Patachitra – The art of engraving on Palm Leaves

On my way to Mahabalipuram, I stumbled upon a place called as DakshinaChitra – a very inviting structure and concept. DakshinChitra – is a well maintained space for showcasing dakshin i.e southern India with respect to culture, lifestyle, type of houses and art. Along with this, they also conduct various workshops for kids and adults. 

As I entered the place, this piece of art caught my attention. A person was engrossed in creating a detailed – classic art work.

Pattachitra is a general term for traditional, cloth-based scroll painting,[1] based in the eastern Indian state, Odisha.[2] In the Sanskrit language, “Patta” literally means “cloth” and “Chitra” means “picture”. Most of these paintings depict stories of Hindu deities.[3] 

Master Craftsman : Prafullakumar Maharana
Master Craftsman : Prafullakumar Maharana (Above image) | He regularly conducts workshops at DakshinaChitra

This art work needs patience and passion, it needs to be practiced for years so as to get to engrave on the leaves – says Prafullakumar.

The process is mentioned in the image below :


His small setup at Dakshinachitra has numerous art works, some of the as shown below :


How to reach DakshinaChitra

DakshinaChitra Museum,

East Coast Road, Muttukadu, Kanchipuram District Pin : 603 112

109( cut service),109,588,599. Any call taxi can be hired
Bus stop – MGM Dizzee world . 200 meters from MGM Dizzee world.

Note: Eatables not permitted to be brought inside the museum. Space provided beside the parking area to eat food.


Source : DakshinaChitra




First eBook Launch — Landsort : Island of Happiness

Let me thank…errr… Ok i am nervous! First ebook up on the internet was possible because of so many people. BUT more interesting stories are from Landsort itself.

I and Pratik Gandhi went to Stockholm, this in July 2016 for TBEX Europe . Landsort one day visit was a fam trip organized by the team and Visit Stockholm .

Morning, 9 o-clock the bus with 9 of us, was going to start off for Landsort! I to be very honest, had not read nor heard about the place. Almost, LIKE ALMOST we missed the bus. We were standing at the wrong place, and we saw a energetic young woman running around and asking people where is the bus! We said — HI and found out that she was one of the nine members joining for fam trip! Inma — she introduced! Three of us ran (read really fast) to reach to Radisson Blu Waterfront Congress centre , where our bus was waiting for us. Damn! We made it!!!

It was around 45mins ride by bus. Met Ajay Sood , who happened to be busy speaking with stockholm police. I was shocked to hear his gear being stolen 15mins before the bus start. Please note Ajay is a very renowned photographer. Oh lord — was the only reaction popped in my head. Other fellow bloggers were pep talking and we exchanged greetings as we reached a harbor. Next part of the journey was on boat!

Our boat taking us to the island
On our way
First Glimpse of the island

The island was BEAUTIFUL and that is what the eBook is all about. My 24hrs there and very special moments captured in the form of pictures. Let us go through some of the fun pictures with the Landsort Pre-Fam Gang!

Yes we all were hungry!
On our way to the lighthouse
Ake — who owns a beautiful resort there, taking us around the island

We stayed at this place — →

Ryan clicks selfie from top of the lighthouse
Heidi clicking Skye and Maria 🙂
Some people having fun, as seen from the top! We waived!
Ake explaining us importance of the Lighthouse — during the world war
Cute little ice-cream shop next the lighthouse.

We had a blast over here. People loved all the ice-creams — READ everyone ate atleast two! Many pictures and yes, snapchat too!

Pratik busy on Snapchat — Dont know what Inma was upto!
Skye enjoying ice-cream | Ajay is eyeing one , i guess
Ryan and Heidi discussing — well — viral posts 🙂
Skye Clicking his dream

We decided to take a walk back to the restaurant for lunch. ON the way SKYE said I HAVE A DREAM!

Post lunch FUN ride to see the cannon bunkers! Wohoo
Everyone listening to war stories
We enter the bunker
Our guide — retired brigadier sharing awesome stories

Here is a detailed post by Ajay Sood — Bofors Gun — The Inside Story

Me trying to click something in the mirror — inside the bunker.
Sitting inside the bofors — exact point from where we can shoot!
After a superb day out — time for dinner and some champagne . PS This is clicked at 8 pm
Dinner scenes 🙂
Great view before we headout for midnight coffee 🙂

Well, this is exactly what happens when I start sharing pictures of this this amazing trip. And hence the eBook! First eBook by Checkin Story | Many more to come. Hope you read the eBook on Landsort and share it with your friends! Keep Traveling, Keep sharing stories!

Here are the details of where you can buy:


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Music on the Streets

How often we miss things that happen around us. We have learned to be busy, by working more and ignoring art, which really makes us humans. During my recent short visit to Stockholm and Munich, I experienced a different urban life than in India.

Here is a short compilation of music on streets. Nothing beats the happiness when you experience such things on busy streets where people stop by and smile, appreciate and clap! God bless all the artists who bring joy in today’s chaotic world around us! Hope you enjoy this video…

Shadows and Cities

I love shadows of people, trees, objects – Cities!

Somehow, they make me think. Especially on busy streets, it is fun to click pictures against the sun. They don’t tell you if the person is rich, poor, black or white.

They are shadows! Isn’t that the reflection of human beings?


Reis Magos – A Must visit fort in Goa

You open Instagram, and see almost everyone visiting Goa thrice a year!!!

Beaches, Beer and … hahaha, lets not get there. Next time when you plan Goa trip, have Reis Magos in your To-Do list. A nice drive from Candolim beach – via nerul-panji road, takes you to the fort. It will be awesome treat for your camera and eyes too.

You will be surprised to see how well the fort is restored and maintained. Please spare enough time for this visit, rushing through the fort will make you miss it heavily.  Lets visit Reis Magos – with following pictures

Recommend this place to friends who are visiting goa, recently Mangesh, my friend visited and was amazed. Same way as this recommendation came in from Amrita | Do visit her site TRAVELING IDES OF MARCH

@Amrita_Dass this is superb. Thanks for sharing it…

— Soham (@sohamsabnis) August 19, 2015

For more information : Here is Fort Reis Magos site –

Here is the google map: