaya, who visited Shimla earlier this year. In this blog, she recounts her experiences she had, in this quaint little place called Shimla.

After waiting for so many years, I finally got a chance to visit Shimla this summer. Visiting this beautiful city in the Himalayas was my dream since childhood. Now that I have finally realized this dream, I am writing a brief article about this amazing travel destination and my experiences in the hills.

Visit Mauritius (Maurice)

This post is a throwback photo blog post. It’s been a decade since I visited Mauritius (September 2007). This was my first trip with hubby. While going through the hard disk for pictures from other trips, I came across the Mauritius folder, and decided to share some pictures from our trip here. Despite the time gap, am assuming the details shared here aren’t obsolete.



Mark Twain said: “Mauritius was made first, and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius”. A tiny gem in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius will steal your heart from the moment you set your eyes on it. Pristine beaches, the vibrant blue colour of the water and the palm trees fringing the shore line, a perfect visual treat to start your vacation with.

Metal Art : George Town, World Heritage Site (Part 3)

With George Town – street art series along with the posts on Metal art- part 1 and part 2, you must now be familiar with the street art scenario in this quaint and colorful capital city of Penang.

This post, is my final post, where I share few more of the pics of the metal sculptures, commissioned across various streets in George Town.


The five foot way of Wan Hai Hotel is said to be the narrowest in Penang.

Stewart Lane



Metal Art : George Town, World Heritage Site (Part 2)

In Metal art- part 1, I shared with you, pics of various metal sculptures scattered around the old part of the city. There are many more of them, mainly showing life as it was in the early days of settlement. Most of these metal caricatures, come with a sense of humor, instantly bringing smiles to the unsuspecting tourists, like yours truly.

Here are 8 more of the metal art, around George Town – declared as a UNESCO world heritage site, in 2008.


Metal Art : George Town, World Heritage Site (Part 1)


Penang’s George Town, in addition to the street art, is also known for its metal sculptures / art. They are a collection of caricatures, portraying the history, people and special characteristics of George Town streets. The Malaysian sculpture studio, SCULPTUREATWORK,are the creative team behind this novel art.

There are about 52 sculptures, spread across streets of George Town. In this post, and the following ones, I intend to share photographs of some of the metal art, we came across during our trip to George Town, Penang, Malaysia.


Street Art in George Town – A visual Journey (Part 2)

While I continue to share the pics of the Street Art from George Town, taken during a trip to Penang, Malaysia, around summer time, here is a link that portrays works of various street artists, from across the globe – 30 Street Artists that are blowing people’s minds around the world. 

This blog piece is the last one int the series where street art is depicted, in the form of paintings. There are various metal art structures that can be found across various streets around George Town. I would be sharing those, on my blog, soon.

Man paddling a boat


Street Art in George Town – A visual Journey (Part 1)

The street art brings about the uniqueness of George Town like none other. Almost every street, wide or narrow, the walls here, have some art to offer for tourists like us. This is a photo post, in continuation to my last post on street art.

Spotted at a shop…



The cat kicking the minion






To be continued……

Street Art in George Town, Penang (Malaysia)

My brush with wall art, during my travels, has been very many. From graffiti to murals to illusion art; from streets of Lyon, to Amsterdam to various other cities across Europe, my experience has been indeed varied. One thing that remains common in between all these streets however, are the colors and the various moods of the artist behind it. Back home, come biennial in Kochi, the streets in Fort Kochi breathe a new lease of life.

When creativity finds expression, art is born.  From making political statements to bringing about public consciousness, around social issues, street art is the most common public forum of expression.

Halong Bay, Vietnam….a travelogue

We head to Malaysia and Vietnam for our family vacation, this year. Two very different countries in more than one way. Malaysia is more developed; landscape is different, and holds a mix of cultures, from Chinese to Muslims, Indians and native Malays. While Vietnam is diverse and full of history. People here mainly follow Buddhism. The food in both Malaysia and Vietnam is great, provided you are a non-vegetarian. Vegetarians don’t have much of a choice, but that shouldn’t discourage you from visiting any of these places. This was my first international trip, post turning a vegetarian and I not only survived, but had a fabulous time.