Postcard: Hookah Man

Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India (22nd December 2013) Hookah, the quintessential instrument for smoking flavoured tobacco, was very popular with the Rajputs, the kings who ruled Rajasthan for centuries. The museum in Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur has an interesting collection of intricately designed gold and silver hookahs studded with precious stones that were used in the erstwhile …

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Postcard: Mango Delight

East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh, India (2nd May 2010) While India is known for its sweet tooth and a range of tasty sweet foods, I have seldom seen how they are actually made. Fortunately, I got this opportunity rather unexpectedly while travelling through the villages of East Godavari district in the Southern Indian state of …

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Postcard: Memories of the Holocaust

Berlin, Germany (19th November 2008) For a city which is steeped in 20th century history and with an eclectic assortment of architecture, chancing upon this architectural beauty in the heart of Berlin was not surprising. But realizing that it was actually a Holocaust memorial constructed in the memory of all the Jews murdered by Hitler’s …

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Postcards: Where I’ve Been and What I’ve Seen

A picture speaks a thousand words. This is especially true of travel photographs, where loads of precious memories and experiences are captured in one tiny photograph. With that little piece of wisdom, I am starting a new initiative in this blog. Since starting this blog around seven months back, I have posted six travelogues and …

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Travelogue: East Coast Reborn (Passikudah, Sri Lanka)

4th - 6th August 2013 After 4 days of traversing the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka and soaking in some wondrous sights - marvelous archaeological sites, awe inspiring palaces built on rocks, and Buddhist temples built in caves - it was finally time for us to stop for a while, just relax and do nothing. It was therefore …

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Travelogue: The Jewel of Kedah (Langkawi, Malaysia)

We had to choose between Penang and Langkawi.... After our Singapore sojourn, me and my buddies had already made up our mind to go around Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur was planned for the last two days, and we still had two days in between. So where do we go? We had to make a choice between …

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Travelogue: Where the Stars Come Down (Cannes, France)

Cannes, a town in France’s Cote d’Azur, is synonymous with an annual event that captures eyeballs all over the world. As the Cannes travel website proclaims, the town’s moment of glory takes place in May, with the International Film Festival, when images of the stars descending the red-carpeted steps of the Palais des Festivals are …

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Travelogue: The Isle of Coconuts (Ko Samui, Thailand)

I had to spend the whole night cramped in a cab and travel over 800km in order to get to what is considered to be one of the most beautiful islands in Thailand…. There we were the day before, in a low-key Pattaya restaurant, the gang groggy (with hangovers), and all of us downing fresh …

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