Travel Diaries with Chef Ritwik – a brief review of a food pop-up Travel Diaries with Chef Ritwik – a brief review of a food pop-up

Travel Diaries with Chef Ritwik - a brief review of a food pop-up

One of the things I cherish when I travel is the local food I find there. Many of you may do the samRead More »
Kapu – a delightful beach in South India Kapu – a delightful beach in South India

Kapu – a delightful beach in South India

About 15 kms south of Udupi (on the way to Mangalore) lies a delightful strip of sand and surf calleRead More »
5 exciting watering holes in Bengaluru 5 exciting watering holes in Bengaluru

5 exciting watering holes in Bengaluru

For a while, it looked like the pubbing capital of India had lost its froth.  Many of the charming, Read More »
The magic of Malabar The magic of Malabar

The magic of Malabar

Though few people know this, the northern part of Kerala has as much to offer a traveler as its soutRead More »

A writer’s life: Bengaluru to Mysuru

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Visiting R.K Narayan’s house in Mysuru, which is now a museum.  This story first appeared in Mint on May 18, 2017 in the section 'Weekend Vacations'. ______________________________________________________________________________ R.K. Narayan’s house.  The sun glinted off the chassis of the YP 2511 that stood on a short ...

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Marine history: Chennai to Kannur

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Learning about seafaring traditions, playing on the beach, and visiting a fort built by the Portuguese. This story first appeared in Mint on July 27, 2017 under the section 'Weekend Vacations'. _______________________________________________________________________________ Fisherfolk unloading the catch of the day at Thottada beach. The lady ...

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In search of Mirza Ghalib

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Ganesh Vancheeswaran visits the pre-eminent 19th-century Urdu-Persian poet's house and resting place in Old Delhi, and returns with a couplet on his lip. This story first appeared in Khaleej Times on August 11, 2017. _____________________________________________________________________________ The building is one of the many structures ...

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Heels, wheels and holidays: urban Indians are embracing experiential travel

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Urban Indians are embracing running vacations and biking tours as a new, experiential approach to travel. This story first appeared in The Hindu on August 23. 2017. ____________________________________________________________________________ Recalling his trip to Hampi, Rajesh Santhanam is somewhat surprised at himself. An avid traveller ...

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Kolkata to Chandannagar: The French life

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In Chandannagar, time flows as languorously as the Ganga beside it. This story first appeared in Mint on November 9, 2017 - in the section titled 'Weekend Vacations'. _____________________________________________________________________________ The statue of Marianne, a national symbol of France, outside the Dupleix mansion.  The rains ...

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Going Dutch in Galle

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This story first appeared in Khaleej Times on November 17, 2017. European influence, strong maritime connections and relaxed vibes make this Sri Lankan city a winner. 'Parawa Street' - proclaims the name board. It intrigues me, because I can't understand what it ...

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The Old Man and his Faith

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The story behind Mumbai’s Jewish connection. And how Masjid Bunder railway station got its name. _______________________________________________________________________ I stumble out of the packed Central Railway local train at the Masjid Bunder station. As it always happens with me when I alight from a ...

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Varanasi through my eyes – a photo feature

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It is supposed to be one of the oldest cities in the world that have been continuously inhabited. Some passionate locals claim that it is the oldest such city in the world. For the Hindus, it is the holiest of ...

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The Old Delhi food trail – Part 1

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Hidden in the labyrinthine lanes of Old Delhi are some of the best food spots of the city. They are high on history, taste and atmosphere. ________________________________________________________________________________ The mere mention of Old Delhi conjures up vivid images of a crowded bazaar (traditional ...

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Five reasons you should go to Fort Kochi right away

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Fort Kochi, the most interesting part of Kochi city in central Kerala, deserves your attention. To me, it is one of the most interesting parts of Kerala, infinitely more interesting than Ernakulam, its cousin across the bay. Ernakulam is your ...

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