What it means to travel solo for an Indian woman

Travelling Solo. Travelling alone in a big bad yet beautiful world, alone. All those wonderful people you are going to meet, who will give you fond memories. Not to mention ‘What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas’ kind of experiences. Ah that sounds so exotic, is it not? It is more so if you are…

When nature takes you for a ride

Nature. Man is yet to find something that is more mysterious than nature itself. Nature, with all its mystical qualities, makes you wonder; makes you ponder. It always takes you unaware just like last weekend when I was travelling to Vellore for my friend’s wedding. As cliched as it sounds, the sky was blue. The…

Coffee plantations, perfumeries and cave temples of Yercaud

Yercaud. It is a small tourist area set amidst the misty mountains, rocky terrain and picturesque valley. The place is like a breath of fresh air from the chaotic city life. You will never see another human being if you do not wish to. There are no sounds except for chirping of birds and rustling…

A chat with a Sommelier over a glass of wine

What is in a glass of wine? It is either white or red, sometimes rose and if occasion calls for it a Champagne flute. Some sweet and sour and the rest just sour with a punch. Yet for connoisseurs of wine, it a whole new world with unique flavours from places they come from, be…

Remnants of our Colonial past in North Madras

I had in fact forgotten how beautiful North Madras could be. It is so easy to forget that it was where the British had their headquarters during the time they ruled, before the commercial hub T.Nagar and orthodox Mylapore became the ‘cultured part’ of the city, tourists usually frequent. But the only part of Chennai…

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…

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…

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…

Belgium’s Comic strip culture

When someone says they have been to Belgium, the first thing people ask is ‘Where are the chocolates?’ Or ‘So, did you try Belgian beer?’ More often than not a culture that lends unique flavour to the country is forgotten. It is the comics strip culture.

Nutcrackers of Germany

Buying souvenirs for your friends and family back home when you go overseas is always more confusing than planning the trip itself. At least while planning you know what you would need. But when are on vacation abroad and are on a budget, buying a gift that is unique to a country might not always workout. Getting Belgian…