All posts by Sukanya Ramanujan

Multi-lingual professional with varied interests such as reading, travelling, music and photography.

O for Oleander

Oleander? You would ask. But why?

Oleander Buds
Oleander Buds

For one Oleanders are one of the few flowering plants that add a dash of colour to our small garden. This year there were tons of pink flowers that popped up this year.

Oleander Flowers
Oleander Flowers

But more than anything else the oleander plants play host to a lot of butterflies.

Mottled Emigrant on Oleander
Mottled Emigrant on Oleander

And if you were wondering- yes oleanders are toxic. However the caterpillars acquire toxins by eating the poisonous leaves and thereby become less appealing to predators. Cool?

K for Kayaking

I kayaked for the first time in my life just over three years ago. I took a kayak into the backwaters of Kerala near Thattekad. I fell in love with it- floating over the water noiselessly and watching cormorants fly over my head was something I’d never experienced before. I wanted to keep on going- the kayak felt like an extended part of me.

Colourful Kayaks
Colourful Kayaks
Kayaking in the Backwaters
Kayaking in the Backwaters

I can’t kayak where I live so I try and kayak every time there’s the least opportunity.

Kayaking from Hiroshima to Miyajima under the Tori gates of Itsukushima Shrine
Kayaking from Hiroshima to Miyajima under the Tori gates of Itsukushima Shrine

J for Japan

All travelling is experiential to varying levels. A visit to Japan keeps all your senses on the alert- like you’ve suddenly had 5 cups of coffee and you’re now wide awake and alert. Although cliched- it is a land of contrasts. Where the old and new merge harmoniously to make you go ‘wow’. Where the perfectly timed shinkansens (bullet trains) coexist with the tatami floored tea-rooms in perfect silence. Where the mist covers not only the sublime slopes of Mt Fuji but also the towering skyscrapers of the city.

I for Italy!

Yep, Italy! You can say that again!

I know I talk a lot about Ancient Rome in  my blog and Italy would seem like an obvious choice just because of that. But Italy is one of my favourite places even without the Ancient Rome factor. There’s something about this Mediterranean country- hotbed of history, culture, civilisation, art and food that you can’t stop liking!