Colonial cuisine that dominates the Dutch food culture

Culture and cuisine goes hand-in-hand. A country’s food culture tells you a lot about the country, its people and in part how they have evolved over time. Take India for instance. Kind of food you find differs from region to region. If it is all about rice and sambar in Tamil Nadu, fish, red rice…

London, through my rose-tinted glasses

I could not contain my excitement as I peered out of my window seat in British Airways as it was getting ready to land at Heathrow airport, London that December five years ago. Those tidy lands, spectacular buildings one of which looked like a castle, row houses all similar and roads that looked like still…

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…

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…

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…

Lost in Potsdam

Travelling solo means adapting to new environment, extreme weather and most importantly staying calm when things go out of control. But you could hardly do so when you are lost in the middle of nowhere right? It was travelling to Potsdam from Berlin. Potsdam is known for castles and since I have always been partial…

Playing samba in Ghent on Solstice

What sets apart a lesbian music group from other women-only bands that crop up in the city? Nothing. At least on the surface. The bands have only women, they hang out after practice and they may even mingle in the same social circle. They may stand for the same cause, hanker for acceptance and love…

A bachelorette party in Amsterdam

Amsterdam during the day is like any other European city – lively and crowded with tourists, thriving restaurants and cafes. It has its share of museums and cathedrals. Famous painters like Vincent Van gogh and Rembrandt were born in Netherlands. The river Amstel flows through the city and you can see boats for hire on…

A quaint little street in Rome that stole my heart

When I have little too much time on my hands, I tend to walk aimlessly. It was one such day when I visited Vatican. Having done with my visit to Vatican as early as 2 p.m. on a warm Tuesday morning, I did not want to retire to my lodge so early. So I took…

The legal walls of Belgium

Think Europe, and you think of neat buildings and clean roads, where everything works in an orderly fashion. And you would be right, mostly. But when I landed in Brussels on a rainy Saturday afternoon, it did not take me long to see colourful images and unfamiliar words splashed on buildings as my local train…

Imperial Rome, going back in time

My days in Rome start at 9 a.m. and ends at 10 p.m. It is more than 12 hours of endless walking through cobbled streets, only to stop in between for food and drinks. Roma, as Italians call it, is without a doubt a beautiful city with pale white walls and history at every turn….