Author: Archana Sharma

French Author Charles Dantzig: European Nations are Conservative, not Progressive!

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” This quote by Roosevelt echoed the emotion which reigned while interviewing the French author Charles Dantzig. Archana interviewed the renowned novelist, poet, essayist, and editor, in the regular column, exclusively […]

Durham Cathedral, England: Deep-seated in Times, History and Music

The ancient character of the city, Durham, and the archaic architecture is fascinating. The Durham Castle known to be a Norman Castle, deriving its name from Norman’s, the raiders and pirates from Denmark, Iceland, and Norway. They had a tradition of Roman Architecture and a musical tradition practiced till date. The Durham Castle, Cathedral, and University building are equally beautiful, […]

Patal Bhubaneshwar: A Limestone Temple

Patal Bhubaneshwar is a unique limestone cave temple located in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, 14 kilometres from Gangolihat. It is at an altitude of 1350m and on the confluence of rivers Ramganga, Saryu and Gupt Ganga. The presence of these rivers is so sacred and meaningful, they keep flowing in their best form touching the height of […]

Quintessentially Beautiful Chaukori: A Jewel in Uttarakhand

Chaukori is at a height of 1976 meters or 6482 feet with magnificent snow-capped views of Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot and Panchachauli. The mountain range is spread wherever your eyes go. Tea in the Himalayas with tea gardens in the vicinity is such an experience which you will never forget. There were many tea gardens around to be explored on […]

Munsiyari, a Quaint, Shy Jewel of the Himalayas

Munsiyari, a quaint yet popular spot among Himalayan enthusiasts, is an idyllic picturesque hill station, in the Pitthoragarh district, of Uttarakhanḍ. It shares its border with Nepal on  trekking from Munsiyari to Lilam, which is downhill with Gori Ganga on the side. Then Bugdiyar to Rilkot, Rilkot to Milam Glacier. This is one of the most beautiful […]

Badruddin, a Muslim, Composed the Badrinath Arti of the Hindus!

Jugal Kishore Petshali, of Chitai, in Almora district, of Uttarakhand runs a museum called Uttranchal Lok Kala Evam Sahitya Sanrakshan Trust. He showed us one of the rare manuscripts of Badrinath Arti, first published, in 1846, and the person who authored it. Badrinath is one of the famous sites of Char Dham in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. It caught […]

Pride of New Delhi: Quirky, Classy Khan Market

Khan Market, in New Delhi, was started, in 1951, by Khan Abdul Jabbar Khan, brother of freedom fighter Khan Abdul Ġaffar Khan (also known as Frontier Gandhi). Today, it ranks as one of the costliest retail high street markets of the world. There are 154 shops and 74 flats. The idea behind the market was to help the […]