The land that lives: A tribute to Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his Macondo

This post comes two weeks late since death anniversary of the my favourite Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez on April 17, 2014. In addition to being a role model, he inspired me to find the surreal in the ordinary. Here is to Marquez and the world he created, Macondo.  Macondo, a land founded by the Buendias, who…

What makes a good manga

Ever since a long time ago, I have been reading manga aka Japanese comics. I remember vaguely watching an anime called City Hunter, which narrates the story of a hit man. I could catch only few episodes on TV, but I liked it to the extent of watching entire series online. It was based on…

A ship to nowhere

I had gone to Hong Kong couple of years ago. The place did not impress me. What did was the visage of a ship on the ocean when I was on a Ferris wheel in the Ocean Park, an amusement park in Hong Kong. The text that follows captures what went through my mind when…

Danish delicacies that will make you swoon

If you are a vegetarian and going to Denmark dreaming about all that good food you could possibly eat, you might be disappointed. Danish cuisine is meat-based and you will not find not more than one option and if you are lucky, two in most restaurants. But that is no reason for not making the…

Nagercoil, where sambar and pulisserry coexist

Adai pradhaman, pulissery olan, ada aviyal and puttu paruppu. They are my favourite dishes my mom makes when I go home. You are mistaken if you think I’m from Kerala. This is a traditional menu in my home town in Tamil Nadu. I hail from Kanyakumari district, which is situated in the Southernmost part of Tamil Nadu….

A slice of Sicily in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is one of the most colourful cities I have seen in Europe. It has a beautiful harbour and vibrant city centre with enough shops to keep you occupied for a day and more. For the first time in my life I actually followed a map, not Google map mind you, but a real map…

Rediscovering Nagercoil through a journalist’s eyes

Going to your hometown or remotely near it is always a pleasure. The lush green fields, misty mountains and wind farms that dots the landscape welcomes you as you peer out of the window of the bus. When the bus stops and your feet touches the land, clean moist air caresses your cheek and whispers ‘Welcome…

Meet the Punjabis of Rome

This is a story I would tell anyone I meet as soon as the topic veers off to travel and Europe. You cannot blame me, for it is the most interesting tidbit I learnt or rather I cared to learn when I was travelling in Rome for a week. It is the tale of Punjabis…

To Harry, With Love

(I wrote this piece on July 30, 2016 the day before Harry’s Birthday and the launch of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) To Harry, Harry Potter and I go way back. I met him when I was in Class 6 separated just by a television screen. He was short, rather docile, and bespectacled with hair…

How a Dane explained Indian spirituality to me

Sometimes travel expose you to lot different things and change your perspectives, some obvious and many not so much. My trip to Denmark was one such kind. The kind of people I met in Denmark, during transit and at workplace gave me so much insight into the kind of world we live. Sounds philosophical? Let…

Pines trees and neverending roads of Bjerringbro, Denmark

I was travelling to Denmark sometime towards March end on a media tour to Denmark-headquartered pump-manufacturer Grundfos in Bjerringbro. It was my first official trip overseas and I was looking forward to what the visit can offer. I learnt a lot from the trip, but that is another story, one reserved for my publication. It…