Some fondest memories from my childhood include traveling with my paternal grandmother. With her, I visited innumerable temple towns, all the way from Kanyakumari to Haridwar. Had I been given the choice to select the destination, these would have been the last places I might have picked. Yet, these trips have left indelible impressions on me - up close encounters with culture, practice of life skills, lessons on Hinduism, rudimentary knowledge of architecture. I can go on.