Impressive penetration of digital payments in India

A few days ago, I went to pick up my son from his hospital in the morning; he was finishing his night duty. We decided to have tea from the tea-shop just next to the hospital gate. I was surprised to find that the tea-seller was accepting digital payments. Then again, a couple of days…

Patratu Valley | Mesmerising Road Trip

I am brought up in Ranchi and Jamshedpur in Jharkhand, mainly. We thought of driving down the Patratu valley earlier but because of Naxalite threats, we didn’t pursue our plans earlier. Now, the areas are safe and free from the Naxalite menace. During this visit of my father, we thought of driving down to mesmerising…

Biked to cross the Tropic of Cancer

I recently bought a Royal Enfield Classic 350 Signal bike. My father and I just decided in the morning to drive the bike to cross the Tropic of Cancer and have our morning tea on a roadside eatery after crossing the Tropic line. The Tropic of Cancer is one of the five major circles of…

Ajam Emba | Great tasting, healthy food

It was for some time my son was planning for slow food lunch. The Durga Puja days also mean feasting. We decided to go for the slow food lunch at Ajam Emba — an indigenous slow-food eatery in Ranchi serving authentic Oraon dishes. Ajam Emba in Kurukh language means great taste, healthy food. Slow food is the food…

Itkhori | A place of religious tolerance and cultural unity

Itkhori in Chatra district of Jharkhand state of India is situated at around 150 km from Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, at the confluence of two rivers named ‘Mahane' and 'Baksa'. Bhadrakali temple complex is a symbol of religious tolerance for centuries. It is a wonderful place with abundance of historic reminiscences and archaeological remnants demonstrating a breath-taking saga of religious tolerance and cultural unity.

Lingering Sweet Taste of Atom Bomb

While I was posted at Jharkhand zonal office, I used to travel sometimes to Lohardaga, Latehar, Palamau, and Garhwa districts of Jharkhand from Ranchi and a small town named Kuru (कूड़ु), around 60 km from Ranchi, used to be my regular stop. There is a T-junction at Kuru. The road goes straight to the bauxite city of Lohardaga, while the right one heads towards Betla, Latehar, and Daltonganj. There are a few sweet shops selling famous chhena toast and dhushka.

Deori | Ancient Sixteen-armed Durga Temple

Deori Mandir, Ranchi-Tata Highway (NH33), Jharkhand, India

An ancient solahbhuji (sixteen-armed) Durga temple at village Deori, near Tamar, around 60 km from Ranchi, on the Jamshedpur-Ranchi Highway (NH-33). The original temple is made up of big stone placed one over another without using any cementing material in between, like many ancient constructions. According to some local beliefs, this Solah Bhuja Devi Prachin Durga Mandir is in existence since the Mahabharata times.