Blackswan Walking Tour

Recently Blackswan 2nd single album ‘That Karma” was released. The music video was entirely shot in Bhubaneswar, Odisha showcasing the beauty of Bhubaneswar Old Town and Shanti Stupa. This song marks the debut of India’s first K-pop idol Sriya Lenka, who also hails from Odisha. In the new music video, the members of BLACKSWAN are […]

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Grand Parenting

GB’s Blog No 14 Couple of days ago, I was taught a lesson. Having been brought up in a world where routines, schedules, and orderliness ranks very high in the order of proper behaviour I was trying through a learning activity to instill such values in my three year old grandson. I was stumped when […]

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My 73rd Birthday

GB’s Blog No 13 Do you remember your birthday? I do, but not individually, yearly. When I was in primary and lower middle school, I used to look forward to my birthday; the annual family gathering when I knew I would be gifted philately, that year’s music recording (on 78 rpm vinyl discs), followed by […]

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Are you the Gardner?

Guestly notes 4 I was thrilled and honoured to note that two guests from the north west coast of Europe were impressed with the garden we had developed at Svanir, our homestay. “We like the mix of conventional flowering plants within the overall ambience of wilderness”, one of them said. There is no doubt that […]

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Exam Fever?

Guestly Notes 3 One of my favourite times at Svanir is when guests gather around in the evening under the shady canopy of Karanja and Neem to share stories about their life and travels. Recently one of our guests Deb (Debapriya Dasgupta) shared a humorous story about his father, Debashis. He tells us that after […]

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What’s in a name?

GB’s Blog No 15 I could never fathom why naming the guest rooms of our homestay had to be shelved for so long. After my initial attempt to arrive at a consensus I, like a typical bureaucrat, postponed the decision. Yet, I am convinced that every family abode needs a name, an identity. Whenever I […]

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What Activities?

Guestly Notes 2 While wilderness lovers are happy to be in the midst of nature, others staying at Svanir for other reasons often ask, “What are the activities available”? What they actually mean are the indoor activities. A family from Germany, while having breakfast became curious about an item leaning against one wall of the […]

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Looks are Deceptive

Guestly Notes 1 “Hullo! I am a mother travelling with my teenage daughter. I need to find a safe place to stay. Can you provide this assurance at your homestay”? Indrani assured the lady and allotted a cottage very close to our home and dining-kitchen wing. On the day she arrived and rang the bell, […]

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