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Vegetarian on the prowl

I believe that travelling to a new place must include activities that engage all our senses. Every place has a different vibe. The way people walk, talk, drive, bargain, look at you, respond to you, everything changes….so does food! Food in my opinion is an important part of every culture, so a trip cannot be […]

Pace of a trip

A lot of times, I come across posts on travel forums about itineraries. Travellers who want to see Hampi in one day are in Europe for a week and want to see Vienna on Day 1, Prague on Day 2 and Budapest on Day 3 want to start a trip in Bangalore and cover Hampi, […]

Small & Beautiful Singapore!

There are big-time travellers out there, people who have made a profession out of travelling that brings in the moolah and allows them to travel some more! Well, I am not that big a traveller, I haven’t yet set foot on some of the continents and there are just about a dozen countries on my […]

Planning a holiday – first steps

I hangout on a couple of travel forums and see that people, all the time ask extremely random or vague questions about the place/country they want to visit, or they expect other forum users to design an itinerary for them. Some of the questions look like this: 1) I am going in *month*, whats the […]

What’s your worth?

We went on a trip to Cairo in 2004. We stayed at the Windsor Hotel and when, many years later I found out that my favourite author William Dalrymple had also stayed there (in a totally different decade!) I felt so much unexplainable joy! It was a short but enjoyable trip. The pyramids took our […]

The Parijatha Tree

You cannot not fall in love with the parijatha. It is cute little flower with white petals and a tiny orange/red stalk with a lovely fragrance, not too mild yet not as heady as the jasmine. It blooms at dusk and falls off by early dawn. The fallen flowers form the most beautiful carpet nature […]

Yellow Fellow

I grew up on a piece of real estate that was a teeny bit more than ΒΌ of an acre. The house occupied about 1/6th of the total area and was built on the edge of one of the longer sides of the plot. The perimeter of the compound was hedged with barbed wire on […]